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    BigOlBeartic's Journal

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    It's never over. Another afterparty journal

    Day 1 (or 365?) I didn’t meet my goals on internet browsing, nutrition and exercise. Anyway, I’m trying again. Back to day 1. I’ll journal in the evening as usual. Also, today marks 1 year without videogames. Looking back to it, it’s been quite a ride. So many things changed in my life, I became a different person. I wouldn’t be where I am, doing what I’m doing, good or bad, if videogames were still a part of my life.
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    Daily Journal - Samon

    I feel like it gives you a better transition from awake to asleep and a better sleep quality than watching a movie. Personally, I do both. But while watching doesn't prepare you to sleep in any way (on the contrary, it keeps you awake), reading usually does.
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    90 days of Melancholic Banter

    I think that working as a game tester used to be the dream of many people here. That said, you need to think why you quit gaming in the first place. If you suffer from a gaming addiction, that's enough reason for quitting the job. It's not going to help you succeed, on the contrary, it'll drag you down. Addicts are people that can't do things in moderation.
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    Journey to my white coat

    My god, you're such a living power... Every time I read your journal, looks like in 3 or 4 days you made it to a whole new plane of existence, again. I'm very inspired by your determination and attitude. Respect.
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    Dear Diary...

    If what you crave is success/attention (and there's nothing wrong with it ofc) there are other challenging ways to fulfill that need. For example, since you mentioned being on youtube as a gamer, you could try opening a youtube channel.
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    Every day is a new day

    Props for studying/working with your partner, in my opinion it's one of the very few signs of a healthy relationship and it's very satisfying as well. Also, the way you wrote it gave me a romantic moment and I'm not the romantic kind. And of course, congrats for your 90 days! I think it's my first post in here...? Well, as always, I arrived when the party's over.
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    JustTom's 30-Day Challenge Journal

    I started going to the gym too! 😄 In a couple months we'll be comparing abs pics ahah I like this idea of the 30 days challenge. Also, the gym itself is probably a good place to get to know people and improve your social skills. Keep us updated on the game progress, the curious hearth-shaped bunny inside me wants to know it all ❤️
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    Glory awaits!

    Planning the weekend will help you get through it. How will you spend your time? Also, planning is a great way to "force" yourself to stick to your decisions and don't find excuses at the last minute. I also suggest you to journal every day. It helps a lot. Part of your family overcame their addiction problem, you can be inspired by them and work to your goals 🙂
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    My life starts now.

    Can I ask you what's your job and what you don't like about it? It's because in your first post you mentioned living your life in the "other 8-9 hours", implying that when you're working you're feeling like you're not living your life. Maybe in that answer there's the key to more happiness? I don't know. In the meanwhile, congrats for taking a difficult but rewarding decision. As you've already seen, days seem much longer, sleep is better and there's a lot of other perks you'll discover with time. You can think of them as real-life achievements 🙂
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    It's never over. Another afterparty journal

    @Gaming Zombie It's once a week. Maybe next week I'll go. Maybe I should...? I felt the social pressure to perform (both in the game and "socially"), was too much for me and I'm not sure I want to feel it again. Day 4 Day 4 of what? What is my goal exactly? What I wanted was cutting my screen time and I'm doing it, doing sports and I'm doing it, eating healthier and I'm doing it. But what if after a bad day I relapse once? And then twice? And then it becomes normal? I probably need a clearer goal, something I can measure. Today I woke up, had breakfast, did some basic chores, spent all the rest of the day and evening at the library. Didn't procrastinate nor waste any time. Now it's 11PM of a Friday. I'm back at home. Normal people are having drinks and going out, me I think I'll comment some journals. If I can't help myself, maybe I can at least try to help others. Update: it’s 2AM, I’ve been trying to sleep but I can’t. I’m struggling with thoughts that I don’t like. Jealousy, lack of self-confidence, loneliness... I’m also thinking: why my social life is so low a priority for me, when it’s so important? am I just scared? or deluded? Why don’t I work to change things, if so evidently it’s my main reason of unhappiness? Fuck... When I quit gaming I thought that my gaming addiction was holding me back from having friends and a social life. But what if that problem is even deeper than gaming? It has to be. Where does it come from? Why can’t I help it?
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    It's never over. Another afterparty journal

