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Lent, Or something else?


Friday, February 15, 2013

First off, let me start by saying that I am not religious. I do know what the Christian holidays are about (Easter's meaning, etc), but I do not consider myself to subscribe to any one particular religion.

That being said, I was out to dinner with my crew on Ash Wednesday, and they were discussing what they were giving up for Lent. When it came to me, I said that I wasn't. I explained that I'm not religious. After some discussion, I decided to change my outlook on Lent, not as a reflection of Christ's time of deprivation, but instead as a time to give something up to prove to myself that I can.

It's been a good year to proving that I can so far. My first Half Marathon is behind me. Another is to come in just over a week.

So, I decided that I would give it a try.

One of my co-workers suggested chocolate. I suppose that this is a popular choice, however, I also know (and was looking forward to) the treat that I allow myself at Disney World. Toffee covered with chocolate and almonds. So, instead I picked something that I've struggled with for quite some time: Coke and Diet Coke (and by extension, the Pepsi's).

This is one that I think I'll have a hard enough time with that it will be a challenge, and should help me be healthier overall.

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BLVINBUTTERFLYS 2/17/2013 9:12PM

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JANEMARIE77 2/16/2013 9:09AM

    you can do it I struggled quite or restarted quite Finally I replaced soda with seltzer water and it did the trick I sometimes flavor with mio or lemon or lime I but don't buy the flavored (price and additives) Best of luck you can do it

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SAMI199 2/16/2013 5:38AM

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PEGGYO 2/15/2013 8:25PM

    way to go

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MAGA99 2/15/2013 7:43PM

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NEVERORNOW 2/15/2013 7:31PM

    Great choice! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 2/15/2013 6:09PM

    Good luck!

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GRIMMIE2 2/15/2013 5:14PM

    A common misconception about Lent is that one has to "give up" something. One can put a positive spin on it also, choosing instead to try to do something to better oneself, i.e., "walk 30 minutes daily," " read the Bible daily, " "do a random act of kindness," or whatever--you get the idea. But all that said, I wish you luck with your endeavor. Sacrificing something you like is a difficult thing, but then, if you're going to improve yourself, it is at times the necessary thing to do. Best of luck to you!

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JOHNMARTINMILES 2/15/2013 5:09PM

    Good, and healthy, choice.

Make today a great day!

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