Each year I give the seventh graders an assignment to make a sacrifice during Lent. They can give something up, which is the classic Lenten Sacrifice. Some of them choose to give up soda or sweets. They can also try to add some good habit to their routine. Many try that as well: a glass of milk per day, walking the dog every day, complimenting someone every day…
I always do something for Lent, too. This year I tried a most risky pledge: I would exercise 30 minutes per day. It was a dangerous pledge to make. In my most recent attempts to develop a habit of exercise, I haven’t been able to sustain it for longer than three days.
But I’m happy to record that I have been successful. I have used the elliptical machine for thirty minutes every single day during Lent. Yay! There was only one exception to the elliptical routine: my Winter Break gardening day. I figured I probably got at least thirty minutes of exercise that day.
I hope to continue beyond Lent. It was incredibly difficult to start each time, but once I finished, it seemed so easy.