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Saturday, March 3, 2012

What I Learned From Not Watching TV for a Week


For Lent, I decided to follow my church's suggested fasting guide and fast from specific things each week.  The first week was food.  Some people fasted certain kinds of food or maybe one meal a day or for a whole day.  That week wasn't really hard for me because I had these new appliances installed in my mouth so I couldn't eat all week anyway.

This week on the other hand was a little harder.  Towards the beginning of the week I really began to realize just how much TV I really watched and how I had made watching TV a priority or an idol in my life.  My DVR was filling up with my favorite shows and it was hard to not watch anything.  The silence has also been hard for me.   I work from home and when I'm not on conference calls, I usually have the TV going on in the background.  I didn't realize how much my life revolved around what was coming on or getting home to watch a show.  It was even hard going to bed at night because I usually get sleepy watching TV and then go to sleep.

As the week went on it started to get a little easier.  I realized that I don't have to come home and watch TV and catch up on all the shows that I missed and I don't have to put myself to sleep at night watching the TV.  I think it really helped me put things into perspective and know that it's fun to watch TV, but that it shouldn't be my priority.

So will I continue to watch TV?  Yes.  Will I watch less TV?  Probably.  Will I make TV a priority in my life before other more important things?  No.  I will continue to re-evaluate my priorities and try to spend my time wisely instead of wasting it.


This coming week is no internet and social media (except for work purposes).  I really think that this will be the hardest of all the weeks for me!  I am constantly looking at Facebook, Twitter, News, Google, Blogger, etc., etc. I will probably have to delete them off my phone so I won't be tempted to look at them.  As hard as this week will be, I think it will be good to take a step back and really examine my life and heart by removing all of those distractions.

So starting Monday I will be MIA.  You all will have to fill me in on if I missed anything while I was away!

12 comments:

  1. Good luck this upcoming week!

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  2. Wow, both of those weeks would be very hard for me. I sit in front of the TV with the laptop in my lap or the phone in my hand. I KNOW that I am addicted to way too much tv and internet/social media. Good luck with it!!

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  3. I agree, not using computer will be a challenge, good luck!

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  4. I, too, am also a slave to my DVR. And I do notice that it takes presidence over other things (AHEM, EXERCISE!).... for the 3 years or so following graduating from college I lived with no TV besides the bunny ears where I would catch half an episode of Everybody Loves Raymond before going to bed. I had so much more free time, and I was so much more active then! I didn't even miss TV! But then I got it back when my fiance moved in 3 years ago and it's been downhill ever since then! LOL

    See ya in a week girl - hang tough! :)

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  5. Due to Hubby not having a perm. Job we couldn't pay the cable bill way back in Aug of 11'...it was hard the first few weeks but we still have not turned it back on and Hubby and I really don't even want to...the kids miss it but we don't miss all the crap they were watching or the puns here and innuendoes there. Plus the kids have had to entertain themselves with God forbid books or outside play time...OMG what abusive parents we are for taking their T. V. Away!!!Lol!!! I miss the food network love the cooking shows, Hubby misses the History channel otherwise I have enjoyed no TV these past 7 months!!! You can do it for a week...we will miss you but I support you and will be thinking of you here in blog land!!

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  6. Coongratulations for completing another successful week and finding the meaning behind it all. I wish you luck on this week without social media. I know you can do it. You won't miss anything important.

    I think I will have to give it a try...not this week though. LOL. It's my only saving grace at work. But I do think I will give it a try.

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  7. You can do it, girl! I got rid of my TV almost two years ago and aside from missing the Food Network and DIY Network, I haven't missed it a bit. Like Trisha said, I found so many other things to fill my time with! Now, I haven't tried no internet/social media. I think I might curl up in a ball and die....lol! I'll look forward to seeing you in a week....I'll be banded by then...woot! :)

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  8. I so admire you Andrea! Good for you. I totally get this b/c I work from home and have the tv running in the background as well a lot. this is very inspiring.

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  9. See you next week! I went without TV (only movies) for a year and it was actually pretty great. Now that I have cable...I realize there's nothing on worth watching. LOL.

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  10. Hi Andrea... I know you are not looking at this post this week, but I wanted to say that I think you are pretty awesome for being able to give this up. I recently let go of my extended cable package and DVR. After my withdrawal symptoms subsided I realized how much time I spent in front of the TV. It was so freeing not to feel like I had to watch everything. I really really miss my DVR, but I am glad that I am no longer glued to my couch.

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  11. There was one two year period where I didn't watch TV for two years. I read and read and read. Loved it!

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