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.