Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Jonesin' On Ash Wednesday

Lent is here, and that means it's time for me to think about what I need to change in my life, and what one thing would be difficult to give up.

Where should I start? Is my first thought.

Eating out.
Wasting time.
Television (although it would have to be a partial on this one because I can't give up my day job).

There's a bunch of stuff I do that could use a bit of temperance.

I mulled over the list and decided I'll be giving sugar the boot for Lent.

As a practicing Catholic, I am expected to make some sacrifice that will challenge me and help me reflect on the sacrifice Christ made for me on the cross.

You're probably thinking at this point, Who knew Kate was so Churchy?

My faith kind of ebbs and flows like an ocean. Sometimes I am rocking hard core, other times I am a little bit reserved. But it's always there, as reliable as the tides.

And so I am trying to make a little gesture to God to give thought to and thanks for all he's done in my life.

Anyway, back to the sugar...

I took a step back and looked at the situation, and immediately acknowledged that my muffin top is turning more into a pinched loaf, so to speak, and that this was a situation deserving immediate action.

So, I settled on those sweet, crystalline grains of happiness. No more baked goods, no more candy, nary a pinch of sugar in my coffee (which isn't really a problem because I'm a card carrying member of the Splenda Nation).

It's going to be tough.

At least my family buys in to the philosophy that someone can do on Sundays whatever they give up for Lent.

Is that fudging it?


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NB-C said...

Not having to give up anything for Lent is what makes growing up Baptist worth it...well, maybe not worth it, but you know what I mean. Baptists don't have all that guilt...we don't care if Christ suffered so we won't have to. We just ask that you don't drink, play Bingo or fornicate. :)

Kate The Great said...

But Miss N, that's our trade off for the guilt.

All the beer and blackjack at the festival and all of the time trying to have kids ;)

I am really going to miss my sweets though.