When I was a kid, I usually gave up candy for Lent. Last year, I went without cream in my coffee for about three days, until I decided that no loving God would make someone drink coffee without cream. That's just inhumane.
This year, I'm not doing the usual dietary restrictions, since I'm pregnant and you'll never know what I'll HAVE to eat RIGHT NOW. So I'm doing two different non-food-related things.
First, I'm cutting out all computer/internet usage, except for half an hour to get the business end of things done (checking email, finishing up this NaBloPoMo thing). This is my first day, and so far, it has had its unique blessings and troubles. This morning, instead of checking Blogger over breakfast (Adam's usually not up yet), I read a devotional book instead. It was a great way to start the day! On the flip side, I have been sooooo bored at work. I'm going to need to pick up some discreet hobby. Or file my nails, since I hear that's what receptionists are supposed to do.
The second thing I'm doing is a character restriction, if you could call it that. I have noticed lately how easily preoccupied I am with what we don't have, so my other Lenten sacrifice is the right to complain, whether internally or to others, and to be happy with what we do have. It's time for an attitude of gratitude!
It won't be easy, but I'm pretty sure it'll be better than going without cream in my coffee.