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CATSPANK SparkPoints: (8,392)
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2/12/13 6:53 P

I only watch Maigret or Father Matteo. Most everything else is just junk. All those super size meals and sugary drink commercials sure don't help. I guess tv would be good for exercise videos though. We don't have cable.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,460
2/12/13 5:48 P

Sometimes it is good to veg out.

2/12/13 5:33 P

I couldn't agree more.

TINA_LYNN91 Posts: 568
2/12/13 4:53 P

We're cancelling our cable today!

ZIGFISH Posts: 1,459
2/12/13 2:27 P

TV can be a tool. That's why gyms attach them to cardio machines.

I_HEART_MY_FAM Posts: 1,809
2/12/13 12:12 P

TV was your problem it seems and some of mine as well. Before this post I decided my family needs less TV time as well.

2/11/13 1:48 P

It's all in how you use it. I exercise during commercial breaks. Plank, jumping jacks, cruches, Pilates, etc.

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (81,972)
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2/11/13 8:30 A

I've never been a daytime television watcher. I do use it in morning for my exercise videos. It's the computer that is the bigger fat trap. But I've taught myself (for the most part) to only use it to do my Sparkin in the morning while I drink my tea and I use it periodically to check what I'm planning on eating that day, prepare recipes, find new recipes or read up on exercise, healthy eating. I'm usually really busy during the day doing other things like housework, cooking, taking care of my kids, working out, running errands etc. so I don't usually sit for more than 10-15 mins at a time.

Night time is my TV time. I watch a movie with my husband or a few shows for about 2 hours before going to bed. I don't think it's a big deal because I'm plenty active during the day. In the spring/summer/fall I'm even more active. I've never been much of a TV addict, I find it boring usually and am ultra picky about programming.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 2/11/2013 (08:33)
BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (108,021)
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2/11/13 6:28 A

I read that at night there are tons of subliminal food messages on TV which in turn tweak our subconscious to eat....hmmmm

TENNISJIM Posts: 11,750
2/11/13 6:12 A

I like my shows

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
2/11/13 6:07 A

Good points.
To some I'm sure you sound a little "preachy" but it's their choice to take it that way.

I am spending less time in front of the TV, but more time in front of the computer, which is no better, unless I take it to the area of my stationery bike and use it strictly for entertainment while there.

GDANE3 SparkPoints: (239,401)
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2/11/13 5:49 A

My husband and I have at least one no t.v. day a week. We also have a game night which ends up a no t.v. night.

KAYEMM3 Posts: 1,577
2/11/13 4:08 A

I've been watching Spartacus and Supernatural lately, so if anything, looking at all of those buff bodies motivate me to exercise more.

DUBLINROSE Posts: 2,757
2/11/13 3:59 A

I don't watch much tv but I enjoy it when I do. I find it educational, its a good way to update myself on the news, I'd rather watch a half hour news show that go online because I could be there for hours!!!

And sometimes its okay to just veg out and do nothing, its relaxing to me, I also read a lot and knit too but sometimes its nice to just watch something and chill out.

JANIEWWJD SparkPoints: (566,079)
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2/11/13 3:32 A

I know. It seems like all the commercials deal with food.

FITGLAMGIRL Posts: 2,045
2/11/13 1:17 A

We got rid of the tv a long time ago.

HEALTHY4UNI SparkPoints: (12,464)
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2/11/13 12:09 A

When people are addicted to something, they come up with every excuse in the book to justify their actions! The definition according to AA of what an addiction is "If you do something that causes yourself or others PROBLEMS or TROUBLE and decide to do it anyways." If watching TV is not keeping you from reaching your goals, (and I'm including ALL of your goals especially the ones you use the excuse that you don't have enough time in your day or you say you're too busy to do whatever it is you should be doing) and you list a "GOOD REASON" for watching TV instead of getting those things done, you should ask yourself this simple question: Who am I truly hurting by lying to myself! I am not posting this here for people to share justifications for watching TV but to challenge those who might have come to a place where they can recognize it as a problem! Some will choose to ignore this post and marry their TV because it has become a sacred part of their life! They will see this as an attack on them while they put up their defences to protect their God given rights to watch TV regardless of what they sacrifice for that right! I am not speaking to those who have such commitments for it is your right to make such decisions!

I am, however, trying to encourage those who may recognize that the time they spend sitting in front of a TV is hurting them!

Knitting could be spent in the presence of a friend but that is your choice and you are welcomed to it! I'm not really sure how posting that will help others except it is far better than sitting sedentary doing nothing more than vegetating.

Special shows that don't take away from your time better spent doing something more important can be deemed acceptable because it is you, that are in control of your own actions and this is what you chose to do with your free time!

If you are active while watching the TV and meeting your goals, that is great and more power to you!

But if you don't have time for the more important things and you have goals that you are not meeting, consider killing the TV as a way to take you closer to your goals!

Some say that a TV can be considered as an idol that people worship at the expense of living! To watch others living on TV while you kill yourself by sitting idly on the couch!

Allowing yourself to be brain washed by the ads and the rhetoric that is spewed out of the TV!
Some will now decide to defend their choice of shows! That again is not my point.

Chose this day to either live the life you dream of rather than sitting in your home either living the life you've dreamed of or are pretending to live that life so that you can live that life through them vicariously!

Whatever you chose is your choice! The question is, IS IT HELPING YOU REACH YOUR GOALS and if not, KILL YOUR TV and realize that living life is far more beneficial than witching others live it while you sit wishing you had the life you dreamed of!

MISSYK25 SparkPoints: (3,440)
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2/10/13 11:19 P

I have a show I like on while I do my exercise dvd on my laptop. I find if I watch a funny show I'm more likely not to quit halfway through the workout.

WINSTONSUZ Posts: 5,675
2/10/13 11:13 P

my gazelle and my treadmill sit in my living room in front of my TV..... I can watch and walk on the treadmill and that's what I do..... I love having my tv where I can watch while I exercise!

ETHELMERZ Posts: 19,747
2/10/13 9:22 P

We ride our exercise bike for hours, it's in front of the tv. Husband is retired, so thank heaven's for the TV !!! Even reading any kind of book or magazine is sitting on you behind for hours, if you let it, it ain't the fault of tv only. You gonna kill books now?

IVYLASS SparkPoints: (221,063)
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2/10/13 7:49 P

I knit while watching TV, so I don't tend to snack. You can also exercise during commercials.

HEALTHY4UNI SparkPoints: (12,464)
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2/10/13 7:44 P

Okay, not literally but pretty close!
As many couch potatoes know, the TV does little to inspire weight lose! That unless you use it right. Using it for weight lose videos that you actually do while being led by an instructional video! Watching shows like Biggest Loser that motivate you away from the couch! Or taking notes about the new low calorie meal that is showing on a healthy foods cooking show!

Otherwise as you sit watching TV shows, you deprive yourself of activities that will allow your weight lose program and lifestyle changes to be maximized! Also while watching it, you are bombarded with unhealthy food commercials and inspired to eat when you are not hungry or to go to a restaurant to buy unhealthy foods! Couches have been clinically proven to increase the girth of your posterior when over used!

So killing your TV either figuratively of literally (Turning it off, disconnecting the antenna or cable/satellite) can be one of those keys that move you on to your goal! If not turning it completely off, decide to limit you viewing time and replace the time you typically watch it with healthy activities!

Please share whether this step has been incorporated into successful weight lose plans and the benefits that you gained to help inspire others!

Otherwise reply with good reasons for not doing this! I'd like to hear them!

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