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?