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What obsessions or similar activities have you given up for the better, because they're no longer of use for you?

I used to do a lot of things to help relieve my stress, things that were not very helpful. I ate too much, I spent too much money, I didn't take very good care of myself. A lot of that has been changing. But something in particular that has struck me lately that marks this change, is that I had an overwhelming interest in playing spider solitaire and and other games - they were like a fidget toy I kept going to, sometimes for long periods of time. Now if I go to them I just feel so bored and disgusted. Yay me for waking up.

bleurowz 8 Aug 23

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Smoking. Although it took awhile.

Started by throwing the pack I had (half pack of Export A king silvers) in a dumpster on my way home from work one night. Which I naturally replaced the next day lol. But that night was a turning point, because after that night, I never got though an entire pack of cigs or cigars (actually, cigarillo's) again. Though slow and expensive, the relapse periods slowly grew from days, to a week(s), than a month(s). Until I could say that it was more than a year since touching anything tobacco related. And it has been over a year since touching anything of the sort at this point.

I also quit chewing tobacco. Though I quit that one long before I ever got addicted. Long story short, I didn't know you weren't actually supposed to chew it.
And people looked at me like I was an idiot . . . why didn't they name it gumming tobacco!

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Mountain Dew - November 15, 2015
All sodas - January 6, 2016

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Horses, and if I hurt myself one more time in a fall it will be bicycles next.
Oh & sport fucking. Too old for that shite.

You've retired from sport fucking? Say it ain't so!

@maturin1919 ?

@Qualia I might as well be a kid and you Shoeless Joe Jackson =(

@maturin1919 You're young. Lots ahead of you ?

@Qualia Too kind. There's a 70-year old inside of this.

@Qualia Still, sport fucking as an obsession... I feel like I could learn a lot. Let me know if you ever dust off your spikes =)~

@maturin1919 Looks like we're geographically challenged to even hang out. Get Scotty to beam you over. LOL

@Qualia Sadly, he has become one with the Force =(

@maturin1919 yes he has. dog speed Scotty

@Qualia He's givin' it all she has, Cap'n!

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caring and empathy.]

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I gave up playing basketball years ago, and looking back I wasted way too much time playing in High School and beyond. I could have used that time so much better.

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It appears sex with another person. It was not voluntary or planned, just seems to have worked out that way. It saddens me greatly, but I have learned to deal with it.

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I used to be addicted to the Hokey Pokey, but I turned myself around.

Isn't that what its all about?

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Smoking, and I’m so glad I quit. I can’t stand the smell of cigarettes and wonder how I ever thought it was cool. Now everybody vapes.

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I just stopped worrying as it did no good.

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I stopped stalking Sofia Vergara after the restraining order.

Mmmmm Sofia Vergara...

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A couple:

-When younger, I was much more of a "thing" person. House, car, all the stuff. No longer, long, long past. I became a minimalist before minimalism became a thing. I've grown......

-Alcohol. I never had a drinking problem, though I do like to drink. I still like to, however, I do so rarely. Fitness and health and more important to me, and the benefits I get as a healthy, medicine-free 63 year old are worth it. Since mid-June, I've had alcohol one time, and that was a "special exception" with my best cigar buddy.

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I used to play minesweeper for hours. What a waste of time.

I used to ski all the time. Then I moved away from any decent mountains. I miss it so much. I want to arrange a trip this winter.

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Once I moved out on my own three years ago, my interest in my Bourbon stash went away. These beautiful bottles of Kentucky deliciousness haven't gotten any love in a long, long time. Perhaps I will bring them out for a final hurrah when I host a party for my work colleagues next month.

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Collecting
Smoking cigarettes ( for my 30th birthday)

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Gambling was something I ditched not before time.
I used to play chess for a club and county but was very time consuming and would involve me driving. There was always a drink either after or during the game and though I would limit myself to just 2.that rule got bent too often, In the end it it was the winning that I craved more than the game itself. Winning is a drug and as such is addictive. Though I recommend those most people try it at least once.

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Not I..all my life, if I found I was becoming addicted to anything in the least way, I stopped immediately..even drinking Haitian coffee.

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Saturation seems to be an effective way for me to deal with obsessions. Video Games, Work, Gambling, Smoking, when I've had enough, I'm ready to really let go. I don't know if it works that way for anyone else. It doesn't seem to. A lot of people I know seem to have to wreck their lives before they reach that saturation point. So, maybe it is just me??

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Drugs, Alcohol, Medicines.

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