OT - What are you giving up/doing for Lent?
I'm going to give up being catholic. J/k. I'm not catholic.
Hahaha That's so funny the last time I heard it I fell off my dinosaur...
It's going to be fried foods for me. Should be almost impossible, considering how many things you never think about are fried in some way.
What about fish fries on Fridays? Those are the best!
You're a gay fish
MH20 i'm giving up pop also and junk food... i just finished my last 2 liter of cherry coke... the bitch is the huge bag of better made chips i got on sunday, its going to be staring at me for the next 40 days...
(Not really a practicing Catholic anymore) but I really need to get into shape and get off my fat ass. I don't think that I could cut out pop because well... that's kind of my vice. Maybe limit it to 5 "servings" of pop a week or something. Thoughts?
I don't think that I could cut out pop because well... that's kind of my vice.
Which is exactly why you're supposed to give it up for Lent, no?
I'm going to give up MGOBLOG. See you all in 40 days.
Talk about setting yourself up for failure. Might want to try something that you have even the slightest chance of succeeding with. Maybe like checking MGOBLOG more than 5 times a day?
Thankfully I'm Jewish and will never have to even contemplate attempting that.
Yeah, but no bacon? Ever? Considering the list of things Jews and Muslims can't eat or do, I figure we Catholics got off easy, only having to worry about this 40 days out of the year.
So the Rabbi says to the Priest: "You should try women. They taste better than ham."
Sorry, I couldn't do it. I love you guys too much.
I plan to give up
I'm giving up checking the board history to see if I'm recreating topics.
I just made my last trip to the vending machine until Easter.
I did that one lent a few years back and I had severe caffiene withdrawls n had headaches almost everyday of lent.
Good friend of mine has to drink 2-3 cups of coffee a day otherwise he gets horrible headaches. He drinks way too much coffee, clearly.
Best of luck, MH. I gave up coffee last year. The first four days I had a pretty bad headache that felt like a sinus headache. After that, it was just a matter of replacing the sensation of drinking something so I switched to water (in a giant Michigan Football cup).
Just how long did you go until you realized you had to drink something in place of pop? That could have something to do with the headaches, no?
I am giving up all sugary drinks, chocolate, and stuffing myself with pasta and breads.
it will be tough, let me know how that P90X thing goes, I will be trying to do some exercise as well.
I am not Catholic, but understand the value of the lenten season and so I make some commitments myself.
Giving up all alcohol, its going to be a long and hard 40 days.
(that's what she said)
My brother gave up beer one year and ended up drinking whiskey every night.
I heard if we give up love making, there might be a future national championship in the cards.
I would take this trade.
me too. i would give up your sex life for a national championship.
I also gave up pop/most sugar drinks last year for lent and still won't drink any, except for an occasional lemonade or sprite maybe once a month. I used to pretty much be addicted to Mt. Dew and was tempted numerous times in the first 8 months but I've stayed clean. I'd highly suggest giving it all up for a lot longer because after a year most drinks with sugar are no longer appealing. I'm much healthier now that I only drink water, along with low fat chocolate milk, and low fat Gatorade after workouts.
Because I'll still be doing P90X I plan on continuing my ban on pop/sweets, and the desired end result is where you say you currently stand - no desire to drink pop or other sugary drinks.
I probably won't give up G2 Gatorade, though. I figure the pros of the low-calorie stuff far outweighs the cons.
G2 is a great pop substitute because you can drink it when you have a sugar fix but still associate it with exercise.
drank gatorade last year when i gave pop for lent... i also gave up salt and went low sodium, so the gatorade helped out with that also...
Giving up pop for the most part and keeping myself hydrated with water at all times was one of the best decisions I've ever made. Drank tons of water this summer and worked out 6 or 7 days a week, now in the best shape of my life.
Once school started back up, I've been too busy to keep up with the regular work outs, but I still drink a lot of water, and of course lots of beer on the weekends, and really haven't gained any weight. Eliminating pop and drinking water throughout the day works wonders.
As for what I'm giving up, I skipped my first two classes of the semester today, and will (try) not to do so again for the rest of Lent. Going to be real difficult during that first Thursday of March Madness though. Also giving up french fries, which is kinda weak cause I don't eat them that much. I just love them.
I refuse to give up booze of any form, what the hell else is there to do on the weekends?
"After I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading."
