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Sunday, March 6, 2011

What could you give up for 40 days?

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In this journey of going green gradually, I have discovered some amazing bloggers. One is Rebecca Jean of She's green and she's an awesome dresser too.

The other day, she posted a pledge to "Do without for 40 Days." Rebecca is going to go without meat! Wow, amazing, but that is something I'm just not ready to do.

Growing up catholic,  we always gave something up for 40 days during lent. Most of the time, I would give up something simple like ice cream, candy or soda.

One year, I remember giving up Kool-Aid, mostly because I secretly hated it. At 10 years old, I knew there was something wrong with 3 cups of sugar, water and red powdery stuff. Bottom-line, I always took the easy way out on this one.

I don't want to take the easy way out anymore. I have slipped back into one habit that is hard to admit -- satisfying my sweet tooth. During the holidays, there was always something sweet in the office and I couldn't resist.  Then January came and I did a pretty good job of staying away from sweets, chocolate and fast food. Lately, I have slipped back (around my birthday is when this started) and in the afternoon at work, I have a stash of chocolate I break into or I eat something horrible for lunch.  Yesterday, I ate a quater pounder with cheese from McDonald's. Not exactly the picture of greenness. (Don't hate me!)

Starting Wednesday, for the next 40 days, I'm giving up the sweets. No candy. No cake. No chocolate. I'll be replacing it with fruits, veggies or a healthy snack. I'll keep you up to date on my progress on Twitter and the blog.

Thanks Rebecca for the little push! Maybe next year, I can give up meat! Until then, I'm eating the frozen cheesecake in my freezer.


  1. I tried giving up all things 'dessert' right after New Years this year. I felt guilty that there are people starving all over the world, and we have more than enough. For them, just having a one ingredient meal is huge, and here I am combing the cabinets for sweets after eating an entire spread. Well, I think I made it about 3 days. I then limited myself to only eating fair trade chocolate, which I decided was more PC. Now I'm eating whatever again.

    Good luck, and may you do better than me!!! I'm pulling for you!

  2. No cake! That would be much worse than no meat for me. Dessert is my favorite meal of the day.

    I've asked the fam what their final meat requests are. We're having ham tonight (yes, on Meatless Monday) and swedish meatballs tomorrow. Then that's it. 40 days of veggies.

    Best of luck on your sweet fast! I know you can do it!

    ♥ Rebecca Jean
    Midnight Maniac

  3. I think I'm gonna go for it: No coffee for 40 days! Wish me (and my poor family) luck!!!



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