Happy Fat Tuesday, everyone! When I was a kid, I always had the hardest time deciding what to give up for Lent, so much so that I usually didn't give up anything because I couldn't come up with any good ideas. Similarly, when I had to go to confession, I would get stressed out and draw a complete blank when it came to listing my sins, so I'd resort to inventing some so I could at least have something to cop to, other than the usual "fighting with my sisters" and "not honoring my parents," which seemed so standard and boring. Anyways, I'm allergic to chocolate and I'm not much of a candy-eater, so giving those things up for Lent would be pointless. One year in college, I gave up the elevator in my dorm (hey, I lived on the 4th floor- it was a sacrifice!). I've also tried doing the reverse, instead of giving something up, doing something positive, like going running every day or volunteering twice a week, but I never managed to keep it going for all 40 days.
After years of being a Lenten slacker, I decided to go hardcore last year, and my roommate MJ and I gave up alcohol and did the South Beach diet. Limited carbs and no alcohol for 40 days? Not fun. AT ALL. I won't make that mistake again. This year, I'm going vegetarian. Well, I'm planning to eat fish and seafood but no poultry, red meat, or the other white meat. I plan to return to my omnivorous ways after Easter, but I figure this will be a good way to force me to add some healthy variety to my diet. If anyone has any recommendations for websites with vegetarian recipes, let me know.