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Today I did an olympic

Today I did an olympic distance triathlon. .93 mile swim, 32K bike, and 10K run.

I'm tired, but I feel really alive.

Life is good :=)

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KUDOS to you!!!! If I manage

KUDOS to you!!!!

If I manage to get to the bathroom from the bedroom in less than a minute, I feel I've accomplished something incredible! hehe

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Kate1song wrote: I'm tired,
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I'm tired, but I feel really alive.

That feeling is the best. So glad you're out there living, Kate!

Acceptance. When I am disturbed, it is because a person, place, thing, or situation is unacceptable to me. I find no serenity until I accept my life as being exactly the way it is meant to be. Nothing happens in God’s world by mistake.  Acknowledge the problem, but live the solution!

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Patria wrote: If I manage
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If I manage to get to the bathroom from the bedroom in less than a minute, I feel I've accomplished something incredible! hehe

LOL Patria.. I hope you are healing up well. Hugs.

I'm so sore right now, I feel the same way.

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  Kate,  I'm

Kate,

I'm speechless. That is just FABULOUS !!!

Zoe

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Thanks guys. You rock!

Thanks guys. You rock!

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Hugs Kate!

Hugs Kate!

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Hi All... I made it past the

Hi All...

I made it past the 2 yr mark last month and now 764 days game free. I don't come here that often anymore and participate, but I do try to check in now and then. I can never thank so many here that helped me get my life back from gaming. I was a bit of a train wreck before finding my way here but now finding the beauty in life.

Biggest Hugs,

Moni

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Japanese Proverbs

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Love to hear success

Love to hear success stories. Thanks for getting on with life and for coming back to let us know you are. :)

Acceptance. When I am disturbed, it is because a person, place, thing, or situation is unacceptable to me. I find no serenity until I accept my life as being exactly the way it is meant to be. Nothing happens in God’s world by mistake.  Acknowledge the problem, but live the solution!

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Things going good on this

Things going good on this side of the internet.

Right now feeling very tired. I must give myself the proverbial kick in the ass, and get a move on. :-) So off I go, protecting my ass from a kick! Hugs to all!

Ps. Monica, good to hear that things are going good :-).

"I want to see people and I want to see life."

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GRATS Monica!!!!!  

GRATS Monica!!!!!

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147 Days.  Good to hear

147 Days.

Good to hear from you Monica. You were one of the first people I met on Olga. Very caring :-)

I"m a bit sleepy today. Woke up really early and unable to go back to sleep.

I've to make B-day cake for hubby this afternoon.

Hope you are all well and game free.

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165 today.  Doing

165 today. Doing alright. Happy to be spending time doing things other than gaming. Took a trip with my dad for a few days--very nice. I'm back now, did some chores for him today and back working in the "regular" way tomorrow.

I am a recovering computer game and gambling addict. My recovery birthday: On May 6, 2012 I quit games and began working a program of recovery through OLGA No computer games or slot games for me since December 12, 2012. No solitaire games with real cards since June 2013.

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  Counting over again and

Counting over again and upward. [ details in my blog ] I now have 3 days. I went into my game for 35 minutes over two days.

Hey, If quitting was easy, everyone would have done it.

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Zoe, you'll make it. Try

Zoe, you'll make it.

Try again and again, like I am doing. Does not matter how many times you need to try or how bad you could feel about it. Try again and again, and one day you will get it right. The point is to not stop trying. (What's the alternative :-) ).

One day, I think / hope, I will be looking back at this episode in my life and wonder.... what was it about these games that had me so mesmerised, so hooked... It will seem so distant and foreign. There is so much more out there.

Keep trying. It is a side-track, there is so much more.

[end philosophical babbling]

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Steele wrote: Zoe, you'll
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Zoe, you'll make it.

Try again and again, like I am doing. Does not matter how many times you need to try or how bad you could feel about it. Try again and again, and one day you will get it right. The point is to not stop trying. (What's the alternative :-) ).

One day, I think / hope, I will be looking back at this episode in my life and wonder.... what was it about these games that had me so mesmerised, so hooked... It will seem so distant and foreign. There is so much more out there.

Keep trying. It is a side-track, there is so much more.

[end philosophical babbling]

Steele, I think back and try and remember what was so intriguing about the game I played that had me so engrossed. (Un)fortunately, I guess enough has changed that I can't figure it out. I wish I could because then I think I could provide some insights; was it the gambling aspect, the social aspect, etc... As best I can figure is it was filling in some part of me that was not being fullfilled otherwise *shrug*

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5 weeks and its starting

5 weeks and its starting feel good. Cant help feeling like King Theoden waking up from slumber :)

Depressions mostly gone for two weeks now and I'm starting to enjoy the days instead of worrying about the future. Still thinking about games but less often these days.

