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  1. Zane added a post in a topic My Journal, by Zane   

    23 days, no games, and no temptations to play them. Although... I had to see what changes Bungie made to Destiny with their latest release. It looks like the game finally has a story.
    Also, out of curiosity, I checked out the online destiny info tracker. I haven't played in 5 months, but I'm still ranked in the top 1 percent Lol and half the time I was letting my 11 year old buddy Logan wreck my K/D
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  2. Zane added a post in a topic My Journal, by Zane   

    Not that bad, I guess. If I loved her then of course it wouldn't matter.
    Haha so after that conversation we had on sunday I decided to try out tinder again. In one day I got 8 matches. Over the course of the day five of them messaged me and immediately gave me their phone numbers/ email and were like you wanna get to the dirty stuff? And all five ended up messaging me to go to some site for webcam or some bullshit. I haven't had any other interaction on tinder since.
    This is why I think tinder is really dumb. It's alluring to people like me who can't find anyone, but its full of bs and free advertising for girls cams or whatever.
    Also, it distracted me big time. Like, for the past two weeks I've been putting together great habits. I've been on track with my eating and weight training goals. I've benn doing my homework and getting good sleep. But thinking about tinder the last two days was so distracting that those habits dissapeared immediately, and I had nothing to show for it.
    I'm back on track again but this situation only reaffirms what I thought about tinder/ online dating in general.
    I mean, I wish I was wrong, but this is the hand I've been dealt.
    I feel really good today for some reason. I've got energy and I got effortless dopamine. Most days aren't quite like this. I did have a good workout this morning. I'm out of practice with public speaking but I gave two orientations to the tutoring center I work at in front of two classes, without much effort, and I was surprised because the last orientation I gave did not go near as smoothly.
    Also, to Cam, that teacher I was talking about says she is still working on scheduling before she responds to you. Make sure to mention which days you will be in San Jose if you haven't already.
    The coolest surprise of the day was when that teacher told the class she wants to give away her ex's three wakeboards. There was a drawing and I get first pick And I love wakeboarding! Even though I've only had three opportunities to wakeboard in my life, I am quite good at it and I enjoy it immensely. Wakeboards are expensive, and she's giving one to me. I don't know if and when I'll be able to use it though.

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  3. Cam Adair added a post in a topic Oh, hello   

    I'm glad you enjoy the color scheme! I've been redesigning the main site all week too!
    Excited to follow your journal. Writing is a good way to clarify your thoughts.
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  4. Cam Adair added a post in a topic Greetings!   

    ?Yes! Quitting games was certainly a catalyst for me in this as well.
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  5. Cam Adair added a post in a topic My journal - Thomas   

    Hey Thomas! I enjoyed reading about your day(s).
    Yes, definitely try and organize an event with your friends outside of games. Sometimes you game just because that's the only way you know how to relate to your friends (and they know how to relate to you.)
    Keep working at it. All of this stuff is going to evolve over time as you learn more and more about yourself. Just keep working at it.

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  6. Cam Adair added a post in a topic My Journal - Rodrigo   

    Have you done a 10-day silent retreat before? I'm on the waiting list for one in October.
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  7. Rodrigo added a post in a topic My Journal - Rodrigo   

    Day 2 of Meditation and Day 1 of the Funnyness exercise:
    The funnyness exercise is interesting... The 10 minutes of random sentences felt very strange! It feels very weird just talking to yourself for 10 whole minutes! The visualizations and affirmations went quite well. Funny to do them During the day I tried to be more funny and I got quite some laughs, not big ones, but some normal ones! That's something I didn't do for a long time... wow...

    Did 30 minutes of meditation, some pain started to show up around the 25 minute mark, but was okay. Only remembered to visualize my mind room (can explain this if you want) in the end, but it kicked me even further down. Will do this in the beginning, next time. Didn't drift asleep which was very nice! I felt lightheaded throughout the day, might be because of the meditation, who knows.

    Forgot again to notice my speech rhytm, damn! Have to notice even more.

