Wow, when I decided to give up chocolate for Lent, I’m not really sure what I was letting myself into. I have talked before about the fact if I am deprived of something then I want it more. I pretty much thought about and wanted chocolate nearly every day during Lent.
As part of the Christian Aid campaign to Give It Up For Lent, I joined in with withdrawing all chocolate from my life for six weeks. You can read more about the campaign here, and if you would like to donate to the great work that Christian Aid do, then you can do so here.
I found it easy enough to remove the chocolate bars from my lunch boxes in work every day, and as I am attempting to be healthier in preparation for my holiday to Majorca in a few weeks time, then this was hopefully going to help the waist line. Well that would be if I hadn’t started eating cake instead of chocolate! Not chocolate cake obviously, but I will admit to eating a few red velvet cupcakes with vanilla buttercream to satisfy my sweet craving.
The most difficult time I think for me was when everyone else at home had something chocolatey, like choice ices that we always have in the freezer. We went out for dinner a couple of times, and I could have easily slipped up when it came to desert, but I didn’t!
I am pleased with myself for achieving the time without something I enjoy, and whether that was going to be chocolate or something else, it’s about the underlying cause that I’m pleased about, rather than the fact it was chocolate. I cane easily take it for granted that I have access to what I like and enjoy almost whenever I want it. Not everyone does, which is part of the underlying story of the Give It Up For Lent campaign. It’s humbling to take a step back and think about how lucky we are.