Lents I Have Known: 3

I can’t even count how many years I tried to give up Diet Coke for Lent. It was at least five. It never worked.

I got seriously addicted to Diet Coke in high school and college. Getting pregnant in my mid-’20s helped to curb my enthusiasm, but I still had to have one a day. If someone offered it at a meeting or a party, I could not turn it down.

Slowly, that changed. I can’t say why. I can’t say when, except that it definitely was not during Lent. Eventually, I found that the only time I really craved the stuff was when I was on my period. I would buy a 12-pack and allow myself to have as many as I wanted. Then I stopped wanting it even then.

I just don’t like it anymore. Maybe I got sick of it. Maybe something was happening during those failed Lents that I don’t understand. But it’s not something I have to give up anymore.



  1. I keep a chocolate bar around most of the time. On my desk or in the cupboard. It drives my kids nuts, because it’s not theirs so they know they can’t have it, but it stares them down like nobody’s business.

    But the fact that it’s there, and I can eat it any time I want, makes it really easy for me to leave it sit. I’m not really sure why that is, except that it seems that telling ourselves No makes us want something all the more — even if we didn’t really want it in the first place.

  2. I wish I could do that with sweets Megan. Just can’t quite seem to give them up (although I did do it for Lent a couple of years ago). Perhaps it is a slow releasing of things – just as you’ve said.

  3. Oh – and aren’t the Blue Bonnets amazing this year?!

  4. sandraheskaking says

    I find when I try to give something up, I want it all the more. And then I end up focusing on it. The only thing that seems to work is asking Him to take the desire away.

    I got a motion-sensor dispenser container filled with Detroit Tigers M&M’s for Christmas, and I still haven’t eaten them all. 🙂

  5. Sandra Heska King says

    Just checking to see if my new settings link to my blog.

  6. Megan, a propos of absolutely nothing except that photo……the bluebonnets are beautiful!
    So nice to see flowers and blue skies SOMEWHERE in this climate challenged (changed) country–we had snow this morning in the Seattle area, but it melted. smile.

    bless you.