I Quit Smoking Pot and You Can Too!

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 8 Talk to People About Your Pot Use

In this video I give you an update on how I am doing on Day 8 of my 100 Day No Weed Challenge. I also talk about something that has helped me during my journey: actually talking to people about my use of marijuana. I’ve spoken open and honestly about my use of cannabis to everyone from my fiance to my 11 year old daughter to my 70-something year old mother. And it’s helped. Me and them.

This communication is helping me be accountable during this 100 Day No Weed Challenge. It has also helped them better understand what I’m going through. It also helps all of us feel better about the entire situation because there is actual communication and dialogue rather than secrecy.

Today I am challenging all stoners, tokers and potheads to stay away from marijuana for 100 days – but I’m also challenging them to talk to those closest to them about their use of pot and how it affects their lives and relationships.

Please remember when watching these videos and reading these posts, that I am only human.  I’ve quit a couple of times before and made videos and wrote about my experience.  Here you can read how I last fell off the no pot wagon.

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 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!

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!

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