March 30, 2010

My Five Things #1

So I have to go to bed, but I just want to get this started.  Since I saw the recent episode of Ruby, I'm inspired to change my life by starting with just five things.  I'm inspired to identify five things that I can do or change that can help me live a better, different life -- today, right now.

I've decided that I'm going to use April to focus on changing these five things.  And then once May hits, I'll change it up and perhaps identify five different things.  But let's take it one step at a time.  I can do anything for a month, right?  So here it is. . . the first of my five things:

#1 Limit watching television to ONLY while I am moving!

Now I'm not going to do this forever, but I think this is a good place to start right now!  I'm the first to admit that I have a real problem with watching TV--watching too much that is.  I would love NOT to have our satellite and just have basic channels (have I mentioned I'm a frugalista--my fancy way of saying cheapskate).  But this is an argument I just can't win with my husband.

I waste way too much time watching TV -- when I could be doing other things--more productive things.  My routine has been to finally get the kids off to bed and then to crash on the couch with some food for at least two to three hours.  I stay up too late, get too little sleep -- all because I veg in front of the TV. 
I have a pile of books from the library I would LOVE to read, but I don't even touch them!  I could actually talk to my husband or take a bath or write in a journal or on this thing.  Or I could scrapbook or read a magazine or garden or tackle a project.  Just think of the time I could have on my hands!

So here's my plan!  I'm NOT going to watch TV sitting on the couch.  But I will LET myself watch TV if I am doing it while moving my body, while exercising.  I have a step that I can use.  And if I want to watch, I'll have to step -- up and down, up and down.  If I want to watch, I'll have to move (also part of my new Act, Move, Learn philosophy).

I'm going to give this a try for the month of April, and then I'll let you know what I learned.  It's great to be starting just five things!

Now, off to bed.


  1. My husband used to say we needed an invention that hooked up to the TV and powered it with physical activity, like an exercise bike. I used to watch a lot. Now I know it triggers eating for me so have a huge backlog on my TIVO. Unfortunately reading is a snack trigger too.

  2. What a great thing to do. If more people did this (kids included) I bet we'd all be a lot more fit!


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