Day 5 of my Lent Challenge
Sunday, February 26, 2012
I have to say, I'm actually feeling in a really good mood since the start of my 40 days of no TV / no unplanned snacks committment. I've been reading a lot more. Picked up biography of Tim Tebow and the memoirs of Condoleeza Rice, both of whom fascinate me in terms of their personal impacts. I've been doing crossword puzzles and am learning new words (and am irritating on conference calls at work when I throw in a bizarre seldom used word every once in a while). But more than anything, I'm finding myself more at peace. I've been keeping either a contemporary Christian radio station or classical music station on in the background during my exercise and while at work. It does a lot to lighten the mood! Do I miss my TV - well of course, but I'm finding other ways to occupy my time that I really enjoy. My husband has bought into it too - he's reading the Lord of the Rings series for the millionth time, but now can spend more than 20 min a day pleasure reading. We've had deep conversations on politics, religion, work - name it. In the past, our interaction in the evenings was sitting next to each other on the couch, eating dinner and watching tv - without saying much.
It's had a great effect on my diet as well. I am struggling with not snacking as much as I did, but so far I've stayed with it. When those times of temptation come, I find ways to get around it such as not going to use the bathroom on the other side of the kitchen where I have to pass the pantry to get to. Instead, I go upstairs (a bit more exercise and no pantry passing!). I'm cooking meals more since I feel like I have the time to do it - so dinners are healthier this week than they have been.
The other real change is sleep! Without TV as a distraction, coupled with a deeper sense of relaxation at the end of the day - I've been going to sleep about an hour earlier than I had been. I'm getting dangerously close to 7 hours of sleep a night - an area I've always put on the back burner.
So I'm an eighth of the way through, but already starting to feel some of the benefits of this journey. I got through the weekend by occupying my time with leaving the house to browse the bookstore on Saturday and to visit our daughter at college and take her and a few friends out to lunch today. The key for me is to have a plan - what I want to do and when I want to do it. Let's see how the next week goes!