The musings of a juggling mother

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Sunday, September 04, 2005

Gonna have to face it.....

A new school term & a new school year starts tomorrow. I'm really looking forward to returning to normality, although September is a busy month for me work-wise. Just in case I feel bored though, I've applied to do a college course one day a week. I need to pass an interview, as it's for a law course (I studied Law aged 16-18, and was badly advised not to take it any further, so would like to pick it up again, even if it's just for fun), so here's hoping.

As it's a time for new starts, I have also decided that it's time I gave up my secret addiction. I'm going cold turkey as from when I go to bed tonight so, look forward to some grouchy posts in the near future. I have done this before, but marrying Mr A , who quite enjoys partaking of this pernicious substance, started me off again, and it's slowly built up over the years.

What terrible addiction do I have, you may ask? well before I enlighten you, let me describe the symptoms: I want this substance at all times of the day, every day. If I do not have it one day, I will look round the house, opening cupboards & drawers in case some has hidden away there un-noticed. I will make special trips to the shops to buy it. If the real item is not available, I have been known to make do with sub-standard substitutes. I find it difficult to walk past a shop selling this item without going in, and impossible to buy something different in the shop, without also purchasing some of this substance too. I know that it is damaging my health, yet continue to give in regularly. I make excuses for when it's OK, and doesn't really count. Generally, all the signs of addiction.

Now, if this substance were tobacco, I would have help thrown at me (and as I live in the UK, with the NHS, it would all be free). I could have individual or group councelling, nicotine patches, gum or tablets. Anti-depressives and drugs to combat the withdrawal syptoms.

If it were alcohol, I would again be offered councelling, individually tailored programs, and drugs.

If it were heroin or other illegal drugs I would be offered a residential de-tox programme & lifelong support.

Unfortunately, I can only look forward to laughter and a number of deliberate attempts to de-rail my wagon, as the substance I am talking about is chocolate.

See, I told you there would be laughter. But really, it's not a laughing matter. All of the paragraph above regarding addiction is completely true, yet I know that within a week I will have had at least a couple of people tell me "one wont hurt", "go on, it's a party", or "but it's low calorie, it's ok". If you said those things to an alcoholic, it would be considered unacceptable, but despite the scientific evidence of the addictive qualities of chocolate, and of the ill-health effects of over-indulging (it is actually a poison you know), society does not see it in the same light.

Ho Hum. I'll just have to grin & bear it. As I said, I've done it before. I shall just repeat my mantra to myself: I don't like chocolate, I don't like chocolate, I don't like chocolate, I don't...........

13 Comments:

  • At Sunday, September 04, 2005 9:10:00 pm, Blogger Aginoth said…

    But...but...but....

    Oh OK then, I managed to give up (mostly) fizzy drinks and caffeine, I guess I can stop eating chocolate for a while

    I suppose I should start using the currently ornamental Cross trainer in the bedroom as well.

     
  • At Sunday, September 04, 2005 9:12:00 pm, Blogger Juggling Mother said…

    Well, it would be an idea, since when you asked permission to buy it I said "as long as you ARE going to use it", and you said "I will, every day, I promise". That was a year ago, and it's never been touched!

     
  • At Sunday, September 04, 2005 9:21:00 pm, Blogger craziequeen said…

    Giving up chocolate?????

    Are you *mad*, woman!!

    :-)

    As long as you don't ask me to give up my flying saucers... :-)

     
  • At Sunday, September 04, 2005 10:08:00 pm, Blogger craziequeen said…

    oh hang on - you can't ask me to give up flying saucers - it's currency where we're concerned :-)

     
  • At Sunday, September 04, 2005 10:12:00 pm, Blogger Juggling Mother said…

    Calm down, I'm not going all "ex-eater" on you & saying no sweet stuff in the house - I need you too much! It's just chocolate, oh and maybe crisps for Mr A:-)

     
  • At Sunday, September 04, 2005 10:20:00 pm, Blogger craziequeen said…

    [rotflmao]

    does Aggie know about the crisps?? :-)

     
  • At Sunday, September 04, 2005 10:23:00 pm, Blogger Juggling Mother said…

    He does now.......

    Wait for sream of despair from Mr A

     
  • At Sunday, September 04, 2005 10:24:00 pm, Blogger Aginoth said…

    Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!

     
  • At Monday, September 05, 2005 12:20:00 pm, Blogger Dave said…

    I'd never have guessed it was going to be chocolate!

     
  • At Monday, September 05, 2005 2:42:00 pm, Blogger Liz said…

    I too suffer this addiction, so no laughter from me! The way I do it is to think of something so disgusting, or smell something disgusting, then you will associate chocolate with the smell/thought. Works for me, well sometimes it does :-)

     
  • At Monday, September 05, 2005 2:58:00 pm, Blogger Mary P. said…

    You're the reverse of us: I'm the chips (crisps) addict, my sweetie is the chocolate fiend. I gave up chips about six weeks ago, and have had only a couple of relapses, which makes me proud. He continues to munch his dark chocolate. (He switched to it a while back upon discovering that it takes less of it to satisfy the craving.)

    So, all these people suddenly deciding to remove or reduce their dietary vices! Is it something in the air?

     
  • At Thursday, January 26, 2006 10:38:00 pm, Blogger Vics said…

    Have you noticed how after a few weeks of not eating chocolate it becomes easier to resist? Or is that just me?
    Mind you after a month or 2 you'll be back to gorging again because easter or valentines or a birthday or... well general gift giving = chocolate... *sigh* just give in but limit youself to 1 chunk a day, don't eat the whole bar in one go.

    Oh... wait, this was ages ago. How'dya do?

     
  • At Sunday, February 05, 2006 3:58:00 am, Blogger debambam said…

    I know how you feel, but mine is coffee. The choccie I couldn't live without too - ESP at that time of the month. I need a good supply of salt and vinegar chips and a couple of blocks of chocolate. I was going to ask the same question as Vic, hows is going?

     

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