Fatty Fatty Tuesday

  Happy FAT Tuesday everyone!

Since yesterday's post was long and loaded I figured I'd lighten things up today. As you know, today is FAT TUESDAY and tomorrow is Ash Wednesday which kicks off the celebration of Lent. Even before I converted to Catholicism I practiced Lent.  Well, more dabbled than practiced, but I liked the idea of sacrificing something in my own life in preparation for Easter Sunday so it generally consisted of giving something up. I remember being really inspired by a friend of mine who gave up chocolate, cheese, AND soda one year in high school. I thought she was bonkers for doing all three at once {I would not survive without cheese} but I decided that since I'm a self-proclaimed chocoholic it would be beneficial to try to give it up. Boost the self-control, cut back on the sugar. Easy enough, right?

Wrong.

While I made sure all of the chocolate was out of the house , there was one thing I forgot about. I had a morning ritual of swinging by the WaWa that was ont he way to school {when I wasn't running late} and grabbing a cup of coffee. Well, a cup of sugary caramel latte. And so that I didn't have coffee breath during school I would grab a 'king size' Andes mint up at the register.

Andes mint = chocolate. High school Sara = unable to think clearly before 3rd period. Lenten chocolate fast = screwed up on day 1.

Yes, I failed my very first Lenten fast by forgetting that Andes mints are not just mints, but CHOCOLATE mints. I'm awesome.

So, since I'd already failed on day 1, I figured I may as well just scrap the whole 'no chocolate for 40 days' thing and enjoy the month+ leading up to Easter. Next year I'd try again.

The next year rolled around and I was determined to make my chocolate fast work! Day 1 of Lent and I'm feeling great about my chocolate-free decision, I'm JUST barely going to make it on time to school so there's no chance of me "accidentally" eating an Andes Mint from WaWa. So I grab my bag, grab a Slim Fast shake {the breakfast of champion high schoolers who refuse to wake up any earlier than they have to when school starts at 7:25} and am on my way to school. I feel a sense of pride as I come up to the light at the previous year's point of failure {aka WaWa} and smirk to myself thinking, "I can't believe I just 'forgot' that I was eating chocolate last year - what a bonehead I was", as I take the last gulp of my Slim Fast shake. My CHOCOLATE Slim Fast Shake. As I choke on that final gulp, realizing that I'd repeated my mistake for the 2nd year in a row, and admitting that I was, in fact, STILL a bonehead, I continued on to school.

You'll be happy to know that I didn't just bail on Lent all together that 2nd year, and although there were at least 3 other times in the span of 40 days when I realized I was  accidentally eating chocolate, I did make it to Easter at least TRYING to keep my fast.

Needless to say fasting didn't really happen for the next few years, and if it did it was interpreted quite loosely.

Now that I'm a confirmed Catholic and far more mature and disciplined than I was in high school, Lent is something I really enjoy participating in, and take pretty seriously. Last year the hubs and I fasted from sweets together. He also fasted from alcohol but since I rarely drink I just stuck with the sugary sweets. It was tough, I was jones-in for sweet tea and Nutella, but we got through it and I went into a full-fledged sugar coma once Easter came around. This year we've decided to cut out the sweets again and as a change of pace I'm going to try to add some things into my daily routine. Prayer is something I could always use more of in my life so that's one thing I'm really going to highlight over the next 40 days {hopefully forming a pattern that will last far beyond Easter Sunday}. Since I've stopped dancing and spend most of my time IN the house with Keelin I'm also going to make a point to increase my physical activity. Thanks to the world of iPhones I've added a few yoga and Pilates apps to my phone and plan on setting aside time each day to engage my body. NOT only that, but I'm going to limit the amount of time I have the TV on during the day. When you're a WAHM it can get kind of boring. No offense to my kid, who is a blast, but 3 hours of playing with tupperware can drain a mama, so it's not uncommon for me to have something {movie, tv show, etc} playing in the background throughout the day. Keelin has her own Sesame Street time but I've been disappointed in myself at how much that background noise has grabbed my main attention over my daughter or my work. No good. Has to change. Commencing change now - well tomorrow.

SO... now it's your turn to tell me about your Lenten adventures. Are you giving something up? Adding something to your daily routine? Do you have a Lenten FAIL story like mine worth sharing? How do you keep yourself on track for 40 days? TELL ME TELL ME TELL ME!

Until next time...

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link up weekLet me know if you are planning on joining me so I can give you a shout out the week of and check in on your link ups! Here are just a FEW of the link ups you can expect during Link UP week.

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