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  1. Chris added a post in a topic what to do during eating   

    That's a great topic. I felt the same. What helped me to overcome boredom was eating, while squatting, sitting cross-legged or just generally sitting on the floor with plate in your one hand and fork/spoon in other hand (that's very weird for other people who watch you for sure, but as you said you live alone so... :)) of course you have to prepare your meals in that matter to not use knife (make small chunks of meat before eating for example). It shifts your mind towards this strange, but pleasant feeling.
    You can also just eat in front of the window to watch kids playing in playground for example, that would be easy "progression" towards "just" eating. (I try that on shiny days sometimes :))
    Greetings Chris
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  2. Chris added a topic in Daily Journals   

    Small step and I hope big results - 90 days
    Hi everyone,
    16.04.2017 I have started my 90 days detox. Until now I didn't wrote a journal per say. I started Journal on paper, but I go full detail in it, like what I eat, how my body feels what did I do. I do not want to copy it here because:
    1. It is not the topic of this forum,
    2. You would be bored to death after reading this and for me it would not be necessary, because I have it on the paper,
    3. In terms of writing I'm not a fan of a keyboard and mouse I would rather pick a pen and paper, 
    Instead of this I want to share some simple emotions as hycniejsy suggested, maybe interesting things that I experience and maybe some dark moments. Feel free to comment. I wish you the best in your journeys.
    Today is 35th day without gaming. Today is I would say "easy" day. It is nice sunshine outside and it's warm, no clouds and it's weekend. I like that. I'm in good mood. I went for shopping and I saw so many happy people. 
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  3. Chris added a post in a topic (Another) new start   

    simmjst, I had this similiar unpleasant thing, when I was preparing to work in sawmill, It was wow, so bad, my hands was constantly sweaty and shaky. Thanks for sharing this, that's very brave to share this kind of experience.
    hycniejsy, Indeed I like to wake up early, I like sunshine a lot  especially on days like today, no clouds, warm and nice.
    Thanks for your insight I thought that I'm the only one with this kind of strange behavior. Yes, you're right that's not me. And I tell myself everyday that gaming was a chapter that I liked and now it's closed, that help me a lot to realize at what point I'm now.
    Yes, I watched Cam video about it when he describe dopamine. As he said it will be back in right levels after I reach 90 day mark (or maybe more or less everybody is different) and I'm really looking forward to it.
    Going to start my journal right now, after that I'm planning to make mini trip to lake nearby.
    Greetings Chris
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  4. Chris added a post in a topic (Another) new start   

    Thank you for all the replys and sorry for that I didn't answer earlier. Hycniejsy and simmsjt I'm planning to start my journal this weekend. Until this day things go pretty well. I'm planning to sell my gaming laptop in exchange of something just for general use. I have a buyer so I cannot hesitate now with my decision. I have hard time at sleep because I have literally nightmares that I didnt make it with my 90 day detox. I play video games in my dreams, but oddly enough I dont want to do this when I'm awake. Is that normal? When I'm awake I usually work or cook or excercise, been trying meditation and just relaxing in bath tub thats basicly what my day looks like. I'll try my best to keep up to date with my journal. Greetings Chris
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  5. Chris added a topic in Start Here + Introductions   

