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And Lent Continues

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Today is the beginning of Lent. I don't want to be cynical, but it's been Lent around here for a long time.

After being diagnosed with diabetes 3 years ago (what I call Phase 1):
I gave up
- all sugary drinks, including juice
- candies, donuts, pies, and cakes (I didn't even want a birthday cake)
- ice cream
- anything with powdered sugar on it

After learning more about nutrition (Phase 2):
I didn't give the following up completely, but severely cut the consumption:
- chocolate
- potatoes in all forms
- pasta
- pancakes

After deciding on actively working on weight loss last November (Phase 3, what I call the Spark People Phase):
Cut down even more on:
- any type of fried foods
- portion sizes
- processed foods
- peanut butter (it's healthy, but I'll eat half the jar in one sitting)

It really doesn't bother me; I've just put that stuff out of my mind, like it doesn't even exist. Besides, I like veggies, fruits, lean meats, and eggs, so it hasn't been as big of a sacrifice as people might think.

Still, I really can't think of anything to give up for Lent this year, except the meat on Fridays (but I'm probably exempt from that now, because I need to get more of my calories from protein, and lean meat is one of the best sources - I could try to eat more fish, though). So, for Lent this year, I'm just going to keep up my healthy eating habits.

Feasting? When Lent is over, I'll eat a lot of Easter Eggs - the hard boiled kind, not the ones made from chocolate.
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    What discipline and resolve!!! Can you send some my way??!!
    1758 days ago
  • 50ISNEW30
    You have taken your health very seriously and I so admire that. For Lent, maybe instead of giving up a food, you could give up an hour of TV or computer time. Both of those would be a sacrifice for me.
    Have a very special Lenten season.
    1759 days ago

    For Lent besides giving up my cocktails in the evening which probably make me more self centered than God centered , I think I should give up or let go of blaim for others and maybe myself too. If I blaim others for not meeting my personal goals I will probably harden my heart towards them and maybe I should have the same attitude toward my self and try to stay in the now . Then maybe in EAster feast on the beauty of the wonsderful people in my life. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1763 days ago
    wow you have come a loong way! You should be proud of yourself.

    Keep it up!
    1763 days ago
    Good for You! I wish you strength!

    1763 days ago
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