Did I Give Up on Giving Up?

I mentioned a few weeks ago, roundabout six, to be exact, that I was giving up crisps, biscuits and sweets for Lent. I survived the whole of Lent without them, but there’s no denying it was hard.

How I missed them!

Here’s what I discovered about myself … I’ve been consuming those things without ever considering if I was truly hungry/in need of them. I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t miss them, because, oh my goodness, I did! I hadn’t a clue just how much the thought of eating a bag of crisps at lunch time or a biscuit with my mid-morning cuppa would occupy my mind.

Mum told me years ago that she believed that a habit was formed over a six week period and that it therefore made sense that a habit would take six weeks to break. She probably had a point, because at around the four weeks in point, I realised that I was thinking about crisps, biscuits and sweets much less.

I know that I’ll go back to eating them, but I’m hopeful of being much more aware of just how many I eat and act accordingly.

Did you give anything up for Lent? How did you get on?

4 thoughts on “Did I Give Up on Giving Up?

  1. Yeah, well done you! … and that’s a really good photo of your temptations. I’ve heard the same thing about making/break a habit takes 6 weeks. This Lent was a bit different in that our new Bishop instructed us to add something rather than take away during Lent, something that would bring us closer in our faith. I didn’t to very well with my traditional “give up for Lent” or “add for Lent”, but like you, it has made me much more aware.

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