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Has anyone given anything up for lent? Why did you choose to give up that particular thing? I've given up alcohol, I don't drink much anyway and decided to give it up about a month ago as it makes me feel shocking the following day, lent gives me a convenient excuse if anyone asks why I'm not drinking
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This is my first time giving anything up for lent, and I chose coffee. I was drinking damn near 5 cups a day minimum until recently, and now I'm going without it. I might die, haha.
Good choice! I was going to do caffeine but I like hot drinks and my office doesn't have any decaf tea or coffee. Good luck!
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I know this is a dieting website but I am catholic and believe that we are meant to give up something that takes constant thought and a little struggle. The purpose of it is to reflect on Jesus every time you are tempted to have what you want and arent supposed to have. Caffeine is a good one!

I am not religious, but using lent for dieting purposes is just wrong. Especially, if you give up something that you can easily can go of. What's a point? The idea of a lent is to give up things (and yes, more than one) that are really hard to let go of. 

I'm not Catholic, but I do like to observe lent because I think that is a tradition that any Christian, not just Catholics, can get meaning from.  I was going to go off of french fries, but this is making me feel guilty because I really don't like french fries that much and was kind of doing the same thing a Keira with alcohol.  You are right, it should be a sacrifice.  So now I have something else in mind that will be more of a struggle.

I'm not suggesting that dieting is the purpose of lent so I apologise if I've offended anyone but many people will see it as having a dual purpose, or the associated weight loss as a bonus, or may choose to observe it of they're not religious and I don't see any reason why they shouldn't be able to do so

keira_m_ its all good! I just personally think that people should be more respectful of those who take lent seriously. I followed lent once in my life to honour my grandparents' traditions and it was a great experience. Since it was not Catholic, it was much more intense with 0 animal by-product, no sugar, no artificial foods, no alcohol. I felt like a new person after, lost weight, and felt great!  

I was thinking to repeat years later, but I just don't follow any religion any more, so it seems wrong =(

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I'm giving up soda. I'm not particularly religious but I appreciate the challenge of giving something up for a long time. I was considering alcohol but since I havn't had any for over a month it didn't really seem appropriate. Soda will be very difficult for me, this is day 4, and although I'm struggling a little its not too bad. I'm looking forward to being free of my soda demon!

Hello laddies,

First off, good luck with the current challenge at hand!

I happen to be a Catholic that has also given up certain foods for lent. I've given up all sweets and fried foods for that period. I am doing it as part of my religion and have decided to give up those two things because they are particularly hard for me to say no to in general! I don't see the reason why someone couldn't give up food as part of lent and their goal to live a healthier lifestyle.

If you are truly doing it for religious purposes, lent calls for fasting as well. The fact that you get the added bonus of this helping your dieting goal does not undermine your goal to connect with God (and you don't necessarily have to be Catholic to connect with God this way). During lent you are called to "sacrifice" something that is particularly hard for you to live without as part of your reflection during this period.

Whether it's food, shopping, swearing, alcohol it doesn't matter. I believe that as long as your doing it for the right reason and not just for vanity, it shouldn't matter what you give up or the reason why you do it.

sweetchocolates, i don't think it will be wrong if you give up something for lent even if you're not doing it for religious purposes. Sometimes, the deed of just sacrificing something, anything, gives you a reality check that no other thing does. To me, the idea of not getting whatever I want when i want it is extremely hard! Religion aside, it gives me the perspective that there are others out there that aren't as lucky as I am to have these "problems" of over eating and indulging.  I do agree with you that it has to be something hard and something that you'll stick to, but I think if you want to truly sacrifice something, you should!

I'm United Methodist and I am giving up...

-resurants, fast food, sweets/junk food, soda, bread 


Im huge lover of all these.... this will be very challenging...more so that my step son has his therapies after I got off work and so we will not be home till 6 or even 8pm some days.... usually we would do fast food or resturants but i guess he will and i got to be good


Im adding

-daily bible study (I usually miss days but I need to be more on top of in a bibile study that requires daily reading)

- working out more

That's cool.  I'm Baptist and I'm giving up sweet tea and fried foods.  Maybe we should start a lent group or thread and talk about how we are doing with the physical restraints but also maybe how it is affect our spiritual lives as well.

I am Catholic and many years ago a Priest asked what I was doing for Lent and I said I was giving up soda.  Right then and there he sat me down and said I should be doing something that would make me a better person.  I now strive to find something that I need to fix about myself.  This year, I am striving to make myself come off as a positive person even to the most negative person.  Wish me luck since I am a supervisor of a group of buyers and take most of the complaints.  The thing is that I know I will be a person at the end of the season.

I've chosen to give up all junk food for lent. Ever since I've moved back to America from Asia and started buying junk food in my cafeteria, I've noticed my mood, physical fitness, and sleeping patterns become screwed up. Knowing this had something to do with it, I gave up the ever tempting cornucopia of bad foods found everywhere in this country. I hope I can make those 40 days.

