What I am Learning From Lent

CIMG0260This year I decided to give up sweets and Facebook for lent.  I am learning a lot and am grateful for this short fast of things that seemed to be getting in the way of the person I wanted to be. CIMG0259 Cutting out sweets has been more than depriving myself of sugar.  Rather I am learning to eat, love, and crave whole foods.  Strawberries, bananas, pineapple…dare I say carrots!!!  I have always read in magazines, cut some fruits and veggies and have them in the frig to snack on all day.  Yet I could never do this because the jar of cookies was on my way to the refrigerator and I would stop there instead.  But now that it is there, it is amazing how full I am (by such a small amount of calories) and how much more satisfied I am (compared to needing just one more brownie).  It has changed my whole way of thinking and I am hoping to create better habits and provide our home a healthy lifestyle. 

For example, the other night I was snacking on some frozen strawberries while watching a movie and my dear husband joined in…I think I am subtly having a good influence on him!  It is amazing when I do not nag or push certain things…but when I live by example, others tend to join in on their own.  Good parenting preparation, right?!CIMG0264Now the holidays were a concern, as I love to bake my little heart out…until I realized I could use my bakeware to cook food and not just sweets.  So what did I do?  Butterfly and bunny cornbread with our chili!  Yum!  And sooo cute! :)



10 comments:

  1. good for you! i remember one year giving up magnum pi (yes im that old) for lent. this was before vhs recorders so it was KILLER.
    you are pretty tough to give up sugar...

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  2. Good for you! Here's to the strawberries.

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  3. Giving up sugar, I know I should but instead I have given up Diet Coke. Honestly it hasn't been as hard as I thought! I was worried that I wasn't getting enough water so I did it cold turkey. I love your corn bread molds you used I bet they were yummy!

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  4. Wow...you have some major will power! :) Love the little butterfly cornbread muffins...cute!

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  5. I like the new blog layout-pretty!

    Yes, it is so true about sweets. After you stay away from them everything just tastes oversweet! I can't even eat milk chocolate anymore.

    I understand your facebook decision, I did the same thing at the beginning of February. It has now been over one month and I can honestly say that there were a couple times I thought it would be nice to hop on (but I didn't and my account is de-activated anyway), however I really don't miss it. I still see it as the time sink that it is for me. I've been able to get so much more done! :)

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  6. Very good post. Love the butterfly shaped pan--how clever to use it for cornbread!

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  7. Oh my goodness, those would have been perfect with the salsa dish I made tonight. Yum. They look great!

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  8. You are just too much fun! Love the cornbread shapes.

    Great new blog look too!

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  9. Thanks for visiting and your sweet comments. I love your cornbread shaped like butterflies. So cute!! You are a better woman than me, giving up sweets for Lent. That would be a really hard call for me, because I really LOVE sweets. That is wonderful!
    Have a great weekend. Love & blessings from NC!

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