Thursday, February 18, 2010

Lenten Goals

This year for Lent, I've decided to give up sugar. A time-honored tradition exists in the liturgy of the church of giving up things for the season of Lent in order to learn the discipline of self control, and to identify with the sufferings of Christ. I've never really done this before, but I've been convicted lately that I have an addiction that I need to address that's getting in the way of making God the #1 priority in my life.

I am addicted to sugar. Like many Americans, I do the high-low of sugar addiction. And those lows are low. They can impede my ability to concentrate and work. I would love to get out of this cycle. I crave the high, the energy, the general up-ness of sugar. The endorphin rush. Even just talking about it, I can feel how much I want sugar right now (and I'm only on Day Two).

So I've decided to give up processed sugar of all kinds. I would love to give up all sugar, but that's just not reasonable for me. It's hard to throw a rock in your kitchen without hitting something that has high fructose corn syrup in it. But I'm going to be as careful as I can about that, as well. So my official goal is to avoid all sweets and sugars (sugar includes soda, coffee flavoring, non-fruit juices, all sugary drinks, all desserts--unless they are sugar free, and even then, I have to be careful about the HF-CS--all candy, chocolate, and baked goods). This is going to be intense for me. It's already been hard. But I think, with God's help, I can do it.

But since I'm doing one "abjuring", I thought I should do one "adding", too. So in addition to giving something up for Lent, I'm also adding something. I'm taking sugar out of my diet and putting fruit in. So I'm trying to eat 3-5 servings of fruit every day (not including juices, because most fruit juices are mostly sugar).

I'm also adding in a devotional reading, to support the changes I've made. I bought a Lenten Study on "freedom" that I will talk more about later. So my other addition is that I'm trying to do my one-day devotional reading every day of the 40 days until Easter.

God, please be with me. I will need it...


  1. Thanks Becca. You have a challenging journey ahead. Excited to see what you learn.

  2. After living at the equator in Africa the past two years I got really used to fresh fruits and juices. I didn't realize how much so until I ended up in a Colorado winter. I've recently started making my own juices. I gave up trying to find a second-hand juicer and just use the blender. So things are as smooth and juicy as I would prefer but it's pretty tasty. I've been using oranges, banana and grapes (at .99 a pound, I love it!) and have tossed in apples or pear or lemon or whatever other fruits I have around. One of my faves in Kenya was mango/avacado. However, the are both expensive here right now (1.50 for one tiny avacado!) so I'm passing until they come down.

    Lots of sweet, fibery goodness to be had every morning! Maybe that will help you with a sugar substitute and with adding more fruits.

  3. I totally agree about the sweet, fibery goodness. I have definitely been loving eating all the fruit. :-) But you're right, it's not cheap! :-)

  4. I just keep thinking it will better (price-wise) when everything is in season. I may still be delusional after all those .10 avacados the past two years, but a girl can dream and pray, right?