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|OT| Social Community Hey, GAF! What's your addiction?

Dave_at_Home

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A work buddy of mine confided in me their addiction. Some sort of post coronavirus thing they need to get off their chest? I dunno. Anyway, that got me thinking if I have any and just how many people around me are secretly dealing with some themselves.

I guess I'll start off with one that seems lame. Sugar. Now, I'm not overweight, I'm 5'8 155, but trying to lower my weight while maintaining better eating habits has been a struggle in the past few years. When I was in my late 20's, I was in the low to mid 140 range and that was primarily due to my old job which required lots of physical labor. I'm 35 now and I don't eat as well, or workout as much, as I had back then. I regret this all the time. I don't have that hard labor job anymore but at least with my current job I have much better pay and benefits. The only downside is constantly working six days a week. This definitely contributes to my attitude toward taking the time to eat and sleep right (especially sleep). At least I do some weight lifting as well as jump rope and an occasional run. When I do eat healthy my sweet tooth pulls me back without any resistance. God damn I hate it. I don't think many people realize just how addicting sugar is. It's crazy.

Poor sleep and too much work makes Jack a dull boy. Most of my week consists of feeling like I'm operating at 40%-60%.
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So, GAF...what's your deal?

Edit: Also, procrastination, I'll explain that later.
 
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I guess I'll start off with one that seems lame. Sugar.
Don't sell yourself short on this - just because sugar addiction doesn't carry many social stigmas (especially for someone of your height and weight) doesn't mean that it's not an absolute monster to overcome. Sugar is in every goddamn thing available (if you're in the US, at least) so unlike giving up other bad habits like drugs or alcohol, I'd say it's the addiction that is most easily lapsed on, sometime without even realizing it. A chronic smoker can't just wander into the grocery store and come out with a snack marketed as being "healthy" that happens to have nicotine in it. And since you can't really just stop eating, it'll take a massive amount of sheer willpower to overcome. Also, sugar addiction can linger in the brain for weeks even if you can somehow magically land on 0g per day.

Good luck!
 

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1.5 litres a day. :)
This is mine as well. Between 3-4 cans per day.

Surprisingly, I was able to give it up for several months last year as pandemic shortages apparently meant this stuff couldn't be made in my area, and it simply wasn't available. Sadly, for me this meant when it came back in stock I just started buying cases and cases of the stuff. Presently, Dr. Pepper Zero is my jam. How the hell do they get it to taste so good? Fucking baffling.

But I know this shit is terrible for me, I just can't stop drinking it. If I don't have a can shortly after I wake up, my brain feels super fuzzy until I do. So I drink it now to feel normal. ie addiction, straight up.
 
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Maybe the only thing I'm concerned about is the amount of saturated fat I've been eating. been having a decent amount of dark chocolate, cheese and whole milk yogurt lately. Still balancing it with a ton of greens and fiber and other fruits/veggies/nuts and seeds to slow it's absorption into my system and absorb it with fat soluble vitamins but still I know I'm eating a lot of it. I'm still hovering between 170 and low 180 pounds though. Been around this weight since last year just concerned about my arteries lol
 
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Don't sell yourself short on this - just because sugar addiction doesn't carry many social stigmas (especially for someone of your height and weight) doesn't mean that it's not an absolute monster to overcome. Sugar is in every goddamn thing available (if you're in the US, at least) so unlike giving up other bad habits like drugs or alcohol, I'd say it's the addiction that is most easily lapsed on, sometime without even realizing it. A chronic smoker can't just wander into the grocery store and come out with a snack marketed as being "healthy" that happens to have nicotine in it. And since you can't really just stop eating, it'll take a massive amount of sheer willpower to overcome. Also, sugar addiction can linger in the brain for weeks even if you can somehow magically land on 0g per day.

Good luck!
I don't think I'll ever land on 0g per day. I just need to do better about sugar bingeing. Got to get back into juicing veggies. More consistent exercising. Good lord do I need better sleep. It's hard to get motivated when you work so much. The sugary/unhealthy stuff is at the ready. All the time. So easy to slip into that and stay there.
 

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I recently traded in my gaming addiction for an Amazon addiction, hopefully that'll translate into a livestreaming addiction i can monetise once the last packages arrive muhah
The whole streaming phenomenon is a train I regret missing. The amount of gaming I did when I was younger would have made for decent content. Now the market is oversaturated as hell. Granted, I don't know if my personality would attract many people, but if that Dan guy on Twitch can do it, than maybe I would have stood a chance. Oh well. Good luck on your future streaming adventures.
 

