Easter Ends the Lenten Fast!

In this post, I discuss the success of my annual, Lenten Fast.

Happy Easter everyone!  The Tranquil Trekker survived another Lenten season!  Easter, which falls on Sunday, always perks me up as it marks the end of my annual, six-week-long, Lenten Fast.

How did this year’s Lenten Fast go?

I felt like my Fast went fairly well this year. I struggled more with not enjoying “junk drinks”–specifically a coke or sweet tea from McDonalds.  I don’t know why but lately those are what I’ve been craving.  I lost around eight pounds this year, which is always a nice effect of the Lenten Fast.

This puts me at one of the lowest weights I’ve been at in MANY years (I think our overall striving to eat better/less salty foods and the fact that I seem to have lost my sweet tooth in recent years helps).  Even when I crave a salty snack, inevitably I try it and think, “Yuck! This stuff is SALTY!”–then I yell at Mr. Trekker because his “special diet” has ruined salty, junk food for me. 😂 

As per usual, I think this year I’ve also figured out a technique or two to enjoy the junk food I crave, but within healthier limits.  The goal is maybe these few, simple changes will result in continued lower weight for myself!

Elements from my Lenten Fast that I’ll maintain going forward

I will enjoy breaking my lengthy fast Easter morning with some naughty and delicious sweet treats! 🤤  I’m also looking forward to dessert after Easter dinner!

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It’ll be nice to be able to eat without restrictions again, though I am hoping to continue implementing some of my healthier eating habits.  This will mainly be in the form of:

      • A more mindful approach to drinking soda:  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.  I love soda, L-O-V-E LOVE it! (and I’m talking the full-sugar stuff here, that diet stuff tastes like crap, is AT LEAST as bad for you as the regular version–maybe worse?–and it triggers my IBS).  I want to be more mindful about how I drink it though.  As an example, Mcdonald’s Cokes are the best out there–in my opinion–they just are.  So…don’t bother with them anywhere else, just go with what you like (it also doesn’t hurt that they only cost $1! 😇)
      • We will continue sticking with our lower-salt, DASH diet as much as is reasonable:  This diet is hard because nothing tastes right, it turns out salt plays a HUGE part in the way we think the foods we eat “should” taste.  But I am “slowly” learning how to add just enough salt to home-cooked meals so that they taste good, without using the MASSIVE amounts of the mineral that are in normal, processed food (this includes pizza crust, bread, salad dressings, tomato sauce, etc.)

To Conclude

So, Happy Easter everyone!  I’m off to go enjoy some chips and dip, soda, and a few jelly beans! 🤤 😁  Here’s to another year of trying to implement more healthy eating practices!

Did you participate in a Lenten Fast?  How did it go?  Tell me about it in the comments!

 

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As much of the world just celebrated the Easter holiday, I look back at the Fast I assigned myself this Lenten season, and discuss how it went.

 

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2 thoughts on “Easter Ends the Lenten Fast!”

  1. Good for you for sticking to plan! I have found myself home much more during this “adventure” and being home sometimes leads to munching on more than I should, or eating a little more junk. Trying to be mindful of my WW plan and have been able to get in some long walks or doing garden clean-up.

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