This weekend I got rid of my cable. In fact, I disconnected my TV all together.

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I’m going through a 66 day challenge with my Masters Club and I’ve been inspired by several of them who are seeing tremendous benefit in rest, productivity and progress by minimizing or eliminating TV. That has certainly inspired me.

On top of that, this weekend I read Ben Bergeron’s new book Chasing Excellence. It solidified my decision to cancel my cable and disconnect my television. The book never mentions TV, but it reminded me that I really want to create my best life and television isn’t part of my best life.*

*The New England Patriots, however, are unquestionably a part of my best life and I’ll watch every single game. 

This isn’t a new idea, canceling my cable, but in the past, I’ve talked myself out of it. In fact, years ago, I begged my now ex-husband to get rid of all our TVs. He said no.

Why didn’t I ever do it? Especially since I’ve lived alone for a couple years now – why hadn’t I cut the cord?

I’d tell myself that I like to unwind at night watching some TV. That’s its a mental break from work. That there are a few shows I really enjoy.

But: is it adding anything to my life? Or maybe it’s better to ask: what is it adding to my life? And what is it taking away?

It adds nothing. It’s comfort zone. I could use that time for sleeping. I could use that time for reading. I could listen to more podcasts. I could spend more time with people I love. I could play games. Go for walks. Keep my home cleaner.

The only thing that was keeping me from doing it was my comfort zone.

Screw my comfort zone. I’m not interested in a comfortable life. I’m interested in my very best life.

Television is not a part of my best life.

After ASCEND in November, I’ll re-evaluate the decision. I’m not saying this is forever, but this will be at least through ASCEND.

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Today’s workout was pretty mild but it felt good since I’m sore from the weekend’s workouts.

3 rounds for time

33 banded good mornings

7 burpee pull-ups

10 hang power cleans

My butt was on fire from the banded good mornings. I’m still modifying due to my knee injury and I’m hoping to get the green light sometime this week to get back to squatting, etc.

On the food front:

I have a doctor’s appointment today at 2pm and I’ve decided to fast until then because I’m not sure if they’ll want to do blood work. I’d always prefer to be fasted just in case than have to schedule another appointment to return fasted.

It was a great chance to practice not being reactive to hunger. It was 3:30p by the time I got home and you bet I was hungry! However, hunger isn’t an emergency. Hunger doesn’t hurt. Hunger isn’t pain. I’m not going to starve.

At 3:30 I had a cobb salad from Paleo Power Meals with extra grilled chicken.

Around 6pm I had chicken & broccoli over cauliflower rice and some greek yogurt with unsweetened cacao powder.

It was the 2nd full day without TV and I am so happy with how much more productive and focused I am. I’m proud of myself for making this decision.

Bye comfort zone, you add nothing to my life. You only take from it. I’m done with you!