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Robert Wells or Mr Waters
Date: 12.54 am, Tuesday 24th February, 2004
Subject: Lent
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Is anybody giving up anything for lent?

If so, what?

And what are the chances of keeping it up?
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i_digress: books
User: i_digress_uk
Date: 1.03 am, Tuesday 24th February, 2004 (UTC)
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What am I giving up? Nothing. Mainly because the answer to your second question is nil.
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The Alchemist
User: the_alchemist
Date: 12.45 pm, Tuesday 24th February, 2004 (UTC)
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Alcohol and Dairy products, basically. All other fats, oils and refined sugar go during Holy Week.

Many of my friends do the same (and cut out meat if they eat it normally) and also limit themselves to one meal a day, but I don't have the metabolism to cope with that. I might do something like one proper meal plus snacks though.

But I eat what I want on Sundays and festivals, and I deem Sunday to start after evensong on Saturday evening but not finish until I wake up on Monday morning. Also, I don't inconvenience other people by fasting, so if I'm staying with someone and they don't offer me vegan food I'd eat normal vegetarian stuff.

Given that I get days off, I imagine I'll stick to it. Butter and (later) olive oil are always the hardest things to give up - last year I kept finding myself frying onions before I realised what I was doing. Not drinking is vaguely annoying, but it provides welcome reassurance that I'm not an alcoholic.
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