So this year I decided to take another approach. As opposed to giving something up for 40 days, like dessert or video games, I decided to add something for 40 days – exercise and better eating habits. While my family is generally active, we tend to hibernate and stay inside during the cold winter months, so it isn’t as easy to exercise. Well, that is going to change this Lenten season.
Here’s the plan
On Ash Wednesday, my son and I have started exercising together four days a week and the other three days we cut out dessert. I am not suggesting that either of us sit on the couch the days we aren’t exercising or eat in excess the days we aren’t passing on dessert, but I also know that like any behavior change, you have to set realistic goals so you don’t get discouraged. Our plan is to take baby steps.
I’m looking forward to the time together of just the two of us, with no distractions. We can go on bike rides or take a walk or go in the driveway and shoot some hoops. As for skipping dessert, both my son and I have a sweet tooth, so this might be harder than the exercise, but we will be there to support each other (and hey, if I shed a pound or two all the better)!
When the 40 days are over, I am hoping that my son will have adopted some of our Lenten habits and want to go for a bike ride with Mom instead of playing his Wii, or realize that he doesn’t want (or need) dessert after every meal. But what I hope he values more than anything is that we did something beneficial for our mind, body and soul – and we did it together.
Is there something you’ve decided to do (rather than give up) for Lent?