Discussion in 'Ages 40+' started by Gilgamesh, Feb 16, 2019.
Congrats on your accomplishments. Well done. Very Inspirational.
Woke up with wood last night. I was dreaming, but not sexually. Then this morning again with wood. Not sure if I had been dreaming at all. Crying babies are a good remedie
Feel that more urges will come and have to be careful with there strong pull. Fantasies and ogling are no option! If I start going that road I will get my ass kicked by the addict inside. Also avoid stress and no drop of alcohol.
Well done man, what you wrote on your post yesterday reminds me of feelings I had on my last streak. I love those days when the opinion of others simply isn't as important to us as usual, love that kind of freedom. Yet it's a controlled freedom, we are still guided by our values, but we're no longer as much in bondage to what whomever may think of us. I also like what you write about having emotional flashbacks, especially this part reminds me of when I'm on a streak. Love those feelings and they really do feel like actual "healing". There is something mystical about them almost.
Careful not to get too over confident though, it's sure tougher days may come again. And as you mention definitely don't allow yourself to fantasize more then necessary because things are going well. I know I have a tendency to allow myself to indulge more and more (subtly at first) in dangerous fantasizing when things go well. And as many of us know on here, that starts a landslide that's harder to control. Keep on rocking man !
Today my superpowers were all gone. Difficulties communicating. Stepped out of my comfortzone twice though by actively socializing at work. Whereas we choose to live with a suboptimally working brain when we PMO, our brain is all over the place with huge peaks and valleys during reboot.
Was walking with the babies this afternoon. It was nice weather and passing a garden I saw a girl/womam laying there in her bikini. My god, can't she see I am trying to reboot here! I looked the other way as adviced by my brothers in arms. It was tough, but I managed. Right then it felt like missing out, but later no regrets. It is all fantasy.
Thanks @Thelongwayhome27! I appreciate your comment on not getting too confident. It is what you wrote before in your journal and important to recognize as a risk. I think posting here daily is a good way to stay ahead of such feelings.
Slept 5 hours and after that another 2! Awesome. Things are getting better. In the upcoming weeks I want to see if I can gradually start doing a bit of exercise again.
Will take things easy though, cause the most important thing for now is to do my brain exercises, i.e. keep dopamine through sexual stimulation low.
Due to situation with babies and all no sex with my wife. But feels good. First time really rebooting without any stimulation.
Love your mind-set these days, Gilgamesh.
Gil, you're an inspiration. Thank you.
The hazards of summer are here. It's truly best to look away, but it's difficult sometimes with our starved minds. As long as we try our best and don't let accidents lead to anything, I think it's all good, though.
Its not much effort to do right things in good days, when everything goes very smoothly. The true fighter's spirit is needed in those days when many things seem to hindrance us or try to divert our resolve for clean life. You set the example in here by surviving so skillfully of one of those more difficult days. Keep up the good work!
Tonight I was bringing my 3yo son to bed. Talking with him what he liked about the day. I realized that he is really becoming a little person and with his own struggles. The things he likes and dislikes, the happines, anger, shynes, etc. that he feels. He already has his own struggles with us as parents, at daycare, etc. I felt like I wish I could just be able to give him a life without all that. But that is just not possible. It's life.
It all gave me a heavy feeling on my chest and memories came up of a particular fight I had with my mother when I was teenager. How I felt so frustrated with her being dominant over me and how small I felt. Probably I fapped that frustration away later that night. If only my present me could have been there for my past me. Then memories came up of terrible things I did in my later teens, like destroying properties of others and shoplifting. How could I have done those things. I was not me. Not who I was before that and not who I am now.
So much more literally on my chest. Stuff that keeps coming up lately. Stuff I need to vent. But my arn hurts of typing (and holding babies...... and not from fapping!!! )
Thanks so much guys. You're all great people! Will reply later....