    Gratefulness (3rd day)
    I'm grateful for:
    11. Having such a Project Management Group;
    12. Having a professor that shares some interests with me;
    13. Being possible to sell used stuff that I don't need anymore;
    14. Making a good deal with a nice guy;
    15. Being able to order stuff from other countries which arefar cheaper than in my country (books).
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  8. Phoenix added a topic in Daily Journals   

    My journal - Thomas
    Day 1 (monday)
    I already made my decision the day before in the evening to quit video games. I only had to execute the decision by deleting all my games and characters. To start off with my WoW vanilla server account which I've spent 2,5 months playing almost every day since summer break. Kinda crazy how I spent almost the whole day playing the day before I quit. Big factor into this was my lonely birthday, nobody deserves that. Anyway, I watched alot of Cam's video's and read some blogs. Later on I went to school and passed a test. The day went pretty smooth without games.
    Day 2 (tuesday)
    I spent the whole morning making homework and learning. Then I went to school and came back home late. After that, inmediately went to my track club and worked out. The biggest local race is coming up this saturday and I want to get in good shape! If you're interested: I run a 5k in under 17.00.
    I had a girl approaching me at street, she was advertising something. I don't fall for these kind of things, but I did want to improve my social skills so I had a small conversation. At school I improved further by having more small talk with classmates.
    Now when I got home, I had an agreement going with friends to play a game that evening. I know one of them from school but he dropped out, so I only stay friends with him through playing games. I really didn't want to disappoint him since we rarely communicate at all and he is one of the very few friends I got so I did play a game (please don't shoot me). Now don't get me wrong, but there's a difference between a hardcore game like WoW and garry's mod. I don't even enjoy playing that game. I procastrinated an hour to avoid playing that game but I did anyway. We played for only an hour and I went off due to arguing between them. I really feel like 1. they are friends but 2. they keep me from my goal. We never really did anything else than games. Only once going to a theme park but that's not what you do everyday.
    Day 3 (today)
    Had a long day as well. I spent the morning making assignments and came back home late from school. I am trying to get more things going in my life by filling my agenda with appointments.
    So that's basically what I'm going to do. I called my sis to go shopping on friday, not only getting out of my comfort zone but also gain some clothes. Second, I am trying to appoint a fun event with my sport friends. I asked some people and they seem pretty excited. Third, I asked a colleague to have a meetup with my old colleagues and have a good time.
    As you can see I take this pretty seriously. First few days kinda suck cause I don't have anything going yet. I'm also figuring out what social activities I should chose. The ones described in the 60 hobby pdf file don't really fit to me. Maybe I go skateboarding, there is a measure of progress and I could make friends with it. I don't know yet though.
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  9. Cam Adair added a post in a topic [NSFW] Marquess' journal (Cute emo girls inside!)   

    Excited to see your journal up here. Can't wait to read all about your journey.
    I'm also a high school dropout.
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  10. Cam Adair added a post in a topic My Journal - SpiNips   

    Glad you enjoyed the video!
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  11. SpiNips added a post in a topic My Journal - SpiNips   

    Today I'm just grateful
    Tried morning meditation and enjoyed it!The video Cam made about learning new things; helped me to understand the process betterLiving in a country with good social security and health careLiving in a city! There are so many available activities.Music! For some reason I've really enjoyed listening to music lately
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  12. Marquess added a post in a topic [NSFW] Marquess' journal (Cute emo girls inside!)   

    People who's primary goal is attention/profit = people whose primary goal is attention/profit. It seems you can only edit each post a set number of times.
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  13. Marquess added a topic in Daily Journals   

    [NSFW] Marquess' journal (Cute emo girls inside!)
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  14. Cam Adair added a post in a topic Mediterannean Cook Book   

    I don't think so. You're fine. :)
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  15. Marquess added a post in a topic Oh, hello   

    By the way, my retail WoW account has been frozen for more than a year, and I spent the last three years mostly playing on various private servers (a very exciting topic). All characters of considerable value I deleted or are included in my retail account which I won't pay for again. I couldn't even afford to at this point.
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  16. Marquess added a topic in Start Here + Introductions   

