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 Smile

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.

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Easter breakfast in the car, because I couldn’t hold off until 1:00.

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Oats over yogurt. A fave Smile

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:

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Wine…for deglazing the pan Winking smile

The meal was uh-mazing! There were sweet potatoes, chicken with caramelized onions, ham, asparagus, and crescent rolls.

My plate:

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x’s 2 of the asparagus.

And then…the best part:

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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:

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for freaking real. I had one small piece, and then another Smile 

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.

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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 Winking smile) 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 Winking smile 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?

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Comments

  1. I still contend you are more committed than me — I don’t think I could give up all dessert (even healthy ones like my fave baked apple slices with pb/nutella on top!). I love it too much — which leads me to believe that I perhaps have a bit of a sweets addiction given what you said about craving it less. I wouldn’t call it a “sugar” addiction since I really don’t eat that much sugar, most of my desserts are sweet naturally (from fruits, dressed up mainly), but still. It makes me wonder if I need to pull back on some of that stuff a bit. Ohhh, decisions!

  2. ice cream is totally my weakness too!! strong work on powering through to Easter! :)

  3. It is a holiday, for me! Not to rub it in ;) Our office is very lucky we get a four day Easter weekend every year. No complaints here!
    That cake looks really good I am not usually a cake fan! Good for you on getting through Lent. I am not sure I could do it now. I did once give my sweets for an entire summer which was really hard – no ice cream!?
    We had my family for brunch Saturday and had supper with my husband’s Dad and Stepmom yesterday.

  4. Good job on the goal, that’s a long time without dessert!!! I have my longest day at school today, but since I’m alone in Chicago I didn’t celebrate yesterday, so it’s a normal Monday transition for me!

  5. I think you did a great job. I was a frozen yogurt girl until I had to give up dairy. My sweet cravings have definitely changed since then. I don’t really crave sweet treats as much as I crave fruits, especially apples. I’m glad you got to enjoy the day with your family and some sweet treats!

    Today is definitely a work day. Back to the grind…

  6. yayyyy what a fun easter and your boston cream pie looks AMAZING. i’m a lucky girl and have off today! the beauties of working for a catholic school hahaha

  7. We’re just different kinds of crazy! ;)

    I cheated on two Sundays too – which some Catholics say is okay, but I felt guilty about doing afterward. Apple Cinnamon Chobani was my first sugary treat yesterday morning, and that was only the beginning! I’m glad it was a good experience for you. I’m hoping to be able to control my sugar cravings in the future and really practice moderation.

  8. I have Monday off today! Wish you did. Holy moly that pie looks so delicious! Glad you could enjoy it. I liked hearing your thoughts on lent! I’m impressed you lasted so long! Must feel good.

  9. I so wish I hadn’t had class this morning haha. So glad you enjoyed your Easter…and that you got to eat that fabulous looking dessert! It’s interesting to hear your thoughts on giving up desserts, and I always like to be reminded that if you eat less of the stuff, you’ll crave less of it!

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