    @JPAO thanks 😉 @JustTom good to see you, man! Day 3 (yesterday) Woke up at an unusual 7.30AM (usual time is 8.30-9) because on thursdays I have class early. I was going to class but I got lost and arrived late to the first class of the semester. Now, what happens is that for bureaucratic reasons this semester I’ll be following undergraduate courses along with master’s. And they feel very different. The complexity of the master classes is not there, everything is more clear and understandable. But at the same time, I feel that this “simplicity” allows for much more notions to be explained and learned in a short time. Anyway, I volunteereed for the first presentation of the semester, which will take place next thursday. I hope I learned french well enough to be able to talk correctly for the required 20 minutes. So, not being a native speaker I need to work hard and prepare for it. In the afternoon I had the first futsball match. After all the exercising I did lately, I thought my physical shape was good enough. But it wasn’t. After 30 minutes I was just panting and puffing and couldn’t run anymore. I don’t know how I managed to keep playing for 1 hour and a half. Both my skill and physical shape are neatly under average. Some of the guys looked like professional players, the level was very high. It was a bit humiliating. I don’t want to quit but at the same time it’s maybe the right thing to do, try something less demanding? After futsal I had a tea with Marta, this new girl I met. Usually I would speculate about the pros and cons of my new acquaintance, but this time I will just not worry and see what happens. Finally, in the evening I had my other undergraduate class. Other 3 hours straight. I arrived home at 9.30PM with body and mind completely crushed. I deleted my coaching subscription for the aforementioned reasons: I can’t afford to buy the ingredients (nor to spend 3-4 hours a day cooking). I’ll just try to eat healthier in general or try alternatives. I went to bed and decided I didn’t want to set an alarm. I woke up at 11AM after a much needed sleep.
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    It's never over. Another afterparty journal

    Very hard day. Now I’m on the bed with a headache. I’ll journal more extensively tomorrow.
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    It's never over. Another afterparty journal

    Day 2 Another good day 🙂 I’m really concerned about the amount of money I am spending on trying to change my diet. I am following a coaching program that tells me what to buy and what recipe should I cook, but every time there’s 10+ ingredients and I seldom have any of them at home. I fear I may need to stop using it. I hope that prices will drop when my fridge will be stacked. Went to course, had a nice chat, spent time with C., cooked those difficult meals, in particular a Jerk Chicken that took me 2 hours but was so worth it. Also, my body feels better. Placebo or improvement? We’ll see! Better spending my time like this than browsing the net, anyway. Tomorrow I have double course and first Futsball match! Also, I prepared a lunchbox for the first time in my life. Now I will answer some messages, watch an episode of a series and go to bed. checking out, i-g
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    It's never over. Another afterparty journal

    Day 1 Great day! I went to the first course of the second semester which was very good. Despite being very young, the professor looks competent and at ease with the class. Had a good time. I also met a very interesting person and we had lunch together. I’m seeing her again tomorrow at course. In the afternoon I went to the gym for the first time. I’m still learning the machines and I don’t have a workout program yet, but the teachers will help me. I’d like to go tomorrow too, but without a program it feels pointless. I’ll just wait for next week, the teacher said we’re going to develop a specific training schedule for everyone. In the late afternoon I studied a couple hours, then I tried to go running but I had to stop after 10 minutes because otherwise I was going to hurt my muscles due to excess of exercise. No superfluous internet. On the nutrition side, I bought a lot of vegetables and had the healthiest dinner I can remember. Also, I had it in good company, with C. and some pink wine.