    (Another) new start
    Hi everyone,
    I'm Chris and I'm from Poland. I started serious playing computer games when I was 11 years old. Now I'm 26, but let me start from the beginning. My parents divorced when I have had 7 years old, so since then I wasn't really happy in my life, but still in primary school I had friends, I liked to play soccer and riding a bicycle, all in all, it wasn't so bad. When I was about 8-9 years old, my cousin introduced me to diablo 2 since then I walked whenever I could to internet cafe to play this game. I wanted computer in my home. I got one when I was 11 years old. I was playing all the types of games. FPS, aRPG and game with TPP was my favored. I was buying games magazines I read all the news, new informations I played demos just to try new game. In the meanwhile I still had pretty descent grades in school and I was riding a bike a lot (I loved that), but I played about 3-4 hours a day and pretty much I never skipped a day to just go in front of computer screen (except maybe holidays when I was abroad or visiting grandma at countryside).
    When I was 13 years old (If I remember this correctly) I have got internet access without limits. It was for educational purposes... but we all know how it ends. Eventually it was for my entertainment and I really fell in love with MMORPGs, because at the time, my friends played it so it was enjoyment and social interaction in one. That led to 6-7 hours in weekends sometimes a lot lot more. One day I didn't sleep one night, I was playing games. I remembered seeing sunshine at 5am and I was really tired. At the time that doesn't bother me (in terms of addiction). When I was about 15 years old me friend from class introduced me to Capoeira (you know, that brazillian martial art that could be percieved as a dance). And I fell in love with that more than games. It was really refreshing feeling. I trained, I was skipping days filled with games, but sometimes I mixed it up for maximum enjoyment. You know what they say "if you want to be good and sports you have to be fully engaged" (or at least now I see that) and at the time I wasn't. I manage my time to play games and going to capoeira classes which leds to skipping meals, eating bad food, sleeping now enough etc. After about 1 year of this type of "training" I had couple serious injuries: in my right knee and my shoulders and elbows and I overstretched nearly all kind of muscles (sedentary -> into no warm up high kicks = injurie, same goes to bridges, handstands). Eventually I stopped capoeira, stopped riding a bike (because of knee injurie) I felt depressed and weak and I played video games like crazy. I still prioritized friends > games, maybe because I have them so few (but they are my friends till now). Meanwhile my health colapsed dramaticly, I won't go to details, because that's another different chapter.
    When I went to work in sawmill at my dad's company (at school vacations) I was frightened, because it was my first job and I had to move to place where there was no computer nor internet. All in all after 2 hard weeks of work + cravings for gaming was painful, but getting social interaction, fullfilment + money, my health went better I get back on bike and it was like heaven after that. After 2 months when I was coming back to school I was frightening to loose this "heaven". And I lost it. I went back to capoeira did the same mistake I overused my joint in calves and again played games like crazy. My health was getting worse and worse I went to see different doctors. And since then up to college is huge gap, where I didn't do nothing with my addiction.
    I decided one day - enough is enough. I knew there was another way to live (sawmill experience). I tried different approaches to deal with addiction and finally found this 3 3 3 approach. Start with 3 days in a row, if you succeed, try 3 weeks, months, years. Of course 3 days were nearly always 3 days and I went back to playing games. I finally start to go full on. I don't remember exact days, but it was over 300 without playing even snake on phone, but It was such an depressing experience and with all the problems I had, I crashed within myself and have no purpose to live, so it was like hell not heaven. When I came back to games, yes, felt guilt, but my mood was better. I didn't understand why it is so difficult to overcome addiction.
    I try to live according to christian beliefs so I decided to not to play games during christian fast to make some purpose for my antigaming plan and all in all, it was fixed period of time, simple rules. Again it was painful experience, but I made it 3 fasts in a row as I remember. At one point it was a lot easier than I expect, so eventually I was making progress, but at 4th I just lost it and then later fasts too. 
    About 2,5 years ago I started my first full-time job. Thanks to financial flexibility I decided to invest into myself. I bought very good book The 7 habits of highly effective people I read it 3-4 times and since then my life changed in positive way, but still I was playing games, but I have had now purpose to leave it far behind. And at some point I didn't want to even play, because I was focused on my goals and activities that I always wanted to have and I even forgot how to play to that extend that when I went back to Counter-strike and I was really bad, and at the moment I though "wait a minute, I forgot how to play, it isn't even fun, why am I doing this? Mental exhaustion isn't even worth my time" and after couple of minutes I turned off the game. It was really powerful experience. 
    At some day (it was my stupidity) I looked for a game that would really interest me just for fun and I would let it go later just to check if everything is ok with my I-though-past-addiction. Be careful what you wish for - they say. It was probably about 6 months prior this writing. I went back to gaming. I had moment of 14 hours at one day non-stop playing. At Lent (christian fast) I failed to not play it after 3 weeks. I wanted the answers WHY and eventually I found Mr. Cam on youtube and again I'm on that journey of not playing video games from 16.04.2017 and I hope it won't ends.  
    I wish you all the best in your journeys, best regards Chris.
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