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Five Days In and Already Cheating

Stop mocking me

I decided to give up sweets and junk food for Lent, and let me tell you, as was the case every other time I’ve given up those things, it’s required some will power.

I think I’ve muttered yelled “I want cookies!” everyday to The Sailor since Ash Wednesday. We have a ton of Girl Scout cookies in the freezer, mocking me. (Dear Girl Scouts – Stop delivering your cookies right before or during Lent.) I have a box of double chocolate Krave cereal and pretended those were cookies. Close, but not quite. I also keep eyeing the sour grapefruit slices that I have. I realized my Clif Shot Bloks are kind of like candy and almost started eating them as a snack yesterday.
Normally you are allowed to cheat on Sundays during Lent, because Sundays are a day of rest and not counted among the 40 days of Lent. Personally I feel like “cheating” on what is supposed to be a sacrifice misses the point. But is it cheating if Sunday is not “counted” for Lent? And today is my sister-in-law’s Oscars Party, and I know there will be treats! Thankfully I did not give up champagne for Lent, so I can at least drink that without guilt, right? 
Besides, giving up sweets and junk for 6 out of 7 days of the week is a huge improvement (er, sacrifice!) over my usual eating habits.
This is all kind of pointless – I don’t even consider myself to be a Catholic anymore. What’s with my devotion to Lent? And what’s with the lingering Catholic guilt?
I also decided to go ahead with giving up registering for races during Lent. I may end up registering for some races on Easter Sunday, meaning I will forgo the early bird pricing (there goes $5), and ultimately end up doing the same number of races regardless of when I register. But at least this gives me time to decide if I really want to do those races.
Or I can cheat and only register on Sundays …
Moving on to a totally unrelated topic …

I’m creating an online shop. I think to generate interest, all of the proceeds for the first few months will go to the American Cancer Society. Above is a preview of what I’ve created so far (or you can just go check it out in it’s entirety). Let me know what you think!

Unfortunately this site (Spreadshirt) doesn’t have a ton of options for performance wear, so the color choices are a bit limited. The first row of shirts (Boo Cancer) are cotton. Everything else is “performance.”

The shop is open for business right now, but I plan to buy at least one shirt to check the quality before I start promoting it. But for now I’d love to hear your feedback on anything – colors, font choices, wording, prices, etc. There are also some shirts in there to promote my other blog sites – RunChicagoSouth.com and ChicagoRunningBloggers.com.

And lastly, I may have already told you this, but I love Injinji socks. For the past year or so, they are the only socks I run in (unless I’m behind on my laundry). I always get a lot of questions about them because they are toe socks (but performance toe socks), but I find them to be super comfortable, and they keep my feet toasty warm in the winter without overheating, and cool in the summer. BFF Ultra Vera turned me on to them – that’s what she runs in.

You can try them for yourself – they are offering 15% off their performance weight socks (what I run in) on their site, plus if you use the code TRY20TWEET you can get an additional 20% off the original price. Plus free shipping on orders over $50. These socks are a little bit pricey (start at $12/pair) so I always wait for a deal and stock up (I ordered six pairs last night).

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Five Days In and Already Cheating

Stop mocking me

I decided to give up sweets and junk food for Lent, and let me tell you, as was the case every other time I’ve given up those things, it’s required some will power.

I think I’ve muttered yelled “I want cookies!” everyday to The Sailor since Ash Wednesday. We have a ton of Girl Scout cookies in the freezer, mocking me. (Dear Girl Scouts – Stop delivering your cookies right before or during Lent.) I have a box of double chocolate Krave cereal and pretended those were cookies. Close, but not quite. I also keep eyeing the sour grapefruit slices that I have. I realized my Clif Shot Bloks are kind of like candy and almost started eating them as a snack yesterday.
Normally you are allowed to cheat on Sundays during Lent, because Sundays are a day of rest and not counted among the 40 days of Lent. Personally I feel like “cheating” on what is supposed to be a sacrifice misses the point. But is it cheating if Sunday is not “counted” for Lent? And today is my sister-in-law’s Oscars Party, and I know there will be treats! Thankfully I did not give up champagne for Lent, so I can at least drink that without guilt, right? 
Besides, giving up sweets and junk for 6 out of 7 days of the week is a huge improvement (er, sacrifice!) over my usual eating habits.
This is all kind of pointless – I don’t even consider myself to be a Catholic anymore. What’s with my devotion to Lent? And what’s with the lingering Catholic guilt?
I also decided to go ahead with giving up registering for races during Lent. I may end up registering for some races on Easter Sunday, meaning I will forgo the early bird pricing (there goes $5), and ultimately end up doing the same number of races regardless of when I register. But at least this gives me time to decide if I really want to do those races.
Or I can cheat and only register on Sundays …
Moving on to a totally unrelated topic …

I’m creating an online shop. I think to generate interest, all of the proceeds for the first few months will go to the American Cancer Society. Above is a preview of what I’ve created so far (or you can just go check it out in it’s entirety). Let me know what you think!

Unfortunately this site (Spreadshirt) doesn’t have a ton of options for performance wear, so the color choices are a bit limited. The first row of shirts (Boo Cancer) are cotton. Everything else is “performance.”

The shop is open for business right now, but I plan to buy at least one shirt to check the quality before I start promoting it. But for now I’d love to hear your feedback on anything – colors, font choices, wording, prices, etc. There are also some shirts in there to promote my other blog sites – RunChicagoSouth.com and ChicagoRunningBloggers.com.

And lastly, I may have already told you this, but I love Injinji socks. For the past year or so, they are the only socks I run in (unless I’m behind on my laundry). I always get a lot of questions about them because they are toe socks (but performance toe socks), but I find them to be super comfortable, and they keep my feet toasty warm in the winter without overheating, and cool in the summer. BFF Ultra Vera turned me on to them – that’s what she runs in.

You can try them for yourself – they are offering 15% off their performance weight socks (what I run in) on their site, plus if you use the code TRY20TWEET you can get an additional 20% off the original price. Plus free shipping on orders over $50. These socks are a little bit pricey (start at $12/pair) so I always wait for a deal and stock up (I ordered six pairs last night).

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