Have any of you ever used Lent as motivation to go on a diet? It could be argued that you lose out on the spiritual merit of a fast if you're doing it to look good, because you have received your reward in full in this life.
But you know, that's still better than my method, which is to gain weight before Lent (three pounds this year) by telling myself I can eat whatever I please because the fast is around the corner!
Update: Rachel pointed me to this t-shirt. Obviously I'm not the only one to have had the idea!