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Anyone giving something up for lent?

I'm debating between cheese and chocolate - not sure which one would be more difficult!

Mon. Feb 4, 8:06am

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Oooo....i totally forgot about that. let me think about it...

Ok...thought about it. Possibly chocolate. Wait...maybe gum. I always chew gum.

Monday, February 04, 2008, 9:27 AM

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i am giving up negativity--thoughts, people around me that are negative, negative gossip, negative behaviors--that hinder my success at being healthy and happy.

Monday, February 04, 2008, 11:29 AM

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I'd love to give up dieting...

Monday, February 04, 2008, 1:51 PM

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Fasting is not a great idea if we're eating healthy (pounds will come back with vengance- sends your metabolism plummeting, sugar levels, etc),
BUT I can limit meat intake and BAN all sweets for LENT. eeek! Oooh my I will survive. 40 days isn't so bad, or is it? :-P

Monday, February 04, 2008, 4:19 PM

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you've got more ambition than me sweety :)

Monday, February 04, 2008, 4:24 PM

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ooo, thats a really good idea! i might join you

Monday, February 04, 2008, 4:24 PM

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I've got a good diet plan going for me right now that's really working so I'm trying to think of something to give up that won't disrupt that too much.

I'm thinking maybe alcohol. I usually have about 3 glasses of wine a week and an occasional White Russian. It's something I would miss but I don't think giving it up would throw me off my groove.

When does Lent start this year?

Monday, February 04, 2008, 5:26 PM

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I am giving up Lent.

Monday, February 04, 2008, 5:32 PM

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Lent starts on Wednesday.

I'm not Christian, but I like the idea of Lent. Although this is not for any religious purpose, I am doing a running program for the next 6 weeks so that I can participate in a 5k race on St. Patrick's Day. This is a big feat, as right now I can barely run a mile on a treadmill, let alone 5k outside!

But, the idea that it is for a fixed period of time is helping! I'd imagine that's what gets people through Lent as well.

Monday, February 04, 2008, 5:38 PM

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I am still debating weather to give up peanut butter, bread or both and weather I can commit to attending one weekly noon mass or say the Rosary little time to deceide.. I will post back manana...
Thanx OP for getting everyone who chooses involved

Monday, February 04, 2008, 6:30 PM

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I'm Christian but Lent is not part of my faith. But I did have a funny conversation the other day while shopping. The cashier was saying she was going to give up something for Lent, but she guessed it wasn't going to be candy (this because she was drooling over the candy my husband was buying). My husband said he could never give up candy. The cashier then said she thought maybe she'd give up negative thoughts.

I said I was going to give up trying.

It took her a good three seconds of staring in perplexity to get it...

Tuesday, February 05, 2008, 12:35 AM

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11:29 AM

I'm right there with you.

No more negative self-talk, no gossip, no negative behaviours!

Tuesday, February 05, 2008, 12:49 AM

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I thought the point of lent was to give up something you want so that you experience loss. How the heck is giving up negativity supposed to fit with that?? And why would you give it up for Lent when lent is supposed to be temporary?? Don't give up negativity for "lent", just give it up because it's unhealthy.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008, 3:17 AM

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isn't giving up negativity a loss? I think it is. I can't wait to lose it either! I believe using prayer through god to give up anything, is positive and should be used. Sure, i could give up chocolate for a few weeks and then go right back to my habit of eating it, but what's the point of that? I would rather give something up that isn't material to create a new habit and change my life forever. Seems like I will accomplish more than just giving up chocolate.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008, 8:42 AM

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I agree with 8:42. I think most people think of Lent as a time to give up something, probably because Jesus went 40 days without food, but even if a person gave up meat, bread, alcohol, sweets (or whatever) for Lent, that doesn't mean they will truly make a change. They may go right back to eating those things, and in most cases that's fine. But what about the person who overeats/binges? Just because you went without it for 40 days doesn't mean you won't return to the same sin (lack of self-control) so what have you really changed? A person should not only look at what would be a "sacrifice", meant to draw them closer to God, but also look closely at their habits/areas of sin and try to change those particular things. For some that may be food related but for others it could be negative and judgmental thoughts, for others pornography, for others a lack of honesty and integrity. Whatever the "master" is in your life, try to find ways to change that by recognizing it, then praying about it. For many people, Lent is a great time to reflect on these things and do something about it but, of course, it could be done at any time!

Tuesday, February 05, 2008, 9:56 AM

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8:42 checking in.

thanks for the support 9:56--I am using my commitment to my faith to make a commitment to myself. Others will benefit and it has nothing to do with money or material things. I am not saying that giving up chocolate or alcohol isn't worthy, I think it is worthy and you're practicing your faith. I thought I would try something new this lent season, something the people around me can benefit from as well.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008, 1:01 PM

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6:30 back...ok great fat Tuesday, I am stuffed and have just made a thoughtful decision one that I hope will truly give me a more spiritual and closer relationship w/ Christ this Lenten Season..
I will be giving up Bread, peanut butter and sweets. I will say the Rosary more often and attend daily mass at least one week day in addition to the already attended Sunday mass.
I wish you all a wonderful Lent and look forward to the celebration of Easter!

Tuesday, February 05, 2008, 8:38 PM

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I am giving up snacking after dinner. Snacking at night is a huge thing for me and I tend to overeat. It is going to be hard because most nights I do eat something but I know I can get through it if I try.

Wednesday, February 06, 2008, 8:44 AM

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