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FitSugar Reader Explains Why She Is Quitting TV

Killing My TV

The Give It Up community challenge may be officially over, but it's making a lasting impact for some FitSugar readers; sagebliss is giving up TV for the long haul!

I saw the Give it Up Challenge when it was first posted on FitSugar, but at the time I didn't feel inspired to give up anything in particular. But within the last few days my husband and I have decided to give up television. More accurately, we decided to cancel our cable service, and we even returned my beloved DVR to our service provider. It was my husband who first proposed the idea, and I have to admit that when he suggested it, I looked at him as if he were crazy. After all, the new fall season is just now starting! But, the more I thought about life with no television, the more it appealed to me.


Life without television means that I have more time for the things that are important to me — family, friends, a healthy lifestyle, reading, writing, and learning. Now that I have embraced the idea, I'm actually feeling excited about it.

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brittanysherell brittanysherell 5 years
Good for you! My boyfriend and I have been cable-less for over a year now and we love it! If we want to watch the shows, we'll find them online or buy the complete season. No more commercials! But the best thing is how much closer it has brought us. We cook, work out, volunteer, and just have overall better conversations together. Not to mention the number cable television does on your wallet! Good luck :)
guavajelly guavajelly 5 years
I have considered this. I'm back and forth. What I have now is basic cable (I use to have every chanel imaginable and no life) For now basic is good. I may cut it off one day, as I would love to focus on my passions but we'll see
SaraJeanQueen SaraJeanQueen 5 years
No way, I could NEVER do that. I love Glee, Big Bang Theory, The Office, SNL, all award shows, and even some of the Bravo trash reality shows WAY too much to give up cable. I don't feel that I overdo it, I just watch the few shows I love every week. I think you're also missing out on a lot of pop culture and news, and so it would be hard to relate to others on these topics. When you meet someone and you both love the same show, it's an instant connector!!
imLissy imLissy 5 years
I mostly only watch TV while I exercise. I wouldn't look forward to my workout without my DVR. Just wish cable wasn't so expensive.
Spectra Spectra 5 years
I'm not giving my TV up anytime soon. I work out while I watch it, so I don't see what the big problem is. If I were watching it all the time instead of working out or whatever, I'd probably be more inclined to give it up.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 5 years
now if i can only convince my husband that this would be good for us. he loves TV though. :\
lauren lauren 5 years
That is awesome! We moved to a new house and decided to skip the outrageous cable bill too! TV is a total time suck and if there are any shows you want to watch this fall, you can usually catch up on a episode on the net but hanging out with your friends, family and a healthy lifestyle are much better than the fall lineup, for sure!
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