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Lent Begins
I'm not Catholic. I'm a Christian, but I don't regularly practice any specific denomination. Even so, I like to "give something up" for Lent.

It's not really giving something up though, it's more like a Lenten Resolution. I don't make new year's resolutions, as they are too likely to be doomed to failure. Resolving to do something your whole life is just way too monumental a task to contemplate on January 1st. Even resolving to do something for 365.25 days is awfully daunting. That's why the majority of new year's resolutions are broken.

So I make Lenten Resolutions. Lent is 40 days, plus some sundays. 46 days? Something like that, I haven't counted. Anyway, it's a specifically defined time period, between Mardigras and Easter. It's a large enough time block to be challenging, but it's manageable. Making a small life-change for Lent is a great way of proving to myself that I don't need some of the luxuries I depend on, and that healthy changes are possible, even if challenging.

Generally they don't stick very long past Lent. Generally. But.... last year, like the year before, I gave up using the elevator in my office building. I am pleased to report that I have not even set foot in any of my building's elevators since Mardigras last year. That's right: I just never started again. I never saw the point. The longer I abstained, the more important it became. Each time I consider using the elevator, I have to ask myself: do I really want to break my almost-year-long streak? Is it really worth that much to me, that I can't take the stairs? And it hasn't been, there's never been a good-enough reason, so for a year now I've taken the stairs to the fourth floor. Every day, usually a few times a day. I'm very proud of this fact.

It is very possible I may break that streak, after I have knee surgery next month. That might be a worthwhile excuse. But I don't really want to... we'll see how I feel, the first day I return to work.

So Lent this year will be a bit different. I'm expecting to have knee surgery smack dab in the middle of Lent, and I want to baby myself a bit through that. That may seem a bit pathetic, but I expect that I will be unhappy enough as it is -- I'd rather not deprive myself of sweets, or ice cream, or something similar that might make the time a bit more tolerable. Also, I can't give myself an exercise routine to do every morning, since I'll be incapacitated for part of the time.

Therefore, I've settled on the following Lenten Resolutions:
  • Give up fast food for the whole of Lent
  • Continue giving up the elevator as long as possible
  • Do my TE 5-minute aerobic workout, plus 100 crunches, every morning until surgery

Post-surgery, I'll just see what happens. I'm just not sure how I'll feel yet, nor how quickly I'll bounce back. I guess I'll find out soon enough!


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jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: February 25th, 2004 02:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

Four Questions

I thought Catholics were Christians by definition?

Define Fast Food please.

What is the TE 5 minute workout?

Does doing it help you get going in the morning?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 25th, 2004 02:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Four Questions

1 - yes, a subset. all catholics are christians but not all christians are catholics.

2 - hm, how about "a restaurant with a drivethru". y'know, mcdonalds, taco bell, wendy's, KFC, etc.

3 - TE = Team Elan. It's our warmup routine we do before we skate, I helped choreograph it.

4 - kinda. hard to say....i've only done it twice so far in the morning.
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: February 25th, 2004 09:12 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Four Questions

1. Better to say I'm not a Catholic but perhaps...

2. Yes take out food is OK like Thai, real Mexican, etc.
How about no fried or fatty fast food?

3. What's in the TE warmup routine aside from 100 crunches?

4. Keep it as long as you can you might see a difference.

Wow 200 crunches I don't think I quite got that high in my twenties I am up to 70 assorted.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 26th, 2004 09:58 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Four Questions

Jumping jacks, kickboxing stuff, dance stuff, etc.

Crunches aren't very hard for me... probably a good thing!
replyhazy From: replyhazy Date: February 25th, 2004 02:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
jeez, 100 crunches??

I suppose I could do about 25.

Are you sure you should do them every day? My weight training books say to leave a day in between working a muscle set to give it a chance to strengthen itself.

How long do you think you'll be off work after you have your knee done?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 25th, 2004 02:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, I have very strong stomach muscles. I used to do them in sets of 200 - yikes! So it's not really weight training to do 100, just conditioning.

I'm not sure. I figure a week and a half, maybe then working from home for a week? It'll be my driving leg, so I think getting to work will be harder than actually working. Also depends on how projects are going, and how badly they need me back!
replyhazy From: replyhazy Date: February 25th, 2004 02:56 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ewww, yes, getting in and out of the car and then driving is going to be quite annoying.

Best of luck!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 25th, 2004 03:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! (:
cannibal From: cannibal Date: February 26th, 2004 05:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay you... that's totally great.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 27th, 2004 09:08 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks! *hugs*
cannibal From: cannibal Date: February 27th, 2004 12:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
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