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Lent 2017 – Giving up Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube!

Every year about this time, Lent rears its ugly head and friends ask “So, what are you giving up for Lent?”  In years past, I’ve done deserts, chocolate, fast food, meat (I was vegan for 40 days), etc.  This year I decided to cut some ties to my online accounts (albeit for a little while).  I am giving up Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube for Lent.

I found that these three services/products (?) are my largest distraction from every day life.  It is easy to fall into the pit of all three services and while away entire weekends with nothing to show.  So in an effort to become a better person, logging out.

I am following my fiance’s lead on this (she’s staying away from Facebook) and I thought I might share in the e-withdrawals.

 

Lent 2014

It is Lent, and being the “reasonably” good Irish Catholic boy that I am it is time to give up something for the next 40 days.

Why give up something for Lent?
Well, according to the website Busted Halo:

…Lent, the period of 40 days that precedes the celebration of Easter, has its origin in the early days of the Church. Converts seeking to become Christian, who at that time were mostly adults, spent several years in study and preparation. Under the threat of Roman persecution, becoming a Christian was serious business, so their process of preparation was intensive! Then they went through a final period of “purification and enlightenment” for the 40 days before their baptism at Easter. The rest of the Church began to observe the season of Lent in solidarity with these newest Christians. It became an opportunity for all Christians to recall and renew the commitment of their baptism….

Many people view it like a New Year’s resolution, trying to better themselves by giving something up and at the end of the 40 days – they would have a remarkable change.

In years, past I have tried to give up:

  • All animal products – I went hardcore vegan for 40 days.  I did my research and had a total change of lifestyle.  Change of shampoos and soap (I ended up using a lot of Dr.Bronner’s products).  There was a change to the way my hair and skin felt and my digestion was a bit “off”.  Towards the end, I did feel weak and when I returned to “regular food” it took a while before I was back to normal.  I did learn that I HATE tofu.
  • Caffeine – I lasted almost a month giving up caffeine.  Now, I didn’t think ahead and taper off but went cold turkey.  The headaches and anxiety were expected, but I didn’t think the verbal outbursts would occur.  I had one instance of jumping at someone with intent of really hurting them.  I was carried out for lunch to “cool down” and when I got back to the office, there was a case of Coca-Cola and a few Red Bulls on my desk with a “Drink Me” note.
  • Red Meat – This is one that is my goto item when in doubt.  I usually do well on this and only once lost my mind and ended up at Wendy’s on Good Friday looking for a double cheeseburger.
  • Fast Food – Easy one and I actually felt better afterwards.

Well this year I thought I would do two things.  I gave up red meat and deserts.  I could really cut down on my sweets and reducing my red meat consumption can’t be bad.

 

Week 3 – No Meat

I am into week #3 (almost full month actually) since I gave up eating meat.  I am still getting protein from beans and other vegetables.

I went to a gym function and had my status updated.  I received confirmation as to where I currently am and where I need to be.  There were no surprises.  I did pick up a container of “meal replacement” powder that is to be mixed with skim milk and taken in lieu of meals in the weight loss process.  It is soy based, and I experienced my usual reaction to soy-based products.  But I have that as a back up in case I am running low on protein.

I don’t have any large cravings for meat – that’s not really a surprise.  I do know that I need to eat a lot more vegetables – I’ve been lax on that.

Nothing really good/bad/indifferent to report this week.  A few salads, a few grilled cheese sandwiches, a seven-layer burrito or two.

Week 2 – No Meat

Well, it has been two weeks since I’ve given up eating meat.  And since then, I have noticed some changes.

First, my skin has cleared up.  I don’t know if there were more saturated fats or if it is because I am eating more vegetables and fruits, but my skin is a lot clearer, and I have noticed that there are patches of skin on my face that are sloughing off quicker than average.

Secondly, I have experienced some occasional lightheadedness.  One of these occurred when I was in line at the bank depositing my paycheck.  I went to a restaurant and picked up something quick.  I was fine the rest of the day.

Thirdly, I sleep a lot more soundly.  I now go to sleep within minutes of going to bed instead of tossing and turning.

I am obviously paying more attention to the meatless options at restaurants.  And there are not a lot outside of salads.

