Wednesday, February 25, 2009

NO!! NO! No!!

Today is Ash Wednesday! Let me tell you what this means to me. It is not a part of my religious beliefs, but each year (mostly) for the last 10 I have participated in my own sort of Lent. For Lent, I give up something(s) that I usually indulge in or love. I don't give up an action, or a person, but if that was my deal I would give up house cleaning for 46 days, but I don't think that would work, so it is a food or foods for me.
Last year I gave up sweets. This includes candy, sweet breads, anything primarily made of sugar. And being off of such sweetness helped me lose the rest of my baby weight. So, at the end of the 46 days I just stayed off of sugar sweetness, minus a little angel food cake on Easter Sunday (I wasn't planning on staying off the sugary goodness at that point, but after tasting the cake and realizing it wasn't super yum, I decided to go a little longer, which turned into longer, longer and here we are) and two skittles a few weeks later to prove that I didn't miss it. Oh, wait, I do eat really potent dark chocolate (Xocai), but that is it.

What do I do this year? I usually just redo the sweet Lent from the year before. So this year I decided to give up Diet Coke, and it might just kill me. I thought I had another week before Lent started. Nope, today is Ash Wednesday, I start today (well, after my Diet Coke I had this morning). I can't tell you what a panic this puts me in. I love Diet Coke. It is like my one crummy food issue. I don't eat candy, I don't indulge in much, Diet Coke is just yum.

So, we begin today. I'll be honest with you, the first three weeks are killer. At least with candy/sweets. Wish me luck. Dave is laughing at me as I type this. Anyone want to do this with me? It doesn't have to be DC, it can be chips, sweets, a sweet disposition, cocaine, whatever your poison is. We can have a support group. And let me say, I am in no way trying to diminish what Lent means to those who practice it for religious purposes, it is just what I have chosen as my time frame for testing my will power.

Who is in with me? Did I mention I am panicking? Big time.


leandparkermakes3 said...

I'll do it, Whit. I'm in. This is going to be really hard! We must help each other out. Good luck to us both!

Erin said...

Whit I am prepared to try the no sugar route. How long is it again!? Yikes. Oh man, I will need your help! I am up for the challenge considering you did it for a year! Good job!

Through the Looking Glass said...

Yup, I'm in. I've been slowly giving up Diet Coke for a while now. I've been weaning myself slowly, but when I go back, I go back hard and fast. I had two refills at the restaurant at breakfast today, so I'll call those my swan song. I love the taste of it. I love the tiny bubbles. I love it with a lime.

Oh hell, this is dumb. It's not like it's a limb, or anything. We'll be fine. Right?

we chirp said...

are you a xocai distributor?

whit said...

OK Liz, we can do this. No more asparatame for us.

Erin, you have more willpower in one strand of hair than I have in my whole body, call me.

Mands, I didn't know you were a social user, I am not quite sure what I will drink anymore when I am at McDonald's with the kids. I may actually have to drink water.

Dove, there are pushers and there are users. I am a user.

Raydar Love said...


I'm giving up sex & wine.

whit said...

Ray - so glad because people were starting to talk, we were near an intervention type moment. Now if we could just get you to start wearing appropriate clothing.

Jessie Anne said...

It is sugar for me! HELP! You can be my no sugar mentor!