What is Lent called if I’m not Catholic? Deprivation for no reason?

I am not quitting Project: Proxy like I said I was. Sorry for all the drama.  (No I’m not; drama is the whole point of this blog.)

It was the heckling of longtime AoOL reader Cristin that was the deciding factor in my decision to continue the project. Cristin writes:

It sounds like to me that you are only interested in Project Proxy if it is things YOU want to do. I thought the point was that people would give you ideas and you would do stuff you normally wouldn’t do. Maybe if you said you would do illegal things, you would get more ideas. (C’mon, GALLON CHALLENGE!!!!)

That’s some solid snark right there.  I don’t like being heckled, so naturally, I had to rise to the occasion.Unfortunately for Cristin, I really hate the thought of doing the Gallon Challenge, so I’m putting it off until next week.

Instead, as my first official act of proxy, I will be giving up sugar for Lent. This suggestion was brought to the table by Jordan of Jordan Sometimes.  Lent starts today.

For proof of my commitment to this project, here’s a photo of me not eating sugar:

This is not the face of a girl who has indulged in a cookie recently.

I thought about maybe giving up DDP as well, but I don’t love God that much. Is that blasphemous? Maybe. Is it true? You decide. Anyway, I’m not even Catholic… Am I allowed to recognise Lent if I’m not Catholic? If the Pope has me arrested I guess that will answer my question.

So far today, I’ve consciously forsaken three sugary items—one sugar cookie with cream cheese frosting (had to dump it in the trash to make it stop taunting me—take that, cookie!), and one chocolate chip granola bar (I resisted the same bar two different times {I’m persistent when I’m hungry} so I’m counting it as three resistances total). I’ll check back regularly to let you know how it’s going.

I’ve given up sugar several times before in my life, for way longer than 40 days. It’s always been a good experience for me; last year it even helped me lose 25 pounds (that was six months of no sugar, plus upping my vegetable intake and committing to a regular walking regimen…in case you were wondering [but getting my wisdom teeth pulled may have pushed things along]). The main key to forgoing sugar is simple: don’t allow it in your house. As long as there is not sugary food sitting around the house taunting you, it’s really not too hard to forget about it. I mean, unless you work in a bakery, you usually have to go out of your way to seek sugary food at work or school—from vending machines or the gut wagon or the coworker whose kid you know sells Girl Scout cookies every year.  So don’t have sugar in your house, and don’t go out of your way to acquire sugar during the day.


Are you giving up something for Lent?  Or, if you’re not Catholic and think I’m sacrilegious for pretending I am, is there something else you think I should do for Project: Proxy? Let me know.

p.s. Come back tomorrow for an exciting thing.  If you want to, that is (I hate being bossy).

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14 Responses to What is Lent called if I’m not Catholic? Deprivation for no reason?

  1. How ’bout doing a boudoir session. I am too nervous of being that close to total nakedness in front of anyone but my husband and then trying to look sexy on top of that. I don’t think so. I don’t know what they would cost up there but if it turns out great Kyle gets some benefits too.

  2. Carmen says:

    I’m excited so see what tomorrow holds for your blog. How long do you have to give up sugar for lent?

  3. Niki says:

    Oh I’m just tickled with this news. I can’t wait for you to be my proxy…that is, if you’re daring enough! If you don’t have access to breast milk up there…or access from someone you trust…I’d be happy to ship.

  4. Jordan says:

    oh goody, I feel special that you choose me first! And guess what? I decided to suck it up and give up sugar for lent too! Though it’s more like “sweets” because even bread and yogurt has sugar in it, and I’m not going 40 days without carbs.

  5. Jacque says:

    YAY! I’m really glad you are doing Project: Proxy.

  6. Casey says:

    Best of luck with your sugar-free-ness. I am giving up caffeinated drinks… yikes.

  7. holly your fan says:

    i love celebrating non-mormon traditions like lent.
    but this year… its not going to happen.
    i just can only handle one thing at a time. and currently- having a baby would be one very huge thing in my life… becoming a mother of two is no time for giving up anything… no matter how cool lent is.
    so live it up for me, aight?

  8. Maureen says:

    Hmm, I’m Catholic. Sorta. I just really don’t like church. It’s un-fun. I thought about giving up looking at blogs while at work for lent, and that lasted about 5 minutes. Maybe I will try again tomorrow.

  9. Cristin Lassen says:

    Good for you! Giving up sugar is really hard. You totally look like you are fighting the urge to eat sugar in that picture. Sorry I heckled you. It was out of love.

  10. whitney says:

    You are a far braver woman than I. Good luck. Sugar keeps me sane.

  11. TeamHaynes says:

    I gave up soda one year. That was a doozy. You are much braver than I if you’re giving up sugar. Sugar is in everything! Is this white sugar or sugar all together? Since it was Tuesday night when I realised lent was the next day, I chose white potatoes. Trust me, that is worse than chocolate. French fries are like an old family member to me. We’ll see how this goes.

  12. amber says:

    Girl, I’m right there with you. I gave up refined sugars. I’ve been craving chocolate non-stop too. I did take a tiny piece of raw chocolate, that had no milk product and no added sugar, so it was quite bitter and not really melt-in-your-mouth smooth, but at this point, chocolate is chocolate!

    Best of luck. xoxo.

  13. RatalieNose says:

    You’re better than I am by half! I don’t think I could ever give up sugar, for anything!!!

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