Post # 1
Hello Everyone! Tomorrow starts Lent. Although I myself am not very religious, I do enjoy this “holiday” to see what I can give up, or start doing, to better myself. This year I have decided to stop sleeping my life away (for at least 6 weeks). I will not allow myself to sleep passed 7 am on weekdays, and 9 am on weekends. And if I shall nap, and I probably will, I cannot nap for more than an hour each day.
What about you?
Post # 3
Good for you! I also look forward to this time to improve myself as a human being.
I’ve decided to give up 2 things…one for my body and one for my mind! I’m giving up any form of chips…potato chips, doritos, fritos, etc. I snack on those types of things entirely too much!
The second isn’t really giving something up, but it’s a conscious effort to be nicer to people. Not that I’m an all out b*tch all the time, but I can certainly be more patient with people and be friendlier to them in general.
So, those are my two things!
Post # 4
I don’t have the willpower to do something like this. But my best friend, who is not religious either decided to give up sweets for the whole time while we were deployed overseas to Iraq. And it was horrible for her too bc the army gave us these AH-mazing white chocolate macadamia nut cookies and she had a hard time without them. haha. Good luck. I’m not brave enough to do something like this.
Post # 5
We started the annual Cuss Jar at work, $.25 per word, and the proceeds this year are going to a woman we work with who has cancer.
I’m going to start to go to the gym everyday and giving up chips, chocolate & icecream. It’s gonna be a long 40days lol !!
Post # 6
I’m still deciding. I am considering giving up Diet Coke…but I would have a VERY hard time with that. Of course, that probably means I *should* give it up.
My husband gives up pop/soda of all kinds during Lent without much trouble, but I am just SO attached to Diet Coke!
Post # 7
Like 2peas I have two.
For my body (and my wallet) I am giving up Mt Dew which I do every year. This is huge for me since besides coffee it is the only thing I drink.
For my mind, I am trying to give up swearing. I swear like a trucker and it is obviously not good.
Post # 8
i am giving up all things containing chocolate (even low cal hot choc and coco pops cereal)
and am also giving up second helpings – we always cook too much and i end up eating at least another half a portion of dinner!
Post # 9
A long 40 days for us indeed! These are some good ideas! I’ll probably be checking in for support from time to time. I severely love my sleep. In fact, I haven’t been to work before 9:45 in at least a month. I should be here at 9 at the latest… good thing my boss is lenient.
Post # 10
I love lent! I tend to give up a lot of things for lent…kind of like a new years resolution. I’m going to give up eating badly(gotta get on track with this diet!), swearing, and also try to be more patient with the FH, and not get mad at him for everything 😉 That one’s gonna be hard, he certainly knows how to push my buttons! 🙂
Post # 11
Good ol’ Lent. I haven’t decided yet, but it’ll mostly likely be something to do with a diet and working out. I need to stick it out.
Post # 12
One year, I gave up using my most coveted body pillow. Seriously – the most comfortable thing in the world… soft, warm, cuddly… it was perfect. 2 weeks into Lent – I decided – THIS SUFFERING IS RIDICULOUS… Christ did die so I would have to suffer!!!! So, I took that ‘theological’ truth and decided I would never give up anything for lent ever again.
Post # 13
I’m giving up processed foods. . .I mean, within reason. Basically, I hope to read labels and if it contains preservatives, I won’t eat it. This will force me to cook more and I’m ok with that. It’s the planning that will be hard!
Post # 14
I’m giving up running the water while I’m soaping/shampooing in the shower. Only military style showers for now.
I would like to urge people to resist the temptation to turn Lent into a diet. It’s perfectly okay to give up indulgences, but if you’re doing from a religious standpoint its much more beneficial to do fast with the intention of growing closer to God.
I just say this cause in college I would always get a lot of flack from my non-Lent observing friends about “oh that’s so stupid to do. people just use it as an excuse to diet, it doesn’t mean anything for them.” Which was frustrating to hear, because it did mean something to me.
EDIT: Just saw the OP said she wasn’t religious. If you aren’t religious and just want to use this as a personal challenge time, I don’t take offense at that at all!