Things I love: my family, my cat, porridge, chocolate. I ain’t giving up any of those things – ever! Removing them from my life would make me miserable. This is not a good thing.
In the past I’ve given up chocolate for lent. 40 days and 40 nights of my work colleagues, my husband and my cat dealing with a grumpy Gruffalo. This is not a good thing for anyone.
I gave up sugar in my tea in my teens and it was phenomenal as I used to take 3 spoonfuls per cup, and drank about 6 cups a day. I also gave up crisps a few years ago and eventually convinced myself I wasn’t a big crisp fan (I am!) so I rarely eat crisps. These things are all good.
I’m never going to convince myself that I’m not into chocolate as it’s not a change that I will factor into my life for good – it’s just something I’ll deny myself for 40 days and 40 nights and I will resent every minute of it. Some people draw strength from this kind of sacrifice – I don’t! Not with chocolate.
I have never consciously broken my lent. I did eat an Opal Fruit when I had given up sweets and spat it out as soon as I remembered, so once I commit – that’s it.
This year I’ve decided to do something positive. I’m going to consciously practice positive thinking- this is something I’ve always done but it’s easy to slip out of the way of it and it’s so important for positive mental health.
How do I do this? It’s really about being in the moment – being ‘present’. Appreciating the warmth in my hands as I hold my mug of green tea. Taking a moment to smell the cocoa goodness of my Freddo Frog bar, allowing the chocolate to melt on my tongue a little to maximize the flavour and the experience. I have a terrible habit of wolfing my food and it’s such a waste of potential enjoyment! I’m all for indulgences but you’ve got to act indulgently! Appreciate and luxuriate in the gorgeousness of it. Be thankful. Be happy. Be positive.
I’m also going to do something positive for myself every day. I’ve started by body brushing every morning before I jump in the shower. It takes just seconds to do but is the single best thing you can do in the fight against cellulite. I’ve tried every lotion and potion on the market from cheap and cheerful to jaw-droppingly expensive and none have been more effective than daily body brushing.
I’m also going start using a body lotion or body oil every day – particularly on my legs. It’s a small thing but my legs are my best feature and that one small act will make me feel good every day. I usually use Boots No.7 Silky leg oil after my shower but I ran out before Christmas and haven’t replaced it as yet. I always buy it when I get a £5 off No.7 Products in Boots but haven’t had one in a while. It’s £11 and I’m sure I can stretch to that – and as soon as I get a voucher – I’ll stock up.
We’ve only got one body and it works hard for us everyday. It’s time to do nice things for it to say “Thanks”.
Small things – but they all add up. And yes I really do love porridge that much!