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.