I’m not Catholic but I’m willing to use a religious practice for my own benefit. My wife and I are giving up TV for Lent. I am giving up soda as well. I don’t think giving up TV will be a problem at all since football season is over. There are current TV programs that I like but none of them are ones I can’t miss. I’m hoping that giving up TV will lead to an increase in productivity although past experiences would indicate otherwise. In the past when I didn’t watch TV I just spent more time surfing the internet and reading books. I’m instituting some others to be less lazy so maybe this time will be different.
Giving up soda will be more difficult. This is not something I have had much success with in the past. I did go without soda for six days last month without too much difficulty. My main substitute for soda is sweet tea. With all the sugar and caffeine in the tea I’m drinking there won’t be much benefit to it compared to drinking soda. I do get tired of drinking tea quicker though so that should eventually lead to less consumption of sugary beverages and more consumption of water. I’m hoping that giving up soda will lead to some weight loss and possibly better sleep.
Even if I don’t gain much from giving up these two items I still think this is a worthwhile endeavor. It is good to see if I can practice some self-discipline on occasion.