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  1. One of the first things I did starting this was go seriously digging for other things to spark my interest and to engage my brain as much as games did (or more). Guitar is awesome but maybe more options in addition could help -- if you haven't already, go check out Cam's list of hobbies or other things out there that maybe you haven't given thought to yet. You can do it! Keep going! And I feel your pain? MMOs have been my main weakness BUT I have a thing for games like Zeus as well lol. GL!
  2. Glad you're here, you're in a good place. Great first-post! You're definitely not alone in your thoughts.
  3. I know what you mean!!! I was watching like 5 minutes of a LOTRO video (someone else running through and playing). The person was describing all the "achievements" which I know are massive repetetive time-sinks. All I could think was...How did I find that fun for soooo long??? I realize now I just wanted to escape into that environment, but the actual actions in-game inherently weren't 'fun' in and of themselves. If we were to strip away the beautiful environment, relaxing music and story... it's just moving through blank space and mashing buttons against a complex piece of pixel-geometry ad-nauseum - with a dopamine hit given on the "achievement" of "x spiders pew-pew'd" lol It's all vapor! My brain must be re-adjusting (off the dopamine hits).. I am so happy about it - so much more excited about real life accomplishments (or even little steps toward them) than I was before. Enjoy your dinner, well deserved!
  4. January 23, 2022 Haven't posted in a few days, been busy, a good busy. Cold Turkey works well - and the Brain.fm focus music actually works for me too. I'm working toward a deadline though so have been 'crunching' - and there's always a period of crashing and needing rest thereafter. Will have to get things into better balance then. No games yet, only minimal "cravings" on occasion. Glad I took this challenge on. All for today!
  5. I haven't had to use passwords just yet - but if need be I'll give that power to the spouse lol. I'm hoping not to have to do that yet! Sometimes there's a need to unlock temporarily, but it seems to work for me so far just to have Cold Turkey open on a screen (i have two); unblock temporarily, do what I need - and the cold turkey software is there to remind me to shut it down ASAP. I'm definitely finding it a useful program!
  6. January 18, 2022 3 Things I'm grateful for today: - Truth-seekers - Big honking pots of Shredded beef chile con carne - Grapefruit Stay 'frosty' and enjoy the day...
  7. January 17, 2022 Still honing my use of Cold Turkey. Realized that after dinner when I'm really starting to zone out is when I start getting an itch for the social media - I think it isn't just the news, but the interactions with people and seeing what's happening and other peoples' thoughts that I start to crave. Probably because I have to work behind monitors, solo all day. Also a replacement for the interaction lost from the MMO's. I'm not sure I can 'blame' myself for wanting that interaction, per se- we're human and need it. There must be a good balance in here somewhere; working on it. Enjoy your day!
  8. Good quote! You're outgrowing Overwatch, I'm glad to see it. I want to outgrow the MMO's too, more fully. Keep going <3
  9. I might have said this before but I love your journal entries lol... I'm quoting you on cooking although you have way more great things going on in your list (which give me even more hope for the future that this really is the right choice I made, too). I'm not Korean but tried making "Tteokbokki eggs" (spicy!) for the first time last week, was delicious - life improves so much when you've learned how to cook! I try a new recipe every week (or make one up). As for failure, yeah I feel ya, shake it off, shake it off!
  10. What you said just made me think, in terms of the MMO's.. my GM's miss me (from two different MMO's lol). I miss them too but write to them sometimes. So easy for us to look at the positive social aspects in gaming -- but not question whether that outweighs the consequences (of being social trapped within an illusory game world, vs being social in person, real people, whose pain or happiness and real life issues we can really experience). I wish there was a happy medium with the games but it's gone too far outer limites. I do not want to live in an illusion however easy and fun. Okay I rambled. All for now!
  11. Likewise! And on the pandemic.. you're definitely not alone in your feelings lol... Stay strong and keep going <3
  12. January 15, 2022 Got the Cold Turkey Blocker bundle today - having a "lazy" cloudy Saturday afternoon with my loved one. Taking the time to figure out how best to use this Cold Turkey software. I've been doing well with not thinking much about games, BUT social media has been sucking me in. I tried a few other things and it just wasn't working. Looking forward to seeing how I can make it work with this software. I think the key lies in ... I have to determine which are 'acceptible' distractions for those times where I just need to zone out and "rest" - and instead of getting sucked into social media or other distractions that can potentially be negative for me, I'm creating a list of positive ones, then seeing how I can schedule that in using the Blocker. I don't like to "super-micromanage" but I think this is worth a shot! Again if any of you have tried it I would like to know how it has been going for you. Wishing you all a peaceful and happy weekend.
  13. January 14, 2022 Hanging in here, rough sleep last night. Getting back on course, sometimes it gets stormy doesn't it? Life seems to be a balancing act sometimes - knowing when you can help others but then reminding yourself you also need to mind your business and do what you need to do in your own life... Social media is what contributed to me being up too late last night though. I need to bite the bullet and maybe get that Cold Turkey app. If anyone has used it, I'd love to know how it worked for you? Or if there is a thread about it somewhere... Thanks to all of you, and may you keep going too!
  14. ..Oh my gosh, just saw this. I'm still fairly new here, but will be praying for you and hoping you heal fully 100%...!!! omg..So many people I know with cancer these days, and had a scare myself last year. Trying to cut out soy, all bad hair care stuff/chemicals and take lugol's iodine lately in hopes of protection. Keep going and stay strong!