It's not about coffee or beer or candy or vices any more. I've found I pick some pretty intangible things to sacrifice for Lent in recent years.
This year Barb and I are not raising our voices with our children - in anger. That's working out pretty well and the level of peace in our home is a beautiful payoff.
Then I decided I would have a work-related sacrifice. No more Cracked.com. But somehow that wasn't good enough, I had to go further. No more loafing online. I actually decided to do something rather than give something up - that's to try and be productive all day long at work.
So far that's not going as well. Today I drank 3 or 4 cups of coffee - I lost count - between 9 and 10 a.m. I worked like a Champ for about 6 hours, then ran out of work. There was about an hour in there I was trying not to annoy the hell out of Rob, who sits next to me.
I've been grading myself too, so one hour down out of an 8-hour day is about an 82% - on 3 (or 4) cups of coffee.