Been there, done that... I stole countless bikes in my late teens. It became normal after a while because a friend of mine showed me how to do it without any tools. It's so easy... When I was partying late at night and the trams weren't riding anymore, I just stole a bike and rode my drunk ass home. And because bikes were abundant to me, I didn't even care to lock them in front of my house. In consequence, 'my' bikes got stolen all the time, too. Jokingly, I told everyone it's the circle of bikes (referring to the lion king's circle of life ) thinking I was smart as a whip and funny as fuck. If I was a pokemon, I would have evolved from a world-class arsehole ... In my defence, I have to admit though, that I only stole bikes that weren't expensive or had a children's seat or so. The older, the better. I deserved to be punched in the face... numerous times... But if my life was a RPG, I would be a charismatic gadder focussed on lock picking and evasion . I can't wrap my head around it but I have never been caught. Neither by a fist nor by the cops and I had to turn tail and run plenty of times, haha. Blessed be my poor soul that I don't live in the US. I probably would have been shot more than a decade ago.
Hope that makes you feel a bit better .
Are you Dean Moriarity from On the Road ? Oh wait no he was stealing cars left and right lol ...
Thanks for the book recommendation . I never heard of that one and it sounds great!
Was discussing with my wife that maybe she'll be with the kids with her family for a week or so. I would stay home because of work. All of a sudden I felt a rush going through my body, realizing what this would mean: an opportunity to act out. I even thought of how intense the feeling would be after abstaining such time......
Alarm, alarm. Have to stay focused here. Last year had a similar situation which I handled just fine. I have to have faith in myself. As long as I don't fantasize about what I can do those days, I will be fine when the time comes. I take it day by day. This day I have under control. It is manageable.
Had a good day today. Decided to go socializing in the canteen. Had some great laughs. Stupid nerdy humor, but haven't laughed so much in months. Really nice.
Thanks @Pete McVries for lightening this up. When we can laugh about it, we can let it go. I am ready to let go of my past.
A tough situation indeed, but you got the plan - just follow it and you'll be fine. Maybe it seems alluring, but remember that the thought is far sweeter than the actual thing.
Crazy days this weekend. Baby's both a difficult time. So little sleep and everything so intense. Hardly time to go to the toilet. Wife and I both exhausted. Hope things get better soon. My dream right now is to sleep a whole night, sleep in, watch a couple of movies or series, eat good food, and ...eh...sleep more......
So true. Thanks for reminding me. It is all about fantasy. As long as I live in the here and now, things should be fine...
Slept better again last night. Babies just fed again now at 6AM and sleeping again. Could sleep another hour I guess before getting ready, but decided to have a coffee and a bit of YBR. The board is really my medicine at the moment. I don't have time to go running or to the gym or anything and at least here I have something of my own. I should cut my time on my phone down though. Now all the time with a baby in one hand and my phone in the other. I hope things are getting better soon, cause I really feel the exhaustion and frustration accumulating.
Not much to update on the addiction. Had a sex dream the other night and wood every now and then, but nothing really unmanageable. Avoiding touching, fantasies and ogling.
Somehow I got my energy back. It is crazy. I was energetic, happy and smiling whole day. The negative feelings and lack of energy last weekend must have been reboot related. Will go with the flow....
Scratch what I wrote the other day about dreaming to sleep and watch movies. I am already living my dream with my beautiful wife and children. Lack of sleep and hard work is totally worth it.
Slept 5h and then another 3h! This feels so good. Another great day of rebooting ahead! I wish you all the same!
Felt happy today. A bit high almost. My mood shows strange cycles lately which shows that something is happening inside that grey mass inside my head.
I have to realize that this is about quitting porn, but maybe even more so about quitting fantasy and masturbation. My sexual escapism started like that and my streaks have also ended like that. Just a bit of fantasy can't harm right? Just a bit of touching is not MO, right. For me that doesn't work. My goal is to have satisfying sex with my wife, no more, no less. The sex has always been good and getting better. It has been a while now because of the babies, and when it is time again she'll know it has been a while .
Reading in a lot of journals that people have problems with alcohol as well or how the alcohol partially leads to relapse. Both porn and alcohol are so destructive. I see alcohol more and more as poison. Haven't been drinking for months and that has only been good to me. Together with rebooting, I am way more social and way less anxious than alcohol has ever been able to provide for me.
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