Traditionally Christians Fast for 40 Days and 40 Nights, starting on Ash Wednesday and finishing on Thursday before Good Friday. However, these days that is rare and people usually give up something small for the period of Lent leading up to Easter.
Over the years I've given up many things from chocolate to alcohol and even binge watching TV shows and playing video games for too long.
I've been thinking long and hard about what I'd like to give up for Lent and this year and I've decided on cutting my spending habits, particularly on junk food and unneeded treats, *cough* overspending on beauty products I don't really need. I'm trying to save more for adventures, trips away etc. So cutting my spending habits is something I'd really like to achieve not just for Lent but for this year too.
But Lent doesn't have to be all about giving something up, I've also been thinking of something to take up or achieve by the end of Lent. To keep the positive energy flowing and to keep me entertained when I'm not at work, I really want to get into running again. I recently downloaded the Couch25K App for my phone and treated myself to some fancy running gear so I'd like to make the most of those and go out, hit the Common and fields and go running! Couch25K is a Nine Week exercise journey so if I can reach Week 6 and still carry on after Lent, I will pretty proud of myself.
I'd love to know what you're giving up or even taking up for Lent.
Let me know in the comments below!