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Happy Ash Wednesday?

Today is Ash Wednesday. This is the first day of the Lenten Season in the Biblical/liturgical calendar. It is the beginning of our 40-day (+7) journey to Easter.

So why the Question Mark?

Well, I guess I feel weird about saying “Happy” in front of Ash Wednesday. It is a season of thoughtful discipline, fasting and repentance. However, I find myself longing for it each year. So, yes, I am happy Lent is here.

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What is Ash Wednesday and Lent all about anyway?

I am going to let the experts handle this…

I long for structure and discipline in my life. Unfortunately I do not excel at self-discipline… or structure for that matter. I feel better when I have a calendar and checklist at the ready, and when I don’t, I often feel adrift.

I am not going to go into what Lent means to my branch of the Christian church – but I am going to share some of the plans for my journey.

Journaling

Daily reflection is helpful to me. Sometimes I have notes and a well thought out plan for my writing, but more often than not, I tend to let my thoughts free flow from my brain to my keyboard. That’s what is happening right now.

This Lent, I will be journaling lots. The goal is everyday (except Sundays), but I am not going to beat myself up if that doesn’t happen. You never know though!

What am I giving up for Lent?

Well, that is complicated. In year’s past I have given up social media. Completely. The first time I did it, the blessings were immeasurable. The second time, I had mixed emotional results. It was good, but it didn’t feel as inspired as it did the first time around.

I usually avoid dietary sacrifices such as giving up chocolate or coffee for Lent.

We all know that I. Am. Not. Giving. Up. Coffee.

That’s crazy talk. But this year’s Lenten discipline will be dietary in nature.

So, what is going on…

My husband is dealing with the potential of a Type-2 diabetes diagnosis. This is actually a relief, as it has taken several doctor’s appointments and a switch to a new medical practice to get here. His last physician dismissed several symptoms and told him since he looked healthy (whatever that means) and really only needed to lose about 20 pounds (who doesn’t?) that, in his opinion, there was no real likelihood that diabetes was the culprit.

His new doc wasn’t as dismissive, which was great as his initial blood work has all the markers of type 2 diabetes.

We are in this in-between phase where we know symptoms are lining up with blood test results, but we don’t have an official diagnosis or treatment plan.

Big Dietary Changes

Lent seems to be a good time begin a new way of eating, especially when that means some form of fasting and limiting of sugar and cars.

Hello Keto.

The keto diet has hit our house and will be a way of life for the foreseeable future. If my hubby is doing it, so am I. Even though I have already been eating low-carb for the past month anyway.

I also have a thyroid condition – which I plan to journal about next week – and a keto-friendly diet will be good for me too.

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