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January Recap - What Are You Celebrating?

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Hi Everyone,

I wanted to start something where we can share something we're celebrating from the previous month to keep us encouraged. Winter can be depressing for many people so I wanted to encourage people to write something brief about what they're proud of themselves for during the month of January and have it kick start a great February!

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For the month of January I am celebrating the fact that I've reached 67 weeks without gaming and I also eliminated my porn usage at night by almost 90%. I did this by investigating why I was watching porn before bed. I went in reverse. So I started with porn, then traced it back to searching for YouTube videos in bed, then searched it back to reading dumb articles.

There's the answer. I wanted to read. I wasn't aroused and am normally not aroused before bed. I just want to read something and clear my mind from the day. I was using porn to clear my mind after unsuccessfully finding YouTube videos to watch. So I found a book and read it. I now read 30 minutes to 2 hours before bed and no longer watch porn before bed. I'm also sleeping more and more thoroughly!

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Great idea! 

I don't really have a lot of things I'm proud of in January, it wasn't a great month. But I guess the fact that I finally took the leap and started talking to a therapist was a pretty big one. So I'll say that! 

(I'd say quitting gaming but that technically happened in Februrary 😄)

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11 minutes ago, James Good said:

Great idea! 

I don't really have a lot of things I'm proud of in January, it wasn't a great month. But I guess the fact that I finally took the leap and started talking to a therapist was a pretty big one. So I'll say that! 

(I'd say quitting gaming but that technically happened in Februrary 😄)

Seeing a therapist is a great start to healing and could be a game changer for you. It saved my life. Here's to a good February. 

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I started working out on a more consistent basis on 31st December, but it grew on me and there were only 4 days I missed in January as a result. It is a great place to channel my visceral energy. I'm going to get my monthly recap done in a few days myself with all the details, as I always do. Regardless, it is still a good idea to remember for others as well!

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4 hours ago, ElectroNugget said:

I passed two of my exams with flying colours! Didn't do so well on the third, but that's OK. First time and all.

Damn right! Great to see things turn around after you recommitted and endured. Keep remembering that. 

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3 hours ago, Ikar said:

I started working out on a more consistent basis on 31st December, but it grew on me and there were only 4 days I missed in January as a result. It is a great place to channel my visceral energy. I'm going to get my monthly recap done in a few days myself with all the details, as I always do. Regardless, it is still a good idea to remember for others as well!

I swear we have talked about the importance of exercise for months and it's so nice to see you putting it into action and setting positive results. I'm 1 week into my exercise and notice it big time. 

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I am about a month of being (added) sugar-free! Yay! My next sugar detox will be better than the previous one I am currently taking now (it ends on Monday). It will take place on February 26th. Hopefully, I will pass the 20-day mark and break the record of being (added) sugar-free, thus I am gonna make it to day 41 blameless and free of corruption for real next time.

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1 hour ago, Natalie said:

I am about a month of being (added) sugar-free! Yay! My next sugar detox will be better than the previous one I am currently taking now (it ends on Monday). It will take place on February 26th. Hopefully, I will pass the 20-day mark and break the record of being (added) sugar-free, thus I am gonna make it to day 41 blameless and free of corruption for real next time.

That's fantastic to hear! I hope it's giving you some of the results you've been hoping to see. I'm definitely guilty of eating too much added sugar some days. I look forward to hearing more!

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Great idea!

I’m proud of how me and my girlfriend are traveling together. How we talk and listen to each other. That I am getting more honest in work related situations. That I started to run again (at least a few times). And of course that I quit gaming and joined this forum.

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I'm celebrating finally admitting to myself and those closest to me that I have an addiction and that I have a plan to do something about it.  I've been here so many times before but given up when things got too hard.  I'm celebrating nearly 3 weeks game free (and all the associated mindless browsing and YouTube watching that substitutes it).  Struggling with some withdrawal and still getting in touch with a lot of the emotions that have been repressed, but my relationship with my fiancee has been better and we've made loads of plans to do stuff in the near future.

