Happy Mardi Gras y’all! [best with texan drawl]
So I love Mardi Gras – the family version anyway. I was born in New Orleans. I think I was fed king cake as my first baby food. Had huge boxes of beads and dabloons to play with as a kid. Love it.
Tonight, I am introducing it to my kids. Sausage with red beans & rice for dinner, some king cake and they each have a bead necklace. [We might also have a rum-based drink for the adults. Yum.]
I’ve spend a lot of time today trying to remember the whole reason there is a Fat Tuesday – its the feast before Lent. A time to self-reflect and to give up something, or change a behavior. In college I took it as a time to give up something easy, like chocolate – stick to it until Easter, you are done. But I wasn’t self-reflecting. I was giving up something just to say I could give it up and have the will power to do it.
Headed into this year, I am trying to truly look at myself and see some behaviors I want to change. The first I thought of, the second my husband brought up – and both are worthy and so I’m going to do both.
First – while its still giving up food, its giving up a night time dessert/snack. I am trying to be healthy and workout and lose weight – yet every night around 8 pm I get this sweet craving. I justify it by saying, well its a ‘weight watchers ice cream’ or its only 3 points… but I really think its part of a bad cycle for me. And I need it to stop. I know how – I know that a cup of hot tea with a touch of agave can tide me over – that I’m not hungry. Its a behavior I need to stop, and so it stops tomorrow. [Tonight is King Cake afterall]
Second – the smartphone. Gosh we love them don’t we? And I have been better about not being on it around the kids, but not great. So for Lent? No smartphone around the kids at home. This doesn’t count phone calls – its not about that. Its about checking Facebook, Twitter, blogs and email. I only get a couple precious hours with them at night – I shouldn’t be on the smartphone.
So hopefully I can turn this spring truly into one of self-reflection and improvement.
Anyone else want to join me?
[And workout update on my March challenge - March 8th and I have done 20+ minutes of working out 8 days in a row!!! I'm very proud of myself. I didn't want to a few of the days, and I always feel better after.]