Lent: the past tense of lend, the nasty crap that gets caught in the dryer filter, that fuzz that collects in fat folks’ innie belly buttons. Too far?
As a devout non-practicer of any religion I usually embarrass myself this time of year when I decide to give things up without knowing why I’m actually giving them up. Were there kings involved in this one? Was Jesus there? Wait, isn’t he Jewish? <— These are serious questions.
One year I vowed to only take the elevator when I lived on the seventh floor. Another year I did away with sarcasm but that lasted until lunch. And I still have nightmares from ’13 when I challenged myself to cut out peanut butter. It was a dark time.
The common denominator? Deprivation. And, in effect, bitchiness to the max.
This year, as I celebrate another holiday of jumping on the bandwagon, I’m not going to gripe with the other girls who are giving up wine and foods they enjoy and omgboyswithlikenorespectforme.
I’m going to appreciate what I’m getting out of the things I’m giving up during the holiday I don’t celebrate and the religion I don’t practice.
Giving up: endless evening Netflix and occasional morning workouts.
Getting: more sleep.
Sunday night and Tuesday night were wake-up calls–in a good way. I was in bed before 9PM on Sunday night and I slept longer this morning. I feel like a million bucks. I’m alert and I feel more positive! It’s a weird feeling because I’m realizing I never gave myself enough sleep the past few months.
Giving up: one cup of coffee for one cup of tea.
Getting: better health, more fluids.
Generally, I drink 2-3 cups of coffee in the morning and maybe one decaf at night. I don’t consider coffee bad, but when you get withdrawal headaches from not having, that’s warning sign numero uno.
Giving up: soda for natural fizzy water.
Getting: better health, peace of mind?
I know drinking lots of soda isn’t great, so here and there I’m going to replace my DC with a LaCroix. My office stocks both in our fridge which is awesome.
And I have three “pieces of lent” because there’s a good chance I’ll go HAM on the Netflix one night and that’ll leave me with two back-ups.
Are you giving anything up?