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Time to change…….for times sake

I started smoking once or twice a week when I was in my early twenties. It slowly developed into an ‘after-work’ treat and even then, I am talking one or two small spliffs.
Over the years it took over me, as I started to work from home so that meant my first spliff of the day could be as early as 11am and that would be the first of five or six. Where I live, smoking hash or weed is as common as having a coffee so it has become almost normalised. And that counteracted any guilt or concerns that I had about my ever increasing habit. It’s also ‘semi-legal’ without going into the finer details but basically, smoking is in no way a taboo as it maybe in other countries.
When I found out I was expecting, I gave up smoking the very same day and swore I would never look back. . However, once my child started taking formula, I would treat myself to a spliff after a long day….and then slowly slipped back into bad habits. I felt like an awful mum but at the same time, it was extremely hard to stop as my husband smokes too (I can’t bring myself to call him or myself ‘a user’ as it brings to mind images of junkies living in squalor, which is far, far from the truth). We are a normal, working family but we’ve carried a ‘habit’ through from our youth into our adulthood and I can no longer justify it.
There’s no point me totaling up what we spend on it because really because it’s peanuts and doesn’t deter me at all….between us, we’d spend about 60€ a month. I know people that spend that on take away food and fill their bodies with junk but of course, that’s ok because that is legal and more socially acceptable.
No, it’s not about the money. It’s about my time. It’s about what the spiff is taking away from me in time. And whatever time it takes away from me, it takes away from my child. She is my sole motivation for quitting. She will turn two soon and she needs a mother who is lively, who can keep up with her and who doesn’t shy away from going to the park because she’s half stoned and doesn’t want to bump into people. She needs a mum who won’t be a hypocrite when she is of an age that she might experiment with drugs – please God she doesn’t but if she does, how can I look her in the eyes and tell her not to go down that road while I am stoned myself?
So I quit, again, and went cold turkey 8 days ago (again, terminology that I find difficult to apply to myself due to all of its connotations). The first two days are the hardest and I felt very wound up and snappy. The most difficult part of quitting is not so much the ‘addiction to the drug’, in my opinion, it’s the addiction to the habit of taking the drug. That after lunch joint that sets you up for a relaxing afternoon, rolling a spliff when you know you are ‘done for the day’ (although that time was becoming increasingly earlier), enjoying a summers evening slightly stoned and mellow…..that’s what is hard about giving up. We are creatures of habit after all so if our habits revolve around a rolling up schedule, it just forms part of our daily routine. So as creatures of habit, we can surely changes those habits and become accustomed to a whole new set of habits instead – something more productive, healthy and more to the point – habits which do not rob me my daughter of my time.

Day 35 of the 100 Day No Weed Challenge – New Blog Site, Big Changes Ahead!

Hey Everybody!  I hope y’all are doing well.  I’m feeling pretty great myself …

Yesterday was Independence Day here in the US, the weather is warm and there are so many things to celebrate.

Today is Day 35 of my 100 Day No Weed Challenge – already almost a third of the way through.  Definitely have made it through the toughest part …  For me the thing for me to do now is stay focused on the positive habits I have created in place of smoking pot.

Since yesterday was our Independence Day, it was really fitting that it was the day that I declared my Independence from Hostgator.  Hostgator is a webhosting company that used to host this site and a bunch of my other ones.  They really made my life hell over the last few weeks and I’m very glad to be done with them.

To get back on a positive note, this blog and all of my other ones are now hosted here at Blogger (although I do have a lot of blogs and still have a lot of work to do to get them all up, running and looking decent).  Since Blogger is owned by Google and is free to use, I no longer have to worry about crappy web hosting companies or paying a web hosting bill.  And my sites here seem to get more traffic too – there were 100 page views on this site today before 10am.

Another great thing about using blogger is that I can invite anyone who want to contribute to write their own posts, so please contact me and let me know if you’d like to write here and share your story.  I do look forward to hearing other people’s stories – because you all really inspire me!

I really do appreciate your comments, questions and feedback.  Thank YOU!

Make it a great day – it’s all up to YOU!

Joe

Day 24 of the 100 Day No Weed Challenge

Thank you for watching this video and visiting the blog. It really helps if you subscribe to both. Whether you are looking for tips and tricks on how to quit using marijuana – or are a hater of people who want something different – or anyone in between – it’s great to hear from all of you!

