Easiest Lent Ever
Well, it turns out Lent 2008 was my easiest Lent ever. The leap to giving up red meat wasn’t as difficult as I had anticipated and I adjusted well to the text messaging restriction.
Courtesy of text messaging, 2008 was also one of more amusing Lents. I allowed myself to read text messages, but I wouldn’t write back. This opened the door for a series of taunting messages. When they knew I was on the road Derek, Sean and Larry all found it fit to send messages like this one:
Mar 17, 12:35 pm
Haha you can’t reply 🙂
Meanwhile, one of my old co-workers took a very different approach. He simply sent text messages to tell me when HE was driving.
Feb 21, 6:44 PM
I’m driving. 🙂
Giving up red meat, on the other hand, has been educational. It taught me just how effective ad campaigns are. You have no idea how many people approached me, insisting that pork is white meat. It’s not! The National Pork Board can use its slogan all it wants, but nutrition-wise PORK IS RED MEAT. From the USDA Fact Sheet on Pork:
Why is Pork a “Red” Meat?
Oxygen is delivered to muscles by the red cells in the blood. One of the proteins in meat, myoglobin, holds the oxygen in the muscle. The amount of myoglobin in animal muscles determines the color of meat. Pork is classified a “red” meat because it contains more myoglobin than chicken or fish. When fresh pork is cooked, it becomes lighter in color, but it is still a red meat. Pork is classed as “livestock” along with veal, lamb and beef. All livestock are considered “red meat.”
As far as post-Lent, I’ve sort of had quite a reunion with red meat (including that deceptive pork). A Pot Roast Burger from Red Robin, Meatball Sub from Substation II, Pork BBQ from Due South and a Victoria Filet with Horseradish Crust from Outback have all been ingested in just this week. Hopefully, this reunion is brief and I’ll settle down to substantially less red meat.
But on a positive note, chriggy and ClintJCL may be happy to learn that I’m still not typing away while driving. I’m aiming for that change to stick! 🙂