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169 days.  13 squared (the

169 days. 13 squared (the math nerd says, not caring who laughs).

Some good days and some bad days. Replacements are a struggle. But I'm doing more in RL. I "need" to do still more, but I'm trying to be gentle with myself and grateful for the steps I have been able to take.

No more computer games. One bout with gambling but I'm done with that too. Stopped watching TV a month or so ago. There's not much crap left in my life--have to face the music. I'm trying to.

Communicating with friends, supporting family is going well. Work, a little better than it was. Chores a little better. I'm trying to keep my HP connection by taking care of myself and helping others.

I'm going to keep on. :)

I am a recovering computer game and gambling addict. My recovery birthday: On May 6, 2012 I quit games and began working a program of recovery through OLGA No computer games or slot games for me since December 12, 2012. No solitaire games with real cards since June 2013.

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Six days clear without

Six days clear without gaming. I have no one to blame or be mad about it. I did it. I start counting up again.

Hey, If quitting was easy, everyone would have done it.

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GRATS Zoe. This isn't about

GRATS Zoe. This isn't about blame. It's about healing. Sending you hugs.

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152 days free Great to hear

152 days free

Great to hear from everyone. Every day not gaming is a good day :-)

I bought my son some guinea pigs this weekend and they are very cute.. but they poop a lot...

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  7 Days Clear.  The

7 Days Clear. The sailing season is over [boo hoo] but snow skiing is in the Future.

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Good to hear your days free

Good to hear your days free Zoe. 153 for me.

Grouched at my son today. I HATE having to tell him to do his practicing.. I feel like I am starting to be a bit of a nag. He's also getting a pre-teen attitude..

Me: "Go practice" Him: "I Wiiiiiiilllllllll!!!!!!"

(ten minutes later) Me: "GRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!"

Patience is a virtue that does not come naturally to me.

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  Kate,  Being firm and

Kate,

Being firm and honest with your son is being a great parent. Getting some sort of mastery with an instrument requires work and rigor. KEEP IT UP. Huge benefits will follow.

Hey, If quitting was easy, everyone would have done it.

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Just past the 6 months point

Just past the 6 months point :)

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A great week.  I swam 4,000

A great week. I swam 4,000 meters this week. Feels good.

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Ooooh Zoe, I tell myself

Ooooh Zoe, I tell myself every day, I will start swimming again tomorrow. And then, I think about how chlorine is bad for my hair. And it's COLD walking from the pool to the shower. And I have no idea where my bathers are packed anyway. Excuses, excuses.

Well done, I am envious. I wish I could motivate myself to get back in the pool.

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enjoying fall stuff today!!!

enjoying fall stuff today!!!

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Almost 7 months free for

Almost 7 months free for me.

my son went to his first real dance last night. He brought his iPod along an lost it half way through. Instead of totally freaking out he said the minute he realized it was gone he prayed to his HP for help finding it. Then he got his buddies and the principal to help look... 5 mins later it was found. I was proud that he didn't freak out but trusted in his beliefs and was a clear thinker. Makes me realize I'm doing something right!!!

More fun Halloween stuff tonight! Pumpkins and haunted house! Yeah!

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Kate1song wrote: Grouched
Kate1song wrote:

Grouched at my son today. I HATE having to tell him to do his practicing.. I feel like I am starting to be a bit of a nag. He's also getting a pre-teen attitude..

Me: "Go practice" Him: "I Wiiiiiiilllllllll!!!!!!"

(ten minutes later) Me: "GRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!"

I had this same battle with my son all the time. What worked better, for now anyway, was when I printed out a weekly schedule for him with all the times that were spoken for blocked in, and told him to schedule his OWN homework and practice times. He was very intrigued by this (but then, he's only 8). Took the schedule, started counting up his free time, and to my great surprised scheduled homework and then practice time right after coming home from school! Then came home from school, went to see his schedule, and without my saying anything at all did what was on it... wierd. I wish it worked that well for me! But then, this is the kid who... grounded... himself... for playing computer games for 2 hours straight, which is against the rules.

"She generally gave herself very good advice, (though she very seldom followed it)." --Lewis Carroll

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operetta wrote: I had this
operetta wrote:

I had this same battle with my son all the time. What worked better, for now anyway, was when I printed out a weekly schedule for him with all the times that were spoken for blocked in, and told him to schedule his OWN homework and practice times.

