I was unaware that it was Ash Wednesday until it was already almost over. By the time 5 o clock rolled around and it finally dawned on me, I was boarding a plane to England and only planned on being up a couple more hours before I put on my eye mask and called it a day. I quickly went over in my head all of the things I had briefly considered giving up for Lent. This will actually be my first year ever participating, but it always has sounded like a good idea and I actually wanted to give it a go this year.
After some internal deliberation, I decided I would give up desserts for 40 days. No more sweets for me. This is a little more complicated than it might seem. You see, I really like dessert. And lucky for me, it does nothing negative to my waistline. I also happen to frequent the Olympic Training Center dining hall where there is always a full array of cookies, brownies, cakes, pies, and ice cream on a daily basis. I try not to overindulge but I always tell myself that one cookie won’t kill me. (brownie a la mode if I’m feeling extra special). So sure, it’s easy to not give in when you don’t have the temptation staring you right in the face all the time, but when you do it gets a little tricky to not reward yourself at least every other day.
So it was settled. But then I remembered something…I actually stuffed a small piece of cake in my mouth that morning for breakfast. (don’t worry…I had some eggs first). I don’t know why, really. I was at my friends house and I saw it just staring at me from it’s nice little cake display, so I quickly cut off a small piece and didn’t bother with a plate or a fork. I guess that’s even more proof that this might be a good thing to give up for Lent. Only thing is, my Lent will now be only 39 days. It’s a start.
What is everyone else giving up for Lent???