I'm also really happy with my commitment to fitness again, particularly getting back up to 30+ mile weeks running and putting in some strength training.  I'll soon be ready to start learning some new skills that gaming kept taking over.

Finally I'm happy to have joined this forum full of amazing people making huge commitments to change their lives and that of those around them.

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I am celebrating that I have been going to the gym everyday starting in January. Exercise when I was gaming had dropped to just doing some sit ups each day. Now I'm doing five days of strength training a week and get cardio almost every day with some yoga too. I've also learned a bit of sword fighting from a client of mine. I have a new weight lifting goal that I've set for the year. It's pretty conservative, but they're still big numbers for me to achieve. Checkout my post for the goals list 🙂 

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8 hours ago, Tomas said:

Great idea!

I’m proud of how me and my girlfriend are traveling together. How we talk and listen to each other. That I am getting more honest in work related situations. That I started to run again (at least a few times). And of course that I quit gaming and joined this forum.

Great! Those are great developments in recovery. Communication is a key to healing and it seems you and your girlfriend have really flourished there. 

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5 hours ago, Talby said:

I'm celebrating finally admitting to myself and those closest to me that I have an addiction and that I have a plan to do something about it.  I've been here so many times before but given up when things got too hard.  I'm celebrating nearly 3 weeks game free (and all the associated mindless browsing and YouTube watching that substitutes it).  Struggling with some withdrawal and still getting in touch with a lot of the emotions that have been repressed, but my relationship with my fiancee has been better and we've made loads of plans to do stuff in the near future.

I'm also really happy with my commitment to fitness again, particularly getting back up to 30+ mile weeks running and putting in some strength training.  I'll soon be ready to start learning some new skills that gaming kept taking over.

Finally I'm happy to have joined this forum full of amazing people making huge commitments to change their lives and that of those around them.

That's fantastic. Thanks for sharing. Exercise is so crucial to recovery and it seems you're right there with everyone stating the benefits it has overall. Great job on your recovery so far and welcome to the forums officially!

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2 hours ago, Erik2.0 said:

I am celebrating that I have been going to the gym everyday starting in January. Exercise when I was gaming had dropped to just doing some sit ups each day. Now I'm doing five days of strength training a week and get cardio almost every day with some yoga too. I've also learned a bit of sword fighting from a client of mine. I have a new weight lifting goal that I've set for the year. It's pretty conservative, but they're still big numbers for me to achieve. Checkout my post for the goals list 🙂 

Great job with the exercise as well. I've been keeping up with your diary and see a nice improvement with attitude and happiness. Yoga is so great for the mind. 

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1 hour ago, Xgamer said:

I am celebrating my month without video games!☺️

Congratulations and welcome to the forums as well. You've made it past a very difficult stretch where most people relapse. Keep up the good work. 

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On 2/5/2020 at 4:27 PM, BooksandTrees said:

Great job with the exercise as well. I've been keeping up with your diary and see a nice improvement with attitude and happiness. Yoga is so great for the mind. 

thank you. I'm planning to do more yoga starting next week. Maybe I'll try another class.

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On 2/5/2020 at 9:26 PM, BooksandTrees said:

That's fantastic. Thanks for sharing. Exercise is so crucial to recovery and it seems you're right there with everyone stating the benefits it has overall. Great job on your recovery so far and welcome to the forums officially!

Cheers mate.  Running has been such an important pillar in my life for over 10 years now and there's been huge moments in my life where I've said to myself "it's either running or gaming, you can't commit to both and hold down your job, relationship, friends etc"  Sometimes that decision has gone either way and it's that bouncing around I'm trying to finally stop.  It's now not even a choice I have anymore, I see it as "it's running and tons of other exciting stuff, including job, relationship, friends etc". 

It's such a liberating experience changing your perspective of something that you struggled with for such a long time, particularly as there's still people I know/knew and in the media trying to tell me that I'm not addicted, that's an unhealthy way of looking at it blah blah blah.

People see what they want to see. The way I see it, it's my life and I decide whether it's a problem or not.  Which gives me control over my behaviours and what I say.

As I said, liberating.  Thank you for your reassurance and to everyone on here for opening their hearts and minds 🙂

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