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  1. Day 1 Today was good enough, no games or movies, no overeating, and lost half a pound in the past 2 days. It will be more interesting once I reach my previous weight again.
  2. Hi. It's been years since I've decided to quit games. Failed every time before and after the detox. I've also gained weight mostly fat. So what makes this time successful? I'm completely calm and have this community. I'm going to have my six-pack abs back while quitting games and stop watching movies/animations by spring. Thus my journey begins. Thanks.
  3. Hi. You've got a nice plan, hope you achieve your goals.
  4. Hi, good job at going game free for three days. Do as you wish but here's a piece of advice, from what I learned here I came to this this conclusion that having the whole world keep you locked up and punch you every day so you can snap out of it, you won't quit gaming if you don't want to. The moment you decided to quit you should keep in mind that you acknowledged you spent so much time doing that and you can't change it unless you can change the whole time and space (I can't and not being able change the past bothered me), so now you're going to let it go and live the present. If you consider playing again for far future after second thoughts, it means you still haven't decided to fully quit them. This was a personal experience, since I have tried different ways to quit my addiction and in the end I failed because I was still thinking about what would happened if I upgraded my characters one more level or what if I played or tried the new update for only a brief moment. Only letting games completely go knowing I won't play again could help me to get through it. In short: 1. acknowledge your past 2. understand why you're quitting 3. let it go forever
  5. I think you should. Watching games, comedy, action, or most things that aren't about a research or study will have near affect for me, they might make me more greedy for games and if you watch them you might actually experiencing a less, near, or even higher gratification like games. So If you think one of Cam's movies motivate you to stay game free that's OK, but your twice a week counter strike video uploaded by an old timer is really not OK.
  6. Well, I'm far past my cravings and stuff, and I'm posting this after clearing my mind of games and my past, in my childhood I might had some social problems but in my teens I was ok, games and movies were just an addiction, and that was probably because of the things I couldn't do or didn't have like super powers. I'm all good now. Thanks for replies.
  7. Please move this topic to another subforum like Mani Room, I wanted to post it there but I mistakenly posted it in dating, and touched enter key before I complete.
  8. Hi, this my personal experience of my struggling with cravings and overcoming it. (as a male) I quit video games and then I was drawn to other bad behaviors like overeating, wandering about, and imagining or watching video's on youtube. It's kinda retrogressing and I went from a bad state into another state. Sometimes your mind craves for games, movies or something to stop the boredom, you might just wander in the house struggling with your cravings or killing time. You might be want to play all day and at the same move forward at the same time. One leg goes for games, etc and the other goes for doing what you want to achieve in life,like sports, dating, etc. Youtube can be very helpful and handy at times if you use it correctly for example you can learn about self defense, but if you just watch a video about somebody getting pranked, you're wasting your time. Overeating could be a reaction to many things, like stress and tension of life, work, exams, and it could also be a reaction to not receiving what your mind desires, games,etc. I always told myself that I had to move forward and do what I really wanted and deep in my mind I knew it wasn't gaming. I set goals and tried to quit but it was a failure everytime because I still had second thoughts about gaming, that was the problem, I didn't let the past go. I had these problems, I overate because of the lack of gaming, watched videos on youtube, and wandered about for hours, days and maybe even months. Then I came to this conclusion after wandering in this forum for a while, a three-step self-guide to move forward : First, I had to let go of my past, even if I had a second thought about games I might have been tempted and relapsed. Second, when I completely let go of the games, movies and past, that was the right time to set my goal, make a list of what to do, put it somewhere noticeable and set reminders to do my best to attain what I sought, which was sports and study but before that, I had to be prepared. Third, I had 90 days to prepare myself for study and sports, so I did some exercises to make my mind ready to study (I didn't expect to study 7 hours a day from the beginning ), read a few books about studying and how mind works, etc . I was playing sports for about five years (like two/three times a week) so I was ready to train a bit harder in that case. After that I was all set. Thanks cam and others here, I learned a lot and inspired by just reading about stories and topics. Cam's movies/guides really helped.
  9. Hi everybody, I decided to quit playing video games a long time ago and with lots of quitting, relapsing, months free of gaming, and then again playing, I'm here to share my experience about before I came to this forum. First i have to say that one thing was certain for me, I could just shift from games to movies, cartoons/animations, and chatting, and I wouldn't crave for others, for example I could watch movies and not play, or I could do both but do one more. So it really doesn't matter if I quit playing when I'm right back at watching cartoons, there's no progress. Recently I found out that when I was addicted and I went to school in the time that I couldn't play I became hungry because my mind was trying to replace the lack of receiving the DRUG and also my mind was so obsessed about the game that I couldn't focus on the lessons and sports.And I tried lots of things. Here's a log: First my parents would take my stuff and saying study or no computer/games, movies, etc. That method never worked and works for me, not a chance. It's like you're deeply addicted to drugs and they take it from you while all you do is thinking about it and you don't plan to quit it, then you just crave more and neither you study nor quit it by not using it, you just lose your mind. Then I decided to quit cold turkey, deleted my game saves, videos cartoons/animations, and all other things I had. The cravings and my mind's rationalizations to play dominated me. Like I finish this game and that's all, or I watch this series that I never completed and I'm done for good so I then I will practice to write with both hands, finish every book I have and read more, ... . Some times I managed to resist the cravings for a few days but you know what happened in the end. Once I decided to gradually quit gaming and watching once and for all. I knew that if I were to quit by watching movies less everyday I wouldn't be able to do it, because I would have wanted to watch the next episode. So I decided to quit the addiction of games, started playing 2.5 hours a day, played 15 or 30 minutes less every day or two, aiming to quit in two weeks at most. In the end I thought I quit playing but in the next month I talked to a family member about an ongoing series that i used to watch and then I craved about it, my mind rationalized to watching it, and there I was an addicted again. After that I tried to quit cold turkey again and again but same story. Then I searched the web and I found a few websites to help me get through it and this forum was one of them. I watched the three steps of resisting the cravings, read cam's story and other stuff. Here I am, past my addiction and posting here and trying to help family and acquaintances to quit. I think meditation and DESTROING the cravings really help and I'm resolved to never ever be addicted. Thanks all, a fellow former addicted.