What Happens When it’s NOT Worth the Calories

Not long ago, “Sex and the City” came on while I was at the dentist. I hadn’t seen the show in ages but I watched it religiously back in the day.

When a scene opened with Carrie talking to Miranda, I nearly cried.

Yes, I teared up! True story. Because I honestly felt like I was seeing friends I hadn’t seen in a really long time.

It sounds silly, but I really love when the characters in a TV show feel like they are a part of your life. You find yourself missing people who are not even real!

I do believe TV has the ability to inspire us, teach us and make us feel like we are not alone.

But let’s be honest.  Most TV is low quality, addictive filler. 

Most of the time we use it as background noise.
We use it to distract ourselves from a hard day.
We use it so we don’t have to think about or hear what might be bothering our hearts and minds.

And while I’m a fan of simply tuning OUT when needed, how often do we find that hours have passed and we have fallen deep into a Seth Meyers Late Night Monologue when we know it’s NWTC?

NWTC = Not Worth The Calories

NWTC can be applied to crappy chocolate, bad television or basically anything that does not contribute to your overall joy. Sorry, Seth.

NWTC is the filler. It’s the fluff. It’s the stuff that doesn’t have any substance, emotional nutrition, or true importance.


**Please note, I am not actually referring to food at all, nor do I believe in counting calories by any means. This is just a playful term to check in with yourself.

How many things do we do in our life that are NWTC?

You see, the problem is that this FLUFF keeps us from things that ARE “worth the calories”, so to speak.

When you engage in things that are NTWC, rather than engage in what you love, those tings keep us from quality connection, quality time with loved ones and quality time in our homes that we work so hard to have.

It keeps us from hearing the whispers of our own heart or being availble to new ideas that want to bubble up. 

If you are looking for more quality connection, I invite you to ask yourself, “Is this worth the calories?”

Clearing out the fluff in order to create space for what is actually of value isn’t always easy, especially when it means letting go of something that provides comfort.

It requires courage.

Not the same kind of courage that it takes to leave a long-standing relationship or move across the country, but a quiet kind of courage.

The kind of courage that says, “I am going slip into the void.

I am willing to be with the quiet.

I am willing to allow my mind to wander.

I am willing to be with myself.”

The risk often promises great rewards.

Not long ago, I turned off my TV fluff.

As a result, I am hearing my own thoughts more. When new ideas come, I am able to catch them before they float away.

I am cooking more (To see what I am cooking, click here).

I am spending more time getting lost in some good fiction. This is a joy I haven’t given myself in ages (To see what I am reading, click here).

I am tuning into a new musical artists (To hear what I am listening to, click here and log into Spotify).

Engage in what you love. All these things feel so much more filling. They are AWTC (Absolutley Worth The Calories).

As a result, I must admit, life is tasting even more delicious.

Is there something you do or experience in your life on a regular basis that you know is NWTC?

I’d love for you to share in the comments A) What that is (I bet we all have some pretty unique ones), and B) Do you engage in what you love? What you can be doing with that time/space instead that would be “worth it”?

Sans fluff,


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5 Responses to What Happens When it’s NOT Worth the Calories

  1. Awesome post, Erin!! When I moved to Asheville, I got rid of my TV and it was the best decision I ever made. So many people ask me, “how can you live without one?”, and my answer is always that it’s so much easier it but I thought. There are a few shows that I love that I can watch online, and the rest of the time I now filled with reading or walking or just being with myself. Of course I can always cut down on the number of Uno games I play on my iphone, but hey, nobody’s perfect 🙂

  2. Hi Erin,
    Thank you for your inspirational videos in the Tapping Solution for Weight Loss and Body Consciousness. I have fallen dancing on the treadmill regularly! Just as you said…When there’s movement in your body there’s movement in your life!
    And I totally agree with you. My TV is always off unless Dancing with the stars is on. The rest of the time I’m either chanting Nam myoho renge kyo, writing a blog to inspire my readers (who have doubled to 60k a month since I started tapping), tapping, moving my body, or reading to prepare for one of the transformational speaches I give. My current faves are Goddesses Never Age by

    Christiane Northrup and Deeper Dating and many more.

  3. Erin- this post was SO on point with something I’ve been thinking a LOT about lately! I’m a mom of a 10 month old boy and working on building my own business so lately I’ve been feeling like I have no time to do anything, but I KNOW that there is so much time in my week that is wasted with fluff and filler. My husband and I have been talking about getting rid of cable for months and I think that your post may just be the last push that I needed to finally say adios! Thanks for sharing 🙂 This is just what I needed to hear.

  4. Caitlin says:

    E — I am so on this level right now!

    Almost 2 weeks ago I deleted all my online dating apps/profiles. I was using them to fill any little bit of free time I had. I liked the attention and the distraction. But after going on many many 1st dates with people I didn’t truly connect with, I knew it was time to make space for something new. I’m not saying I’ll never use them again – but right now I know I need to sit and breathe in the (sometimes) discomfort of being alone. I want to feel content with myself so when I meet someone who really sends a spark, I’ll be ready.

  5. Samanda Solheim says:

    Reasons Why I Quit:(my job that I loved, literally like, days before, and have only been there for maybe a little longer than that)
    1} I was freaking out. It could’ve had something to do with the moon phase at the time, it could’ve been something else. But the realization hit me that; I’m worth a hellava lot more than 8.40/hr(although, that was my first job that I started at more then the starting wage because of experience, so yay!!), and I’m sick and tired of being stuck on a cash register!!!
    2} My/our(my Godfather and I) “reliable” car, all of a sudden started to die. I took that as a sign. And I was still “stuck” an hour and 10 away(rather, my stuff)…..so…….
    Working through the confusion……..but not sorry that I don’t work on a register(notice how I put that? I’m not comfortable with the fact that I quit yet another job in a short time period, I’m however not sorry that I do work on a register.)anymore.