Glad to find a Lent thread! I fasted today until the Ash imposition this evening. We fast on water with fresh bread as a supplement if necessary until after the imposition of ashes. Dinner has never tasted so good! I was able to make it with only water so I'm feeling really great. I was offered a fresh baked wheat roll at lunch which smelled AMAZING, but I thought that would just make me crave more so decided against. The Lord was definitely with me today! I've given up sodas and committed to making that daily goal of 8 8oz. glasses of water a day a regular reality. In addition, I'm hoping to set a positive example for my students. Majority of my students do not know about or partake in Lent. I had one student offer to get me a Dr. Pepper as she has done many times before (unfortunately) and I explained Ash Wednesday and the process of Lent to her. She was inspired and decided to go for the Dasani instead. I hope we can keep the thread going throughout the Lenten season. Sort of inspiration for one another!

I'm having the same problem. Since i've already given up a lot of things to improve my health (milk for soymilk, sweets, soda, caffeine, etc.) Idk what else to give up. 

I'm not religious and but I view Lent as a little flag to me to reassess my new year's resolutions and see what else I can be improving on in my life. So for the next 40 days I will not indulge in any negative self talk. I am still over coming anorexia and this time last year was when I first began recovery (almost to the day!). I still have a lot of issues with my body and myself but am not going to allow myself to be hateful anymore. This may seem strange because Lent is supposed to be a sacrifice but to anyone with an ED - as much as you hate it, in a sick way you love it. So this is going to be challenging but I feel I shouldn't go through life being a mean and spiteful person, if only to myself.



And best of luck to everyone else!!

I'm catholic and this year I'm going to give up meat, sweets, fried food and alcohol. While I do not consume excessive amounts of any of these 4 things..I'm trying to give them all up permanently and though Lent could be a good way to start. I do buy the whole do not use religion for dieting purpose and I'm not going to do that, I just want to start my new lifestyle during the Lenten period.

I'm also trying to give up losing my temper...especially on my loved ones.

I'm giving up eating out and I'm going to take the average I have spent on eating out the last few months and donating it to the poor and needy..especially buying poor people some food.

Fasted on ash Wednesday the whole day was just water and a glass of fruit juice..felt good about my ability to do that. 

I pray that we all whatever faith we have or even if we do not believe in any religion learn to some penance, make some sacrifices and become more tolerant of others. That's what I'm trying to do this lent. God bless all of you!!!

I too am catholic (convert not craddle). I have a very bad problem of crunching ice out of my water cups. I've had all blood labs done and everything is fine. My doctor told me I was the rare exception that just loved to crunch ice. For lent I am giving this up. It's going to be a struggle since I do it subconsciously.  I'm also gonig to work to be more patient with my children and better with my wife. Every Thursday-friday I will fast from after dinner Thursday night (6pm) until Dinner on Friday night (after sun down).  I did this on Wednesday as well in observation of Ash Wednesday. During the times others are 'eating' I will spend 5-10 minutes in prayer.

BTW whomever says giving up soda doesn't make you a better person needs to understand the effects of Soda on the body. My priest has lost a good amount of weight in his life and fully understands the struggle associated with food.

I  believe there is nothing disrespectful about a non-catholic or non-christian giving up something that they do not need for a period of time that coincides with Lent.  If everyone in the world would do this we would all be in much better shape.

My rule for Lent is I always give something up, add something good and change something.  I've contemplated doing a progressive fast but at this point I don't think I'm strong enough for that yet.  Once I reach my GW I may plan to introduce myself to it next year.

Although I am jewish I take lent as a reason to get back on track again. So I am giving up alcohol, salty snacks and will go for 1400 calories a day again. I lost a lot of weight with calorie counter 3 years ago and gradually gained it all back again after abandoning CC. So I hope those 40 days will get me on the way again. 

Feb 23 2012 19:35
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Original Post by meluvchocolate:

I am Catholic and many years ago a Priest asked what I was doing for Lent and I said I was giving up soda.  Right then and there he sat me down and said I should be doing something that would make me a better person.  I now strive to find something that I need to fix about myself.  This year, I am striving to make myself come off as a positive person even to the most negative person.  Wish me luck since I am a supervisor of a group of buyers and take most of the complaints.  The thing is that I know I will be a person at the end of the season.

This is a real eye-opener. Yesterday I decided to give up sweets for Lent (which has been hard so far), but until I read your post it's made me want to try to do something, like your priest said, that would improve myself as a person- this sounds a lot more rewarding than just taking something away like sweets. Plus basically every year for Lent I've given up a certain food.

But then again, the sacrificing of at least something is a big part of Lent. I think people automatically think it has to be one physical aspect of life (material things like food, buying clothes, etc) rather than a psychological aspect (negativity)- we could be thinking something negative whereas when we give up something like food, it's more concrete.

So it makes me wonder whether giving up sweets/coffee/soda during Lent will really make a person feel better overall?

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