What’s not to love about Lent?

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As a Catholic child, Lent was a time of year to ‘give up’ something. During the 40 weekdays from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday, we were taught to give up or abstain from worldly pleasures. Now, worldly pleasures for a small kid in a big family is an ambiguous term. So we gave up something we cherished. Again, living in a home with limited treats, no desserts and no allowance, my worldly pleasures were already few. I remember one year I gave up chewing gum and candy and fighting with my siblings. Another time I gave up candy… not too difficult when there’s none in the house.

In my adult years, I’ve embraced Lent as my 6 week New Year’s Resolution. I can do anything for 6 weeks, can’t you?

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Additional steps for Lent

During Lent, I find ways to improve things about me. Here’s my plan for this year:

  • Steps. Increase steps to 120000 daily (that’s 6 miles of walking.)
  • Fruits/Veggies. Make sure I eat a total of 4 fruits/veggies per day.
  • Water. Up my water consumption by 2 liters — yum!
  • Love. Find ways to give it, grow it, spread it, nurture it, feed it and embrace it.

What’s not to love about Lent?



17 thoughts on “What’s not to love about Lent?

  1. Good post. I am Roman Catholic and I may adopt one or two of your items to do for Lent…i. e. up my steps, water, fruit and veggies and practice my Tai Chi more! Thanks for the inspiration.


  2. I’m an ex-catholic myself but I still LOVE Lent!
    Staying off Facebook for 40 days! Wow!
    Perhaps I’ll give up tv for Lent too?
    No FB for Lent — keep me updated and I’ll let you know how the no tv zone goes for me, ok? I may track the books I read instead!

    Yippee for us!


  3. I will … for sure! Will be an interesting project … to see if I miss it at all, and if THEY miss ME. LOL

    TV would be difficult for me in this little apartment … that would mean that I’d have to force my husband to give it up, and I don’t want that. Even though it’s on in the evenings I pay very little attention to it most of the time.

    When there’s some show that I actually am interested in, then I put my feet up and watch wholeheartedly.


  4. When it’s a special treat then TV is a wonderful tool. When it’s on all the time … ugh! The words become noise and I resent it. But having something special that the 2 of you look forward to and share … that’s the best!


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  6. I also grew up in a Catholic family. Very similar to yours Marge. As you said, giving up things you only had rarely, wasn’t much of a sacrifice. One year I gave up butter. Talk about tough!!! And it had to be my own secret sacrifice. If my siblings every found out what I gave up, they’d make a point of eating and enjoying it more. Walking has been tough for me lately, so I’ve decided to up my sit ups. I’ve been very lax with them and am trying to do 100 a day. Not all at one time. but during the course of the day. I still don’t eat meat on Ash Wed. or Fridays. It’s just something ingrained in me. (The good nuns perhaps???) Plus, I get to up my fish intake! 37 days and counting!!!


  7. HI Gracie Sam and thanks so much for the comment above and the ABC award! Growing up Catholic was such a huge part of who I am today even though I no longer practice. The holy days, the First Fridays, Lent, Advent, Feast of the Assumption and so much more was woven in and out. I’m glad it happened!


  8. Hi Sue, It was a crazy time back then – giving up things that we rarely had in our lives. I think Lent became more real to me when I made thoughtful choices and decisions. Congrats on 100 situps per day! That’s a good amount by the time Easter rolls around.

    For me, in addition to steps I’m not watching TV during Lent. With one exception and only if I’m in motion (doing steps, cooking, ironing, etc). Lent with a purpose!


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