Tuesday, March 4, 2014

What will I give up for this lent?

Back in the day, lent was all about filling up the Trocaire boxes with change and using old biscuit tins to store the sweets you got during lent.  Joanne and I used to share a room when we were kids and hide our tins under the bed.  Don't tell mam but I totally used to cheat and sneak bits out of my tin but Joanne was always able to have a bit of self control.  Virtuous little so and so.

I haven't given up anything for lent in years and at lunch the other day, we were talking about things we could give up between now and Easter.  Some of the girls are giving up chocolate (in all it's forms) and I remember one girl gave up salt a few years ago which intrigued me.

My diet is pretty good at the moment and there's no way in hell I'm giving up coffee or diet coke and that's for everyone else's benefit, not just mine.  I fear for them if they have to be around me sans caffeine!  I could give up buying makeup but I've tried that before in the form of spending bans and failed spectacularly.  I don't really drink so that's out.  I've cut down on sweets and treats with the Slimming World thing and maybe I could cut all junk out?

So I need your help and inspiration.  I'm not religious at all but I do want to challenge myself for the craic and see if I can stick to something for the 6 weeks.

There are certain terms and conditions that go along with being Irish and taking part in lent.  The main one is we're allowed to break lent on St Patrick's Day.  No idea why, it's just the law according to us all.  Word on the street is you're also allowed to break it if you've a birthday during lent.  And someone told me you can break it on Sundays too, but I think that's tearing the arse out of it altogether.

So are you giving up anything for lent?  Or do you have any ideas what I could give up for the 6 week challenge?  Maybe I could give up not doing exercise 5 days a week?  I don't know.

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  1. I'm giving up sweets. I'm not religious but I'm interested to see if I can do it. Did not know everything can be dropped on Patricks day haha.

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    1. Yes! I'm glad to have opened your eyes to the fact that St Patrick's Day doesn't count in lent ;)

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  2. St Patrick's Day as a feast day supercedes Lenten rules. I know this 'cos I was married on St Patrick's Day in a Lenten period - and it's the only day they allow marriages to take place in that time.

    Don't think all feast days work, it has to be like one of the big ones. Anyhoo, I'm not giving anything up for Lent as it's not my thang - the hubs is giving up shopping on Adverts. Maybe give up shopping online???

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    1. Ooooh so it's an actual thing!!! Nice one Felicity!

      I'm not a massive online shopper so it wouldn't be much of a challenge, in saying that, I did more online shopping last month than I have in ages thanks to blahhdy Parcel Motel!

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    2. I got married during Lent almost three years ago and it wasn't St Patrick's Day! You can get married on any day in Lent, you just can't have the Alleluia or Gloria during that time. But you can absolutely get married on any day during Lent.

      As for giving something up for Lent, how about swearing? I tried that one year and failed but it might be a good one? Not sure if you swear a lot though!

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    3. Oooooooh swearing, that's a brilliant one Kardin!!! I swear an awful awful lot so this would definitely be a challenge!

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    4. The Hubs is a protestant and we were married in a protestant chapel - think they do things differently maybe? The whole megillah is not really something I know a lot about, but I do remember the guy looking at us and saying 'When do you want to get married, you can't marry in Lent', and the Ma in her best Nordy B accent eyeballing him and saying 'St Patrick's Day'. and him visibly relaxing. I was living in New Zealand at the time, and I was getting married on St Patrick's Day come hell or high water!

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  3. You could take on something. I don't know what exercise you're doing along with SW but you could try to do the couch to 5k challenge.

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    1. Yeah if I'm stuck for something to give up, I'll deffo take something on. I started walking after work last week and love it, especially when it's nice out. I tried that couch to 5K challenge yonks ago, might try that. It's hard when I have things on after work but yes, exercise will definitely feature in March no matter what :)

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  4. I think that that including the sundays its longer than 40 days so I think thats where the 40 days goes out of it. I am giving up crackers and sweets and also spending money

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    1. Good girl yourself Mags, I need to give up spending money but I'm just so good at it!

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  5. You can definitely break it on your birthday - mine's next week :-D

    Why don't you take something up if there's nothing you can give up?

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    1. Nice one Kara, see, we don't make the rules, this is just how it is ;P I think I will take something up actually, nice idea :)

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  6. You could give up buying makeup.... Ha ha ha.... Only joking... :-) I'm so bad I never give anything up, totally pretended when I was a kid!

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    1. Could you imagine if I gave up buying makeup?! Boots' profits would plumet ;P

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  7. Ummm, give up wear coral makeup or scarves? That'll hit ye where it hurts.

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    1. JESUS YVONNE ARE YOU TRYING TO KILL ME?!?!?! Oh God that gives me palpitations at the very thought of doing either of those. I need a sit down and to apply more of my coral blush.... ;P

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