There are so many inspirational stories out there – and I want to hear more of them – so I can share more of them! (writing this just gave me a great idea)

You guys and gals ROCK – keep your comments going. If you want to share your personal story but don’t want it on YouTube or the blog – you can send me email at HowIQuitSmokingPot@gmail.com

100 Day No Weed Challenge Day 18 – Let Me Hear from You!

In this video I talk on Day 18 of my 100 Day No Weed Challenge. It’s going really well, except that I have been battling a super bad hacking attack on almost 20 or my websites, including HIQSP.

I’m having to rebuild most of these hacked sites from scratch, which is going to take a lot of time – especially considering some of my other web projects right now. That said, if you were blogging or going to blog on the HIQSP site, please let me know and I will need to get you a new login. I’m really sorry for the hassle, but glad to have the worst of the hacking attack behind me.

The other day I got a message from a subscriber who said he had been following me for a long time – but he had never even made a comment on one video. If you are out there watching these videos and/or reading the blog posts – let me hear from you! I want to hear your story. It helps motivate me to make more videos and write more blog posts. It’s also just super cool to hear from people from different parts of this amazing planet.

I really want to hear from some die-hard stoners and tokers – why won’t you take me up on the 100 Day No Weed Challenge? It’s only 100 days … What are you scared of?

Former Stoners Conquer the Hackers!

Stoners Conquer HackersHey Everyone – sorry that this site has been down a bit over the past couple weeks.  Hackers attacked one of my hosts’ servers and took down a bunch of my sites, so I’m having to move them over to more secure servers with beefier security.  To clarify, this was not an attack on people wanting to quit smoking weed – they took down a bunch of different types of sites.  It’s been painful, especially during the first couple weeks of my 100 Day No Weed Challenge, but I’ll fight through it and my sites will get better and stronger because of it.

Looks like I was able to import the posts correctly, but because of security concerns any previous author’s logins have changed so if you cannot login to your account contact me at HowIQuitSmokingPot@gmail.com and I will get you a new password.

Don’t have much time to redesign the site right now, but should get it looking a bit better over the next couple of weeks.  Thanks for your patience and support.

J

100 Day No Weed Challenge Day 5 Coughing Resin Balls But Feeling Good

100 Day No Weed Challenge Day 5100 Day No Weed Challenge Day 5 and All is Good

This video is on the 100 Day No Weed Challenge Day 5. Things are going really well.

I’m feeling good, my energy level has increased, I’ve been working out once or twice every day and being very productive. This time around I am not (at least yet) feeling the symptoms that I did when I quit a couple of times before. My belief is that it’s because I really was not smoking nearly as heavy – or as long as I had in the past.

One thing that is not covered in this video is that I am extremely humbled by all the emails and messages that I have been getting from people all around the globe. I’m extremely happy that I have been able to inspire and help a good number of people who have similar experiences to me.

Hey, as I’ve said many times – if I can quit anyone can.

This 100 Day No Weed Challenge Day 5 is all about trying to get others involved. I’d really like to see those dope smokers who say they can stop anytime to actually prove that they can. Maybe they will realize that life can be pretty good without weed – and that they don’t really need it in their lives. Who knows? Maybe they will just decide to cut down and live healthier. Maybe they will choose to not make any changes. But at least they’ll know they can stop smoking pot for 100 days and what it feels like.

BTW – if you are not subscribed yet, please subscribe now to both the Quitting Pot YouTube Channel and the blog. It will help me win a subscriber challenge I have with my fiance and son – and also encourage me to keep making these videos.  If you liked this post and/or video on the 100 Day No Weed Challenge Day 5 I would really like to hear from you!

Thank you for watching, reading and your comments (both positive and negative). I appreciate YOU!

Read forward to see how I am doing on Day 8 of the 100 Day No Weed Challenge.

100 Day No Weed Challenge Day 3 Are You Up For It?

100 Day No Weed Challenge Day 3100 Day No Weed Challenge Day 3:  Ups and Downs, Many Frustrations and Victories

Here is a video for my 100 Day No Weed Challenge Day 3 to Stoners, Tokers and Potheads everywhere.

Yesterday was a difficult day. I was doing a lot of technical website work and a bunch of tools I had not used in awhile. It led to a lot of frustration, swearing and yelling (at my computer). But I did not reach for the pot. Was not even tempted.

In the end it turned out to be a productive day. I got done most of what I set out to do and furthered some opportunities.

So far, today has been an awesome day. Two hour workout at the gym, green drink, healthy breakfast and …. (you’ll have to watch the video to find out what else).

