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9 March 2011

Give It Up!

No, I don’t mean “give up running.” But it is the season of Lent (today is Ash Wednesday), which means traditionally giving some “luxury” up for the 46 days before Easter – often food. With yesterday’s (over?)ambitious goal out for all to see, I’ve been encouraged to refine my seasonal withdrawal. My wife let me […]

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No, I don’t mean “give up running.” But it is the season of Lent (today is Ash Wednesday), which means traditionally giving some “luxury” up for the 46 days before Easter – often food. With yesterday’s (over?)ambitious goal out for all to see, I’ve been encouraged to refine my seasonal withdrawal.

My wife let me know that I was likely biting off more than I can chew in thinking I would give up “all junk food” for the whole season, especially since we’ll be on a cruise for a portion of that time. I figured I wasn’t going to go full-out crazy on the restricted diet, but that I would just “try my best” and snack much less. But in the spirit of the season I realize I need to hone in on something that I’ll actually stay away from entirely: it’s going to be chips.

Not fries, my British friends, I mean those wonderfully salty, deep-fried slices of potato-y heaven that I enjoy cramming into my mouth by the handful. My wife and I actually didn’t have them in the house for the longest time, and then we picked up a bag of PC Blue Menu chips one day at the grocery store and there’s been no turning back. Perhaps the chip fast was kicked off by another year’s Lenten promise, and I’m hoping that maybe it’ll be something that carries on after Lent this year as well. Not that I’m opposed to the occasional chip’n’dip, but it seems as though I lack some self-control where a bag of chips is concerned.

So there you have it – I’m taking the opportunity to give up chips for Lent and give my nutrition a positive boost in the meantime.

What will you give up?

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