I have spent the last two weeks quite discouraged with my fitness journey. I am pretty sure I mentioned last week that I was not making any progress.
Enter Lent: As a Catholic we are obliged to fast on certain days of the year. Traditionally, we have fasted all through Lent and have observed partial abstinence all through Lent. Today we are only obligated to Fast and Abstain on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday and then abstain on all the Fridays of Lent.
I observe the traditional teachings as best as I can during Lent. That means that my family only eats meat at dinner Monday through Thursday and we fast to the best of abilities all through Lent. On all Fridays of Lent we completely abstain from meat and I try very hard to fast. By fast we mean eating two small meals which don’t equal the large meal and no snacks. There are exceptions which my husband and son observe due to the type of physical work they do each day. They are not obliged to fast in the same way or at all if they can’t.
So Lent began this past Wednesday and I have been working hard to follow my plan. I am also trying to keep my protein intake up because of the type of workout I am doing. I am lifting weights and hoping to build muscle. I am definitely building strength. In order to build muscle I need to make sure that I am getting enough protein. This means that my small meals need to be protein dense and I have done well this week. I know that it will be a challenge to keep up through Lent, so I will do my best to keep you posted.
As a result of the two days of fasting (Ash Wednesday and Friday), plus the other things I am fasting from I have lost 3 pounds! Yay! I also this week purchased a more accurate digital scale. I was getting so frustrated that I wanted to do something that would give me a shot at seeing small steps of progress. So far, the scale is working out great! It is very accurate and easy to read.
So the perseverance is paying off. I am sticking to my plan and should be done with this program by Easter. Then I will move on to the next program. I have not chosen it yet but I am looking at a few different ones.
Are you doing anything to observe Lent? Drop me a note in the comments and let me know what you are doing.
May we all take this time of preparation to reflect on how much Our Lord loves us…enough to die on the Cross.