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The whole streaming phenomenon is a train I regret missing. The amount of gaming I did when I was younger would have made for decent content. Now the market is oversaturated as hell. Granted, I don't know if my personality would attract many people, but if that Dan guy on Twitch can do it, than maybe I would have stood a chance. Oh well. Good luck on your future streaming adventures.
I'm thinking of more of an IRL stream, i live in Japan so I'm gonna try ride my bike around some good locations then sketch them up :) might also do offline video essays for YouTube to supplement the live stuff
 
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I don't really know how you call it, but I just get so intensely curious about things that it can be hard to focus. I guess you could say I have an addiction to spoilers. When I was a child I would read the last page of a book first. I typically read spoilers on movies and tv shows so I know what's happening. I often lie about it to people because they get mad finding out I spoiled it, so I guess that counts as hiding your addiction.

Usually it's not a problem for games, but some are so intriguing that I have to. I couldn't play HZD fast enough to satisfy myself so I had to read spoilers.
 

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I'm thinking of more of an IRL stream, i live in Japan so I'm gonna try ride my bike around some good locations then sketch them up :) might also do offline video essays for YouTube to supplement the live stuff
Cool. I think you could find a decent audience. Pretty unique being a foreigner in Japan. I've watched a lot of YouTube stuff from people living there. Fascinating place. I say that without the pretense of being some weird anime otaku guy.
 
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Cool. I think you could find a decent audience. Pretty unique being a foreigner in Japan. I've watched a lot of YouTube stuff from people living there. Fascinating place. I say that without the pretense of being some weird anime otaku guy.
No worries I'm not either, I'm only here because my wife comes from here :p to be honest the main foreign country i wanted to live in before coming here was China, i lived there as a teenager and really loved it, but I'm glad i came here. Language is hard.

There's this dude called robcdee who streams for hours and hours like every day in Tokyo, apparently he makes like multiple thousands of USD a month, COVID was a good time for escapism lol

I can't match that, his gear is really expensive, his city has many more places to show off, and like he has some constellation of local friends and stuff that he buddies up with.. I'm trying a totally different tact, got cheaper hardware and probably less free time, so lower expectations, but yeah i hope i can get a few people who want to see my stuff
 
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Coffee and the internet.... maybe edibles but that’s more of a coping mechanism which I take frequent breaks from.

Honestly I think my worst vice is the internet.
 

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video games and junk food are my only real bad habits. and they arent even that bad. i had a pretty bad drinking problem for several years tho. been sober for three years today, actually.
 

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I kicked opioids hopefully for good over 2.5 years ago after pretty consistently using them for the better part of 10 years. I’ve been clean/sober since then. It’s been really good. I don’t know if I’ll maintain the no booze thing forever, since it was never a huge drinker, but stopping that really helped me stop everything else, so I’d have to really be careful if I decide to drink.

I would say the internet is my biggest addiction these days. I have to really watch that I’m paying attention to the things that are important instead of wasting big chunks of time on meaningless online bullshit. I can see signs of addiction in my own internet use at times. Things like irritability when something interrupts my use. Or constantly needing to have my phone within reach. I have to make a concerted effort to guard against it. I suspect many people are similar.
 
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Cigarettes & coffee....

In a lesser degree I'd like to drink one can of Coke Zero or better yet Pepsi Max Ginger a day..

Bad habits all around but it sure as hell beats heavy drinking combined with benzodiazepines and ambien

Oh I used to smoke weed daily for a decade but that's quite some time ago
 
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Yeah, sugar (carbs in general) can be difficult to regulate.

For me:



And...

The pizza I treat myself to maybe once every couple of weeks, the cheese puffs once a week, and the coffee one cup daily.
 
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I kicked opioids hopefully for good over 2.5 years ago after being pretty consistently using them for the better part of 10 years. I’ve been clean/sober since then. It’s been really good. I don’t know if I’ll maintain the no booze thing forever, since it was never a huge drinker, but stopping that really helped me stop everything else, so I’d have to really be careful if I decide to drink.

I understand where you're coming from. I quit booze for a year as I was living with an alcoholic girlfriend which had the knock on effect of helping me quit cigarettes. Booze is a gateway to all sorts of vices.
 

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I understand where you're coming from. I quit booze for a year as I was living with an alcoholic girlfriend which had the knock on effect of helping me quit cigarettes. Booze is a gateway to all sorts of vices.
It definitely lowers your inhibitions. Which, if you’re trying to inhibit yourself from doing drugs, makes it a lot harder.
 
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I lost my job a few years ago. I turned to GBL to numb the pain. Was addicted for 2 years. Cost me marriage. Friends. 3 overdoses to hospital. Been clean for over a year now. But by God I would love to try it again. But I take each day as it comes. I surprised myself that I didn't replapse because of pandemic.

Only other addiction is clubbing. I fucking love it. I'll be 50 in 2 weeks. I can't wait to get back into a dark sweaty dive and let rip.
 
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