18
Feb
2015
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Lent

Chorizo crisps

Life has been a little manic recently, hence my lack of posting (all will be revealed soon), but when life does takeover and my posting schedule suffers, I realise just how much I love blogging and how big a part of my life it has become. Reading all of your lovely comments and following your stories is so enjoyable and I really cherish this community I have become part of.

So on to today’s post. After eating my body weight in Ferrero Rocher pancakes last night, my mind soon turned to the prospect of what I would give up for Lent this year. I didn’t give anything up last year as Lent spilled into our wedding and I wasn’t willing to deprive myself of any of the lovely things that came with it. The year before that I gave up coffee and chocolate. That was tough and frankly it became a little bit unacceptable when I started following my colleagues around and sticking my noses in their coffee cups to get a whiff of the good stuff. I decided that giving up coffee again was going to be way to hard and in the spirit of setting realistic goals, this year I will be forfeiting crisps for 40 days.

I have a funny relationship with crisps. I would never dream of buying a packet of crisps to have after my lunch at work or pick up a bag as a snack. But where it all goes wrong is at the weekend. Friday night cocktails are invariably supplemented with bowls of crisps. If we have people round, I always put out a selection of snacks, which tends to include crisps. They have become a key feature of my socialising habits, so I figure the best way to break the cycle is to banish them for six weeks. But oh how I am going to miss them.

Are you giving anything up for Lent?

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  • http://www.fridaymorningbuzz.com/ Tami

    Ahhh I’m like you with chips. I don’t voluntarily buy them, but if they’re around I can’t keep my hands off them. Good luck!

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks Tami! One day in and I’m doing ok but that’s largely down to the fact there hasn’t been any crisps placed in front of me. The real challenge will come this weekend x

  • http://www.mirandasnotebook.com Miranda | Miranda’s Notebook

    I wasn’t planning on giving up anything for Lent, but I might actually join you on this one!! Giving up chocolate or tea would just be so hard for me, but if crisps are ever around I’m always tempted. Like you, I’d never buy a bag of crisps for lunch, but I do love them for snacks with wine if I’m having company around. xxx

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      A girl after my own heart :-) If you end up giving something up good luck with it x

  • http://sophieinclogs.com Sophie

    I’m the same with chips – I can’t remember the last time I bought myself a bag but at any seemingly reasonable opportunity to bust them out, I do and then go way overboard! I’m not doing Lent per se but lately I’ve sort of been brutally honest with myself about how much sugar I actually consume, so I’ve been trying to dial that down … so far it’s resulted in me being cranky and hungry but I’m hoping for a breakthrough!

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      The sugar thing is really hard. I’ve been there and it does get better but it definitely takes a while! I’m loving all these comments about how people are the same as me with chips – glad to read I’m not along :-)

  • http://ourruins.com/ Valerie Price

    I am so with you on the chips…I really can’t get enough of them! Good luck on the 6 weeks! :)

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks very much Valerie! Fingers crossed I can stick to it x

  • http://www.clevergirlreviews.com/ Clever Girl Reviews

    I rarely buy chips of any sort. I’m ok about not eating the whole bag in one sitting but it’s still food I don’t need.

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      I wish I was like you :-)

  • http://fromthedeskofj.com/ Jenny | From the Desk of J

    I hope everything’s okay with you! Blogging definitely takes the back burner when life gets busy. Good luck giving up chips! I have a love for anything salty and crunchy so I think I’d fail miserably haha

    Jenny
    fromthedeskofj.com

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Everything’s great Jenny, just a super busy time at the moment, but in a good way. I’m so with you on things that are salty and crunchy. I’m much more of a savoury than sweet girl, so I’m pretty sure I’m going to find the next few weeks tough but the results should be good x

  • http://www.throughthethicket.ca/ Kathryn

    I feel like I’m the same way as you with chips! (also, crisps is a lot more fun to say than chips.) I never buy them for myself, but if they’re in front of me, I just can’t stop and it’s not long before they’re all gone.

    I wasn’t planning on giving up anything for Lent, but then again, maybe giving up chips is a good idea for me!

    I hope you’re still taking care of yourself during this hectic time. Sending some extra good wishes your way, Chiara!

    x Kathryn
    Through the Thicket

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      I literally can’t stop when there’s a bowl of crisps in front of me – it’s terrible! I just nibble away until they’re all gone. I’m hoping that not having them for 6 weeks will help me to break that habit.

      And thanks for your kind words lovely! I’ve been super busy but in a really good way, I just need to get better at organising my time so I can keep in touch with all you lovely people x

  • http://meandmr.com melaniekay

    I don’t think I will be giving anything up. I have been good about not eating potatoes– my new years goal :)
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      That’s a good goal Melanie! I might try that one next year :-)

  • http://www.fullofbeansandsausages.com/ Holly Hollyson

    Ferraro Rocher pancakes!! Luke and I will be trying for babies next month so I have already given up coffee, alcohol and set myself off on a healthy eating/clean living journey, anything I do have now is a treat and I can’t give it up!!!

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Holly that is such amazing news! Well done you on giving everything up – it will be so worth it :-) x

  • http://the.pyreflies.org/ Jessica ThePyreflies

    I’m not giving anything up for Lent but if I was, I don’t think I could give up chips (that’s what I call crisps) I am in love with chips! (I’m munching on some right now lol) I could totally give up coffee though… I rarely drink that stuff :P

    Good luck Chiara!

    Jessica
    the.pyreflies.org

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks Jessica! I’ve gone without them for a week now. The weekend was really hard as our friends were around and I put crisps out and everyone was eating them but me. But I didn’t eat any so hopefully that will stand me in good stead for the next month or so x

  • Marinella Rauso

    i love those kind of chips so much. If I start eating them, I can’t stop. It’s like something crazy but true
    xxx
    mari
    http://www.ilovegreeninspiration.com

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Sounds like you’re the same as me Mari. Once I start, I really can’t stop x

  • http://www.thelifestylediaries.com/ Lauren Hudson

    Ahhhhhh you’re so good! This year I’m not giving up I’m taking up – avocados! Sounds strange, but they’re so good for you, so I’m aiming for half an avo a day!

    Lauren xxx

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      What a fab idea! Next year I’m definitely going to take something up rather than give something up. I wish I had thought of that sooner :-)

  • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

    I am just so terrible at picking away at them if they are in front of me. I’m hoping that 6 weeks off of crisps will improve my self control with them for good :-)

  • http://acrossthehogsback.wordpress.com/ Gianni Washington

    I’ve always been fascinated by Lent…ever since elementary school when my friends would tell me about the things they were going to try (and later fail) to give up. I admire anyone who can stick with it! I have, like, no will power. You can banish the crisps, Chiara! I believe in you!

  • Siobhan

    I always gave up crisps as a kid, and then I always got iced gems in my lunchbox instead which was nice. This year I am giving up nothing.