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Successfully made it through Day 15 of my personal quest to stop using marijuana, as it had pretty much taken over my life. There have already been many great benefits, BUT there is also a MAJOR challenge: the herniated discs in my neck have been still causing me ongoing chronic pain and I have not been able to find anything that will actually help with it.
One of my other addictions (albeit healthy) does not seem to be helping either: I feel the need to exercise almost daily. This usually involves lifting weights, a great deal of core work and some cardio (although not nearly as much as a lot of people who just don’t know any better).
Tonight the pain has been so bad that I had to dig out my neck collar, which I have not worn in several months. It is totally uncomfortable and I really hate wearing it in public – so I almost never do. But sometimes it really does help a lot – tonight is one of those nights.
Still the same, as much as I really need exercise daily and do not want to back step on the great progress I have made on developing my body (and sometimes assuming the identity of Joe Abs) – I am 1000% committed to staying off the pot. I just hope these neck issues don’t start making it difficult to think again – then it’s really a toss up between which is worse …. pain or pot.
An old friend from my days as a commercial crab fisherman in Alaska (think Deadliest Catch without the TV cameras and fake BS) probably said it best: “Pain is a GOOD thing, it tells you that you are still alive.”