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February 11, 2013 3:51 PM
I'm giving up alcohol & soda, although I don't drink much of either on a regular basis. I'm also giving up fast food, and making a commitment to work out at least 6 days a week.
February 11, 2013 4:34 PM
I'm going to give up gluten. I've been wanting to try to go gluten-free for a long time now to see if it would have any effect on my hypothyroidism and/or other health concerns.. This would be a great opportunity for me because I will not slip-up during lent.

I will also fast on Ash Wednesday and all Fridays.

Looking forward to the challenge, actually.
February 11, 2013 4:38 PM
Why should one give up anything for lent, whenever that is?
February 11, 2013 5:16 PM
Going to try giving up eating out. Need to concentrate on making healthy meals at home. Also going to try lessening my stress level. I love the Lenten season.
February 11, 2013 5:22 PM
I have given up a few things for lent over the years my hardest one was cooked foods aka the Daniel fast. It was hard to get enough calories and you have to plan well for it.
February 11, 2013 5:52 PM
Milk chocolate, pizza, and swearing haha.

Okay, I guess I'm cheating a little with the MILK chocolate part...
February 11, 2013 9:45 PM
This is the first year that I am going to convince myself to give up something food related - for the past few years I have given up "unnecessary spending", which helped my bank account in the long run and really taught me to look at things on a want/need basis. But given that 2013 is the year of change for me I thought it was finally time to change another lifestyle habit of mine, which is unnecessary eating.

I am going to attempt to give up chocolate, junk food, sweets and basically anything that I don't think will help my body in the long run and try to substitute these foods with healthier choices. It's going to be tough and I initially thought I will have a treat day each week but I think that abuses the whole point of Lent so I will avoid doing that.

Good luck for your goals everyone!
February 11, 2013 9:51 PM
Love this thread, I have decided to give up time for reading and prepaing meals for others on Fridays and attending stations weekly.
February 12, 2013 6:15 AM
Anything chocolate covered
Ice-Cream (allowed sorbet/Frozen yogurt)
Pastries- sweet and savoury
Pies and tarts of any kind
Fizzy Drinks (except fizzy water)
Bread (can still have cracker bread!)
Unhealthy take-outs- Chinese, Mickey D's, Burger King, KFC, Fish and chips etc...
Chips (I can still have potatoes :D)
BBQ Ribs
Chicken nuggets
Prawn Crackers
Anything battered i.e. fish, chicken dippers, onion rings etc…
Sweet/toffee popcorn but allowed salty popcorn
Buffet/Party food (like Iceland crap and pretzels/mini crackers)
Tea and Coffee

When I complete this itll be my 14th year in a row! :)

Rach x
February 12, 2013 6:18 AM
white carbs
February 12, 2013 6:20 AM
Tempted to say dieting..wink
February 12, 2013 6:20 AM
I gave up Christianity for Lent a couple years ago. :P
February 12, 2013 6:21 AM
Soda, diet or otherwise.
February 12, 2013 6:23 AM

That is my lent goal, meaning Iwill give up being lazy on planning my meals, lazy on my workouts etc... give up laziness and everything will improve, diet, exercie, general lifestyle :)
February 12, 2013 6:28 AM
Not giving up anything in particular (I'll be fasting on Ash Wednesday and on Fridays). I also donate to the food shelf basket at church weekly.
February 12, 2013 6:45 AM
DH and I were discussing that last night. With the exception of his birthday (mid March) we're going to give up eating out. We're also going to give up 60 extra minutes a week of our time to do reading and crafts with our kids (doesn't sound like much, but there are 13 hour work days).

Personally, I'm going to add in morning prayers and do them with my daughter at night, working through the basics.
Edited by cmm7303 On February 12, 2013 7:11 AM
February 12, 2013 6:56 AM
I gave up giving up stuff for Lent years ago. Still rockin' strong!
February 15, 2013 5:46 AM
Hope everyone's lenten goals are off to a good start!!! I have a friend who is not Catholic who uses Lent as a time of renewal and setting habits for the year, it is when she lost her first 20 pounds toward goal.

I love the positivity and goal setting everyone has shared. Good luck all, I hope these weeks of prayer and self control lead to kicking these last 5 to 8 for me and all good things for you!!flowerforyou
February 15, 2013 3:17 PM
Giving up cigerettes and refined sugar. I know if I gave up just one, I would double the other. This is going to be tough.
February 15, 2013 3:21 PM
Pizza and ice-cream......*slow, labored breathing*
February 15, 2013 3:23 PM
I think I've already given up all of my vices since starting MFP, there's nothing left! So I'm going to try to convince my body to give up 15 more pounds!
February 15, 2013 3:24 PM
Soda and Fast food
Edited by mcalichio On February 15, 2013 3:28 PM
February 15, 2013 3:26 PM
I am giving up eating out
February 15, 2013 3:26 PM
I usually give up something I am really addicted to, like the Computer or the Television. This year I am giving up playing ALL computer games.

As a Catholic, I fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday I also abstain from all meat products and treats on Fridays.
Edited by Phythisisa On February 15, 2013 3:29 PM
February 15, 2013 3:47 PM
I gave up watching tv...sounds easy enough until you realize that you can't watch the weather or cooking channels, NCSI....usually I give up wine, dessert, going out to eat.....ect...


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