I'm now three weeks free from games.
A lot has changed in that time. I', now past the huge need to catch up sleep I experienced in the first week.
I've found the Saturday Skype calls a huge inspiration, has helped think about things I would not otherwise and it has helped to keep me on the straight and narrow.
I haven't found myself craving games too much. There has been the odd flash of thoughts about my game of choice when words I see remind me of stuff in game. You also have to love google adverts for showing you links to games you used to play.
It isn't just games I have started to sort out. I was getting into some messy habits, going to bed late, then being tired in the morning so eatting lots of rubbish to fuel myself through the day on a sugar rush. I was going through bags of sweets a day to keep it all going which in the long run wasn't going to end in a happy way.
At the same time I stopped playing and signed on here, I started running again and cut out all sweets. I've managed to lose 4kg in 3 weeks, I feel a heck of a lot better for it and it's nice to feel positive about the choices I have been making.
I've been thinking about a challenge for 2014. I have been meaning to climb a proper mountain for a few years now and I realise that gaming is what was sabataging me getting fit enough to do this. I've done some initial research and I think it's doable for Summer next year if I can stay focused on building up my running over Winter.
I'm in the process of having my flat decorated. I've been putting it off for a long while. It's been quite a lot of disruption and I'm pretty fed up with the smell of paint but it will all be over soon and the place looks a lot better now. Just carpets to sort out this weekend and then I'm done.
It's pretty clear to me that I am filling my time with lots of doing which is having lots of positive effects, but I am conscious I can't keep going like this as I will burn out. I need to find a way to relax, something I've struggled with in the past. Does anyone have any ideas?
I need have a proper look through the 12 steps as I am not following them in a focused way.
So that's my update after three week.
All the best.