Sunday, November 03, 2013
My biggest excuse for not doing what I know I should is that I don't have the time. Well, I read one of SparkPeople's motivational quotes a couple of days ago, and I can't get it out of my head:
Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
That puts things into perspective, doesn't it?!
How can I read that quote and say, "I don't have time to make a proper supper." or "I don't have time to unpack the boxes that have been sitting around since we moved two years ago." or "I don't have time to exercise."? All of those excuses seem SO lame when you think of it with reference to that quote.
That started me thinking - surely those people slept! So, how is it that they were able to fit in so many fulfilling activities into their lives when I can't seem to do anything beyond my daily grind? Then it hit me - perhaps if my "daily grind" didn't include three or four hours of television every day, I might get a lot more done! I mean, if we just say I watch three hours a day; that means 21 hours a week (that's almost two whole days in a week that I'm wasting watching TV). Let's keep going - that's 90 hours a month (almost four 24-hour days), or 1095 hours in a year (that's A MONTH AND A HALF of 24-hours days doing nothing but sitting in front of the TV!!!) No wonder I don't feel like I'm accomplishing anything!
Here comes the hard part, though. I've figured this out, and I'm sold! I HAVE to cut back drastically on television watching. ...but how do I sell my family on it? Sitting down at the end of the day together to watch television is our "family time." I don't think they're going to be thrilled if I tell them I don't want to do that anymore.
I could try saying, "I'll only watch an hour a night." I'd probably still get some push-back; but it would be a start, and it would be much more likely to succeed than if I just said, "I'm not watching TV ever again."
I could also try to come up with something different for us to do together - something that was still fun (no-one's going to go for "let's all do an hour of house cleaning instead of watching TV"), but accomplishes some other goal. We used to enjoy playing active games on the Kinnect before we moved and piled a bunch of boxes in the exercise room. Maybe that should be my first goal - clear out that room so that we can play on the Kinnect together. At least, then, we'd be spending our time together getting fit.
OK, that's Plan A. Wish me luck!