I wish I had a deep post full of deep thoughts to kick off Lent. I figure that if I wait for one, however, I’ll never write. That seems to be the current way of things around here.
Tomorrow is the first day of Lent for Orthodox Christians. Our Easter Sunday (based on the Byzantine calendar) is a few weeks off from Western Easter, so, don’t fear, we still get our 40+ days of fasting in 😉
Speaking of fasting, I am super excited about Lent this year. After 3 SOLID years of being pregnant or nursing full time (sigh, yes!), I was finally given a “blessing” by our priest to fast! Since I am still nursing Anthony 5-6x/day, I won’t abstain from dairy, eggs and fish, but it’s something! At this point, we will soon transition Anthony to cow’s milk (depending on how he handles it) since his 1st birthday is only 3 weeks away. Since he won’t take a bottle, we’ll keep trying different sippy cups (he uses a regular cup but it takes so.ridiculously.long for him to drink an ounce or two of water). So, if my milk supply does drop a little, Anthony will be fine–have you seen pictures of that hulky kid?
The last Lenten fast that I did was in 2009, so, needless to say, I’m pretty gung-ho and kinda nervous. I have dozens of yummy sounding recipes on my Vegan Pinterest board. We’ve only tried some of them before, so let the experimenting begin!
I’ve also made a commitment to actually fulfill a few of my New Year’s Resolutions (oh yeah, those?), so I’m going to be working out every day, in some shape or form, along with drinking protein/green smoothies for breakfast. Our entire refrigerator is PACKED with vegetables– kale, spinach, zucchini, peppers, bell peppers, cucumbers, snow peas, celery…..the list goes on and on. I also did Pilates AND weights today, which basically means that I gave up being able to feel my butt muscles for about a week.
Here’s to a productive and profitable Lenten season!