Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Fat Tuesday

I've decided to participate in Lent this year. Now, I know that I'm not a Catholic, but I like the idea of making a sacrifice in preparation for Easter.

I'm going to give up sweets and here are the conditions I've set:

-No desserts
-I am going to allow 100 calories of sweets (like candy) allowed per week (Saturday's after my long run).
-I am going to eat a cupcake on Jonah's birthday.

I had to give myself a little wiggle room, otherwise I wouldn't last 48 hours. When I tell myself that I can't do something AT ALL, that is all my mind will focus on and I can't stop thinking about that thing. I will have much more success by allowing myself a little bit of sweetness.

Here is what I am either going to eat tonight (hence, fat Tuesday) or throw away. Goodbye sweet treats!

(Okay, I am going to save the bag of m&m's for Easter. Luckily, the bag hasn't been opened yet, so It's not in any danger of my devouring it.)

I want to do this for three reasons:

1. I want to remember the real reason for Easter by sacrificing something important to me to help me remember the ultimate sacrifice that my Savior gave for me.

2. My health. Besides just wanting to take better care of myself, I've got a half marathon to run April 30th. I really need to give my body the nutrients it needs and none of the junk it doesn't during training.

3. To help me get food creative. I am food boring. I never know what to make for dinner, nothing ever sounds good. Some people just don't care that much about sweets, I just don't care that much about "real" food. I know all the stuff that I shouldn't be eating, but when I take all of that bad stuff away from my diet, there isn't much left. I don't know how I'm going to fill the hole that removing junk food will leave.
So...what do you eat. I would love any recipes, and not just dinner either. Snacks, lunch, breakfast. What are some staples in your diet? Please help!


The Wilsons said...

I'm off sugar too for the most part. I do use honey and maple syrup (the real stuff, we don't do hfcs) in moderation. I've also set a goal to eat more "greens". So, I eat a salad every day (normally with nuts, feta, raisins, apple, or grapes and a nice vinaigrette). I also drink a green smoothie everyday, spinach or chard and banana, strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, apple, or peaches, etc.

I have a bunch of breakfast (and other) recipes on my blog, but for the most part we eat a lot of baked oatmeal and oven pancakes (click on the breakfast tag). I think tomorrow we are having banana muffins for breakfast, not sure what recipe I'm gonna use.

I'll make sure we don't bring you any sweet treats when we come visit! Lara bars are a good cheat since they're just dried fruit and nuts if you really need something!

Lisa said...

I am totally the same way! I think what you're doing is awesome. I felt a lot better when I gave up sugar for a month. It's probably time I do it again.

heidikins said...

I am doing the no sugar for lent as well...I'm terrified.


Missy said...

I can't help you with the 'no sugar' thing... I can't. I want to, but I don't. :(
This year I'm trying to make something different for each holiday. Like for Fat Tues, I made Jambalaya. Never did it before and it wasn't too bad. St Patty's we're having Corned Beef and Hash. Our menus have completely changed and it is fun trying new things!
Good luck! You'll rock your race!