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Day 128 - Sixth Day of the Fourth Month.

Found more video games, consoles, and peripherals that have need to be destroyed - that will be fun!! They were packed into boxes just sitting in my room and now they are sitting in the garage waiting for me to devote time to having my way with them :646_hammer:

On top of that my room has a lot more space now this will certainly help keep my mind clear as well. What a great way to be alive

 

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Goals | My Life Roadmap

Short-term Goals

  • Share my story
  • Apply for 20 jobs
  • Make some cash
  • Put one thing up for sale that I am storing at Grandma's
  • Comply with weekly car cleaning & inspection
  • Create a dedicated food blog
  • Create a custom recording of my affirmations as a guided meditation 
  • Continue to write down affirmations as they come to me
  • Replace negative affirmations for positive
  • //  Self-Esteem Workbook  //
    • Thought Record Worksheet - add in some more positive automatic thoughts
    • Proceed to next section of the Workbook

Goals 1 Month From Now

  • Comply with monthly car cleaning & maintenance
  • Begin employment or a business
  • Sell all furniture I am keeping at Grandma's
  • Create more self-affirmation recordings

Goals 3 Months From Now

  • College plans in motion
  • Get cover to keep cats off of car
  • Create a Youtube Channel
  • Have everything on Sale & Throw Out list sold and thrown out 
  • Self-Esteem Workbook completed
  • Donate to Gamequitters. Respawn!
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Everyday Affirmations

  • I Will .. Wake up before Sunrise to read Affirmations & Meditate, Take a cold shower, Sit down to dinner at 5 ..
              .. Have all electronics off & be in bed by Sundown so there is time for evening Affirmations & Meditation ..
              .. Delete 3 online accounts per day, Transcribe 5 bookmarks to paper per day ..

"I" Affirmations

  • I Am .. Positive, Well, Content, Peaceful, Happy, Prosperous, Abundant ..
             .. Positivity Unbroken, Amazingly Creative, Happiness Embodied ..
             .. Strong, Intelligent, Compassionate, Discovering my real identity ..
             .. Facing shame and uncomfortable feelings without running  ..
  • I Embody .. Positivity, Happiness, Strength, Life, Aspirations, Love, Universal Truth, God ..
  • I Have .. Positive attributes that I am discovering  ..
  • I Will .. Develop social skills, Ask how others are doing, Ask what others have been up to ..
              ..Give people a way to make contact with me, Go to sleep earlier ..

             .. Never play a video game again ..
  • I Will Use Gamequitters To .. Build an amazing body, Get that new job, Learn new languages, Complete a marathon ..
  • I Will Use Nofap To .. Stay out of debt, Complete a triathlon, Complete an ultra-marathon ..

Video Game Affirmations

  • Video Games Are .. Addictive By Nature
  • Video Game Addiction Is .. Progressive, A debilitating disease affecting the brain therefore affecting the body ..

 

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My Habits

  • To Make .. Wake up before sunrise, Sit down to dinner by 5, All electronics off & in bed at/1hr after sundown ..
  • To Stop .. Using electronics after sundown, Staying up past bedtime ..
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My Gratitude

  • I am grateful for https://forum.gamequitters.com/ being such a fine platform to maintain my sobriety from video games. Simply seeing that a StopGaming reddit page existed made me to investigate further as I was already inspired to abstain from pornography from Nofap. Same vain of great progress. I supect had I not found these places my life would be well down the sh*tter right now. Words cannot explain how grateful I am for these places! #donate
  • I am grateful for the https://acoa.activeboard.com 12 step forums that continue to be a service to my Stage Two recovery work from growing up in a abusive dysfunctional family, now that I have pushed away my addictions I am able to prioritize Stage Two recovery - I am very thankful for this.
  • Grateful for the birds that follow & whistle back and forth with me as I run & cycle down my dead-end road, that motivates me to put my feet on the pavement every time :)
  • I am grateful for all the freedom of time my sobriety has given me. The difference is night & day when you find worthy goals to accomplish.
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An oatmeal recipe that struck me last night like a bolt of lightning!:336_zap: 
Today I took my time to craft one amazing lunch - never thought I would be putting hot sauce in a bowl of oats but my god it was delicious :6_smile:
The ingredients sitting before you is rolled oats, crushed cauliflower, walnuts, onion, & mushrooms seasoned with garlic powder, ground turmeric, black pepper, nutritional yeast, hemp hearts, mustard, salt, & minced greens topped with black pepper, Tabasco and a pinch of salt. Starchy feast for the brain :118_bust_in_silhouette: Speaking of which something is telling me that diced & cooked russet potatoes would accompany this creation very well!
                                                                            .. I call this Savory Old Fashioned Stove-Top Oats
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Starting to get this idea to make a dedicated food blog but right now for the fun of sharing what I am now able to invest my time into doing .. you are welcome! :5_smiley:

