Yeah, I’m kind of with her on that one ;-)
However, this year, I decided to add something to my life for Lent: eating right and exercising. Okay, maybe it was strongly recommended by my doctor after a shocking jump in my blood pressure readings. And, hopefully I won’t let it go once the Lenten season is over, but instead have it intimately incorporated into my daily routine. And maybe (just maybe) it was because we have a Spring Break cruise planned and I’ll be wearing a swimsuit on the sooner side of things. Ack!
So, yes, the timing of when Lent began this year conveniently coincided with my epiphany that I desperately needed to get a handle on my physical well-being. Rather than dwell on the details, I’d like to share some of the things I’ve learned during my week and a half Lenten addition.
1) I can wake up an hour earlier than normal and still function at an almost acceptable human being level and without increasing my caffeine intake. Yay for not turning into a Walking Dead Zombie!
2) Even during my pre-dawn workout--when I’m a sweaty, panting, gross, snarling beast--rerun episodes of TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress” still make me cry happy tears. Maybe it’s a romance writer thing, but happily-ever-afters are a great way to start the day!
3) It’s possible to cut back on portion sizes, limit carbs, and increase fresh veggies without tailspinning into a pizza bender. And along that same train of thought, it’s also possible to have only a handful of Hershey’s kisses instead of the whole bag. I know right… who knew?!
4) I can do it. Just that, plain and simple. I can do all of it, keep it real and reasonable, without making excuses or having to give myself a daily SuperBowl-level pep speech.
The 1.5 week results? Blood pressure on the way down. Weight also on the way down (not enough to register in my clothes yet, but I’m okay with that). Stamina on the way up (soon, I’ll be adding reruns of “What Not to Wear” to my exercise viewing). I know that a week and a half does not make a lifetime, but I’m happy with the process so far and thinking that this is something I might be able to keep up for the long-term. Which would be an Easter-size miracle for me, because implementation of the whole eat-right-and-exercise concept has never stuck. But, hey, this time of year is all about hope and renewal in all things, myself included.
Like Nan in her efforts to stay away from social media, let’s be accountable to one another here. What have you added/sacrificed for Lent? And how is it going so far? I want to cheer you on, because if I can say “thanks for the offer of the bacon cheeseburger, but I’d rather have my salad,” then you can succeed as well!