Shaking Up The Diet: Giving Up Alcohol For Lent

Last night was the last glass of vino...until after Easter. Yep, I'm giving up alcohol for Lent.

Last night was the last glass of vino…for 40 days. Yep, I’m giving up alcohol for Lent.

It’s Ash Wednesday, the start of the Lenten season and time to give up something I enjoy for 40 days. This year I’ve chosen alcohol. Over the holidays, I’ve noticed a slight uptick in the amount of wine I normally consume.  I figured, after the holidays, it’d subside.  It didn’t. Lent is the perfect time to get back on track.

When I started my weight loss journey, I significantly cut back on my drinking, especially wine (my favorite). I have no doubt that I packed on a lot of pounds going to all those after-work happy hours. Once I committed to losing the weight, I limited drinking to no more than twice a month and no more than 2 drinks on those days.

While cutting back on alcohol alone didn’t cause all of my weight loss, I suspect it was a big reason.  Lent’s the perfect time to reflect and gather strength as I continue my weight loss journey.

Are you giving up anything for Lent?