Still looking for people to take on the 100 Day No Weed Challenge with me. Are YOU up for it? You always say you can quit anytime you want ….

I challenge you to give up marijuana just for the summer and see how your life changes …

BTW – I’d really love it if you commented and subscribed!

How I Quit Smoking Pot – Falling Off the Wagon

I made this video in response to a subscriber to my YouTube channel who wanted me to do an update.

Well … it turns out that I have not quit smoking pot at all … I was doing so good until that fateful night in Hawaii after a great dinner and way too much Sake ….

A good friend and I took each took a single toke from some weed that was about 30 years old. That’s all it took. Once I got home, I started smoking pot again on a regular basis.

I really like to smoke before working out and sometimes before writing, but am really glad to have had access to MMJ after I have been injured. When my back went out last month, it was a complete godsend. I only had a couple of really strong painkillers and they were gone the first couple of days.

My stash of MMJ came in very handy during a very difficult time.

Still the same, I do not recommend anyone start smoking pot if they do not have a reason to. There’s no reason to do it if it does not help you.

I really do wish I hadn’t grown up smoking the dope, but I did and I need to be honest about it – and I am comfortable in my own skin.

Would love to hear your comments!

 

BTW – I am involved in a YouTube subscriber challenge with my fiance and son – so help me out by subscribing to a couple of my channels”
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How I Quit Smoking Pot: 118 Days and Counting. Very Thankful.

Today is the 118th day since I last smoked marijuana. Life is good, not without challenges but I’m super happy and excited about the direction things are going.

I’ve been able to get back into the habit of writing (almost) on a daily basis – writing travel reviews, auto reviews, press releases, blog posts, business proposals and more.

My brain is slowly coming out of the pot induced haze and I feel like I am thinking clearer each and every day. I’m reaching some of my biggest goals and getting more and more focused on my long term goals all the time.

I want to thank everyone who has been so very supportive of my and this ‘project’ – and congratulate everyone else who has been able to make drastic changes in their lives.

BTW – ever since I first drove a Tesla Model S I have been working on manifesting one …  If you have any suggestions or ideas on how I might make this happen, please let me hear from you.  It would be cool if you could be one of the people that helps me manifest this awesome vehicle.  Can you help me accomplish the ‘impossible’?  I know somebody can and will …

As my friend Captain Stickey used to say “Onward and Upward”!

Ways to Quit Smoking Pot: Method #1 – Cold Turkey

Cold Turkey I QuitThe first way to quit smoking pot is to quit ‘cold turkey’, that is all at once.  Just completely stop.  Now!  Well, not always right now, but that is my suggestion.

When I personally quit smoking pot on May 1st of this year, I had it all planned out.  I had quit last year for almost a year before I let a family issue get to me and went back to the weed to feel comfortable again.  I’ve since learned that I’d been smoking pot for so long that I never really ever learned out to cope with stressful situations without it.  It’s a bit embarrassing to admit, but I’m 51 frickin years old and I still don’t know how to deal with many life situations without weed – but am proud to say that I am learning more and more every single day.

But I digress, I did go back to the evil weed after more than 350 days without it.  Very bad decision, but after just one toke I was fully back into my old habits.  After a couple days, I told myself that it would be ok to smoke it up for ski season – and that I did.  But once ski season was over, I was determined to get weed out of my life for good and that target date was May 1st.

So whether you decide you are going to quit today, next week or next month, make the decision and do it!  When you are ready to quit cold turkey – that is all at once – the best thing is to get rid of your stash, your smoking utensils, rolling papers, pipes, bongs, vaporizers, whatever you have that helps you smoke weed – or even think of weed.  Maybe you need to get rid of your Hightimes magazines, weed posters, certain t-shirts or anything that makes you even think of weed?

The goal here is to cut down on any temptation to smoke marijuana as much as possible.  In that same vein, you might want (or have to) change some of (most of?) the people that you spend your time with.  It’s going to be extremely difficult for you to resist temptation to smoke pot if you are hanging around with your dope smoking pals who are constantly trying to pass you a joint, a pipe or the bong – especially when you first quit.

When you are quitting pot, the temptation to go back to it is usually the greatest in the first 2-3 weeks.  It’s very easy to tell yourself that you are too stressed out, too this, too that – or that you will quit again after the party, the concert, the camping trip, ski season, etc.  Don’t fall into that trap.  Remember why you decided to quit smoking in the first place – and stick with it.  You do want a better life for yourself, don’t you?

