What am I giving up for Lent?

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Today in the Christian church, begins the season of Lent. It is the season leading up to Easter and the Resurrection of Jesus. Lent has traditionally been a time for people to give up something as a sacrifice to remind them of the ultimate sacrifice that Jesus made.

I have been giving up things for Lent as long as I can remember. Being raised in the Catholic Church, I was encouraged from a young age to give something up...growing up it was usually sweets. Even now, I try to give something up for Lent and I encourage my kids to also give something up. 

SO WHAT AM I GIVING UP FOR LENT THIS YEAR? 

This year, I am giving up drinking pop. I have gotten into a really bad habit of drinking a lot of pop again and I know it is not good for my overall health. I will be replacing pop with water. My husband is also giving up drinking pop. It is going to be a hard sacrifice for both of us, but will be worth it in the end.

I am also going to vow to exercise at least 20 minutes every day during Lent. I have let me weight and overall health go by the wayside and now is the time to get back into the habit of exercising and working on becoming a better me. I will do this either by walking the kids to and from school (when the weather allows), working out on the Wii, or working out to an exercise dvd. I own a couple and I can always get more at the library. 

I hope by doing these 2 things that I will feel more in control of who I am physically and will feel better overall, while reminding myself that my body is a precious gift and I need to take care of it. 


Do you give up anything for Lent?

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  1. When I was a kid I gave up sweets but being diabetic, that is a everyday thing now. I am terrible about complaining about things so that is what I am giving up this year. One year I gave up swearing (pretty much have stopped) and last year gave up getting really irritated with my kids (21 &18) when they drove me crazy. That one is a constant work in progress. Cheryl

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  2. I am not giving up anything but giving in. I know I feel much better when I follow a paleo diet, so for Lent I will be following one. The bad thing about it is every single thing I eat will have to be made from scratch, So I guess I am giving up some free time?

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  3. I think that it is great that you chose two things that will greatly benefit you. I had heard about a woman that was donating a few things everyday from her house. I thought that was a great thing.

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  4. I wish I could give up snow! I usually give up sugar.

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