For Lent this year, I am giving up paczkis. That one's pretty easy, since I only eat them on Mardigras anyway. However, I am challenging myself this year. I am also giving up chocolate and artificial sweetener.
Yes, that's right. You read this properly. I'm giving up chocolate. AND... I'm giving up diet coke. Chocolate! Diet Coke! This is going to be a challenging couple of months, because I really love both of those things.
Why? Why would I do this to myself? Well, mostly to prove to myself that I can. I don't need any of that stuff, it's not good for me... and I like to occasionally remind myself that I am stronger than my cravings.
I'm not good at permanently making healthy life-changes. But I can last a couple of months; I know I can. It will be challenging, but it will be good for me.
I've successfully given up chocolate for Lent in the past. (Last year I gave up candy, which is similar (though not exact).) It's a good thing to give up, because it's bad for me and sometimes I have a tendency to over-indulge in it. Giving ourselves some time apart helps me remember that chocolate is a treat, not a necessity.
Avoiding artificial sweetener though, this is a new thing for me. I'm mainly doing it as an experiment. As somebody who easily gains weight, I've always chosen diet coke, equal, and things like that as a means to enjoy something sweet without consuming extra calories. But there are several articles out indicating that artificial sweeteners may actually lead to weight gain.
I don't know if this is true or not, or if so how much, but it's worth a Lenten Experiment. Especially since all those chemicals probably aren't that good for me anyway... no matter how much I may love my diet cola beverages.
So here we go, day one of giving up artificial sweeteners. It's going well so far. I haven't slipped up even once!
Except... I could kill for a nice icy cold diet coke. Well, maybe not kill, but maim. No, even that's not true. But I would happily elbow somebody firmly out of my way, if only it weren't Lent.
This is going well. Yes. I can do this. It'll get easier....I hope!