Last year I gave up meat for Lent. It was challenging for only a few days and then I pretty much adjusted. This year, I wanted to kick it up a notch. How you ask? I’m giving up laziness. Here’s what that really means:
#1 40 days of working out- This is going to be the hardest challenge for me, cause I HATE-HATE-HATE working out. I’ve gotten to the place where I am in a downward spiral towards lumpy-ness. I know what you’re going to say: “Kris, it’s not good for you to work out everyday, you need rest days!” Well, I will still work ‘rest days’ into my schedule, but it’s only going to mean a shorter routine at the gym, maybe just running a couple miles instead of hitting it hard. This is actually something I just need to do for myself and I’m using Lent as an excuse to kick start it.
#2 1 household chore a day- Especially with the addition of a dog in our lives, our house is always in need of a load of laundry being folded or a floor to be swept. Pushing myself to do one chore everyday will keep us on top of it.
#3 Earlier wake up time- Oh god, this one is almost as bad as working out. I like to sleep in until the last possible minute. For example: I have figured out how to get ready and eat breakfast within 15 minutes. I don’t look polished, but I would deem myself presentable. After a few months of this being my M.O. I think presentable may even be a stretch. It’s very rare that I take time to ‘do’ my hair or put on a full spread of makeup — and cute clothes? HAH! More like jeans and a t-shirt. Early wake up time = more time to get ready, or more time to spend with my little family before I head off to work. Either way, it’s a win. New wake-up time: 6:45 am totally do-able.
So that’s my 40 day plan. Let me state (just like last year) that I have no religious ties to this time of year, I just think humans should be in control of their impulses, and it’s a good way to flex your mental capabilities.
Do you have anything you’re giving up for Lent?