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  1. Much can be done to improve without money for example calisthenics, running, library reading, abstinence from gaming/alcohol/porn/addiction though will only take you so far. While money is separate from our value as a human being it becomes a necessary tool to invest further in ourselves to grow. Examples: leaving an abusive home or workplace, more hobbies & social opportunities, buying books the local library doesn't carry, buying into home equipment and calisthenic programs to take home fitness to a new level, increasing your daily calorie intake so you can exercise more often and be more productive.
  2. Motivating :) I should definitely get into book writing for how much I like to write. Though specifically I just wrote Halted on the cover to my copy of my 12-step workbook, I will forward you link to it though I did not write it but write in it working the steps.
  3. Hmm wow yeah I think you definitely did, I think we have had this entire halts/halted exchange before lol. Writing down next to Halts on cover of 12-step workbook with a credit to your name. Thank you for taking time to define that again it is a good one.
  4. Poverty and habitually poor decisions vs bringing the money in and habitually good decisions, for the most part.
  5. Wonderful and thoughtful post Books, thank you for sharing. Serious topics deserve to be seriously addressed especially on such grand occasions. Very happy for you, I can't wait for this game-free life of mine to blossom as much to where people around me will see the difference! If sometime you feel the discontent for all things gaming gets stuck in an undesired brain feedback loop, there is this relapse prevention acronym I learned from this other 12-stepper called HALTS "Never get too Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired, or Serious." Looking forward to share the difference with you and everyone as my own game-free life evolves.
  6. Nope! Restaurants and bars were the biggest money drainers for me before I finally got my own apartment. Contact to friend circle moved and it just me and my quiet game addiction for awhile. Anyhow point being that was still a time where I saved a lot of money but imagine if I did that while investing in things that matter instead of beer and video games. Like no reason to feed someone elses addiction =)
  7. @ksets Amazing recommendation I have to say this place is great to help build a new solid foundation highly recommend the 90+ day detox and journal forum, there is also the Respawn program options I have not tried myself. Mid 80's kid myself - welcome to the community!
  8. Work orientation tomorrow morning, yes!!
  9. @CornishGameHen Thank you very much I do what I can! I'm a fruit and vegetable kind of guy maybe I will take time to convert the recipe with plant-based magic I am learning more and more and no offense taken I totally recognize the majority of people do not eat like me :)
  10. Morning 3. Filled out employment papers for contractor and picked up all needed supplies yesterday evening. Today moved rain gear, cold gear, and coveralls into car. Living half an hour away with only half hour lunch break with early report to work time I will begin today preparing meals one day ahead. Slow cooker "crock" pots are really good to have here though was totally using it anyway because is less maintenance than fixing food on stovetop and also cooks food gently which gives a better result. Cooking with less metals is a plus too according to Neal Barnard in his book "Power Foods for the Brain" as metals contribute over time to Alzheimer's.
  11. Only you can decide how much you need to commit without gaming and whatever you write in your journal is above all a help to you, I have no doubt the majority here supports that. This place has never really enforced an all-or-nothing mentality when it comes to quitting games as I understand. I am always happy to see new folk check in to share their progress and I welcome you to stay however long you like this is a really good forum.
  12. What! One year - congrats Books, amazing milestone
  13. @tehmowz Welcome aboard and congrats on your decision to 90 day detox, I can't recommend a forum journal enough. Day 2 myself and I have did almost half a year before relapsed am happy to help if you have any questions.
  14. Looks like telephone interview was as much as they needed - got handed a stack of papers to fill out and told I need to bring a hard hat, reflective vest, and steel toe he will call me tomorrow so pretty sure I got the job. This really kicks ass I missed working maintenance a lot I really suck at retail.
  15. @BooksandTrees Too much too soon. Being productive does not mean I was building a life conducive to living without technology. No for that to be a success it is necessary to create and connect to an environment without the tech. So local friends, gym membership, exercise class, martial arts, training partners, golfing, hiking, cycling - such things would be a huge added bonus to get your head somewhere else. I did library, calisthenics, and running by myself though biggest mistake was not removing the computer from my bedroom always seeing it there. I suppose while library is educational it might be better to pick more activities that help keep you busy and not think in your head so much. So yeah reading a Wayne Dyer's translation of Tao Te Ching in his book "Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life" next to my computer was a mistake and got my mind rationalizing that I could apply such principles to my old online game while keeping addiction away, well that may have worked for about 24 hours and it was all downhill from there especially when I found a copy of retro console games I didn't know I still had. From there it was one game after another as my mind rationalized to keep doing it to deal with stress, that I needed it. Well the more I thought about it the more I knew how much better my life was without games so here I am again humbly reclaiming my time.
  16. Morning 2. Lot of screen time yesterday clearing out the online game scene and still more to go. Just got a telephone interview by hiring contractor at the local army base for entry level HVAC/plumming/etc I am pretty stoked hoping looking forward to hear back from him.
  17. Welcome to the forum Alexander, I recommend to maintain a journal here it helps a lot. Trashing the game material is a big help getting it off the mind also recommend more calisthenics because you can do them anywhere, anytime. Day 2 myself relapsed after having gone 5 months without - best of luck!
  18. Morning 1. Already hit my first detox symptom lol woke up an hour before alarm dreaming about multiple video games .. yet at the same time I had been neglecting getting up before sunrise when gaming so already off to a great start actually doing more things that are in my best interest. While the brain swimming in dopamine is like, "wtf why did you delete all those games u idiot", it is time for me to focus on the best part of detox - robust uninterrupted morning routines and flow states
  19. Congrats on your decision CGH I've no doubt you will find answers to many of your questions here, we are here with you!
  20. Aw thanks that was 30 days without any kind of digital technology, lot of book reading! I will journal here as I get back into the swing of things.
  21. Day 0, No games with my life. Having previously made it well past 90 days I know the drill, let's do this GQ :) Made sure today to remove games from my computer and from the backup drive I didn't remember to clean last go round. Eventually I will again attempt a 90 day digital detox but I have got to take time first to detach gaming from my life again then for a digital detox to be successful I think having a local "offline" accountability partner is most important. A wingman that will not just tell you its time to get out of the house but will be in your driveway honking the horn. Got to get into making friends like that, for darn sure.
  22. @Dylan Tazzioli - Nuts, seeds, olives, avacados. Chia & Flax good source of omega 3, every morning will take 1T of either and blend in magic bullet with water and handful of raisins. Algae - have not found any at my small town but this MD Michael Greger says algae is great source. Journal - I made it to 30 days without technology and since then rationalized my way back into gaming. I feel it is not necessary to flesh out that story more here, I knew better. Not an excuse for the gaming bit though I do think having technology in my home while attempting to go without was a big problem here. I am back to the journal because I said I would come back and I remember posting some personal goals here for motivation. Going to begin my journey without games again, remembering how good my life was then, I'd be a fool not to.
  23. Thank you all Gamequitter's I will be back in 90 days, wish me luck!!
  24. My journal template links on page 1 here are now updated to reflect my paper journal, enjoy!
  25. Bingo that is the attitude that gets you where you want to be. Here is a link to my Newcomer's help post on what helped me pull through my VG detox maybe something there will be of help. In the morning I begin my 90 day digital detox journey using only a paper journal, I wish you all the best & hope to see you on the other side! @JoshuaKeenan
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