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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.
Nine months without marijuana! This is the first time that I have been without pot that long for a very, very long time. It’s just a start, but something I feel very good about.
My life has improved a great deal since I quit using marijuana. My relationships have got better, my health has improved, my energy levels have increased and I’m able to do many things that I could not, or would not when I was stoned all the time.
Today was day 16 in my personal quest to stop smoking pot. Unfortunately, I’ve recently been suffering from a lot of neck pain due to herniated discs in my neck – they really seem to be flaring up. In the past, I would just use marijuana to deal with the pain and it would help get me through the day – but no longer.
I now need to find another way to cope with this chronic pain – but have not found the correct answer yet … Read More …
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.”
Wow – not sure I should have done this … I really value the great advice in Jerry Dorsman’s Book “How to Quit Drugs For Good” and he said NOT to tell everyone, but of course in my own contradictory style, I had to ignore his great advice.
This video is probably the most humbling video I have ever made. It may cause me some problems, will definitely bring up a lot of questions and will definitely make some people raise their eyebrows. Guess what? I’m still glad that I did it – and it seems to have lifted a great weight off of my shoulders.
I’m not ready to admit I’m a pot addict (because I know I can and have changed), but definitely acknowledge that I have to fight addictive behaviors – and that I need to keep myself from using marijuana – medical or otherwise.
Anyway, take a look at the video if you’d like and let me know your thoughts. I would love to hear from you.