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TV Turnoff Challenge: Day 3

Happy Saturday everyone!

There is nothing more comforting (hyperbole) than a Saturday morning. I get to sleep in (and by “sleep in,” I mean I usually don’t sleep past 8:30—today was 7:15). But it’s always lovely to wake up on a Saturday morning knowing the day is totally yours.

Today is Day 3 of my no TV challenge and, my goodness, am I glad to be doing this—I definitely did not think it would be this hard! Day 1 wasn’t too bad; the excitement of trying this challenge was fresh and I was really pumped about the possibilities of the day.

The times I knew it would be hardest have proven to be as expected. When I reached lunchtime on Day 1, I already felt so out of sorts—I had no idea what to do with myself. Lunch time is my time to turn off my brain and get some relaxation in, so I typically eat my lunch and watch TV that requires no thought, but makes me happy (i.e. Friends, Gilmore Girls, etc.). I was so afraid that sitting there, eating my lunch in silence, would be painful.

I was dead wrong.

I made my lunch—a chicken and spinach salad (yum!)—and sat at the kitchen counter. I knew that sitting in the big comfy chairs would do me no good and close proximity to the TV just isn’t an option right now hah. I decided when I sat down that I would try to quiet my mind and enjoy what truly felt like alone time. “But you work from home—you’re already alone.” Yes, that is true, but I’m in constant contact with people all day and my brain is constantly firing away. So to find time in my day to just be is imperative.

When lunch was over, I had a ton of time left in my break and I wanted to do things that would keep me moving, rather than reading or taking a nap—didn’t want to bring down my energy at the time of day it’s hardest to keep it up. So I chose to straighten things up. I did the dishes, folded my laundry, made the bed (my new schedule means I am already working by the time Nick gets out of bed and, most days, I don’t stop until lunchtime), and even got my outfit ready for the next day. I felt good! After work, I immediately donned some comfortable clothes and did my at-home yoga practice—something I now have more time for every day!

Nick and I agreed that he doesn’t have to join my challenge, but we do need to eat dinner together away from the TV. He’s totally on board with that, as it’s a great habit to get into in general. So I made dinner, we ate together, and caught up on the day. Afterwards, the night was mine. I read some of my book, took a bath, and even tackled some wedding emails. I was completely content and happy with my evening.

Which brings me to one of my favorite aspects so far: oftentimes, I would find myself looking at the clock at 9PM and saying, “I feel like I just finished work and soon I’ll be going to bed and starting all over tomorrow.” That realization was one of the reasons I’ve started to alter my schedule, but it’s also something that my challenge has helped. Prior to my changes, I would be done with work for the day, and the usual routine would kick in: make dinner, watch TV and eat, watch more TV, and go to bed. Time would fly as we wasted hours just staring at the television.

Now? I finish work and I have hours to fill. Granted, waking up earlier means going to bed earlier, so I’m not up until 11/12 anymore, but from the time I am done work until I go to bed, the time is mine. It’s a liberating feeling and it’s amazing to know that I can finally do some of the things I really enjoy, but don’t have the time to do during the day. I can now look at the clock and feel truly content with my day and evening, rather than wishing there were more hours.

Last night was hard—I won’t go into it too much since my Day 1 recount was so detailed, but Friday night without plans, after a very long day at work, meant all I wanted to do was… nothing hah. Nick went out with his brother and I was left to my own devices. I found myself aching to watch TV. I sat there for a good 10 minutes trying to justify putting it on. Happy to say I resisted. I sat and ate my dinner in silence, followed by finishing my book, a lovely bath, and some wedding research. As much resistance as there was, I was so happy to have spent my evening that way and it leaves me feeling really excited for the potential of the next month.

My laundry list of things to do is massive this weekend, but I find comfort and excitement in knowing I don’t have TV to inconspicuously push it all off, never to be done. I am only 3 days into this, but I feel good and I really look forward to the potential days where it’s not so hard—did I mention this is hard?? And I didn’t even think I watched that much!!

To anyone considering this, I already suggest doing so. Each person has their own unique benefits to gain from this challenge, regardless of how much TV you watch, unless we’re talking an hour or two a week. I may only be a few days into it, but I can already see how this is going to change things.

Will continue to keep you posted! I think the weekend will be tough at times, but I’m up to it!!

Until next time…

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