Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Lent -- 'tis the season to give something up

Thanks to Kerry Shorr of LuxeVivant for including me in this awesome blog post about what I, along with other "around-towners," are giving up for Lent.

My healthful snack for the afternoon

Confession: I have NOT been doing a good job of keeping out the sugar and starch that I pledged I would avoid for Lent!!! At least, not until TODAY. "After all, tomorrow is another day," said that southern belle, Scarlett O'Hara. "After all, might as well START today," said I to myself, this morning. 

Feeling inspired to stick to my Lenten resolution-- yellow is a nice color for hope, yes??

If I stay with my eating plan to avoid sugar and starch and stick with the calorie-controlled plan I like, then in exactly ONE MONTH FROM TODAY, I can relax it up a bit in preparation for our next 8-day Carnival cruise to the Southern Caribbean!

From Carnival, about the trip on the "Breeze" ship: The rainforests of Dominica, crystal-clear waters of St. Thomas, seaside villages of Barbados and white-sand beaches of Aruba are a few of the exotic treasures you'll experience on a 3, 4, 7 or even 8 day Carnival Southern Caribbean cruise. The bounty of Southern Caribbean activities including: swimming, snorkeling, hiking, shopping and sightseeing, ensure that there's something to suit every taste. Come see for yourself. Book your Carnival Southern Caribbean cruise vacation today.

The map of where we will cruise, courtesy of

It is motivational for me to see the photos of the Dominican Republic. I have always wanted to visit there-- need to brush up on my Spanish. 

Ok, ok, so I admit that we won't be back until Easter Sunday, and I am realistic enough to know that there is no way I will avoid sugar and starch completely on the cruise. So I shouldn't call this a full-on Lenten set of resolutions-- rather, it's a modified Lent! I know, die-hard Catholics will realize that I'm WAY not following the full spiritual meaning of the 40 days and 40 nights that Jesus spent fasting. I admit that I am bending the rules to suit my will. I am Baptist, by the way...

Perhaps I could give it up and call it something other than a Lenten resolution... but I have been reading up on my devotional, and trying to seek God more. That's always a good thing!!

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