Wednesday, May 26, 2010

TV detox is ON, want to join me?

I have decided to go ahead with my 30 day tv detox, starting today. The inspiration didn't come from watching too much tv. The inspiration came from an unhappy place inside me where I feel constantly stretched and exhausted lately. I know part of the tiredness is a very busy summer schedule, but the larger part of the tiredness is spending time in the wrong places.

I want to spend more time on my photography. I want to read more books. I want to exercise more (I'm currently running 20 miles a week but I want to add in yoga and fun classes.). I want to spend more quality time with Jon when he is home. I want to go to bed at a reasonable hour and get enough sleep.

I have three exceptions to the no tv rule:

1. One movie a week with Jon as in-home date night.
2. SYTYCD with visitors.
3. Watching stuff on the treadmill. With the heat coming to town, I'm moving some running indoors and watching stuff makes me run longer. Win win!

Surprisingly I am very excited about not watching tv because my mind is reeling with the possibilities of things I can do with that time. I'll post throughout the 30 days to check in and discuss my thoughts. In the end, I hope this experiment makes me a better mother and wife. Gotta tie it back to the mommy blog!

15 comments:

Lindsay said...

I will not be joining you on this one. The truth is, there's not really going to be anything on that I feel pressured to watch. Already, in the evenings, I am watching less and less TV. I never just flip to see what's on anymore. =)

Stacey said...

Good luck! TV is prime relaxation time for me but I am looking forward to the reduction of my TV schedule given that most of the shows have wrapped up. More time to play Backgammon with my husband and ready trashy romances and murder mysteries!

Beth said...

I'm already there, so I'll cheer you on! It will be interesting to see what you missed about TV watching after this break. Will it be specific shows? Or just the act of vegging out? Good luck!

windycityvegan said...

I only watch about 3 or 4 hours of tv a week (not including movies w/hubs) but I'll definitely cheer you on! I'm trying to psyche myself up for July's experimonth: no internet/TV/iphone/electronic media after 9 pm.

claudia said...

I let the cable go four years ago because of frustration with the cable company and economics. I thought that I would be chomping at the bit to get it back and would probably sign up again in a few months. Not having cable where I live, (nine months of the year), means not having TV. One night a week I have access to a TV because of my job. I rarely turn it on and when I do I am astounded at how bad it is. Even HGTV which I really thought I would miss has deteriorated . It seems to be all House Hunters all the time. Now I must admit that I have Netflix and watch the Daily Show and Colbert Report on the internet. I am also pretty much a radio junkie. I think that you will be surprised at how easy it is to abstain and that other things will quickly fill the vacuum.

Janna said...

Good Luck! I'm excited to hear how it goes for you!

I will not be joining you. Burn Notice is starting again soon :)

Goddess in Progress said...

Hope the detox feels great!

I don't watch so much that I feel in need of a detox, but I am glad that some of my favorite shows are over (or nearly so) for the season. No "pressure" to keep up with them. I'll still watch SYTYCD if it holds my interest, I'll definitely finish out Glee. But after that, most of my favorites are already over, so more time to sew. :-)

Heidi O said...

I need to hope on board. I don't think it will happen though until I get back and get through my tivoed shoes. But I like the idea of trying to do other things. And I am sure the kids would like more of my time.

Karen said...

Sounds like a good idea! I hardly watch TV during the day/weekends, only at night.

I know I will watch less during the summer anyway. Love TiVo though!!

Deanna said...

My main tv time is my elliptical time. And man oh man will I pump those pedals on that machine just to watch another 15 minutes! Like you said, win win!

reanbean said...

Good luck with the detox! I agree, watching TV while running makes me run longer too, especially if I'm close to the end of the show. If my run is technically over, but the show is almost over, I'll keep running or walking just to see the ending. I'd feel silly just standing on the treadmill watching TV, but I've seen people do it!

Joanna said...

I don't consider movie time or exercise time to be TV time. It's secondary to the activity. Aside from kids shows, that's all I've been doing since December when my brain hit overload. So, sure I will join you, but it's sort of lame on my end.

JenFen said...

I still have the season finale of FlashForward and Glee's season to finish up but like many other posters, I naturally find summer a good time to detox from the TV and I do find that I get more projects and reading done. However, sometimes in the evenings, the only thing I have energy for is to sit in front of the TV and put on a DVRed show or movie so I do not consider it time wasted. It's my "me time".

Good luck with the detox. We still need to dish about your thoughts on the end of Lost.

Steph said...

Oh yes, cannot miss SYTYCD. I am pretty much on a tv detox with a newborn and a 4 year old already :)

Carrie77 said...

I too LOVE SYTYCD!! I rarely watch tv in the evenings, I would just rather do other things-- exercise, read, spend time with Jeremi or blog!