Growing up as a Catholic, I was always asked by all the adults in my life, "What are you going to give up for Lent?" Since I've always struggled with my weight, I always tried to give up things like cookies or ice cream. I don't think I was ever successful.
I no longer consider myself Catholic and I haven't thought about giving up something for Lent in years. Over at Tribesports though I have been doing a lot of healthy eating challenges, so when one came up asking us to challenge ourselves to give up something for Lent, I figured I would give it a go.
I've decided to give up potato (and other vegetable, since I much prefer parsnip) chips for the next 40 days.
My other food challenges currently include no candy for 2 weeks, a low carb diet for 1 week, drinking green tea every day and no coffee shop coffee for 2 weeks. And outside of Tribesport challenges I have also cut myself down to 1 cup of coffee a day (with half the sugar in it that I used to use), no pop and no alcohol.
The surprising thing of all this? I don't crave any of the things I've given up. I don't feel hungry or unsatisfied during the day. I don't feel deprived at all. And I'm seeing the results in my weight already. Win-Win!
So what are you giving up?