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Sometimes it's rather useful to be able to see things from an objective point of view, even when they're highly subjective issues..

Over the last day or two, I've had a number of thoughts occur to me, and it's been good to be able to critically examine them and decide what it is I actually want.

Thought 1: I've been eating a lot more chocolate since I stopped drinking Red Bull

Now this one I can look at and decide that it's true. It is a fact that I stopped drinking Red Bull when I left Brighton, and starting overdosing on chocolate when I came to Cardiff. Which isn't to say that I didn't have chocolate in Brighton, but to my recollection, the main thing I'd buy when out was several cans of Red Bull, rather than handfuls of chocolate bars.

Thought 2: Drinking Red Bull might remove my need to eat chocolate

Now this too, is true up to a point.. after all, if there's a link between the two, then perhaps getting my sugar rush from the drink instead would mean I'd eat less chocolate.. it would also be easier, in theory, to summon the willpower not to eat chocolate if I had something else that I could have instead. Though this is quite possibly the exact reverse of how I gave up Red Bull in the first place - in eating more chocolate, I managed to stop craving it (mostly)..

Thought 3: If I have some Red Bull when I get into work tomorrow, maybe I won't crave chocolate all day..

At this point, I decided that, regardless of how true any of it was, this was most likely my addiction talking. Especially since the above thought also included ".. but hey, no need to let anybody know you did it", which is a huge flashing warning light.. Any thought that pops up and then tells me not to tell anybody else is more than likely up to no good.

I just think it's kind of funny (and slightly scary) that my head comes up with these thoughts that run contrary to what I actually want (that is - not to drink Red Bull). It's all rather odd.. As far as I can tell, it's not a matter of willpower as such - I have sufficient willpower to avoid drinking Red Bull when I'm craving it. It's more that even when I'm not actively craving the stuff, my head still invents scenarios in which I might be able to get my hands on some, and catches me off guard..

I mean, how are you supposed to defend against thoughts which are actually yours in the first place?

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It's nothing to do with the sugar content. Your caffeine addiction from the heavy use of Red Bull has been replaced by the caffeine in chocolate. Unfortunately there's not as much caffeine in chocolate so you probably have to eat quite a lot of it to feel the same satisfaction.

There is a third way, however. Take up drinking coffee.

I doubt very much that it's caffeine related, I can vary my cola intake drastically and it has minimal effect on my cravings for Red Bull or my urges for chocolate.

I don't know that it's sugar so much as endorphins.. or something.. None of it actually satisfies the cravings, but it shuts them up for a bit if I'm pigging out on sweet things.. For example, my intake of Wine Gums increased with the chocolate as well, though they have no caffeine..

I think you're probably on to something with the endorphins. Perhaps you are just destined to be a fat bastard who's addicted to eating...

Well at least I'll be happy, unlike you, you southern misery..

I won't even be southern when I move down there - it's more East really. I'm not sure which is worse...

Well, you could end up near me

Did I also mention you're both looking pretty chubby already?

I was going to point out that TMA's new userpic makes him look a little rounder in the face, but I didn't fancy hearing screams of "PKB!!!!111" so I opted not to..

I've come to terms with my own weight, and I'm trying to fix0r it :o)

The same could be said about the ever-present problem with cigarettes. It's a very strange thing, addiction.

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