Lisa, you're right that "just doing it" or at least "just starting" is really all you can do.
Last night I made the effort. I read to DD from the Narnia book then played Battleship and Connect 4 with her. Might I just add that I am a tough and sneaky Connect 4 opponent and I play to WIN, but she got me twice? We also ate a LATE dinner in front of the fire.
Tonight, no movies planned again, but Thursday night is our library night and we get our movies from there.
I keep trying to say "movies only on the weekend" but Thursday night we'll have movies and we'll just feel like vegging out. And Friday, Friday is MADE for vegging out. DH and I made Friday our Holy Veg Out Night even before we had DD. Then weekends, I try to be busy and productive and then at night guess what I want to do?
Then Monday comes and supposedly no movies but it's, you know, Monday, and DD has dance class Monday night and then I want to come home and.... veg out.
Tuesday. DD has gymnastics that evening. I want to come home and ... veg out.
Wednesday is a nothing day for us. Guess what I want to do when night comes?
And on and on.
The habit has got its claws into me. My folks weren't TV free or anything but I'm hearing impaired and there wasn't closed-captioning until I was older (and even then, it usually sucked). So TV was simply not that fascinating to me. But DH grew up watching a lot so I've been exposed to the habit and now it's my habit too.
I tend to put the TV (it's an old computer, really) in the closet in the warm months, at least for a while. But while I certainly can't complain about this winter, it still does get dark early and that tends to make me feel tired at night. Also, because of my vision problems, I can't take walks at night, which would otherwise sound pretty nice to me. I mean, I have a cane and DH can help me but it would be SUPER stressful and no fun for me (crappy old town with horrible sidewalks and fire hydrants and tree roots and buckled cement and curbs in random places and overgrown hedges and low tree branches... seriously, a blind girl could get hurt and certainly wind up in a tizzy!).
So I guess I will start by making a real effort to keep it off Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights, even if (when!) I feel tired.
Pamela, I just bought DD a 3 pound weight that she loves. So tonight, the family will be doing some exercises together. With music. Even if I don't want to do it at first, if I get some good music on I bet we'll get into it.