My wife and I decided to give up the website we visited the most. For her it is facebook, for me it is...MGoBlog. This is going to hurt. Of course what better time to take the hiatus? No tournament for Bball or hockey and i'll be back in time for the Spring Game.
Who am I kidding, this is going to suck.
that you will be increasing your internet porn viewing instead and not replacing mgoblog with interaction with your wife.
It should be a strenueous exercise in self-control. (For me anyway because that stuff is like liquid crack)
Mountain Dew, which is my favorite. It's hard.
Watching football...and it isn't by choice.
I'm giving up white flour-based foods like bread and pizza. I very rarely eat non-100% whole wheat pasta so that should be okay. I live near a Lebanese bakery whose bread is awesome (and not whole wheat at all!)
where is the bakery? The one I live near stopped making their own bread and it makes me crazy.
Troy/Sterling Heights area--there's a bakery on Wattles and Dequindre and a fruit market that makes their own bread called Jerry's on Long Lake and Dequindre.
MGoJen, you're giving up something you rarely eat? Is that legit?
If so, put me down to give up cheering for Buckeyes, Sparties and the Fightin' Irish.
To clarify: I eat a ton of non-whole wheat bread (like from the Lebanese bakery) but not a lot of non-whole wheat pasta. I also eat a ton of pizza so this will be super hard.
Bye bye steaks, burgers, chicken, bacon, etc.
Though I'm not "officially" giving up any foods (other than sweets), I plan on eating healthier, which means a lot more chicken and fish for me. I couldn't imagine giving up all meat (that's what she said).
my whole house of new grads is giving up smoking...internet porn is a good idea also.
Hmmm... Smoking? Internet porn? I better come up with something else.
I will give up reading Drew Sharp and the Freep for Lent. The ultimate sacrifice.
Didn't seem to make a damn bit of difference, however.
There's no need to read it - if you keep visiting MGoBlog, each Freep article gets posted anyway.
My daughter and I are both giving up a true love - beer (for me) and pop (for her). Originally, she wanted me to give up alcohol and she'd give up sugar, but with a trip scheduled to Napa in two weeks with the wife, I told my daughter, "Beer and pop will be tough enough." Fortunately, she was cool with that.
I'm hopeful I can go the full 40 without beer. I REALLY enjoy it so this will be a good test. Who knows, maybe I'll become a wine conisseur (sp?).
Going on a cruise the day after Easter. God told me in a dream he doesn't want me to be fat (or maybe that was my wife whispering in my ear)
I gave up french fries last year. Not sure what I'm giving up this year yet...
I want to start visiting my grandparents at least 3 times a week.
MGoBlog- I think I check this site more than any other site on the web (especially given all the OT posts that provide me with all the news I need to read.) But seriously i think i check this site about 40 times a day. I need to go to Rehab in Alabama where there are no internets.
Alcohol- wait, that never works but damn i'd be able to save so much money! I'll try this anyway
Definitely will give up Soda...Pop...Soda!
(Note: I stack these goals up because it ups my chances that I'll succeed at one thing.)
You're in Michigan. It's pop booyyyy
Class of '06..... It's one of those things where when i'm in Michigan i'll say soda, and when i'm in NYC i'll say pop. I love to confuse people and keep them on their toes.
I'm not Catholic, but I always give up something for lent. This year I am giving up dessert, soda, and I am limiting myself to checking mgoblog in the morning before work. Seriously, I would be insanely more productive if I wasn't constantly hitting refresh. National Signing Day was my low point. I was held hostage by my computer waiting for Demar to sign.
Now I feel bad for just giving up pop.
Don't feel bad. The goal is not to see how much you can sacrifice. The goal is self improvement through self control. Something that I plan to give up might be very hard for me but very easy for someone else to sacrifice. I will see the benefits of my sacrifice where the other person would feel no different at all. This other person, if they wish to increase their willpower would add something more than simply giving up pop. Like say...dessert. The reward will come in steps. Next year I will hopefully have more self control than I do now. Then maybe next year I can say to myself "I will give up pop AND dessert"
All the best with P90X dude! That is one tough and crazy program.
Not trying to bring down your motiviation, but keep in mind to have a plan ready for post P90X, cause all the gains can dissappear with a few days on post P90X partying. I know from expereince. :(
Yeah, I know it doesn't take much to undo several months of working out. The good thing about this is that I am doing the workout with my roommate and 2 of our buddies. So we'll have a good support system with each other.
