I told y’all I would talk about my trip to Cologne today, but it’s Ash Wednesday. Normally this does not mean a whole lot to to me because a) I’m a horrible Christian b) I’ve never successfully completed a Lent period c) my Lents have nothing to do with bringing me closer to God, which is the whole point of Lent (I think).
So what will make me accountable this year over others? Well, this year we have a little reward-punishment action going on. We travelers need our mula, so Maggie and I will be placing 5 Euro in a jar every time we skip the workout until Easter. Winner takes all. Added incentive is this little Easter Weekend trip to Sicily we just booked with our crew here. We will be flying into Trapani and either exploring that area, or making a short trek over to Palermo. Plus, I’m putting it on my blog, so now y’all all know I’m supposed to be all “shredded” post-Easter.
I’ll be spending at least once a day with Queen J – Jillian Michaels and her 30 Day Shred. It’s only a 25 minute workout, so I really have no excuse not to do it. I currently have no weights, so I’ve been using beers. This probably says all sorts of things about me, but I hope you read: FUN. I also don’t think any of you realize how much I am dreading this. When I get home from work, I either a) leave the house immediately to go meet people b) cook with people or c) lay in bed and catch up on TV – hanging out with Jillian falls under none of these.
For those of you unfamiliar with the 30 Day Shred, Jillian does a 3-2-1 method: three minutes strength, two minutes cardio, one minute abs. There are three circuits plus a warm up and cool down. The “Lose up to 20 pounds in 30 days!” attention grabber is certainly wishful thinking, but I’ll report back after Easter.
No morning stops at the bakery.
This is difficult because 1) I have to get up and make breakfast. 2) It’s next door to my office. 3) I am addicted to my morning Laugenstange. Laugenstangen are made out of the delicious pretzel dough. My morning stops at the bakery make me feel super German, especially since the ladies all know my order now. Sorry Frau Bäcker, I’ll see you in April.
I really used to love learning German, but lately I have carved out zero time for it (SO MUCH GOOD TV ON). Since I started working at the company back in September, I am not surrounded by it like I used to because we all communicate in English at the office. This makes my whole learning German via osmosis desire much more difficult. So daily, I am going to do something in German, whether it’s conversing with someone, reading articles, working in my German book, or watching a “How I Met Your Mother” in German, it’s happening.
Are you giving up or making any new commitments for Lent?
If you put something on your blog, are you more likely to do it?