February 07, 2008

Just Say No to the Chocolate

I haven’t really been taking care of myself the last few months, including the fact I quit lifting weights and running on 1 November. There are myriad reasons, none of them which will be expounded upon and all of them, by themselves, light weight. No excuses… but it is what it is.

We all go through times where we are better to ourselves than others. I’ve just hit a bit of a low in many areas.

It is a phase.

In an effort to get back on track though, I have used Lent as an assist. I’ve given up all ‘bad sugar’ or sweets as one would call it for the next 40 days, two exceptions being anything I would add to coffee to make it drinkable and family birthdays. I want to genuinely celebrate with everyone. Plus, if I make the cake, I’m going to frickin’ eat it too.

That whole ‘make the cake and eat it too’… or something like that.

I will say that the men at work are a bit worried about this Lenten pact I’ve made with myself. When I’m on the edge at work, which can happen with the stress and the various projects we work on, chocolate seems to be the magic that can keep me sane. They all know that. They have been known to shove chocolate in my desk.

Kind of a sacrificial offering. Give the Goddess Chocolate and all will be right in everyone’s world.


I have promised them I will try to keep my personality in check for the next 40 days as it’s surely not their fault. They haven’t done anything.

I am reminded of the time I was going through the class through the Episcopal Church to become… Episcopal… and the priest said to us, “Lent should be used as a reminder of Christ. When you decide to give up something, let it be a perpetual reminder of the struggles of his 40 days and 40 nights. If however, you give up smoking and drinking and start beating your wife, then of course, you’ve defeated the purpose and that is a BAD thing.”

He was a funny guy. We all laughed. But point taken. If you give up something that makes the people around you suffer, that is a BAD thing.

I will not make this a bad thing. This is a good way for me to remember what Lent is about and for me to get back on the right track for my own physical health and well being.

The men at work and my family need not worry. Heh.

Posted by Boudicca at February 7, 2008 09:13 PM | TrackBack

I thought the 40 days and 40 nights was that Noah dude...

Posted by: Toluca Nole at February 7, 2008 09:25 PM

Crap. I freaked out and had to look this up.
Noah was 150 days of water...

Posted by: Bou at February 7, 2008 09:42 PM

Gotcha. At least I wasn't totally wrong:


Posted by: Toluca Nole at February 7, 2008 09:58 PM

Man...what's up with the number 40?

From Wikipedia:

The forty-day period is symbolic of the 40 days spent by Jesus in the desert. The number forty has many other Biblical references: the forty days Moses spent on Mount Sinai with God; the forty days and nights Elijah spent walking to Mount Horeb; God made it rain for forty days and forty nights in the days of Noah; the Hebrew people wandered forty years traveling to the Promised Land; Jonah in his prophecy of judgment gave the city of Nineveh forty days time in which to repent.

Posted by: Toluca Nole at February 7, 2008 10:02 PM

Don't forget the 40 of wine that Jesus drank at that wedding... or not.

Anyway, dark chocolate shouldn't be counted as sweet. Or even chips of chocolate, which are merely semi-sweet...


Posted by: That 1 Guy at February 7, 2008 10:08 PM

TN- Well you and T1G both turned 40 this year. Maybe y'all should think this is some Godly thing, being 40 the magic number!

Posted by: Bou at February 7, 2008 10:23 PM

Not Godly... God-Like...

Posted by: That 1 Guy at February 7, 2008 10:25 PM

I think I love the comment discussion as much as the post. You guys rock!

Posted by: vw bug at February 8, 2008 06:24 AM

T1G- I'm trying to remember if Jebus did a 40 day post somewhere??? Heh.

VW- T1G and TN are so much alike sometimes, they scare me. They could be brothers, no joke.

Posted by: Bou at February 8, 2008 07:06 AM

And we could pass for identical twins. I'm just a little taller.

Posted by: Toluca Nole at February 8, 2008 02:24 PM

TN beat me to it. Heheheh!!!

Posted by: That 1 Guy at February 8, 2008 06:31 PM