Today is the first day of Lent and, as usual, I have chosen to give up sweets for the duration. I have also opted to give up crap food in general and, to treat my body as kindly as I possibly can. One might hear that and think, "Well, that's no great sacrifice" and, to those people I say, "Scuh-roo, you!". You have no idea how difficult it can be for me to care for myself in the manner that the good Lord intended for His children. Life, you see, tends to get in the way. Plans go awry, the best of intentions fail to materialize into action and I fall off the good health wagon more often than I stay on it.
Sooo...to be specific in my personal covenant with the Lord, I vow to spend the next forty days and nights eating whole, fresh foods, drinking plenty of water, exercising moderately each day, sleeping more than a few hours a night, practicing yoga or some type of relaxation exercises and thinking positive thoughts.
Candy, chocolate, grease, and salty snacks will be banished from my diet and I'm really going to work on cutting out my one daily Diet Pepsi. I think I can do it. Will there be some rough patches? Grouchy moments? Pity parties? Probably. Will that be enough to derail my efforts? Not likely.
I'm a pretty loyal Lenten follower and I don't expect this year to be any different. That said, God will undoubtedly test me with the worst cravings ever.
Time to push auto-play on my new mantra: My body is a temple, my body is a temple, my body is a temple....