I suppose it's no coincidence that Lent can be good for the weight-loss, given that both diet and Lenten sacrifice are primarily about self-restraint. Opposite goals, but the same result (cause fasting is designed to make you closer to God, while dieting is designed to keep you further away from meeting him)(eh? eh?).
This Lent I'm giving up pop altogether (not an easy task) and fast food/eating out. There will probably be a couple sit-down restaurant trips, given some things that are coming up, but they'll be few. The eating out thing has gotten really pernicious for me - I'm consuming too many calories, spending too much money, heck, I'm even letting dirty dishes sit for longer. So it'll be a good focus. Not an easy one, but hopefully a rewarding sacrifice.
Managed to run two miles yesterday, and felt good doing it, but have pretty bad shin splints today. Just going to do some lifting and cut back to a mile-long run.