WARNING! Please read responsibly. This Blog contains large amounts of smugness!
So, that’s my Lent event over for another year. What began in 2010 as a small challenge, has now grown into a much bigger test of will-power!
I began the challenge on the first day of Lent this year – 10th February and finished at midnight on Saturday, 26th March (yesterday). Technically, I think that’s longer than the official Lent period – a few of you commented (in their best Jeremy Clarkson voice) “Some say: he should have taken Sundays off”
…but where’s the fun in that?
Some of you have asked how I got on, so here’s a short summary.
This year, there were 42 items to try and steer clear of – see the list below – and I only strayed a few times (mainly due to err… forgetfulness!)
I lost a bit of weight. I was 14st 1.25lbs (89.2 kilos) when I started on the 10 February – and a week ago (my ‘best’ weight) I was down to 13st 4lbs (84.5 kilos), so that’s a loss of 11.25lbs (5 kilos) – about the same as last year. However, I did put a few pounds back on whilst we were staying away in a hotel towards the end of the Lent period and finished up at 13st 5.75lbs (85.3 kilos).
2016’s List of Banned Items
As in previous years, the toughest time was at the beginning, where I certainly had an attack of the munchies around the lunchtime period. Things got better as the days went on and for the first time this year, I started taking regular exercise too, to see if that would help shift more weight – as it turned out, it DIDN’T – but the smug-o-meter was again on the rise!!!
Out of everything on the list, I think I missed Curry and Guinness the most! But there was a point, about halfway through in early March, where I would have murdered for a Mars Bar!
So, a big thanks to all my friends for re-jigging menus and generally accommodating all my weirdness again this year.
As has been the ‘tradition’ since I stated doing this, I always try and add a few items each year to make things a bit more challenging for next period of Lent – and for 2017 it now totals 45 (that’s 3 more items than this year – Coffee, Lemonade and Stilton Cheese – another three of my faves).
2017’s List of Banned Items
And so now it’s back to normal with my eating, although I have become a fan of – wait for it – salads! Yes, you read that correctly: Steve likes Salads!
But enough of the sensible eating for a while – where’s that Mars Bar?????
Previous Lent Lists…
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