Today was my first time getting out the pastas in a while so will continue to build off of this. This was super tasty but was a little dry even though I re-hydrated the dish and the gluten from the barley I suppose made everything want to clump together so I am thinking next time I will replace the barley with something else like more vegetables. Cooked cauliflower and Tabasco would touch it up really nice I think! :631_bulb:

Ingredients used was whole grain penne / spaghetti / barley, diced onion, sliced mushroom, tomato paste, ground onion & garlic, salt, hemp hearts.

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Web Redux | Less Internet, More Life 

My Web-Redux Tools

  • Relative 12-Step Programs. Happy to break anonymity and discuss in private message
  • A Chromium-based browser such as Brave, Chrome, or Chromium to make use of extensions below ..

My Web-Redux Strategies

  • I have been writing down bookmark topics into a paper organizer so I can confidently ..
  • .. Delete all Bookmarks and Remove Bookmark Bar, with these out of sight my time online will be less distracting!
  • Unplug Internet for Days at a time, once a week for access is fine too
  • Considering 90 days unplugged detox from devices & PCs in general
    • Make and use a paper detox journal for my digital detox - use disposable cameras or the kind that print immediately
    • Very basic landline for work answering machine is fine - no cell phone

Shout out to @Vera & @BooksandTrees 

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Penne Spaghetti Pasta upgrade!
Penne & Spaghetti noodles in saucepan covered & cooked about 10 mins. Added broccoli, onion, & mushrooms around 6 minutes in then as get rid of most remaining water by boiling open on medium or strain - then added garlic & onion powder along with a chunk of tomato paste. This was an awesome change-up to my routine foods :113_tongue:

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11th day of the 4th month

Enough only counting my sobriety from video games already I have a new detox to start!

I have made a decision to go without digital technology for 90 days which means no internet, no computer, no television, no smart phone except to check email for job interviews, no radio, no music at all even unless I am creating it ..

.. and I will begin this week - yikes! 

I will be spending the day getting ready to begin by applying for a lot of jobs and will print a lot of resumes. :5_smiley:

Just the motivation I needed to get the ball rolling here, this is going to be fun!

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So I will be using a smartphone only for email, podcasts, & guided meditations that is all I just deleted music from phone, gotta make my own! Maybe will tinker more with trumpet & guitar.

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I haven't gotten a chance to read it, but Cal Newport's Digital Minimalism is a book I've been wanting to get my hands on. i listened to an hour talk from him about it and was so inspired by some of the things he talks about here. (His talk is what started my questioning about what I was doing). He asks his readers to go through what he calls the digital declutter for similar reasons. The kids in our age have ALWAYS had the technology in their life, while some of us grew up with it evolving. It definitely makes a difference, I think. Anyway, you got this! Good luck!

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19 hours ago, goodvibes said:

So I will be using a smartphone only for email, podcasts, & guided meditations that is all I just deleted music from phone, gotta make my own! Maybe will tinker more with trumpet & guitar.

So no journal entries as well?

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  • 2 months later...
On 7/16/2019 at 12:05 PM, Dylan Tazzioli said:

How do you get enough fats in your diet?

@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. 

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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.

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It's too bad you won't be journaling online, but I understand why you choose a paper journal.  I guess post back here every so often to briefly summarize where you're at.  Congrats on the 30 days of no-gaming too, and your previous successes with going past 90 days.  It's sure a lot farther than what I've done, so kudos!

 

 

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13 minutes ago, CornishGameHen said:

It's too bad you won't be journaling online, but I understand why you choose a paper journal.  I guess post back here every so often to briefly summarize where you're at.  Congrats on the 30 days of no-gaming too, and your previous successes with going past 90 days.  It's sure a lot farther than what I've done, so kudos!

 

 

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. 

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