You will probably want to keep away from your stoner ‘friends’ as they will either try to drag you down to their level – or you will be tempted to go back to your comfort zone of smoking with them again.  That said, after you are solid with your decision and have made it through the first month or two, it shouldn’t be much of a problem to hang out with these people once in awhile.  For me, I can be around people smoking weed with no difficulty, but the bigger issue is that I no longer have a desire to be around them …  You might find the same thing too.

When you decide to quit all at once – or cold turkey, it will help you to tell people about what you are doing.  You don’t need to send out an email to 4,853 of your closest friends (like I did), but the more people you tell about it, the more accountability you are creating for yourself.  You don’t want to have to go back and tell all those people that you screwed up and are smoking the dope again …

Although there are many people (mostly lifelong stoners who cannot admit they have a problem) who say that marijuana is not addictive, I can say from personal experience that it is very addictive to me – and a whole lot of others too.  Be prepared for certain withdrawal symptoms including lack of sleep or insomnia, lack of appetite, irritability and a bit of emotional instability.  For some fun and to see what it is like watch this video of me 15 days into my first quit:

You will probably also experience night sweats and some bad dreams.  The good news is that most of these symptoms will go away rather quickly, mostly in the first 2-3 weeks, although you still may experience an occasional nightmare or some irritability after that point.

When you are quitting the use of cannabis/pot/marijuana/dope/weed/medical cannabis, I have found that it is important to sleep as much as possible – even if you have insomnia, sleep when you can.  If you work during the day and cannot take naps, don’t use this as an excuse, simply sleep when you can.

Quitting pot will give you all kinds of extra time that you might not know what to do with at first.  It is extremely important to use this time to create some healthy habits for yourself.  Remember that you cannot live a truly whole and fulfilling life if you do not take care of yourself #1.  To me that means that I have to take care of my health, before I can be happy, successful or really help others in any meaningful way.

Healthy habits that have been effective for me including eating healthy, exercise, and outdoor activities.  I actually started eating healthy (I’m what is called a ‘clean eater’) some time prior to deciding to conquer pot, but I really believe that fueling my body and brain properly helped allow me to make the decision to quit smoking pot.  Read some books or blogs about healthy eating or if you have any questions for me, please let me know.  I’ve learned a lot about nutrition over the last few years and am fascinated by how much there is to know, so I am constantly learning about this subject.

Exercise can take a lot of different forms.  For some simply taking daily long walks is enough to get their blood pumping, and help them feel healthier.  Others may want to jog, swim or work out at the gym.  Personally I get a lot of relaxation from long workouts at the gym and feel like I’m missing something if I don’t get them in at least 5 or 6 times a week.

As far as outdoor activities, most of them require some level of exercise and some people may choose to get all of their exercise outdoors.  Since I’ve quit smoking pot, I have spent a lot of time hiking and biking outdoors.  I’m really looking forward to ski and snowboard season and the challenge of being in the mountains for the first time without pot!  I’m sure it will be a challenge, but one that I know I am up for – and I love skiing and snowboarding!

As well as healthy habits, I’ve found that quitting pot has allowed me to create a number of other good habits.  Creating these good habits has also helped me stay off the pot!  Good habits that have helped me personally include helping others, reading, writing, watching movies, making videos, actually cleaning up after myself and keeping my work and home environments clean.  When I was smoking weed, I very rarely had the patience or desire to read a book or watch a movie – now that I’ve quit, I actually get a lot of enjoyment out of both.  Writing and making videos have both been effective tools for me in my quest to stop smoking marijuana.  They have helped me get my ideas out, helped me think things through – and create some level of accountability.  My first video ever about quitting pot has over 60,000 views and a lot of ongoing comments (not all positive).  It’s through those videos and this blog that I have been able to help encourage and teach others going through similar circumstances.  I now know that I have A LOT of other people looking to me to be an example that change is possible and I take that as a serious responsibility – that has greatly reduced the chances of me ever smoking pot again.

In the end, when you are quitting cold turkey or all together at once, there will be some highs and lows, some tough points in time, but you can and will make it through.  Each challenging day you get past gets you one step closer to living a full and happy life without weed.

In the next couple of posts we will examine other ways to quit smoking pot – by tapering off or by getting professional help.

Have you purchased the Complete Guide to Quitting Weed yet?  How committed are you?  You are worth the investment!

 

 

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