Lent – Giving Up and Taking Up | Lifestyle

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.

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What am I giving up for Lent?

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.
Let me know in the comments below!

  • Sounds really good Tam : ) I always love how good I feel after a run! I’m giving up junk food. I don’t eat a lot of it anyway but often crave chocolates and sweets! Looking forward to see how you get on. xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

  • My husband and I did the Couch to 5K app last year to start running and it was actually really really good. At the start, you think it’s crazy and that you’d never be able to do it, but in the end, you really can do it and it’s nice to watch yourself progress as the weeks go on. I think it took us a little longer than nine weeks, as both of us got sick in the middle so we repeated a week here and there, but that was nice, it allowed you to relax and enjoy being able to actually do the running.

    I totally recommend it if you want to start running. Also, we invested in some good running shoes and they made all the difference to running. I’d like to get some nice running clothes too. We’ve stopped running at the moment, as we like to run after work but it’s still too dark and quite wet, but I’m looking forward to when the nights get a little lighter.

    ~ K


  • Cara E

    I keep seeing Couch25K everywhere lately, really tempted to try it as I want to get into running! xx

  • I gave up sweets for Lent and it was torture!! I did end up taking up eating chocolate though.. ha. I’m intruiged by the Couch25K, I’m a rubbish runner and wish I was better! x

    Tamz | http://www.throughneweyesx.com/