Sweet Surrender

Today is Ash Wednesday. The Easter bunny will arrive in 46 days. ‘Tis the season for sacrifice.

Just about a decade ago (good grief did time go by quickly), G.G. and I decided to tackle Lent together. We gave up chocolate. The night before Easter, I stayed up until midnight – watching the seconds tick by until the moment I could maim my milk chocolate rabbit and devour his ears.

Last year, I didn’t give up anything. I figured I’d already given up enough to comply with pregnancy rules. And that which I had not voluntarily given up because of potential danger for my unborn children, my body spent the first trimester (including Lent) rejecting in a projectile fashion.

But this year, I felt that I should honor the vast amount of prayer lists the muppets and I spent months on. My boys are home and healthy, so in the grand scheme of the universe my Lenten sacrifice is not much to give up.

But just in case, I’m posting my promise publicly. Maybe that will make it easier to stick with it throughout the next 46 days.

This season, I decided to relinquish my desserts and junk food.

Perhaps it will make me more zen-like and serene. Perhaps it will result in a number of “oh my God, I need chocolate in the way the muppets needed air!” posts. Either way, I’m pretty sure you’ll be able to find me at an Easter vigil mass, staring down the clock, with See’s assorted chocolates stashed in my Easter bonnet.

And in case it wasn’t clear, back slowly away from my rabbit ears…



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5 Responses to Sweet Surrender

  1. Gramma J

    I think you will feel lots better! I have given up cookies and carbs (to help my digestive system) and lo and behold, after only a week, my complexion has cleared up. As Jack LaLanne said, “If man made it, don’t eat it.”

  2. Abe

    To be fair … small doses of Dark Chocolate have been known to be beneficial to your health and could easily be re-classified out of the junk food category. (so in a pinch, I’ve got your back)

  3. I think I could forgo all sweets without much ado, but chocolate? No way man! The fam and I are giving up meat for Lent. I’ve also added no new clothes as my personal sacrifice. That one’s going to be tough.

    I’m running a mini-challenge on my blog where others pledge to “do without” for 40 days. You’re welcome to join! http://midnightmaniac.com/post3097

    There will be weekly linkups every Wednesday to submit your posts – hopefully not “oh my God, I need chocolate in the way the muppets needed air!” posts – but we’ll take those too. There are a few people participating that have pledged to do without sweets. You can root for each other.

    I’ll be rooting for you! Good luck!
    ♥ Rebecca Jean
    Midnight Maniac

  4. Winifred Ahern

    I like Abe’s comment — chocolate can be regarded as healthful – at least that’s the excuse I’m using. Good luck! You are truly heroic to make such a sacrifice! G.G.

  5. Joanne Hamann

    Good for you! Don’t think I could do it…

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