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What Are You Giving Up For Lent?

How the Season of Lent Can Motivate You

Today is Fat Tuesday, a time, it seems, to celebrate the excess. From alcohol-infused celebrations to indulgent feasts, Christians (and others) around the world take this last day to go all out before the pre-Easter season of Lent.


The gluttony of today will be gone tomorrow, however, since many will be fasting or otherwise giving up vices in honor of Lent. But even if you're not religious, Lent can be the perfect time to motivate or challenge your fitness routine or diet plans. The 40-day or so period is just enough time to notice the effects of a sacrifice or to form a habit, and being around three months into the year it can also act like a second chance for any resolution that's been forgotten from your New Year's list. And, much like New Year's resolutions, it can be comforting to know that other people are forgoing chocolate or vowing to run every day as well.

As a meat lover, I like to go vegetarian or pescetarian for Lent, but this year — after realizing that switching to decaf didn't make me any less addicted to coffee — there will be no more Starbucks runs for me! Instead, I'll be substituting that once a day au lait with water or green tea to stay hydrated, get some much-needed antioxidants, and hopefully form a new healthy habit by the end of it.

Readers, do you give something up (or make a resolution) for Lent? What's it going to be this year?

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ticamorena ticamorena 4 years
40 days meat free...feels like it'll never end.I eat very little processed foods, have been alcohol free since 18 and barely any chocolate/sets, meat is my main indulgence (read: obsession). I think my primary lenten commitment will have to be getting to bed early! anyhow, lent is good for the body and mind, but especially the soul so most of my commitments are religious/spiritual.
Leta-Shy Leta-Shy 4 years
You all have some good ones! Good luck to everyone!
nutella2683 nutella2683 4 years
It starts tomorrow on Ash Wednesday
JenniferVL JenniferVL 4 years
I'm thinking soda...I didn't even realize Lent started today. Wish me luck!
joghog joghog 4 years
No alcohol for me either!
acfreema acfreema 4 years
Complete soda DETOX!!
trinachka trinachka 4 years
Every year I resolve to give up chocolate, and on only one year have I actually succeeded. Of course, this means today I'm madly scarfing whatever Ferrero Rochers I have left. Now is that motivation or what.
jesikah85 jesikah85 4 years
I gave up soda for Lent about 9 years ago and it cured my soda addiction! Lent is a great motivator for me and I like to chose something hard. One year I gave up french fries and never did I realize how many fries I ate! Whether I ordered them or stole them from my husband's plate! I am already vegan so the meat isn't an issue. Maybe I should give up french fries again and hope for the soda success! Or maybe chips...they are my nemesis too...
heathbar6 heathbar6 4 years
I am not Catholic of Methodist, but I like the idea of giving up something. Last year I gave up candy and this year, a non-Catholic/Methodist friend and I are giving up ice cream together. I'm excited, because it always helps to have a challenge set in front of you to see if you can resist and keep strong during the period. A truth test of healthy willpower!
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