As soon as you put a fence around something...human nature wants to jump fence and explore the other side.
One of the biggest traps we can fall into in weight loss is the "all or nothing" approach.
If you do want to eat something unhealthy then do so...but take responsibility for your actions.
Eat it moderately - who said you need to eat the whole family size chocolate block in one sitting or finish the whole 2 litres of coke in one go?
If you eat rubbish calories (high energy - low bulk) then plan to make up the short fall by eating less of the other food (you will soon learn that gut satisfaction is better than a sugar hit) or to do extra exercise to burn the extra calorie consumption.
As for not going for a one kilo a week loss...my thinking is aim for the stars and hope for the sky!
You may not get that target but at least you stretch yourself out to strive a bit harder. My original goal was to lose 2.5kg a week! Figured I'll have this weight loss thingy all done in 35 weeks! I was only out by 25 weeks!
But at least I applied myself to give it my all and lost 87kg in 60 weeks which isn't too bad going. The experts believe that 1kg loss is moderate...and particularly when you are starting out. As you get to the pointy end of the journey you will find things slowing down. Make hay while the sun shines!
Cravings: How I dealt with cravings during my weight loss journey...
Firstly, I removed myself from feeling "deprived". When tempted by a food I told myself that I had eaten my life time quota of that particular unhealthy choice. It's like when I was young and my two sisters, brother and myself were given a bag of lollies. Three of us would scoff our lollies...my younger sister didn't. She would slowly eat them one by one and the lollies would last for days. The rest of us would look longing on but she would tell us we shouldn't have eaten ours so fast. My lolly bag is empty...I certainly eaten my fair share of unhealthy food (and more!)...so I have no right to expect more.
Secondly, I told myself when tempted..."that was the old me - the new me doesn't eat rubbish now...that is not who I am any more!"
Thirdly, if I couldn't get a food craving out of my head then I would use it to motivate me and make me earn it. For example, every week when I was doing the shopping this small classic glass bottle would be calling out to me (funnily none of the other sizes did it for me). I decided that I would have it BUT only if I had earned it. I told myself it was mine but only if I had lost ten kilos (I had a lot to lose - you might want to try a lower number). When I had lost the 10kg...I had the bottle...by that time I was over my craving and over coke big time. This from a litre a day man! By delaying gratification I had worked the craving out of my system - for good. I did this through out my weight loss...stuff like cream and jam do-nuts and mushroom pies. Of all the things I craved only the mushroom pies had any appeal and they were eaten not as extra treats but as part of my normal food intake.
Very glad that you are making use of the Forum so quickly...bodes well for your success!
Crackleberry - do you have a "real" first name that we can use? I find it better to relate to a name rather than an user handle.