DISCLAIMER: This is my personal account of my personal struggle and not intended to be a commentary on the habits of others. This is the coach coaching the coach!
TEN THINGS I DON’T MISS THAT I THOUGHT I COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT:
- Saying “yes” to someone else’s wedding dress.
- Hoping that Emily and Lorelai will finally have a decent relationship.
- Helping choose the next baking champion.
- Watching insane people marry people they hardly know and try to make a go of it.
- News, news, news.
- Endlessly looping promos of upcoming programs.
- It’s heaven without commercials!
- Shopping channels.
- Classic movies (still miss them to be honest)
- Watching people destroy themselves with food.
My reaction during the first three to four days was a sense of being off kilter . . . just a bit out of balance. Things just were not normal. It surprised me how much my response was like grief! The routine that gave me some sense of security, comfort and continuity was disrupted.
On the other hand, my fuzzy thinking and nerves were similar to addictive withdrawal. There were other signs of this being a bit of an addiction for me before I made the move to pull the plug, i.e. I was watching more and enjoying it less and had a sense of needing to watch TV, even if it was something in which I had no interest.
Within a few days I began to get my sea legs and started to navigate this new normal I had created for myself. I rearranged my den into conversation groups, making the TV less the total focus. I actually moved the TV out of my bedroom. There was a sense of freedom that came with that action. It was surprising to notice how many times I looked at the top of my dresser even though the TV was no longer there!
I’ve noted a better sleep pattern and clearer thinking in the morning. I now have my exercise bike in the foyer and enjoy the view from my front door while I ride instead of watching the boob tube. I have to admit it isn’t as action packed (I live on a fairly quiet street) but it beats staring at a blank wall. I tried the virtual bike ride DVDs. Lame! At least the ones I got.
So . . . there have been some expected repercussions from going cold turkey, but I’ll write about the biggest change in my next post.