Yesterday was FAT Tuesday.
Heck, every Tuesday is FAT Tuesday for me, but yesterday was the extra special one.
It was extra special, because it is the day that officially decide what I am giving up for Lent and then FAT it up all day on those things. It is the day when balancing food groups, calories, fat grams don't count and overall gluttony takes over.
I am not Catholic (Mr. was until he married me), but I have always given something up. No one else in my family did, but to me it just made sense. Jesus gave his life for me, so therefore I should be able to give up something that I really, really, REALLY love for a measley 40 days.
LONGEST 40 DAYS OF MY LIFE! Each year, I think it will be easier, but each year I feel like a 3 year old in the middle of a 40 day temper tantrum.
Back to yesterday, I savored those items that I won't be having for the next 6 weeks.
This year I have decided to give up chocolate; all of it's beautiful forms-hot, cold, frozen, melted, solid, dark, white, peanut buttery, crunchy, gourmet, mochaness, and the list could go on and on. I get a little choked up just thinking about it all.
I am also just saying NO to pizza, pasta, and the biggest of ALL...COFFEE. I am really nervous how this will go. It was so easy to give up coffee the second I found out I was cooking the minis (currently, I am not), but this is like insane and completely VOLUNTARY!
These are things I shouldn't eat near as much I have or would prefer, so this is also a healthy step too with just a really good excuse.
These choices pretty much mean that Mini #1 and I will not be friends or even really share a meal together for the next 40 days as pasta, chocolate chip muffins, and pizza are things he should really have in an IV form...it would save me a lot of time in preparing them too. It would also save me some sanity if I would just succumb and give it to him intravenously instead of battling with him to eat anything else.
So friends, I will need your encouragement, thoughts, and prayers for myself (and the minis with a mama that has no coffee in her system) over this Lenten season.
I hope you lived it up yesterday on Fat Tuesday.
Have a great day!