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Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Fasting and Abstinence

Today is the beginning of Lent, and I'm supposed to come up with something for my abstinence this year. Last year, I tried to abstain from ice cream, but when my dad came for a visit, he bought a half-gallon of one of my favorite flavors (Private Selection's Moosetracks), so I caved.

This year, I'll try to be better. I think I'll give up chocolate, and see if I can handle that. As long as I hide that huge bag of M&M's that I recently got (but which I've eaten half of already), I think I'll be fine. Of course, John also has to stop coming up to me from nowhere and handing me half of the chocolate bar he's eating.

Fasting is going to be much harder though. Already today, I've eaten more than I should have. Grace just hosted a luncheon here yesterday, and today the leftovers are screaming to be eaten. There's cream cheese and salmon with capers, there's the yummy fried rice she made, and she just brought me a plateful of fruit. Yikes! I might have to skip dinner altogether to compensate for all the food that I've eaten so far today.

Honestly though, I'm not so driven to fast. Abstinence is one thing, and actually it can be kind of fun, like a mind game you play on yourself. But fasting? It's a good thing that we don't have to do it for forty days, but still... it's torture not to be able to eat when I've come from a workout, and I'm climbing tonight. I'd probably pass out if I don't eat anything.

So okay, no chocolate for 40 days. Doable. I think.

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