#29: The Lent Project

Today marks the start of one of the most important items on my 30-before-30 list is #29: Giving up something for Lent.

I’m not a religious person. I haven’t attended church in years. But I have always been intrigued by the Lent tradition – the 40-day period of fasting and abstinence in the Christian calendar.

Unfortunately, I nearly forgot all about Lent this year until I suddenly remembered yesterday morning that it was Shrove Tuesday (or Pancake Tuesday) and that I had just a few hours to come up with something to give up for Lent.

There wasn’t time for pancakes, so I guiltily slunk through the McDonalds drive-thru and inhaled some salty fries while I pondered what sacrifice to make for Lent.

Here’s what I came up with: I’ve decided to give up sugar and diet drinks for Lent.

It will be difficult. I’m a bit of a sugar addict. I love chocolate, candy, beer and wine (all of them verboten if you’re cutting out sugar.)

And I’ve also become quite dependent on diet pop, too. I have one almost every day. I’ve been justifying it to myself by saying that it doesn’t have any calories, but diet drinks contain a lot of harmful chemicals. I worry about what they are doing to my body, and I think Lent is a good time to try cutting them out entirely.

Goodbye, my love.

Goodbye, my love.

I’ll try and keep up regular posts on my progress too. I’m excited! So far, on my 30-before-30 journey, I’ve succeeded in accomplishing some daunting challenges (the 30-Day Yoga Challenge, the Polar Bear Plunge.) But this will be a little different, it will require a lot of self-discipline and willpower and I welcome the challenge!

Are you giving anything up for Lent?

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