Or in some churches Shrove Tuesday. Or in other churches (or even the same churches), Pancake Tuesday.
In our church we "celebrate" with a Pancake Dinner. Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. So today is the day to pack ourselves stuffed with, well, uh, pancakes before we do something serious tomorrow.
I usually give something up. I don't always make it all the way through Lent though. Some years I don't give anything up. Some years I add something instead of give something up.
This year I am giving up sodas. I have wanted to kick the Diet Coke habit for a while. I don't necessarily call it a habit though. I only have one or two a day and I can live without them. I just really like the taste and particularly when I am eating certain foods, like pancakes (no, I am not kidding). So this year I decided to give it up. We will see how well I do but I am not sweating it. According to me, Jesus would like to see me happy and healthy. I am that.
I am giving up Diet Cokes mainly because I want to begin to cut my daily caffeine down. I am hoping it will help with sleep and actually give me more natural energy. Again, we will see. I also don't like reading about how diet sodas actually make you more hungry, mess with your sugar and insulin levels, and eat your stomach lining. I don't have problems with the last two but would like to see about the first one.
I actually stopped drinking sodas on Sunday so I am already two days into my "no soda" experiment.