    Oh, hello
    My name is Marchosias, and I'm a 29 year old man with a nickname.
    I've been playing WoW for more than 8 years now, and it's the only game I've ever been obsessed with. I also enjoy adventure games and visual novels (if you consider those being games), but I'm not addicted to them. Third and fourth chapter of Life is Strange are still sitting on my HD waiting to be played, and I mostly likely won't touch them 'till the fifth one is released. And even then I may just YouTube videos of it. But World of Warcraft; that's quite a different story ...
    Honestly, I have no idea how many times I've deleted the game client in those eight years. I remember the first time I've became aware the game has a negative impact in my life was before the release of WotLK expansion (I think 2008). Back then, I told myself I'll just play the expansion to enjoy the leveling process and see the new continent, and then quit the game for good. Seven years later --- here we are. I think I must have deleted the damned thing about hundred (100) times, and that's no exaggeration.
    In fact, the best way to describe WoW for me would be: "It's a satanic drug thing; you wouldn't understand."
    When I'm playing, the vast majority of my mind is focused on the game. I play as much as I possibly can and even when I'm not playing; I'm thinking about it. Dreaming about WoW is somewhere in there too. It's just pure misery at this point.
    I'm also addicted to booze -- I'm done with that, but the addiction of course still lurks somewhere at the back.
    I also have a certain amount of issues with anxiety and depression; something that becomes more pronounced every time I try to quit WoW (quitting drinking didn't help either).
    I've read too many great books regarding self help, and I don't think I can learn anything new at this point. I'm well aware of my problems and I know exactly how to solve them. All that remains now is to keep stabbing at it. Perhaps writing a sort of a blog on this forum will help.
    There's a lot more to say, but let this be enough for now. I'd like to promise I'll post here every day, but I'd rather not.
    I like the color scheme of this site.
    Oh, yeah, I've deleted the WoW client again today. /golfclap

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  17. George Zac added a post in a topic Mediterannean Cook Book   

    Thanx bro, a few days ago I entered an online gaming site to take some images for a board game I built, I wasn't really into playing it still I feel that since I watched a video game screen maybe my 3 months are nullified?? What is your opinion?
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  18. Rodrigo added a post in a topic My Journal - Joe   

    Zane is right! Cholesterol by itself doesn't mean anything, you have to check your LDL and HDL.
    And congrats for doing the blood test! Not many people go to do it, because they don't want to face reality. We have to know the good news and also the bad news, so that we can take action. We already have a short life, why not try to extend it while we can?
    The steps seem alright! Maybe just do a research on what Zane said about the eggs. While eating snacks like walnuts and eating oatmeal is very nice, you still have to be careful on what you eat in the main meals. I don't know if you already wrote about it, but stay away from red meat and go towards white meat and fish. Personally I also eat a lot of vegetables and soup (thanks to my parents). Vegetables are really easy to cook and if you cook a soup, it lasts for some 4-5 days, depending on the amount and how many people are going to eat it.

    Also congrats for being close to your weight goal!
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  19. Zane added a post in a topic My Journal - Joe   

    Hey man, you're making a mistake! I read your entry and I had to say something. I know you don't feel like looking up the units, but you should! This link has a short article which can provide a basic understanding:
    When it comes down to it, all you really need to worry about are your HDL and LDL levels, and how they compare to each other. The higher the ratio of HDL to LDL, the healthier you are, and least at risk for heart disease. HDL is found in a lot of healthy foods, and eggs is one of the most important sources of HDL! I eat on average 20-25 eggs per week, and I probably should eat more. Eggs are incredibly good for you, in fact you should really check out this link:
    ?That link tells you all you need to know about eggs, and even links studies where participants who ate more eggs had lower LDL levels, than those who didn't, and higher HDL levels, which is EXACTLY what you want. The number you got for cholesterol is not near as important as you think. If you read the first link I gave you it will tell you what you want the numbers to look like. If your cholesterol level is high but your LDL levels are low and your HDL levels are high, then you're very healthy.
    ?I do think the rest of your strategy is sound. More exercise is great, and walnuts are a healthy source of fats. I like them too Seriously though, eat as many eggs as you can
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  20. Cam Adair added a post in a topic My Journal - Joe   

    Woohoo! 9 pounds away, 99% on your test and new information to optimize your health that much more.
    Check, check, check.
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  21. wookieshark88 added a post in a topic My Journal - Joe   

