My Lenten "Improvement"

Ash Wednesday came so fast.  Even though lent is later this year, it snuck up on me.  As I was sitting at church yesterday I realized that I have not thought of anything to "give up" for lent. When I was little giving something up for lent always consisted of refraining from your favorite candy or TV show, but then Easter morning I was right back at it.  I know I was just a child, but that is not really how "giving up" should be.  It is about self improvement and being closer to God without all the distractions.  I think I have only had one successful lent that helped me improve my well being in lent and beyond.

About 4 years ago for lent, Jake dared me to give up Coke-a-Cola.  Now if you knew me 4 years ago and beyond that, I was addicted to soda.  I probably had about 5 a day, if not more.  I know, so bad... But since Jake (who was my boyfriend at the time of only a few months) asked me, I really wanted to show him that I could do it.  And of course, I had the Big Guy Upstairs to keep me determined to follow through.  Well I did it.  It was so challenging and took a lot to strength to not give in.  Easter came and went and I still had no desire for a soda.  Finally, I kicked the "addiction"!

This lent,as I was sitting in Church yesterday trying to think of my lenten offering, I knew that I wanted to do something that would make me a better person.  The one thing that I can think of that has been making me grumpy or irritated or just not myself would be my health.  I have promised myself to work out almost everyday.  I have allowed myself many outlets to do this.  I enrolled in a cycling class once a week (BEST WORKOUT EVER, I definitely, recommend to everyone!), I downloaded a 7 minute, high interval work out to my phone, and Charlie loves walks.  So, there is NO excuse for me to wimp out on this.   I am doing this because I know it would make me feel better.  When you feel healthy, you feel like a happy and better person...a better mommy, a better wife, a better friend, a better daughter...

Here's to being healthy!