So last week we had pancake day, formally known as Shrove Tuesday, and like most people in the country I had pancakes! They weren't the best but got to keep the tradition alive :)
Anyway when you get to pancake day you know it is almost lent. The time to give up something for 40 days and 40 nights.
Obviously this is a religious tradition so not everyone partakes and to be honest I have never done anything for lent before. Last year my little sister gave up loads for lent and made it the whole 40 days without giving in, so she was my inspiration for this year!
We have both given up Cakes, Biscuits, Sweets and Chocolate. This might seem a lot but to be honest I don't ever eat anything in excess so it seemed more of a challenge to give up all rather than just the one thing.
It does make me laugh how people have said I shouldn't give it all up... I don't see why not. Surely it isn't much of a sacrifice if I give up something that won't really affect my life and I can find an alternative of? If I just didn't eat cake I could have chocolate for dessert if I needed something sweet... not really a hardship. If I give up all the above things I will find it hard to overcome a sugar craving so it will be much more of a challenge for my willpower to push through. Isn't that the point?
It is tough, doesn't help that my boss has brought in biscuits twice since lent! But I have stayed strong. I will get through lent and make it out the other side without giving in because I am too proud to say I will do something and then admit I wasn't strong enough. The thought of not doing this now I have told people makes me feel horrible - I will just be letting myself down if I don't do it.
I feel like life should be about these little challenges, you should push yourself to do the things that you don't really want to, like give up something for a period of time, going to that gym class you didn't want to, run a marathon. It is something you can take pride in when you have completed it.
I like to challenge myself to prove that I can. In 40 days I can eat as much cake, chocolate, sweets and biscuits I like, but for now it is cold turkey!
I just hope I don't get drunk at my friends 30th and eat cake! :o)
Ps - this picture is what I intend to eat on the 7th