On Easter Monday we all run 5 kilometres before breakfast.

A soon as we arrive back home, I flop into a chair and say, “All that exercise will make up for the huge roast lamb dinner we ate yesterday.”

“And the chocolate Easter cake,” adds my husband Andy. “That was packed with calories.”

“And all those Easter eggs.”

“And the Easter buns, dripping with butter.”

“Did we really eat all that yesterday?” I ask. “Oh well! It’s only one day of the year. It’s important we celebrate Easter Sunday. We can’t always be thinking about calories.”

“Two days of the year,” corrects Andy. “We couldn’t celebrate Christmas without a cake and mince pies and Christmas pudding and trifle...”

“And your birthday,” I say. "What’s a birthday without a birthday cake and other treats?”

“We have to celebrate everyone’s birthdays,” says Andy. We have a big family. “That’s a lot of days!”

“Don’t forget that every Sunday is a little Easter. We really should celebrate Sunday properly every week. And what about all those wonderful feast days we just have to observe in the year? The girls insist on making cakes for Mary and all the solemnities, and then there's pastries for St Joseph's day and...”

“I don’t think that leaves many days for dieting,” interrupts Andy.

“You can’t be a Catholic and diet,” I conclude. “All those wonderful Catholic celebrations...” It must be against our religion to diet.

We want to eat all that delicious food but we don’t want to get fat. What can we do? I think for a minute. “I know! We’ll just have to exercise more.”

Andy groans. Exercise more? He is still sweating from this morning's run. 

"So I'll get you up for a run again tomorrow?" I ask. "Ten kilometres... perhaps we can work up to ten kilometres." 

Andy ignores me. All he says is, "Breakfast! Porridge with brown sugar, tea, toast... I need breakfast!"
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Breakfast? I have thought of something much better than breakfast... Weeks and weeks of  wonderful Easter stretch before us. More Easter buns and chocolate eggs and delicious cakes... And then Pentecost... a Fruits of the Holy Spirit cake... All those calories... We'll be running for hours. 

A Fruits of the Holy Spirits cake? You might like to make one for Pentecost as well... that is, if you don't mind running for hours too!


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  1. Sue, in a world that seems to be full of constant bad news, you are an absolute bright spot. I LOVED this! And most certainly agree...we Catholics have a lot to celebrate! Happy Easter to you and your family! : )

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    1. Stephanie,

      It's good to be a Catholic! I have just been shopping and I came home with fresh Easter buns. The girls were amazed. Isn't Easter finished at the shops? Haven't they moved onto Christmas yet? I love the Easter season!

      I am glad you enjoyed my post. Thank you for reading!

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  2. I love you post, and think I have fallen madly in love with the chocolate smothered picture at the top! ;)

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    1. Nina,

      The cake was an Easter nest egg cake made by my daughter and it was as delicious as it looks! Very rich though as it was a mudcake. We did go running after eating it! Thank you for commenting on my post.

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  3. Stopping by from the A to Z blog hop to say 'hi' :)

    Around here, "diet" is definitely a four letter word!

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    1. Mark,

      We don't like dieting either! I enjoyed visiting your blog. We love superheroes!

      Thanks for stopping by.

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  4. Normally, the shops around here sell all their Easter chocolate by Easter Monday, but, when we went to Aldi on Tuesday, the shelves were full of half-priced eggs and bunnies! We didn't really splurge at Easter so I bought everyone an extra bunny. You should have seen their faces - they could hardly believe their good luck!

    God bless, Sue:-)

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    1. Vicky,

      Your children did okay! Unexpected treats are always the best. Don't you just love sharing in children's pleasure and excitement? I didn't see any half-priced eggs. Just as well as we'd be running all day to work off the calories!

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  5. Dieting is against our religion as well, especially around holidays.
    Dani & Jax @ Cover Girls

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    1. Dani and Jax,

      What would holidays be without food? Definitely can't diet during holidays! Thank you for stopping by and saying hello!

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  6. Lol! I love your sense of humor, Sue!!

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    1. Mary,

      Thank you! I hope you've been enjoying lots of Easter feasting.

      God bless!

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  7. Sue-

    I've always loved being Catholic. Now I am up to 10,002 reasons! We went a little crazy with the sweets on Easter at our house too- but it was the biggest Feast Day of the year, it would be WRONG to not feast!

    God Bless, Kari

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    1. Kari,

      You are so right: We have to celebrate the biggest feast day of the year properly! As Uglemor says we have to feast after all the fasting of Lent. I should start my own list of why I love being a Catholic. You could share your 10002 reasons (or at least a few of them) in a blog post!

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  8. Thank you, Sue, for again brightening my day. By G I will have such a case of the Giggles that However will I recover? Just Keeping Looking Many times a day at your blog should do the trick....

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    1. Nancy,

      It is such a pity I have already written by G post: Giggles... That would have been such a funny post! Can you believe I have written about graves?? Not too depressing I hope. Actually I think it is quite a hopeful story. We shall see! That's tomorrow's post. You'll boost my pageviews if you look many times a day. I might start to think I'm getting popular. I might them become unbearably smug!!

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  9. My bum just got bigger just by reading your post!! LOL

    I love you Sue!! :)

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    1. Susan,

      Oh yes! It's funny how just looking and drooling makes us feel fatter!! I am glad to say the cake has been completely eaten so I won't be tempted to indulge in just one more slice.

      Love you too!

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  10. "You cant be a Catholic and Diet." Amen to that!

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    1. Colleen,

      I'm glad you agree! God bless!

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  11. I should take up running. It would definitely beat eating spinach salads for lunch every day.
    Jenn @Scribbles From Jenn

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    1. Jenn,

      I actually like spinach salads, but I must admit I like the look of those cookies on your blog even more! It's just as well I enjoy running because I think I need to do lots of it.

      Thank you for visiting my blog!

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  12. Isn't it odd how we equate food with every celebration. We also seem to be coming up with more things to celebrate too ... we may end up yet having to eat whilst running on treadmills. ;)

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    1. Lisa,

      I am giggling at the thought of eating on the treadmill! I only use the treadmill if the weather is miserable but I couldn't imagine concentrating on food and my feet at the same time. I would probably shoot off the back of the treadmill and land splat on the floor. I really can't see how people read or watch TV while they're running. Maybe they don't go very fast.

      Eating is such a social activity. We love spoiling people with food and treats. Can't imagine celebrating without food!

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  13. Yes, definitely one of the good things about being a catholic is the celebrations. My kids always pity their classmates who only get to celebrate their birthdays when we celebrate birthdays and namedays and we celebrate much better they think. Not the least because the two big celebrations, Easter and Christmas, follow a period of fasting where they have to see other children eating loads of sweets, especially in the advent time.
    I have always loved the old saying "Who does not know how to fast, does not know how to feast either". And it works equally well the other way around.
    Happy Easter and much feasting to you ;)

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    1. Uglemor,

      I didn't write about fasting but yes! Feasting always comes after fasting. One without the other doesn't work. Maybe I don't need to run quite so far after all. Perhaps feasting and fasting balance each other out. And fasting isn't the same as dieting. Different focus all together.

      I hope you are enjoying feasting too. Happy Easter!

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  14. Sue, this is funny. Thanks for the laugh. I'm trying to fast but I more than make up for it on the Feast Days --its a good thing we have so many.

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    1. Anabelle,

      I am not very good at fasting. I admire your efforts. There's many more feast days in a year than obligatory fasting days, which is just as well for me. I should do better though!

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