So today is Shrove Tuesday, a.k.a. Pancake Day! As I was super naughty last week and had quite a lot of bad food during my meant-to-be-junk-food-free days because my mum visited (it’s all her fault), I am not allowing myself to have any pancakes today. Of course tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, and for the first time in forever (cue the Frozen soundtrack) I have decided to give something up for Lent. I don’t remember having ever done this before, even though I’ve been brought up a Christian (I was even born on Easter Sunday!) and have attended church most of my life. But most people I know who give something up for Lent aren’t even religious.
I’ve decided that I’m really going to challenge myself: I have already given up sweet junk foods (i.e. sweets, cake, chocolate, pastries, ice cream) through the week, so – with the exception of my birthday, which is near the end of Lent this year anyway – I am going to extend this and completely give up sweet junk foods for the whole of Lent. I am still allowed alcohol and chips and cheese and crisps and takeaway etc on the odd occasion I fancy them (which isn’t often) but I’m going to cut out the naughty sweet stuff altogether.
Even whilst writing this right now I can see myself failing fairly quickly, which isn’t a good start, but at the moment I just feel that my body needs a bit of a detox and I seriously need to do something about my sweet tooth. It is going to be such a big challenge, but (at the moment anyway) I really want to succeed. My flatmates are all quite big sweet-stuff fans, which will make it all the harder, but I suppose it’s good to really test yourself once in a while!
What are you giving up for Lent, if anything? I really hope that in 40 days’ time, we’ll be able to say “WE DID IT”!!
(Picture taken from Google images.)