Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Quitting The Hills - Progress Report

Three weeks ago I decided that I was over The Hills. The relationship wasn't making me happy anymore. It's been tough letting go, but here is an update on my journey to quit The Hills.

Week 1 - Monday, October 27th. This was a tough week. Could I really just not watch it? I didn't think I was strong enough to quit cold turkey. I decided to ease myself into quitting so that I could learn to fight the craving. At 9:00pm, I flipped to MTV and started watching. Then, I got up and cleaned my whole kitchen. I figured, this way, it was on as background noise. I got my fix without paying super close attention. Every time Spencer came on the screen, I just turned on the water faucet to drown out his rude attention seeking comments. On the plus side, my kitchen was super clean by the last silent glance between Lauren and Whitney.

Week 2 - Monday, November 3rd. The Hills was still set to record on my DVR. Instead of watching it, I turned off the TV and read a book. I left it on my DVR. Then, on Thursday, I did some routine clean up of my overworked DVR. The Hills was there. Taunting me. Begging to be watched. I almost caved. I figured that I was in control. It's not Monday. I wasn't a slave to the MTV line up. I was watching it on my own terms, but then I thought of Spencer and his ugly fleshbeard. I deleted it off my DVR. Unwatched. It felt good.

Week 3 - Monday, November 10th. A friend of mine called at 8:30pm. We chit-chatted for a while. When we got off the phone, I realized that The Hills was finished recording. I pulled up my DVR recorded list and immediately deleted it. This was the most decisive victory yet. There was no wavering. Just the desire to be done with the battle.

I still have some work to do. I haven't managed to bring myself to delete the preset recording yet. And, in week 2, I read a recap of the episode Tuesday morning. It's still hard sometimes. I battle my addiction daily. I miss Lo, and her quiet bitchiness. I miss the knowing looks from Lauren. I even miss Audrina's whining about Justin Bobby, but 3 weeks without Spencer has been well worth all the pain.


Melissa said...

You are so brave ... ..lol..:)
I don't think I could miss a day of my favorite show, you should make an online Anonymous group hehe :D

TUWABVB said...

You are a better person than me! I only started watching that show this year and it's like a train-wreck that I can't turn away from. Even though I feel dirty and angry after each epsidoe and my DVR constantly cuts off the ending!

Paisley Vaughn said...

I love The Hills and hate it all at the same time. I can't bring myself to stop watching though. This season seems like it's been going on forever. And at the end of each episode I say a little pray that when they show the previews for the next week they say "Season Finale", so I'll be forced not to watch it anymore. So until then, I'M HOOKED!

Astarte said...

Ha!!! You should watch The Soup on Fridays, maybe it would help. They give a synapse of everything, and their motto is, 'we watch it so you don't have to'. It's my favorite show!

Jessie said...

I'm so proud of you for sticking to it! I don't think I could stop any of my shows like that!!!

Sara said...

Go you! I haven't watched it either...I think I'm over it. It helps to have a 14 month old who prefers to watch Dora :)