I’ve always gone with the whole “40 days and 40 nights” theory of Lent but never actually counted. Apparently, Sundays are officially not counted during Lent and that’s why it’s 46 days from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday.
Which is really, really weird.
Anyway, we’re kinda almost halfway through Lent (22 days!) and I’m pleased to say that I pretty much haven’t cheated yet, really. I’ve avoided carbs for the most part, with the exception of enjoying a bowl of plain yoghurt with a handful of berries on Monday nights (Wrestling. You know how it is…) and, when we have gaming on Saturdays, a bowl of plain yoghurt and a handful of berries then. I’ve had no caffeine! This surprises me! Last year, Daylight Savings left me *WRECKED* and I dumped the “no caffeine” thing that first Monday at work. This year, I just had a cuppa peppermint tea and made it through that way. As for “no sodium”, I’ve given up all diet sodas except Diet Rite (which has zero sugar, zero carbs, zero caffeine, zero sodium…) and that means that I’ve probably cut my sodium use in half right there. Seriously, next time you enjoy a diet root beer or one of those really good Monster energy drinks, read the sodium content. The problem with sodium, however, is the other half. Being on a low-carb diet means that I’m eating bacon with breakfast and cheese as a snack throughout the day. So I don’t know if *THAT* is technically cheating or not.
If I’m reduced to saying “technically”, it probably is.
And I’ve also refrained from buying any video games. Though I need to check with Maribou as to exactly when the video card was purchased because maybe that technically counts as cheating too…
In any case, thanks to the diet and the daily (well, workdaily) exercise, I’ve lost 13-14 pounds. (I’m certain that 7 of that is water weight.)
So, if I can do it: YOU CAN DO IT. Keep it up! We’re halfway there!
This weekend *WAS* going to be devoted to switching out the winter clothing for the summer clothing but we’ve got a snowstorm coming in tonight, so the internet tells me, so maybe we can kick that can down the road a week and just do stuff like shopping and laundry and try to make it another 24 days.
So… what’s on your docket?
(Image is “Play” by Clare Briggs. Used with permission of the Briggs estate.)