Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Day 1: Sugar Free & Meat Free Challenge

Part of our Lenten observation this year involves a big change for me and Mike: we are giving up sugar. 

We've been down the vegetarian road before and we generally eat very little meat, so the meat-free part of this challenge is not news worthy.  Sugar free, on the other hand, will be quite a change for us.  We tend to do a lot of snacking late at night, after the kids are in bed.  (Hey, that stuff isn't healthy for the kids!)

To prepare for the Lenten sacrifice, many people choose to pray for strength and discipline; others gently wean their bodies off of the forbidden food.  What did we do? WE ATE IT ALL!

Every chance we had (i.e. when the kids weren't looking!), we gobbled up a cheeseburger or a handful of Girl Scout cookies.  We ate more meat and sugar in the last two weeks than we have in a long time.  We were like bears preparing to hibernate. Ash Wednesday couldn't have come sooner.

At the end of these 40 days, I expect that we will have lost a few pounds, regained some energy, and generally feel better.  I'm looking forward to sharing some of our journey with you.

Wish us luck!

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