Ever since weaning Joe last month I have gained weight steadily, mainly because I was not taking into account that I needed to cut the additional calories that I had gotten used to while pregnant and nursing. It didn't help that every time I went to the store I would throw a package of cookies or some type of candy into the cart. Whether it was a trip to the grocery store, Walmart, Dollar General, or the gas station...those things would end up being bought by me. That is at least three times a week then, if not more. Giving that up for Lent has made me aware of all the junk I was eating.
It has been difficult, but not as bad as I thought it would be. Yesterday when I had to make a stop at Dollar General they had a cart of Oreos marked down to $1.25 a package. I gravitated toward that cart without thinking and reached into it the same time that little Joe reached into it (his favorite cookies are Oreos!). Then I remembered I gave them up and told Joe that we had to go find the dryer sheets that we were looking for; he didn't put up a fuss and I wasn't missing them when I came home and had a container or lemon yogurt and an apple for a snack.
It's been a bit more difficult for the kids, and I have let them have pop and popsicles while they have been sick. After Jacob's speech therapy his teacher gives him and the other two kids a small treat and I allow them that. They are, after all, a bit young to truly understand sacrificing something during the Lenten season. I haven't been picking them up anything extra at the grocery store and they haven't been complaining though, so their sugary eating habits have been changing as well.
I must admit, it was just last year when I heard that Sunday was exempt from the Lenten sacrifice. It was the first year that I realized I could partake in what I had given up during Sundays. So this past Sunday when hubby was at Walmart picking up some cat litter I asked him to bring a little something home. That little something ended up being gummy worms. I used to love gummy worms and grabbed at the bag...but didn't even eat a handful without realizing that they weren't that great anyway and that I wasn't missing much.I hope that this is just the beginning of our change in our eating habits!