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.
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?