Tuesday, February 21, 2012

In the spirit of lent...

I've been flipping through blogs again tonight...

I'm really enjoying reading about people's mini challenges (usually a week - month long). I've seen: using smaller plates, no sweets (aside from natural fructose), no booze, better water intake, work out every day, 500 pushups by the end of the week, walk/running X amount of miles, cutting 100 calories off your daily intake, blog every day for a week, etc... It makes me want to make a list of them and do a new challenge every week.

That in addition to a couple conversations with friends at work about their Lent plans... it's motivated me to give it a try. Now I know I shouldn't say I'm giving anything up for Lent since that tradition belongs to a religion and denotes giving something up for a spiritual and specific purpose. I'm not a very religious person. But I can respect that others are. So please know that this isn't derogatory nor do I mean to lessen the purpose of Lent.

Anyway... Starting tomorrow, I'm not going to go out to eat for 40 days. No restaurants, no campus food, no vending machines. Granted, campus food and vending machines are not really a challenge. But giving up the social activity of going out with people to stuff ourselves with fats and salts and too large portions... that's kinda tough.

I expect that I will benefit by learning new recipes and saving a ton of money. Okay, maybe not a ton. But probably a good $150.00 over the course of 40 days. And this isn't such a dramatic life altering change that I'll suck and give up. It's win-win, really.

Big Fat Tuesday Love,


  1. Good for you. You can do it!!

  2. Good idea to have a mini challenge or monthly. And 40 days is so doable! I can't wait to hear how it goes!

  3. That is a fabulous challenge! I'd join you, but I would have already lost today. I did a 'no spending' month and my bank account loved me for it. No eating out, no shopping, no clearance sales, no nothing other than complete necessities. I also do little spring cleaning kicks where I pull EVERYTHING out of my pantry and use it all up. Not one can of beans or pineapple left in the place, not one frozen pea standing. All gone. I'm real strange though. :) Good luck, Nanette!!!!

    1. You're totally a kindred spirit. Sometimes it's just nice to use things up. I'm all for writing letters right now. that way I can use up my stationary before I move. I'm also trying to work my way through some art supplies before I go. I really like that no spending thing though... I'll add it to my week/month challenges.


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