(Closed) What are you giving up for Lent? Do you include Sundays

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Post # 16
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Bumble bee

This year I’m giving up not working out. So basically, my sacrifice is not being as lazy as I was before and actively trying to eat better (limiting junk). It is not as well defined as it has been in past years.

I’ve given up TV, Internet time, soda, and sweets in the past. The most successful was giving up soda. I don’t cheat on Sundays, but I will cheat on my birthday (which almost always falls during lent). Even though I’m not a practicing Catholic (not now, I want to go back soon) I just think lent is a good practice for anyone, a little self-denial builds character (lol).

Post # 17
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Bumble bee

I’m considering fizzy beverages.  I’m healthier without them but it will be a stretch to make it.  

Post # 18
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Sunday’s don’t count as part of the 49 days of Lent so it’s not really cheating!  That being said, I don’t think I will use Sunday’s to do what I’m giving up this year.

I’m giving up all processed  sweets and snacks. In addition my husband and I are giving up all spending other than necessities (grocery shopping, doctors appts. He needs new glasses etc) and using a good portion of the money we save to buy groceries /make meals for homeless people in our area.

I’ve always liked adding something to help others as well as a sacrifice to myself 

Post # 19
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

I’m giving up cheese (because I have this stupid addiction to it) and speaking negatively of others (to be a better person). I don’t take Sunday’s off.

Post # 20
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

travelingduo:  love that you’re making food for the homeless. Good for you!

Post # 21
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Busy bee

I haven’t decided yet but I’ve been thinking of giving up chips for Lent lol I’d be giving it up everyday including Sunday. I also don’t eat meat on Fridays till Easter.

Post # 22
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I’m not Catholic, but have always practiced giving something up for Lent (I’m Methodist). 

I think this year year I’ll be giving up unnecessary spending! No more Dunkin in the mornings, no random purchases at the grocery store (I’m notorious for buying magazines!), etc. We’re hoping to save up to move into a new apartment, and I think our spending tends to get a bit out of control!

I’d like to give up Facebook as well, but it’s 70% of my job. 🙁

Post # 23
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception/The Gallery

I justread this article about what Pope Francis has said about this year’s Lenten season and it really resonated with me. 

From the article:

“…Pope Francis has asked us to reconsider the heart of this activity this Lenten season. According to Francis, fasting must never become superficial. He often quotes the early Christian mystic John Chrysostom who said: “No act of virtue can be great if it is not followed by advantage for others. So, no matter how much time you spend fasting, no matter how much you sleep on a hard floor and eat ashes and sigh continually, if you do no good to others, you do nothing great.”…So, if we’re going to fast from anything this Lent, Francis suggests that even more than candy or alcohol, we fast from indifference towards others.

In his annual Lenten message, the pope writes, “Indifference to our neighbor and to God also represents a real temptation for us Christians. Each year during Lent we need to hear once more the voice of the prophets who cry out and trouble our conscience.” ” (full article http://time.com/3714056/pope-francis-lent-2015-fasting/)

So, with that, I’m going to try to give back more–in time, actions, and thought, be more charitable. 

I’ll also be pushing myself with no refined sugar and more gym visits. But with less than 7 months to the wedding, that’s not for Lent, that’s for the alterations department. 

Post # 24
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

summerbride2016:  I made a little list for myself lol: cursing, not bringing the phone to bed, and trying to not stress out/yell so much (especially at the little things). This is the first time I heard you were able to skip Sundays, but I don’t know how comfortable I’ll feel cursing on a Sunday 🙂

Post # 25
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Bumble bee

I am giving up fruit for Lent, and I am committed to doing my gym workout (or one hours worth of exercise) every day to cement the habit to keep me motivated for physical activity after Lent ends.

Usually I eat fruit every day and work out twice a week.  This is a big change for me.

PS: Pope Francis is so boss.  I really admire his character. 

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Post # 26
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Busy bee

I gave up weighing myself. It’s turned into a negative habit that gets in the way of time I could be spending connecting with God.

Post # 27
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Blushing bee

It might sound a bit silly, but I’ve given up sushi and I’m trying to pray more. Sushi is literally my favourite food and something I crave often, especially if I’m having a bad day… it’s like my outlet I suppose and I eat it at least 2-3 times a week. It’s already been super hard and I want it all the time, but it’s been reminding me to pray more and also to think about other important things.

We do include Sundays during Lent. I don’t quite understand why you would devote to give up something but have a ‘cheat day’ each week, only because I think that seems so much easier! But I do understand that all churches are different.

Post # 28
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

summerbride2016:  Instead of giving things up, this Lent I’m trying to be more forgiving and slower to anger (I have a temper and get easily frustrated).

In past Lents I’ve mostly given up food-related things: coffee, alcohol, cheese, and one year I went fully meatless (not even fish). Sundays aren’t freebies, except for the alcohol year but only for the eucharist for theological reasons.

Post # 29
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: Backyard

I’m not Catholic, but I do come from a liturgical denomination. I’ve tried to alternate between giving something up one year and taking on something one year. Honestly though, I haven’t done anything for Lent the past couple of years. The last time I did give something up, it was sodas. That was the first time I have been successful in giving something up for the entire season. Afterwards, I wasn’t really interested in drinking sodas anymore and stopped permanently. I really do love Lent. I don’t always feel like rejoicing and love that the Church has a season that recognizes that being more somber and introspective has greatv value.

Post # 30
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

AugustBlossom:  Oh my goodness, I gave up sushi this year too! I could seriously eat it every day. 

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