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Our Family’s One-Year Activity Fast

Last September our family boldly embarked on and successfully survived a 30-Day TV and Gaming Fast (it was great, by the way, you should all try it).  This September we are embarking on a <gasp!> one-year activity fast. It all started toward the end of Spring 2011, when our family had reached new heights in terms of activity burnout.   All the extracurricular activities our family members were involved with not only depleted our respective energy levels but also, and probably more important, destroyed our evening and weekend family time together. Practically every night of the week, as well as every weekend day, our family was split up in different directions as we attended to various sports practices, clinics, & games, public speaking classes, Aikido lessons, church, and sporadic meetings, as required.  We were physically and mentally exhausted from running around and became more and more disconnected as a family. I wholeheartedly subscribe to the “The Family That Stays Together, Stays Together” principle and our family clearly wasn’t living up to it. So one rare, available night last spring during dinner, I suggested to the family that we conduct a one-year experiment beginning in September of this year: for one year, … Continue reading

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But How Can You Call It a Fast?

Our family has survived our second week of the TV/gaming fast with zero fanfare.  Some have asked “How can you call it a fast if it’s not absolute?” since we will allow TV and computer access on exception (for example,  school & work related matters).   I liken it to the Old Testament “Daniel fast”.  Daniel and his friends refused to eat the rich foods from the royal table and ate vegetables & fruit instead.  After 10 days they appeared to be healthier than the other Israelite captives (Daniel 1:8-16).  While our TV/gaming fast is not 100% absolute unplugging, it has proved to be a healthier choice already: more rest, more human interaction, less attitude. Although of everyone in the family I think I suffered the most this week the night hubby and kids left me in the house alone for 5 hours while they went to watch the Phillies vs. Braves in Philadelphia.  That night wasn’t just ANY night.  It was THE season premiere of Glee, one of my favorite guilty pleasure shows.  There was also that Netflix  DVD of Ironman sitting on our desk taunting me for the past week.  I was Glee’s own Sue Sylvester incarnate that … Continue reading

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Our 30-Day TV & Gaming Fast

Today marks seven days into our family’s TV & gaming fast.  The idea started years ago in my heart as a slooooow burn…and turned into a roaring fire a little over a week ago.  I was fed up with the collective amount of time that each member of our family (including me) spent on mindless TV viewing, video gaming and computer gaming. All of our addictions started out innocently, of course, and with careful moderation: My kids never watched live TV; only carefully screened programs that were recorded on our Tivo. But even my 6yo ended up watching waaay more TV than he should have. I used Tivo to record my “guilty pleasure” shows that I only watched late at night after everyone else was fast asleep and my body could work no more.  But staying up until 12-1am only exhausted an already exhausted mom even more. In addition, that midnight hour quickly became a time for an unneeded 4th meal of the day. My husband would come home after work and innocently tune into the news but then would end up surfing…and surfing…and surfing…until he finally fell asleep in front of it. When the Wii came into our house, … Continue reading

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♫ I Can See Clearly Now…the Specs Are Gone ♫

I’ve had perfect vision my entire life up until around the age of 40 when I finally had to break down and buy dime-store reading glasses because presbyopia, otherwise known as aging eyes, finally set in.  Since then it’s been 7 years of continually degrading vision with the need to purchase higher and higher magnification lenses and, ultimately, prescription bifocals.  I have been literally chained around the neck by what my younger brother non-affectionately refers to as “coke-bottle granny glasses” (by the way, he has not so coincidentally been promised that he will suffer my same fate soon enough). Up-down-up-down-up-down onto my face with the glasses all the live long day.  This was particularly dangerous while driving because I couldn’t see the GPS instructions on my iPhone without my glasses on yet I couldn’t see distance with them on.  Forget texting and driving; shifting glasses off & on while driving is waaaaaay more dangerous. And never mind trying to wear sunglasses and read; you either go blind from the sun or you can’t read the print.  And quite frankly, I was worn out from sitting on, stepping on, getting tangled in or panicking because I  just plain couldn’t find my glasses. Fortunately, where once-upon-a-time LASIK surgery could not … Continue reading

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Rebounding My Jiggly Parts

My naturopath is on a mission to get me to exercise on a consistent basis.  The nerve.   Actually, I do respect her tenacity and wish there was a homeopathic remedy for her to give me that would produce some of that same tenacity in me.  In the absence of said remedy, I am forced to be ever increasingly mindful of the condition of my body or, as the inspirational Neicy Nash puts it, my jiggly parts. I hate working out.  Not just hate but DETEST.  I can’t think of anything less appealing to do with my time and my body.  I don’t CARE that Michelle Obama wakes up every morning at 4am to work out as a “gift to herself”.  The greatest gift to myself at 4am is to SLEEP.  And the thought of incorporating into my day some horrid joint-jarring, profusely-sweating form of physical activity that will only re-emphasize how much more jiggly my body parts have become just makes me cringe.  I rank it up there with having to do our (back) taxes and would rather have my fingernails removed one by one. Having said all that, earlier this week I learned of a form of exercise that might…just might…NOT make me nauseous just … Continue reading

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