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Day 12 of No TV/No Unplanned Snacks

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Wow, I do have to say, as much as I wasn't overly thrilled with the tugging I got from the Holy Spirit to give up TV for 40 days, I'm actually feeling pretty good about it at this point! I'm really engrossed in Condoleeza Rice's memoirs and look forward to reading at the end of the day. I'm sleeping so well, better than I have in a very long time. My husband has really enjoyed it as well - he's so much more relaxed in the evening while we have classical music playing, a log on the fire, and comfy reading chairs! But this week is a little more of a challenge as both our kids are on spring break from college. They were a bit perplexed about the TV. I told them that it was Dad and I who were giving it up - but they were free to watch it as they want. My daughter took off with some friends on a cruise - she's a bit more into watching TV when she's home than my son - so that will be a little less TV on time than it would have been. My son has been so sweet. He watches very little (but could not miss the big Duke-UNC game last night or the Man U-Tottenham match today). Most of the time, he spends in his room with his computer either playing games or watching movies. We made a decision years ago when the kids were small that we would only have one TV, so they don't have ones in their rooms. Both think it's a bit weird, but are willing to work with me on not leaving it on when they leave the room.

As for the snack piece, that has been more of temptation. As I wrote in my first blog on this challenge time, I used the unplanned snack thing as a bargaining chip to do instead of the TV and got the answer back - yes, unplanned snacks are good to give up....in addition to the TV (urrghhh - I stopped while I was behind). I guess I didn't realize how much I was doing that - grabbing a handful of nuts, or tostitos or carrots, etc everytime I walked past the pantry. I do stay true to my mid morning protein shake and mid afternoon protein bar as that is key to my getting to 70 grams + of protein each day. Spacing fiber supplements in my hot drinks throughout the day helps a bit in making me think I'm less hungry than I am. I can't say I'm losing more weight than I had been (still averaging about 1.5 lbs per week) but I do feel like I'm less stressed about cheating, and do have a lot less to track. I see myself having trouble with this temptation once I go into a maintenance mode, so this is good training now.

Would I recommend the TV challenge? Absolutely! As much as I fought it, I'm finding so much more of a different mindset and level of relaxation than I would have guessed. It's amazing on how much I've realized I don't need TV for info (my excuse for watching so much prior) - I can listen to NASCAR on the radio, get my weather and news updates from my iPhone, and spend more time on SP reading articles and getting more educated on living a healthy lifestyle. And I TOTALLY forgot how much I enjoy classical music until I heard Pictures at an Exhibition on the radio and it brought tears to my eyes! I'll watch it again, no doubt, but at a greatly reduced level and probably not a lot during weeknights. I've enjoyed not silence, but noise of a different caliber!
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