What are you willing to give up for 40 days?

I am by means far from practicing religion, but I thought this to be an interesting topic.

We just marked the passing of Ash Wednesday. My coworker, a practicing catholic, attends our annual services, here at work, to be marked with Ash and begins the Season of Lent.

According to Ken Collins:

Lent is a season of soul-searching and repentance. It is a season for reflection and taking stock. Lent originated in the very earliest days of the Church as a preparatory time for Easter, when the faithful rededicated themselves and when converts were instructed in the faith and prepared for baptism. By observing the forty days of Lent, the individual Christian imitates Jesus’ withdrawal into the wilderness for forty days. All churches that have a continuous history extending before AD 1500 observe Lent. The ancient church that wrote, collected, canonized, and propagated the New Testament also observed Lent, believing it to be a commandment from the apostles. (See The Apostolic Constitutions, Book V, Section III.)

I like these words: “soul-searching“, “for reflection” and “taking stock“. So, even those people not practicing religion or believe in religion it is still has a universal understanding that I believe is important for every person. It’s good to reflect on your life and discover your ‘personal’ meaning. Many of us did just this with the mark of the New Year.

Well, here is why I believe practicing Lent is interesting. My coworker, every year comes up with an idea of what she is going to do without for 40 days. 40 days! 6 weeks!

2008: Last year was chocolate. Now that is hard for us woman. No easy task! Did she do it? Mostly. A slip up here or there. Hey, you can’t expect the woman to be perfect when it comes to sweets! lol!

2009: This year it is baked goods. Even those lemon bars she loves so much. If you haven’t noticed, my coworker has a big sweet tooth. She is fortunate though, because she can eat those things and it doesn’t show on her small figure one bit. Ah, one of those women we envy or love to hate. πŸ˜‰

So, I began to think… what would I give up for 40 days? Well, here is what I am going to give up for 40 days… well, the days left remaining: I am giving up packaged, processed convienence foods. You know, those bags of chips, granola bars, my favorite chex mix, the chinese snack pack w/wasabi peas. The stuff that I feed my kids for lunch, but come home to automatically grab as a snack to tide me over until dinner. The stuff I pop 50 cents into the machine here at work because I am too lazy to pack my own snack to bring to work. And it won’t hurt that I may lose a pound or two from this. Or so I hope. It is my hope that it means I will have to turn to eating fruit and whole foods (dried nuts and fruit, yogurt w/added fruit, whole grain crackers w/sliced cheese and apples, etc…).

My question to you: If you were to give up something for 40 days, what would it be? And do you think you could do it?

If you up for taking up the challenge, let me know and we can keep eachother in check. Happy Monday, you all! ~Money Funk

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7 thoughts on “What are you willing to give up for 40 days?

  1. Northern Living Allowance

    Nice! I always forget about Lent – my mum used to ask every year what we were giving up for Lent and we’d ask “why?”

    Anyhoo…now you’ve got me thinking. I’d like to say Tim Horton’s, but that ain’t gonna happen! ;P Hmmm…

    Oh! I know. Using debit or credit. If I have to use them, I can’t afford whatever it is I’m buying, right?

  2. Money Funk

    LOL! That is a hard one cuz its rather convienent to buy gas or grocery shop using my debit. But, the CCs I think is a good one. Cuz you’re right that if you need to use credit you can’t afford to to buy it. Are you going to try that one out??? πŸ˜‰

  3. Karissa

    My first thought was “cola” and then I remembered the 2L bottle I bought yesterday. Gah! It is the first bottle I have bought since New Year’s …

    I guess my next thought would be “coffee” but then I am just setting myself up for failure πŸ™‚

  4. Northern Living Allowance

    Hi MF: Yes, I am going to try it out! 6 weeks without using plastic (either one – it might as well be a challenge, right?). Starting today…I have jars full of cash at home, so if I can’t live off it, then I’m not trying hard enough!

    Good luck with yours, too! πŸ™‚

  5. Sharon Rose

    Hi there-my work colleague has also given up cakes and chocolate, it doesn’t help we are catering assistants, LOL!! She is doing well though, to be honest, I haven’t given anything up, naughty me πŸ™

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