Lent started today, beginning a period of 40-something days in which a noticeable item is removed or added to my life. This year my 40-something days will be without alcohol. I’ve done this several times in the past, along with giving up red meat and carbonated beverages. I also had one year in which I only ate salads when not eating at home.
Why 40-something days? Apparently of the 47 inclusive days from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday you don’t count either the 7 Sundays or Saturdays, depending on which you consider the 7th day.