How I Quit Smoking Pot
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Sorry for the lame, rambling video, but it’s been a long time since I’ve checked in, but I wanted to introduce the newest member of our family – Ava Kalea …. Read More …
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?
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. Read More …
In this video I discuss the ideas of marijuana being addictive vs people being dependent on it. Whatever your terminology, if pot is causing you to not treat people with love and respect – it may be time for you to consider quitting.
If you are thinking that you may be smoking too much marijuana and/or it is having a negative affect on your life, you might be considering the decision to quit using pot. There are many different reasons that people decide to quit smoking marijuana and everyone’s circumstances are different. Read More …
Today is the 43rd day since I last smoked marijuana. Overall things are good, but I have been more than a little depressed lately.
A few days ago I launched my first ever crowd funding campaign – a project on Indiegogo to help fund the costs of a movie I am making called “Bellevue: It’s a Beautiful View”. I sent out the announcement to 4,837 of my closest friends – I mean subscribers to my news website for Bellevue Business Journal. Three days later I have exactly ZERO contributions – NO support – not one cent. I am sure I am taking this too personally, but it’s hard not to after spending much of the last 10 years promoting local businesses, non-profits and people.
I’m not asking for your sympathy – and especially do NOT want you to join my little pity party. But if you would like to give me some feedback on how I might improve the crowd funding campaign – I would love to hear it. You can find it by Googling “Bellevue – It’s a Beautiful View” or just go to: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/bellevue-it-s-a-beautiful-view-a-short-film-featuring-bellevue-washington/x/7908144
There seem to be a ton of things that have been getting me down lately, but I’m not going to let them send me back to the bong or the joint or even a vaporizer. I am committed to staying off of pot so that I can continue to clean up my life and write it for you.
This week I have started playing some tennis and notice that my legs (especially my knees) are not quite working like they used to. I’m wondering if they will come back at all as I get used to playing again, or as an old guy, need to get used to playing on rickety wheels? Do you have any experience with this?
To finish off this video, I’d really like to be able to tell you about something really, really good that is happening, but I just cannot divulge it quite yet. Don’t mean to string you along, but – I just cannot spill the beans until next month …
Today marks the end of the first full month since I last smoked marijuana. Lots of great things are happening, but these past 31 days have not been without their challenges.
I am especially appreciative of all the great encouragement I’ve been getting from all over the world, through comments, emails and even telephone calls. I sincerely appreciate all the positive energy, but also have to give a hat tip to all the haters: y’all keep things more interesting – and humorous.
Yesterday marked the 11th month since I quit smoking pot – and I almost slipped up.
I’ve been pretty sick the last few days, but have still had to be working long, hard hours on a job that is not much fun – standing and talking to people for 10.5 hours a day. In ordinary circumstances, I would have just stayed home and in bed, getting much needed rest. This is not an ordinary job and I cannot just call in sick.
It’s been tough just to get through the days – but what has been making it harder is that just down the aisle in the warehouse, they are selling fresh holiday wreaths, made of pine branches. I’m constantly getting whiffs of them all day long – many times these smells are just like a really tasty bud-like smell. On several occasions, I swear I was talking to people who had just smoked before walking in. Read More …
First of all, I feel so blessed to have stumbled upon Joe’s YouTube video a couple of days ago. I was mentally preparing myself to quit, yet again, and desperately needed BIG TIME help!! In the past year I’ve tried quitting 4 times and it was a big fail because either I was 1) bored, 2) around people who smoked, 3) no will power, 4) out of habit. Another thing…since I quit smoking cigarettes 8 months ago, I’ve noticed my marijuana abuse has gotten more ridiculous. Anyways, THIS HAS GOT TO STOP.
I started experimenting with the ganja when I was 16 but didn’t seriously get into it until I was 18 in college. Pot was always accessible at every party so I got hooked on it really fast and was always chasing the next high. Fast forward 17 years….Now I’m 35 and live in Los Angeles where I can drive 10 minutes to a dispensary and choose from 20-40 different kinds of strains including a huge array of edible options. ARGH!!!!
I’m exactly how Joe described himself on the YouTube video. I’m either all in or out when it comes to the weed. When I had it, it is used first thing in the morning and didn’t stop until I was pass out on my couch. None of my friends really knew how deep of an addiction this was for me. Being a superb closet weed addict was what I was good at. I guess because of that I was partially in denial, although I knew that I had to QUIT…but after that “one more hit.” I’m effin done with that “one more hit.” I’m so sick of it that I want to beat it up, kick it to the curb, make it bleed and die. (Sorry about that but that’s how angry I was for smoking for so long)
So now I’m on DAY 2, feeling proud that I’ve made that HUGE DECISION to quit the pot. But physically not feeling that great because I am sick with a horrible cold. I also had to break up with someone I was seeing because whenever we got together all we did was drink and smoke. He was definitely a TRIGGER and if we were to stay together, my attempt to quit would have been broken. Big bummer because I felt we connected. Oh well…so is life.
No withdrawal symptoms, no dreams or nightmares, no sweating…yet. But I’m looking forward to them, ready to battle with my sword and shield. I will protect myself and conquer this war!!!!
Joe, Katie, Richie…and other bloggers here, thank you so much for this blog. I’m so happy to have found you and I know that in my heart that if I keep blogging, I will become more successful and will be on my way to be a non pot smoker.
Today is a bit of a milestone I guess – it is Day 60 in my personal quest to stop smoking marijuana. The best advice I can give anyone in a similar situation is to keep busy and to pick up some healthy habits. Although I have not been physically able to exercise every day like I’m used to, I have been able to take a couple of yoga classes and continue to eat clean and drink lots of fresh blended vegetable juice every day.
I’ve also recently found a small bit of work – selling a really cool product that helps people. In the past, I’ve never thought that I could sell, but I am finding that I really can – and that I’m pretty good at it. Not only am I good at selling, I really, really like it! None of this would be possible if I was still smoking weed and being stoned all the time.
Besides this part-time sales job, I’ve also got a couple of other interviews lined up over the next couple of days.
Another big part of my progress is continuing clarity. I’ve come to realize how miserable my living situation is and I’m taking steps to get it changed in the very near future. It probably won’t be easy and there’s no doubt I won’t initially have a lot of choices of where I’ll be able to live, BUT I will be out of a bad, life-sucking situation very, very soon.