However, as I've been pondering what I should give up for Lent this year, it occurred to me that perhaps I should give up my sleeping in. My darling husband drags himself out of bed most days of the week, and manages to come home after a long day at work, make me dinner, and play with our daughter. So, I'll be giving up sleeping in order to live in solidarity with my husband during Lent.
And since I'll have an extra 2 hours in my day that is normally spent dreaming, I plan on taking that time to finally start exercising, which has been on my list of things I want to do for a few years now and which I think I'll need to do first thing to ensure I don't just crash on the couch after he heads to work, and to spend time reading and/or meditating, none of which I really have much time for in my current day.
So. The rules. (Rules are very important as once they are written down I can't change them or pretend I had different rules).
- The Lenten fast will begin Weds, Feb 17. and will extend until Good Friday, at which time I reserve the right to continue the habits that I've hopefully acquired.
- I will get up when my husband gets up - for the purposes of going to work.
- If husband is getting up early to take care of our daughter, this does not apply (the sleep-in day rules apply here)
- If we are on vacation, then the rules do not apply.
- I will spend at least the first 30-45 mins of my waking day engaged in some sort of physical activity
- The second hour of my extra time will be spent doing some quiet activity that does not involve my computer, tv or iphone. I may listen to a meditative podcast if I choose - but no politics.