Tomorrow is the start of Lent. Growing up Catholic, Lent was always about giving up something. One year my Mom and I gave up candy. Now we also had a loop hole, because Lent is 40 days only if you exclude the Sundays. I don’t know if this is a rule, but at home it was said that you could have what you had given up on that day. Maybe this is why I like to have my day of bad eating (Cheat Day..well weekend of bad eating if we are having full disclosure here)when I’m watching my calories.
Another approach to Lent is instead of giving up something to try to do should be doing but aren’t. Instead of giving up chocolate exercise each day, or do a good deed each day, get your home organized, etc.
One would say giving up helps you to understand (in a very minor way) the sacrifice Jesus made. All people have a hard time giving up what they like. The other approach to me is just as applicable since you are trying to better yourself whether your physical, mental, or emotional well being and in the end be a better person. Either are a challenge, since we all have “reasons” why we can or can’t do something.
I am choosing to get my fitness on track this Lent, and hopefully keep this with me. This Lent I will be exercising everyday for at least 30 minutes a day. I will keep eating properly with occasional cheats, but no weeklong eating all the crap I can stuff in my mouth.
I have been slacking badly in my fitness and diet, which makes me feel bad about myself, be anxious, and in general not a very nice person. I let life get to me this Fall and Winter (neverending Winter). Once the fitness slacks off everything follows. I don’t care to look nice, take care of myself, do anything I should, etc. I am not going to be the best mom and wife or daughter or friend that way. So I have started last week trying to getting going with my workouts again and get through all the soreness, uncoordination, and out of breath moments and get ready to go for this challenge. No, I won’t be taking the Sundays off!