So Lent has begun and for us Catholics it is a time to really reflect on our lives and in order to do this we make a sacrifice by giving something up. I once gave up red meat and juice for Lent but that was a bit too easy after a while as I rarely eat red meat to this day. This year I have decided to give up sweets and desserts because that is a lot harder for me right now.
I thought about some other things I could give up like:
- Going to CVS
- Watching television
- Buying new clothes
but came up with a roadblock for each of those things. I do not go to CVS every Sunday any more so giving up a twice a week habit did not seem like much of a sacrifice.
I only watch my actual television on Mondays and then get my shows from Hulu during the rest of the week. Since I am taking this online class I allow myself to watch a show after I am done with my coursework for the day and even then I only spend about one hour a day watching stuff like CSI or House.
I am *cough* in between sizes right now as I am trying to lose 10 lbs and I am not a girly girl so I have not been interested in buying clothes or shoes…although I will go crazy for scented candles and body splashes!!!!
I decided to give up sweets and desserts because lately I have become really close friends with two guys by the name of Ben and Jerry. They seem to be related because they share the last name of TripleCaramelFudge (odd name, must be foreign!!!!) and they have been visiting me about twice a week.
I also started a friendship with Sara Lee Cheesecake and she comes around when Ben and Jerry are busy. So in all I have been eating some form of dessert every other day and that is ruining my weight loss goals as well as my health, despite eating more fruits and vegetables every day.
I know that it may seem a bit trivial to you but the sacrifice is about something that you always do and that you need to cut back on so that you can see a noticeable difference in your life. This is not only one of the ways to save money that I am always talking about but it is also good for my health because I will be eating less processed food and refined sugars.
I will be saving money because I will not be buying junk food just to have something to eat, when there is yogurt or fruit in the house. It will also help with my weight loss because my calories will be coming from better food that is not instantly converted to fat.
So for Lent I will be giving up my BFFs Ben, Jerry and Sara, and all their relatives like ‘Big Red’ so that I can come out healthier in both spirit and body at the other side of Lent.
What are you giving up as your Lenten sacrifice this year?
Oh my! Sweets are so hard to give up! For lent this year, I will be giving up shopping and instead donating my shopping money to a charitable cause because there’s no good in giving something up if it doesn’t serve a bigger purpose(like helping someone else) in my opinion. Also, I will be volunteering each Saturday at a homeless shelter as well.
As long as you are giving up something and it is meaningful to you then I think that counts as a sacrifice. Good luck.
How about replacing your ben and jerry’s with the occasional gelato instead?
I couldn’t agree more with Credit Card Girl. Sweets are hard to give up…my wife is trying to go all through lent with no sugar. I’m her biggest fan.
When you save enough money are you willing to donate to me???? and noooooooooo not the juice???
While I definitely appreciate the fact that you are sacrificing for lent, please remember that a “sacrifice” does not necessarily mean “giving up” something. I feel that too many Catholics have this line of thought.
In any case, I’m not bashing. You have a good goal for Lent, and I hope you achieve it. I just wanted to be informative.
I commend you for giving up sweets! Don’t drink soda either!
Regarding watching TV – it is one of the liberating experience for me. It makes me feel complete in control because you don’t know how much brainwashing power the media has on us!
Giving up sweets and desserts is definitely one of the best things you can do for yourself health wise. If you’re serious about losing weight these are the first things that have to go. Refined white sugar serves no nutritional purpose whatsoever, and is highly addictive. So much so that it is the most widely abused drug in the world….
I couldn’t agree more with Credit Card Girl. Sweets are hard to give up…my wife is trying to go all through lent with no sugar. I like 🙂 thanks
I am not catholic, but several of my friends are. On friend said to me”even though you are not Catholic, Lent is a good bandwagon to jump on”. I gave up facebook
My wife has a huge problem with spending on clothing. I need to get her to give up or just spend less time shopping this Lent 🙂
I admire you for your courage to give up sweets. I gave up eating pizza for the lenten season because I love pizza and eat it three times a week!