What I’m Giving Up For Lent

Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, which means it’s also the start of the Lenten season.

This year has just flown right past me. I feel like the older I get, the more I realize that a year is not long at all. It’s a short about of time, and I am striving to enjoy every second.


Last year during this time, I decided that I was going to give up coffee for the duration of Lent, which came to 47 days (including Sundays and Leap day). I had given up coffee for Lent once before during my senior year of high school, but it was definitely harder this last time around.

However, I am happy to say that I’m not as addicted to coffee as I was this time last year. I drink coffee maybe once a week, and on occasion I have had it two days in a row.

Now, I know you’re all waiting with baited breath with what I’m going to give up this year! Originally, I wasn’t planning on giving anything up, in exchange of doing service. Then on Sunday it hit me, MEAT. I love meat. My favorite food is a hamburger and I know I could probably live off of McDonalds chicken nuggets, in N out, Chick Fil A chicken biscuits, and Raising Canes and be totally fine. (To find out my favorite hamburgers click the link HERE!) It wouldn’t be exactly healthy, but I’d be content. Giving up coffee was a walk in the park compared to my recent decision. I have been known to make impulsive decisions in the past, but this is different. The more I think about it, the better (and harder) it sounds. Finding out how my body does without meat will be interesting.

What I'm Giving Up For Lent

That being said, I don’t plan on becoming a vegetarian after this. I will always be a meat eater; I’m just taking some time off.

At this time, I would like to apologize to my family. Last year, I complained everyday that I couldn’t have coffee. This year will be no different, maybe even worse. I am now forcing myself to eat seafood, which I don’t particularly like. But Lent is all about sacrifice and I am willing to (at my very best) attempt to not eat meat for 46 days. Since eggs also are poultry, I will not be eating that either. Like life, some days will be harder than others. Despite that, I am hopeful that I will get through it, taking one day at a time.  So excited for this journey.


Happy Mardi Gras!


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