Its Ash Wednesday!
I’m protestant, but Lent is something I’ve participated in seriously for a few years now.
The most intense sacrifice I’ve done so far was when I gave up bread. Going 40 Days without bread was eye-opening because it showed me how strong the PCOS hold is on my body. Not eating bread for 40 days made me a crazy person, but I’m glad I did it.
As I read about fasting as a spiritual practice, I’ve learned that weight loss might be a side effect, but it’s not the goal. The goal is to deny ourselves in an effort to get closer to God. For example, praying with every hunger pain during an absolute fast would increase my prayer life a WHOLLLLE bunch.
Because I have such a weird relationship with food, I find that my Lent sacrifices often center around what I consume. Denying myself certain foods/drinks works for me, but I have to remind myself that it’s not about the food/weight… on the other hand, some people practice Lent in order to lose weight.
So, a few questions:
-For those of you who do the Lent thing, do you choose things that will help you lose weight?
-For those of you who aren’t religious, do you join in on Lent in order to lose weight?
-What are you giving up this year?
p.s. I lost two more pounds this week… getting back on track!