Today is Ash Wednesday, the start of the season of Lent for Christians. The season is a time of atonement and self-denial that precedes the celebration of Easter. Traditionally Christians will “give things up” for Lent as a way to increase their self-discipline and make some kind of improvement in their lives.
Some years ago I stopped giving things up for Lent. Instead, I decided to focus on doing something positive, something that would benefit myself in terms of improvement, and things that would make the lives of those around me better. For this season of Lent I plan to do some of that, but also I am going to give something up.
I have decided that I am giving up snacking between meals for Lent. Ideally all of my between meal snacking is fruit or fresh vegetables, but lately some things like nuts and granola bars have snuck into my routine. For the next 46 days, I am going to stick to 3 meals a day, without snaking. There will be two days of exception to this – the day of the Daytona 500, and St. Patrick’s Day. Other than those 2 days, I won’t be snacking.
During this season I also plan to do some positive things. I have a boat load of blog posts that are floating in my head, and I plan to get many of them written, polished and published.
My Daytona 500km challenge ends this Sunday, and I intend to keep on walking. During Lent there are 46 days. Including Easter that is 47. During this time I am going to walk 250km (about 155 miles). Also, I am going to set myself to walking 6,000 steps each day that are not part of the 250km.
I have some other things I’ll be doing, but I don’t want to talk about them here.
I am excited and nervous about these goals. The hardest for me will be to keep from snacking. But, I know that if I set my mind to it, and I have this blog and the public commitment that goes along with it, that I can prevail.
What are you doing for Lent? Are you giving anything up? Are you adding something healthy to your routine? Are you making the world a little better for those around you?