I want to share my Lenten intentions on la vida de frida because it solidifies them, and the blog can be a way for me to reflect on my journey and progress. Lent is a season for personal sacrifice and reflection to not only grow closer to oneself but God as well. This Lent, my personal sacrifices include giving up dessert-like foods and Google Reader. Additionally, I have decided to attend a weekly class at my church called “Living the Mass.” This class explores what actually occurs during the Mass. I am excited to learn about this important aspect of my faith, and I hope that this class will lead me to better engage in, experience, and appreciate the Mass. Also, Lent marks the beginning of my effort to eat more, as I believe that I need to gain some weight to be a healthier individual. Unlike my other intentions, this intention will go beyond the forty days of Lent. (I suppose this last intention slightly contradicts my first intention, but I will have to find a way to “make up” my dessert calories!)
Why dessert-like foods? I decided to give up dessert-like foods because eating dessert (after dinner) has become a daily habit of mine. Often times, I do not actually crave dessert after dinner, but I eat it anyway because it has become a nightly event. Also, I really enjoy sweets, so giving up dessert-like foods will be a challenge for me. I am abstaining from all dessert-like foods (including muffins and quickbreads, as I often eat these for dessert) at all times throughout the day. I hope that from this Lenten intention, I will learn to listen to my body and make more conscious decisions when it comes to dessert. I will allow myself to have dessert-like foods on Sundays, as Sundays are optionally “exempt” from Lenten sacrifices, and on my trip to Panama (which falls during Lent); I want to be able to fully explore the culture of Panama and enjoy myself.
So far, I have made one exception to this Lenten intention: On Wednesday–Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent–, I baked my first loaf of gluten-free pumpkin bread. This baking endeavor was part of a project I am working on for my P.E. independent study. I have been eating this quickbread, but only as a before or after track practice snack–not for an after-dinner dessert (and, to be honest, I will more than likely have a piece or two more). To truly follow my Lenten sacrifice, I could have baked this bread on Sunday and only sampled and eaten the bread on Sunday. However, I shied (and have shied) away from my intention, and I succumbed to the exciting experience of gluten-free baking, which, as a baker and foodie, includes eating the finished product.
Why Google Reader? I (finally) decided to give up Google Reader because, like dessert, it has become a daily habit. I check my Google Reader feed when I “need to fill time” or have “nothing else to do.” I feel that I could use the time I spend checking and reading my Google Reader feed to read a book or communicate with those around me; instead of following various bloggers’ lives day-by-day, I want to be more concerned with what is happening in my own life and community. Also, sometimes, I feel that using Google Reader is a mindless activity, and I never like how I feel after mindlessly using the Internet. Like giving up dessert-like foods, I hope that from this Lenten intention I will make more conscious decisions when it comes to using Google Reader and technology. I also hope that I will start reading actual books more. I will allow myself to check my Google Reader feed on Sundays, and using a blog for a recipe or article is a-okay.
I am excited (!) to embark on my Lenten intentions!