Today is the day! Ash Wednesday. Lent. The day we give up our vice for 40 days!
What is your vice? Not sure? If it’s not necessary for life (like air, water, shelter) and you can’t go even a few days without it, most likely it’s a vice!
For me, that vice is three things rolled into one called SOS – SUGAR, OIL, SALT. Those three things individually and combined have been my vice for as long as I can remember.
I have always loved sweet treats, especially chocolate, salty fries and potato chips – I have even put salt on fruits like tomatoes and watermelon, and all sorts of veggies fried or sautéed in oil, especially mushrooms and onions. Yum!
The problem with this vice is that it has led to morbid obesity for me. I weighed in this morning at 305 lbs which is down 10 lbs from the beginning of the year, but still double the size I should be for optimal health.
If it was just the weight, it wouldn’t be an issue to me. I’ve been overweight most of my life and have learned to deal with it. Unfortunately, it’s about more than the weight, much more. It’s about the disease and incredible lethargy that comes with carrying around an extra 150 lbs.
The older I get, the harder it is to carry two of me around. I’m so ready to let go of all the baggage and I know I need help to do it. That’s where Lent comes in.
Lent is a period of abstinence starting Ash Wednesday and leading up to Easter. It’s a time to lean not on your own understanding, but to trust in The Lord.
So, that’s what I’m going to do. I’ve never done Lent before. I know deep in my soul that this is something I must do. I’ve tried so many diets, enough to know they don’t work. It’s time to try having a little faith and follow a path that was laid out for us thousands of years before we were born. Let the Lent begin!
In the video below, Darren Hardy (the publisher of my favorite magazine, SUCCESS) talks about vices and challenges us to give up one vice for 30 days. Can you do it?