I tried ab ripper x a few times and I thought my hip flexors were going to fall off. I'm in pretty good shape, but the ab ripper is insane. The rest of the program isn't quite so bad.
It's nothing tangible, but messiness. My room is rather cluttered and I'd like to rectify that permanently.
How many people here do the custom, whatever you give up, you are then rewarded on Easter, in your basket, or how have you... I ask, cause my girlfriend never did that before, though now we do it every year.
Oh, I'm rewarded on Easter alright.... Intrinsically!
Just kidding, but I've never been rewarded either.
...but it would be awesome if I woke up on Easter morning to find crystal meth in my Easter basket!
J/K my fiance' is from Western PA and I'm from Eastern so growing I called Coke or Pepsi soda she calls it pop. I think the line is Penn St in PA where people call it different things. Most people call Cheesteaks "Philly" we just call them steaks.
Ok enough rambling on I'm giving up Ice Cream and Wings, not together as that would be sick.
I'm foreseeing a survey or thread on soda vs pop...fused in with a lot of neg and pos banging. Maybe it'll all balance out to 0.
Coke capital of the world.
They hate it when I say pop, which is why I like to lean into it a little more than I would back home.
A lot of my Catholic friends do/eat whatever it is they are giving up on Sundays (or at least one day during the week). That seems like cheating, but I guess it is widely accepted. I've never heard the Easter basket thing, but that seems like it would be a secular way of doing things. Whatever works for you.
The 40 days of the Lenten Season do not include the Sundays between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday, these are known as Feast Days. Now, I'm not Catholic, so I probably don't know all the rules, but I believe you are allowed to (even encouraged to) partake in whatever you've given up on those Sundays.
...the hunt for new incarnations of k06em01.
Also, Cheesy Poofs.
Is that you?
... I think I'm going with ice cream and chocolate.
As an aside - who else is doing it that isn't Catholic? I'm down in Texas and most of the non-Catholics (and even some Catholics) don't know it's not just Catholics that do it.
I'm convinced that giving up Twinkies for 40 days will absolutely NOT get me a better seat in heaven.
'sides, it's not in the bible.
im going to give up reading manga and watching anime when i should be studying econ. of course when i shouldn't be studying econ i will watch it
If your goal is to get ripped then P90x is for you. What most people don't know, however, is that the workout is the easiest part of any exercise regiment. If you want to attain anything from it the most important thing is diet, followed by 8-10 hours of sleep, then the workout itself.
Since I've gotten back into bodybuilding there aren't any foods I eat which are truly bad for me anyway and I can't remember the last time I had a pop so I'm going big this year. My um...girl buddy (insert something else for girl) is going to be pissed about this. I'm going abstinent for the whole damn thing. No girls, which will be tough because I'll be going to Miami next month, and basically without getting too gross what that guy did from 40 days and 40 nights. I have a show coming up in June so I figure this will help me focus on that more or it could give me a nervous breakdown.
I'll be taking bets on it all week.
"My um...girl buddy (insert something else for girl) is going to be pissed about this. I'm going abstinent for the whole damn thing."
Let me know if I'm getting close.
Haha. Starts with an f ends with an uck.
Anyway, good luck with all that.
Message Board Guy, the bodybuilder, is giving up girls and sex?
As if it were a choice.
LMAO... if I recall correctly this is the same guy who said I'm gay because I said John Wall is a stud.
I don't think so, this is King Of Belch/Barking Sphincter/Simi Masaquota, the guy that called you gay for calling John Wall a stud, is the guy with an OMG SHIRTLESS!!! Patrick Bateman as an avatar.
He removed the pic.
Yea, I fucked that all up, I misread the reply order. I'm an idiot. I thought Drew was confusing Tamburlaine and MichMike, when really he was just making fun of MichMike along with Tamburlaine/KOB/Barking Sphincter.
I couldn't care less if a guy (or girl--and no, it's not usually HOT in real life) WAS gay. And I think there's nothing wrong with a little homoeroticism from time to time. It's everywhere.
My goal is to get myself in excellent physical shape, along with severely reducing my intake of pop/sugar drinks and junk food.
I could workout everyday all day if I could. Working out is actually enjoyable. It's the eating part that is the toughest.
Diet is such an important part and eating the wrong foods or not eating the right amount can be detrimental. I've always struggled with diet, but never working out.
BTW I think we're all above 12 years old, you can say "Fuck Buddy" on the internet. No one's gonna neg (At least I won't).
