Lenten plans

So on Wednesday the season of Lent begins, and every year I like to give up or pick up some habit. The aim is to practice self-discipline, focus on the season, and hopefully improve my life in some little way. Last year I did ’40 days of water’, where I drank only good old H2O for the duration of Lent (with Sundays off, as is traditional). In previous years I’ve given up alcohol, meat, cakes, biscuits, celebrity magazines….the experience always teaches me something!

This year I’m going to work on 3 things for Lent – I’ve gone for three things rather than one huge one, but I thought long and hard about what habits may add to my life in the long run.

Here are the 3, with whatever explanation seemed fitting:

1. No drinking alcohol in the house.

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It’s all to easy to pop open a bottle of wine after work, and there’s no good reason why I do this apart from habit. So going out with friends will be okay, as will a drink at a work function, but drinking at home will not. I can, however, still use a splash of wine when cooking if so desired.

2. No ‘Claire TV’.

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I’ve been so tired lately through work and exercise that flopping on the couch has become a major habit. Watching E! News is way less brainwork than reading, writing, or even watching a movie. So I’m weaning myself off for the whole of Lent.

I can be in a room where TV is on (I don’t want to be a bad guest when we go visiting, and Matthew watches a lot of sports!), but I cannot choose the show or channel in these instances. I can watch movies if I want, however – I keep saying I want to watch more films. Maybe this season will offer me a chance to do so!

3. No facebook.

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Yep, I’m giving up facebook for Lent. I deleted the app from my phone at the start of the year (brilliant decision, it turns out), and it has made me far less fond of the platform, but it can still suck me in. And whereas with twitter or blogging I feel that I give and get a lot from the experience, so much of facebook I see as a bad thing for me personally. I have friends that adore facebook, and more power to them, but for me I think a break will do me good. I’ll be changing my password (and hiding it from myself until Sunday rolls around!) and can then log on each Sunday if I want to (meaning that the two parts I consistently find useful on the site – events and photos – can still be accessed once weekly).

So that’s the three. How about you? Are you giving up anything for Lent?

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  1. Siobhan
    7th March 2011 / 9:09 am

    Ooh – interesting (and good) choices. I'm seriously considering giving up fizzy pop and chocolate at work. So trying to instead drink enough water, sleep enough and take enough breaks to not flop towards the end of the day. The timing of lent this year will make that tricky but I think it could be really worthwhile.That and not having my phone next to me in the evenings when it is M&S time. It's not worth doing if it is easy right?

  2. Wiwille
    7th March 2011 / 3:43 pm

    I still haven't decided what to give up. I'm a bad Catholic.

  3. Shan
    7th March 2011 / 9:18 pm

    Wow, giving up facebook is a good one. You've got me seriously thinking about that one.

  4. Christielli
    8th March 2011 / 3:44 am

    Hmmmm, no alcohol in the house, eh? Guess that means we'll have to go out for drinks a lot while I'm visiting! ;)No Facebook… I had a friend who did that once for Lent. Good luck! I will now properly email you any details about my visit as opposed to Fbook messaging!For Lent I've given up ice cream and cupcakes and chocolate almonds. There's a story behind the almonds which I'll tell while visiting you. I'd give up something more hardcore, but I'm on vacay for part of Lent, so I can't do anything impossible.

  5. PhilH
    8th March 2011 / 9:35 pm

    Moaning. Laura's idea (for herself) and I thought I'd join in.And possibly caffeine.Hmmm.Yes.Caffeine.

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