February 9th, 2005


Lent, Again

Well, it's Lent again. I like Lent, truth be told. It's a time for me to challenge myself, and try to adopt a healthy habit or two. I am not so good at permanently adopting healthy habits, but 40 days I can do. It helps me prove to myself I'm capable of change, and that I'm capable of giving up comforts.

Last year Lent was extra challenging, because I had knee surgery right in the middle of it. This year, I won't (or at least, I have no plans to!) have any more surgery, so that should help. I'm also not traveling with my (ex) skating team either, so that should simplify things.

This year will be the fourth Lent in a row that I've given up my office building's elevator. That shouldn't be a problem, as I haven't set foot in the elevator since late summer or early fall I think. (I should have marked the day, but I didn't really decide I'd given it up for good until I'd already not taken it for awhile.) I even took the stairs my first day back from surgery -- but once I'd proved I could do it I decided that such stubbornness wasn't necessary, so I used the elevator for awhile 'til I'd healed more.

So, #1 on the list is obvious. But what should I do in addition? I'm considering making the following 4 resolutions:

1. Give up my office building's elevators (still)
2. Give up all candy (baked goods are still allowed)
3. Give up drive-thrus (those darn things are way too convenient!)
4. Do last year's 5-minute aerobic workout daily, plus 100 crunches

I tried to do #4 this morning, and found I remembered most of it but not all. Hopefully with a few more tries I'll remember the rest. If not, I might need to rethink #4. But otherwise, I think that's a good self-improvement list for the next 40ish days!

I like documenting it here, because publicizing it makes me more determined to keep these "Lenten Resolutions". Also, anybody here is welcome to check on me and make sure I'm doing okay, too! (...and if you catch me with a chocolate bar, feel free to slap my wrist.)