February 15, 2007

No chocolate ice cream????

No running this evening. Although I was supposed to do 7 miles.

Instead I hung with these cuties:

(Pete and my Grandmother)
And this one:

(My Mom)
I'm leaving to go to California on Tuesday for 10 days so I have to go visit all my peeps before I leave. I'm Italian. That's just what we do. Later, I will hang out with this cutie:

(If you've read my blog long enough you know who that is).

But really, other than that I'm not feeling like doing a whole lot. Even though I have a whole lot to do. I hope I'm not getting sick. I'm hoping that it's just a case of the lazys.

In other news, I've decided what I'm giving up for Lent. Last year it was Jolly Ranchers. And funny how I've haven't craved one since.

This year I'm taking a huge leap. NO SWEETS.

For real.

I know.

It's crazy.

But it's something I've battled with for years, but at the same time it's the first Lenten season in a long time that I feel ready to take on this spiritual challenge. To most it might be "oh, so what, no ice cream?" but to me it's much bigger than that. It's a time to sit back and reflect on why I do the things that I do to my body. This body was designed just for me, that I should respect much more than I currently do. I'm ready and capable of taking such a huge leap.

Because I am totally and 100% addicted to anything sweet. I mean really. If you covered brussel sprouts in chocolate, I'm sure I'd love them. Candy flavored grass trimmings? I'm in. But, its also something I've totally hated about myself. I always wanted to be one of those peeps that when offered a big slice of carrott cake would say "nah, I'm not much of a sweets eater."

Well, I've proved that I have endurance. I quit smoking. I have run a marathon. I have overcome many odds that people had against me. I've beat them all. So, why not be one of those "nah, I'm not into sweets" kindof girls. (Its gotten so bad that Troy often says I have another pocket in my stomach reserved purely for sweets.)

Now, will I gorge out on banana pudding, Hershey's kisses, brownies, Heath bar blizzards, chocolate cake, York peppermint patties, bubble gum, Lifesavers, jelly beans, caramels, chocolate chip cookies, cheesecake, or oh my gosh Marble Slab ice cream on Shrove Tuesday? Probably not. But on Tuesday evening, somewhere in Moreno Valley, you may find me staking out a local Target for one last candy bar crying "farewell my little friends...farewell..."

Running + Studying this weekend. Yahoo!


Tim said...

My mother had one of those old Victrola's like the one pictured in the photo of your Grandmother.

I have it now and I find it to be a comforting memory of her.

As for lent, in years past I have given up cigars and wine (but never with the intention of making it forever) but this year I would like to try something different.

I tend to be a horrible procrastinator and it's something about myself I would love to change - permenantly.

So along with temporarily abstaning from a mild Fuente and an earthy Cabernet, this year I intend to work on becoming a 'today' person.

Have a great trip west!

Kurt said...

I gave up chocolate one year and about died. Nope never again for me.

I also missed my run on V day. I suppose I should occasionally hang with the family!

miss petite america said...

i never know what to give up for lent. sometimes i hate the whole thing because people take it so lightly. though this year i think i could really benefit from being more spiritual.

thanks for the inspiration.

Running by.... said...

I'm with you! I'm a fellow sweet-aholic. I've given up sweets so I can look decent in a swimsuit.

Good luck to you!

Firefly's Running said...

I do not know if I could give up sweets. I would have to give up Josh. tee-hee! :D

Tara Sasser said...

Good call giving up sweets, all of this training has made my sweet tooth go crazy! In the past I have given up meat, but that is not an option for me this year. I may follow your lead, good luck!