As posted by Sophia at RevGalBlogPals:
1. Did you give up, or take on, anything special for Lent this year?
I decided, after a pancake-based frenzy on and around Fat Tuesday, to be honestly observant of my Weight Watchers plan during Lent, with two extra commitments: to eschew butter. (I really love butter and have been described as using it to "frost" bread.) (The pancake-based frenzy? Involved frosting with butter.)
2. Have you been able to stay with your original plans, or has life gotten in the way?
I have, since even when life has gotten in the way, I've made the choice to be as honest as possible in tracking the food and the points, even when I needed to approximate. This was more a question of making myself do it, in other words choosing not to get in my own way.
3. Has God had any surprising blessings for you during this Lent?
Other things feel less "out of control" as I pursue this discipline so consciously. Instead of feeling deprived, I feel I am taking good care of myself. This does include feeling hungry at times and having to decide whether it's hunger that requires immediate or near-immediate feeding, and with what.
4. What is on your inner and/or outer agenda for the remainder of Lent and Holy Week?
To continue on this path, which also helps me to feel capable of doing all the work that lies ahead of me in terms of worship planning, sermon-preparation and also wrap up of certain portions of my work as I get ready to move on to another job (more details on this soon). Taking off the rest of the weight the doctor recommended for me as an otherwise healthy person, given that I now have RA, seems very important. I see this period as an opportunity to consolidate some changes in my life that include eating more fruits and vegetables (not just bananas and lettuce!) and choosing all my food with an eye toward health, while knowing there still need to be treats in moderation or I will not keep at it.
5. Where do you most long to see resurrection, in your life and/or in the world, this Easter?
In line with my Lenten discipline, I'm hoping to get back to the weight loss I had achieved in the season of Easter last year, before beginning treatment for RA and having a prednisone-influenced and sadness-exacerbated weight gain through the summer and fall. It's not just about the number, it's about moving into a new way of living and seeing the next step ahead of me, continuing toward my ultimate goal of health, which includes but is not limited to a number. I'm close at this point, but trying not to get hung up for good or bad on any particular week's loss, rather to take the long view.