No, I know it's not dumb. I don't want to preach, but part of the meaning of Lent is sacrificing something you enjoy in order to feel closer to Jesus and the sacrifices he made during his forty days in the desert (at least, this is the Catholic teaching. I can't speak for any other branches of Christianity, they may have different takes on the liturgical season). This has been the first year I've held out as long with my Lenten promise. Worst of all, I'm doing two of them.
The decision not to drink soda was after reading many articles such as this one about the potential health issues of drinking diet cola. I'm a Coke girl all the way (Pepsi is just not the same), but in college I ended up drinking it after every meal. My stomach started hurting after I drank it...yeah, that's not a good sign. Even when Lent is over, I really hope to cut it down to one can a day, if even that. The problem is, I need caffeine to make it through my classes, so four cups of coffee a day has just taken the place of four sodas. And that isn't good either, is it?
For night, these little guys have been taking the place of soda. Ten calories, three grams of sugar, all juice. They're expensive, but they're a healthy soda substitute at least.
The chocolate is a different story. I'm a big sweet tooth, but for the first two weeks I was able to manage without it by simply substituting chocolate for vanilla or peanut-butter flavored cookies and cakes. Now it's getting more difficult, because I'm getting so sick of those flavors. I think I'm going to try cinnamon rice cakes...they sound disgusting, but they're actually pretty yummy. And healthy. And something different.
The hardest trial I'm facing is when I go get a coffee at our library's cafe and I see individual Lindor chocolates for sale. The cafe has every flavor: chocolate filled with chocolate, chocolate filled with white chocolate, chocolate filled with caramel. And I can't eat any of them. I feel like raising my hands up in the middle of the cafe line and going "God, why do you tempt me so?"
I can do this, though. Halfway done, halfway to go. Easter will be here before I know it! Anyone else giving anything up for Lent?