Good stuff O :=)

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Rainmaker_9 wrote: Almost 7
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Almost 7 months free for me.

my son went to his first real dance last night. He brought his iPod along an lost it half way through. Instead of totally freaking out he said the minute he realized it was gone he prayed to his HP for help finding it. Then he got his buddies and the principal to help look... 5 mins later it was found. I was proud that he didn't freak out but trusted in his beliefs and was a clear thinker. Makes me realize I'm doing something right!!!

More fun Halloween stuff tonight! Pumpkins and haunted house! Yeah!

Congrats on your 7 months free Rain :=) Your son sounds like a sweety.

I've a big pumpkin sitting by the door that we need to carve. Feeling lazy to do it.

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A 4th grade kid (9 years

A 4th grade kid (9 years old) was walking out of my classroom yesterday talking about World of Warcraft and I thought.. Wow! People who play that game .. play with kids. It really creeped me out.

I never got into that MMO.. but geeze.. the thought of gaming with one of my students... Yikes.

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Oh yes, i met many kids on

Oh yes, i met many kids on there, kids from 7 on....

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I've had a few

I've had a few relapses--none lasting longer than a few hours, fortunately--but I've been struggling since April 8, 2012. Currently? Three weeks sober, and I'll do everything I can to make sure it lasts.

Taking Steps toward recovery since November 2, 2012. The difficulty of the path makes it worth the walking.

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Try it the One Day at a Time

Try it the One Day at a Time approach. I just won't game today. That's all. Just won't game today.

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Allerseelen wrote: I've had
Allerseelen wrote:

I've had a few relapses--none lasting longer than a few hours, fortunately--but I've been struggling since April 8, 2012. Currently? Three weeks sober, and I'll do everything I can to make sure it lasts.

keep going allerseelen!

one day at a time

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sober from all electronic games since 11/19/2010

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6 months today.  Blogged a

6 months today. Blogged a couple of days ago about my progress, so I'll just leave it at this: There hasn't been a day so far when I regretted quitting.

I am a recovering computer game and gambling addict. My recovery birthday: On May 6, 2012 I quit games and began working a program of recovery through OLGA No computer games or slot games for me since December 12, 2012. No solitaire games with real cards since June 2013.

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  I'm starting again

I'm starting again tommorrow- 11/07/2012

This time I might make it farther, you just never know ! hehe

-Zoe

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Every day is a good day to

Every day is a good day to not game :=)

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Kate--  THAT is so correct.

Kate-- THAT is so correct. Thank you! I made my first day. Starting on Day 2.

Hey, If quitting was easy, everyone would have done it.

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46 days. Over the last month

46 days.

Over the last month I've replaced my addiction with an addiction to netflix.

Day 1 of trying to overcome that and I don't know if I'm going to make it!

It's all rainy and cold outside and the only thing I can think of doing is watching sixteen hours of tv!

One day at a time, right?

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I agree. One day at a time

I agree. One day at a time don. I encourage you to go for a walk tomorrow if the weather is better.

I also recommend checking out some of the addiction recovery materials on the site. Doing so helped me a lot when I first quit.

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I was out of town for the

I was out of town for the weekend and left the machine at home - I highly suggest the practice ! hehe

Today was Day 5. I have no plans for gaming tomorrow.

Zoe

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That's impressive!  Good

That's impressive! Good that you're sticking to the real rather taking seconds...

"A person starts to live when he can live outside himself." Albert Einstein

"You don't get to choose how you are going to die. Or when.
You can only decide how you are going to live. Now." Joan Baez

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  Hi Serena, A solid blast

Hi Serena,

A solid blast from the past always makes me more confidant that "success" is possible. Thanks for posting!!!

This IS day six [ I know its sounds so small and meager ] but I'm happy with it.

Hope everybody's good and going game-free today, or at least thinking of giving it a shot.

That's a direct quote from "mcphee" - Another inspiration from the past.

-Zoe

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Day 18 for me today, I am

Day 18 for me today, I am doing well and getting stronger! congrats to everyone here on another day game free!!! I go home to my family on saturday and have been very busy getting ready to leave, packing and such, as i have been here for 5 and a half months so i have a lot of stuff!...not to mention caring for my grandmother, learning her to do somethings on her own, doing up laundry, and some other little things, grocery shopping and all of that before I leave...Unfortunately for me, or maybe fortunately! I am usually zonked out at around when our meetings start and sleep straight through till morning! Thanks for having me at OLGA and for listening to my little accomplishements :)

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  The 13th of November

The 13th of November counts up as day 7 w/o entering or gaming in my Second Life.

Zoe

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Great to hear Zoe. keep it

Great to hear Zoe. keep it up on day at a time :=)

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  They just add up.....

They just add up..... slowly, ever so very slowly... hehe

9 days without the Second Life. thank you Kate.

Zoe

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