    Today was good and more energy filled than yesterday! I still feel a little more sluggish than usual, but I'm trending in the right direction. I got my results back from my first test (99%). It's good to have strong start to the semester. I just have to keep it up!
    I got my blood work done today, and I have a new goal. My goal is to get my cholesterol under control. It is way too high! Blood pressure and weight are doing good though. Besides losing those last nine pounds, I need to get my cholesterol under 200 (I don't feel like looking up the units even though numbers without units annoy me). Today I was at 267 which is not good.
    Here is my strategy to get it right:
    I must not eat more than 3 eggs a week.I will make a habit of eating walnuts for my 9:30 AM snack when I used to have my eggs.I will have a small bowl of oatmeal in the afternoon around 2:00 PM.I will keep exercising.I will get my blood work done in a month or two to see how much progress I made.I'm thankful for:
    Becoming aware that I need to fix my cholesterol.Having a strong start to the semester.Playing with my baby.Being able to read the different posts on the forums.Not gaining any weight. I'm still nine pounds from my goal!The turkey tetrazini my wife and I made last night for dinner.Being almost done with Origin of the Species. I'm excited to start listening to Marcus Aurelius!Knowing how to make habits.Baby books.Progressing towards all of my goals.
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  22. wookieshark88 added a post in a topic My Journal - SpiNips   

    ?I do it in the morning almost all the time, I think whenever you do it is a matter of personal preference. For me, I just really like to have still time first thing in the morning because it's usually the last still time I get during the day. I think the key is to keep practicing meditation until it starts leaking into the rest of your life. If you find joy in doing meditation at one time of the day, that is the best time for you. If you don't enjoy it, it will require willpower. If it requires willpower, you'll have a hard day one day and the habit will crumble. I speak from experience with thousands of crumbled habits under my belt.
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  23. Rodrigo added a post in a topic My Journal - Rodrigo   

    Almost forgot to do the gratitude exercise
    I'm grateful for:
    6. Being able to store food in the freezer for quite some time;
    7. Being so easy to buy food and other products;
    8. The products being so cheap even if they had to go through a lot of processes (Like a can);
    9. Being possible to adquire knowledge from hundreds and thousands of years ago;
    10. Being able to communicate with people so far away from me in such a short time.
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  24. Cam Adair added a post in a topic My Journal - Rodrigo   

    Loving this!
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  25. Rodrigo added a post in a topic My Journal - Rodrigo   

    Good news! I just found out my perfect meditation routine \o/
    I woke up 30 minutes earlier than usual and everyone was sleeping. I got the energy to get up and start searching for a place where I could meditate. This time I tried while sitted in a chair while facing a window with a good view. It was 6:30 AM, no cars sounds and the birds start singing, great ambience! I have to say, this was the first time I REALLY felt comfortable while meditating. No pain, no urge to move, nothing. I felt that my arms were pillars and that my body was made of stone. My feet and legs were vibrating. I only did it for 15~20 minutes because I didn't put a timer, but I definitely could do it for 30 or more minutes. It was really nice! Going to stick with the chair for now
    A while after my meditation something came into my mind. I am not as funny as I previously was. To be honest I can't remember the last time I was funny. So I read a bit on some sites and I found that it's possible to practice being funny. I just have to alter the lense through which I see the world. I'm using a very analytical lense which can be explained why I'm in engineering ahahah So I am going to do this exercise (that I got from a site/video I trust) for atleast 3 months:
    Ask to myself in every occasion "What could I make in this situation to make this funny?";Random Sentence StringsSet a 10 minute timer;Sit in a quiet place;String random sentences using the last word of a sentence to start the next one;Affirmation and VisualizationSet a 5 minute timer;Visualize this statement"I see funniness everywhere;Set another 5 minute timerRepeat the same statement over and over;Then do the same for "I am a Rascal"Live Practice (Advanced/Do when comfortable)Go to a mall, cologne store;Conversation about a cologne;Ask for her name, where she's from, how she got this job, etc..Look for the funny in everything she says;In case anyone is interested, you can use this plan too!

    I forgot a lot of times to notice my rythm of speech and to slow it down if needed. Have to notice it.
    I also installed the facebook news feed erradicator (I saw that recommended in another thread, can't remember where) and I have to say that IT'S AMAZING!! Just to let you know how much I was addiced to check it, I still refresh the page sometimes, even with the plugin. Ouch!! Definitely something to keep. Bye bye mindless fb scrolling o/
    I'm loving to read "Meditations", there's so much stuff that I can apply to my daily life and to remind me that my life is finite and that we must enjoy it while we can and respect the order of the Universe. I'm filling my Evernote with quotes, it's crazy!
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