My Experience on Giving Up Dessert for Lent
Can we all agree that the Monday after Easter should officially be a holiday? I think that it should be a mandatory recover-from-the-weekend day. Am I right or am I right?
Unfortunately, I don’t get to dictate work holidays, and people still workout (probably moreso) the day after Easter, so to work this morning I go
Yesterday we headed out of town early to make it to my mom and dad’s (and my childhood) church by 9:00 to spend time with my family, and then also visit Shane’s family.
Easter breakfast in the car, because I couldn’t hold off until 1:00.
Oats over yogurt. A fave
Church was more of a traditional service, but I really enjoyed it nonetheless. Then we all headed to my mom and dad’s house where the guys hung out and the girls got to work on Easter lunch:
Wine…for deglazing the pan
The meal was uh-mazing! There were sweet potatoes, chicken with caramelized onions, ham, asparagus, and crescent rolls.
x’s 2 of the asparagus.
And then…the best part:
dun dun dun dunnnnnn.
Remember this guy? This would be my very first real dessert since Lent started, and it was everything I ever hoped it would be. A layer of cake, a layer of crème, a layer of cake, another layer of crème, chocolate, and whip cream:
for freaking real. I had one small piece, and then another
This is a good segway into something I wanted to talk about today –
My Dessert-Free Lent Experience
On February 22nd, I ate my last bowl of ice cream before Easter in a vlog, saying I was giving up sweets for Lent. I was a bit worried going into it, just because I’d gotten in the habit of eating a bowl of ice cream for dessert almost every night! Ice cream is, indeed, my weakness, if you didn’t know.
Especially Ben & Jerry’s!
However, while I did give up dessert, I wasn’t crazy enough to give up ALL sugar – like this girl. (I say that with love, Claire ) That helped out big time. Most nights I would grab something about an hour before bed – usually a protein bar with PB or some plain yogurt, a half-frozen Chobani (the only way to eat the flavored ones!) or a bowl of cereal and milk.
In hindsight, I should have probably given up a night time snack after dinner, because that would have really been a sacrifice!
Some other things:
- I crave sugar less. I think ending the night on a snack with more than 20 grams of sugar every night messed with my cravings, blood sugar, and hormones a little bit.
- I sleep better. Although this could be a combination of things, I’ve noticed I’ve slept better in the past month or so than I have in quite some time.
- My weight is the same. I didn’t do this to lose weight at all, which is good, because – although I didn’t weigh myself – my close fit the same.
- The grocery bill is less. Hey, Ben & Jerry’s is expensive! I used to get one pint for me and one pint for Shane each week! Since I gave up dessert – and I do the grocery shopping – Shane ate less ice cream, too, by association Plus, I didn’t pick up any “ooh, this is new!” type of desserts either.
One other thing – I cheated on my birthday. I felt bad after I shared the white chocolate bread pudding at my favorite restaurant on my birthday, but I just couldn’t help myself!!
All right, I just got back from training a client and getting my own quick workout done at the gym (and will share an awesome incline workout with ya’ll later!) and it’s time for breakfast. Have a great day, everyone!
Did you celebrate Easter yesterday?
Do you have to work today?