Over the weekend, I tried a soy-based chicken substitute.  I was not impressed.  The texture and taste were all wrong.  And the “chicken” came out grey.  Not appealing at all.

That’s week two.  I am trying to cut back on the amount of bread I eat this week.

One week in…no meat

It has been one week since I gave up all meat (beef, chicken, pork, and fish) for Lent.

What started out as a something to try out has started to gain support from those around me and encouragement from family and friends. And as I have been reading more and more on the subject – a worthwhile endeavor all around.

It took a few days for the effects of not eating meat to take place (or at least enough for me to notice).  I have been very tired, and light-headed.  I also feel as though I have an impending cold.  From what I have read, this is normal and will pass in a few more days.  This is my body’s reaction to moving away from this source of protein to a more agricultural form.  There is also literature that says that my body is beginning the “detoxification” process and releasing a lot of vile components into my bloodstream and ultimately my intestines and colon for elimination.  I have noticed a change to the poo.

I have been taking my vitamins daily, and drinking lots of liquids to try and speed the transition process.

Thank you to all my friends and family who have sent recipes and offered support.

Lent

It is that time of the year to give up something for Lent.

I was wondering for weeks what I should give up.  I didn’t want to give up something relatively easy like fast food, cheese, chocolate, etc.  And I didn’t make a decision until Tuesday night.

A few years ago, I gave up red meat.  It was a tough one and I made it all the way until the Thursday before Easter before I found myself inside a Wendy’s getting a double with cheese.

So this year – in the vein of making “big changes” to my life, I am giving up ALL MEAT until Easter.  This is red meat, chicken, pork, and fish (and variations).  I am cutting down on my use of dairy products – but not giving up cheese entirely.

So far it has been five days.

No real cravings right now, but I am sure that will happen.  I am not having any dietary “issues”.  I’ve read articles that say that within a few days of not eating meat, your body will start to “repair” itself and begin the detoxification process (lots of gas and disgusting fecal eliminations).  So far – I’m good, but I wouldn’t take bets on how much I will discuss poop.

 

Resolutions Update – Been a while…

Yeah, I know – it’s been a while.  I’ve let things get the best of me in the real world and I have treated this blog like a neglected parent.  I will try and do better in the future.

Well, my March resolution actually turned out relatively well.  I have decreased my sugar intake dramatically.  I thought I would miss out on cookies and cakes but once I started, it wasn’t so bad.  There were times I was tempted, but I’m continuing to work through it.  I’ve piggybacked by March resolution with Lent – so I have a few more weeks until Easter.  But I don’t think it’s going to be a problem.

Now onto April.  I’ve received suggestions on resolutions, but I’ve decided that I’m going to try and increase my exercise habits.  I’ve noticed that I have put on a little more weight than I really should have – and this has to stop.  With the warmer weather, I have to get out and get moving.  I need to break the habit of getting out of work and then getting right on the laptop.  There’s a few perfectly good parks on my way home that I should be spending some quality “sun” time.

I know it’s a little late in the month to make that announcement, but  – whatever.  That’s what I have going.

I promise to update sooner.

QUESTION:  WHAT SHOULD I WORK ON FOR MAY?

Progress so far…sweets

It has been 1 week since Lent started and when I gave up on sweet snacks and desserts.  It hasn’t been easy – I really enjoy the “end of meal” sweet item, whether it is a cookie, cake, etc.

But it is a good thing.  I think by the time things are worked through I’ll be over my “sugar addiction” and won’t crave it as much as I do.

I’m looking towards April to being the month that I tackle carbs.  This will build on my elimination of sugar but add white breads, pasta, etc.

Lent.

Lent in the Christian tradition, is the period of the liturgical year leading up to Easter. The traditional purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer through prayerpenitence,almsgiving and self-denial — for the annual commemoration during Holy Week of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus, which recalls the events linked to the Passion of Christ and culminates in Easter, the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Lent begins this Wednesday (Ash Wednesday).  I was asked by my girlfriend if I am giving up something this year.  It took a little thinking, but I thought if I gave up all the sweets/deserts for Lent that it would actually help with my desire to cut HFCS (see previous post) out of my life.

Its also going to help with my overall weight loss goal – but that’s besides the point.  I’ll have my pączki on Tuesday but that’s the last I will have.

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