I've always given something up for Lent. I have a lot of vices (ok, well, not terrible ones, but ones like fried foods and chocolate and Diet Coke and apathy), so it was never that difficult to find something. Yet this year, as I was contemplating what to do, I was thinking about what was really the root of this act, and that is sacrifice. Sure, I could give up any of the above, but what would be a greater sacrifice for me at this point in life would be to add something. Something that would make me feel better, mentally and physically, and contribute positively to my life, while also requiring me to sacrifice time, energy, and couch-sitting.
I've never been a regular exerciser. I have never viewed exercise as a regular, routine part of my life (as much as I wish I did...). I never played sports growing up, so anything physical was like bonus points tacked on to my life - great if I did it, but not required or expected. Believe me, I've expended much mental energy regretting this and wishing I had more motivation, but surprisingly, that has gotten me nowhere...
|(A taste of my physical prowess...)|
This Lent, I want to add in exercise, five times a week. I know, that's sad - but the reality is, that will be a big sacrifice for me and will require discipline to achieve. This will mean choosing to use morning nap time to do a video instead of drinking coffee and enjoying a nice shower. It will mean taking an evening walk with Tony and Harper and the dogs when I would rather get things done at home. But of course, it will be of such great benefit to me (and all of us). And naturally, I'm writing it down here so I can't back out. I'm committing to five days because I want to be realistic. I hope to spend that exercise time re-centering myself and focusing on what's important. I was given a healthy body and I don't want to waste it.
So it begins - ugh... ;)
Also!! Emily over at Imperfect just posted about a challenge she is doing during Lent that hit me at just the right time, and I feel compelled to participate!
Choosing one area of your home each week, cleaning and addressing those little projects as a way to feel more content and happy with the things we have. I need this. I would say recently I've been pretty good about keeping our house clean (ish), and one of the great things about having a small house is it stays relatively decluttered out of necessity. But there are definitely things I have been putting off and off, and this will be motivation to deep-clean and address the little things.
Here's how I'm going to tackle it:
Week 1: Our Bedroom
Week 2: Guest Room
Week 3: Harper's Room
Week 4: Bathrooms
Week 5: Assorted Closets/ Laundry Room
Week 6: Outside
Week 7: Kitchen/Living Room (hopefully we will have finished up our big projects in there by then)