OT - What are you giving up/doing for Lent?

Submitted by MH20 on February 16th, 2010 at 2:42 PM

For those who participate, what are you giving up (or doing that you normally wouldn't) for the Lenten season?

I myself am giving up any kind of pop, most sugar drinks (fruit juice not included -- I love apple juice), and candy/sweets. I will also be starting P90X, though of course that will go longer than the 40 days of Lent. My goal is to continue to stay away from these things (or at least limit their intake) while finishing the workout program, post-Lent.



February 16th, 2010 at 2:47 PM ^

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...


February 16th, 2010 at 2:47 PM ^

(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?


February 16th, 2010 at 3:30 PM ^

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).


February 16th, 2010 at 2:55 PM ^

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.


February 16th, 2010 at 3:03 PM ^

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.


February 16th, 2010 at 3:43 PM ^

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.


February 16th, 2010 at 4:10 PM ^

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?


February 16th, 2010 at 3:09 PM ^

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.


February 16th, 2010 at 3:13 PM ^

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!)


February 16th, 2010 at 4:58 PM ^

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.