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3/11/13 9:20 A

I wish I had the commitment that you do to stay away from bread~ I love my carbs! :)

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3/11/13 9:02 A

Reached the halfway point this past weekend. I had tomato soup this past friday along with some juices I made. I only will do a full fast on Good Friday.

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3/11/13 7:13 A

Here is a link with a variety of DailySpark blogs with meatless ideas that might help.

Keep at it!

Coach Tanya

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3/10/13 9:20 A

I've already morphed my menu to become healthier.
No amount of setting rules will make it better, and won't make me holier.

In fact, the moment I start making rules; I look for ways to break them.

Best wishes for your continued success.

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3/10/13 9:03 A

Thankfully, for the Lent Fasters, Easter is on March 31st this year in America. And I didn't give anything up. I grew up in a Christian church (Evangelical Free) that didn't really do that but maybe someday, I will.

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3/9/13 4:20 P

I'm staying away from meat along with breads.I find the bread harder for me than the meat

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3/9/13 12:50 P

Different denominations do indeed "do" Lent differently. For some, it doesn't necessarily have anything to do with meat at all-- you're encouraged to give up something that you really like. Could be chocolate or bread or Coke or your daily Starbucks latte. Doesn't have to be food either. Could be smoking or drinking alcohol or your favorite tv program. And some denominations fast during the day, eating just the evening meal (which can include meat).

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3/9/13 8:45 A

Good for you! My Lent was not as difficult for me as it usually is. Being very happy not to eat meat at every dinner, in the past it was always on Fridays during Lent that I craved for a hamburger or ribs, or whatever meat. This year has not been as tempting.

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3/9/13 8:45 A

I thought all 40 days of Lent were meatless?

I live in a country where Lent starts later as we're on the Julian calendar, it doesn't start this year til March 18. Once it does, I think the only animal products allowed are seafood (like squid and mussels, but not fish with bones). No dairy or eggs or anything like that. I guess the different denominations have different rules about Lent!

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3/9/13 8:23 A

Easter is March 31st this year. It's always the first Sunday after, the first full moon after, the first day of Spring (Vernal Equinox). Usually easier to just look at a calendar (they'll have it marked) or google it.

Yay for making it through! I've always found that those days where it's tougher-- well they're a good time to contemplate why I chose to do it in the first place. If it was always easy, it wouldn't reflect the real reason why it's done.

Edited by: MISSRUTH at: 3/9/2013 (08:24)

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3/8/13 10:01 P

So, normally I love veggie dishes, and I haven't had a seafood dish I haven't loved. I guess I just had an "off" day today, because I really wasn't in the mood for a meatless day... Nevertheless, I suffered through, and made it all day without eating meat. Subway veggie delight (loaded) sub for lunch, and had lentil soup and scallops with Brussels sprouts and butternut squash for dinner. Came in within my calorie range too! I'd say that's a success! Hope you other Christian fasters made similar choices today!

And btw, how many more days until Easter?! I also gave up nighttime TV for Lent, which is SERIOUSLY annoying at this point!!!

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