Focus on Hope

Today marks the first day of Lent, which is a season when some Christians give up something for 40 days in hopes to spend more time praying and focusing on their faith. For me, I've always grown up with a parent who celebrated by giving up something. My dad always gave up sweets and I never quite understood why until recently. I've only really participated in Lent for the last 5 or so years, once I really understood the meaning and why one would.

I've really started to take note of my eating patterns and the fact that I rely on sugar wayyyyyyyy too much for a little pick me up. I go to sweets and carbs and ice cream to comfort me, give me "energy," and make me feel better. All while I'm eating a few too many Bosa donuts (anyone else addicted???), I'm throwing massive temper tantrums about how I'm not seeing any more results, not losing any more weight and how my pants are just a little bit tight.

So, what does that have to do with Lent and the idea of "fasting" from something for the next 40 days? Well friends, I'm giving up grains and sugar for the next 40 days. I'm not going to allow those things to run my life and I am going to strive to beat my addiction to grains and sugar. My hope is that once the 40 days are over, I will not run right back to Bosa for comfort on a bad day or need ice cream after dinner... every night.