Hahaha. I'll make that adjustment next time it comes up. Eating is definitely hard especially gaining mass without too much fat. It seems like all you do is eat all day long. Plus the biggest problem people have besides diet is over training. Why would you do extra work in the gym if it was detrimental? That's a tricky beast sometimes.
Who is the anonymous negger?
I was just wondering that myself. At first I thought I just had a secret admirer, but as I looked at the thread itself I saw scores of posts with 0 or -1 that I had previously plussed.
Yea I was a little curious why I got negged for a fairly innocent post. I did end it with something along the lines of "I refuse to give up booze, what the hell else is there to do on the weekends?". If that is neg-worthy, so be it. But I will stick behind that statement for probably the next 40 years of my life.
I'm guessing the devout atheists on the board don't like this topic.
relating pagan holidays (spring feast: fertility, bunnies, eggs, birth, conception, survival - things that humans have celebrated for hundreds of thousands of years) to Christian ones that have nothing to do with each other. When you look at it, each of the holidays we celebrate has more roots in the old meanings than those of Christianity. When the Church was deciding when to place their holidays, they put them on the same days that our race already celebrated. Haloween is the only one untouched by the fish/goti/people/stuff.
OK, here comes the loss of my mgopoints.
There is a conspiracy theory movie called Zeitgeist that you can find in Google Video. The first part is all about linking Pagan mythology to Christian tradition. I think a lot of the connections that they make are a stretch, but it is very interesting to watch.
I haven't seen that video, but you'd be surprised just how much Christian dogma and holidays are influenced by the previous pagan and polytheistic religions.
That movie is completely bunk and made me ROFL so many times. It was like "The Egyptians believe that the SUN was God...Christians believe Jesus was the SON of God!! Christianity is fake ROFLMAOZEDONG". Not even making that up, it's literally in the movie. Really funny.
That's what I was referring to with the stretches they were making. But all of the correlations to astrology and ancient mythologies is interesting to me.
so you know of lupercalia?
It only makes sense to merge your new 'holiday' idea with an already accepted holiday time. E.G. - Commercial Christmas merges with/eats Christian Christmas. E.G.2 - Valentine's Day co-opting the misery most people already feel in mid-February. Now the lonely folks can really wallow in it.
Incidentally, I've heard that before declaring independence, our forefathers took a poll to discern the part of the year during which people felt "most free". They planned to unleash one of the most awesome parchment-type proclamations of all time, and wanted to make sure people were in the mood. I think we all know how that poll turned out.
Candy... which sucks because I almost exclusively eat Jelly-Belly Sport Beans while exercising.
The current ad at the top of my screen is for CatholicMatch.com, anyone else have that?
I'm going to give up auto-negging anyone who uses the terms...
1. 'Nuff Said
4. Anyone who thinks it's funny to copy Brian's..."Chart?...Chart!" type of saying.
But I haven't kept a lenten promise since I was probably 6, so I'm sure this will only last until Friday.
Giving up Fast Food...
I already gave up
anything with high fructose corn syrup
all white flour products
all fried foods
cool-aid, (hell, everything but moo juice and h2o)
foods that are processed into any other product
cake except on a birthday
tea hot and iced
cereal except granola
marrital relations, i've been married 12 years
spending money- saving to replace a 10 year old car
wine (sort of)
candy, last saturday really sucked
semi fast food
casual adult themed restaurants
did i mention pop (yes)
any meat product containing msg
well you get the idea,
see you at the spring game
Soda & jerking off.
I'm giving up Science and reverting back to God. I'm going to play the lottery everyday and if I win, I will become a priest.
Wish me luck.
I'm not Catholic either (protestant), but I usually give something up for Lent. Last year I gave up booze, and I'm doing the same thing this year. The first week sucks, then not so bad. But on Easter afternoon I poured myself a tall Jameson's on the rocks, and I plan on doing the same this April 4th as well (not that I'm counting already or anything).
NO-Xplode and late-night cereal
I've got you all beat... I'm giving up all things sexual (this includes relationships, porn, relationships with porn, and choking the chicken). Wish me luck
I'm not Catholic, so my family has never really observed Lent in any real capacity, but they have given up things for the 40 days every other year or so.
I won't be giving anything up but I commend those who choose to. Good Luck.
I was just wondering how everyone's doing with what they gave up/changed for Lent.