90 Days...How Quitting PMO Has Changed EVERYTHING!

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  1. volt2187

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    Edit: I added photos of my planners that I used to track my days and relapses to motivate others to know that the beginning is tough, but to keep going and to never give up on yourself. As you can see by my September being blank I all but thought it was impossible to do this. But I found a way to get back on that horse. For the new planner the dot's represent days I either fantasized or started to m, the m's are my mo's and the lines are cold approaches with girls. I decided to stop tracking those, because A) it's fucking stupid (lmao), and B) it just added more pressure to myself.

    90 days without looking at porn and using it to masturbate, who would have thought it would be possible? If anyone has followed me from the beginning when I joined this site and movement in August 2015 you may have witness some of my struggles in the beginning, which I will be touching on, but when everything clicked for me, it CLICKED, and I'm never going back to my old ways ever again. This post will be long, as I'm going to break down my entire journey from the beginning to where I stand today.

    Before I start though I want to thank everyone who has talked with me or even just replied in my journal. It's the community here that makes the process that much easier. @numpty, @ThisChangesEverything, @WokeUp88, @taqwa, @JohnDoe2016, @G.Baltar, @ICDMatrix, @reconditioned mind, @Phantom04, @Physicist, @TheAVExperiment, @Observation_Action, and anyone else I may have missed, thanks for the support and motivation to keep going forward. Whether you've already reached your personal goal or are still going towards it, know you are a stronger person by recognizing your faults and by wanting to change them.

    How It Began

    Growing up I was always shy, so you can imagine I struggled with girls mightily. On top of this I had an addiction to video games as well that made my social anxiety and phobias even worse. I discovered porn (or in my case for years, p-subs, nude scenes and girls gone wild type stuff) out of curiosity through girls in video games and movies (American Pie anyone? lol). Eventually I discovered masturbation at around age 17 and soon things started to snowball from there. I had a deep shame and fear of being caught, but part of me (the addicted mind) told me, just keep doing it, you won't get caught, it's okay, the pleasure is just too good to stop doing it. I had also failed to get a girlfriend, even though my senior year when I lost a bunch of weight I had tons of friends and multiple opportunities to get a girlfriend or even have dates. Because of this, I used pmo as an excuse to keep doing it, and I told myself, when I get a girlfriend I'll stop, for her, but guess what.....

    The Peak Years

    Around 2007 I had still been somewhat sneaky about how I got my porn fix, as nothing was really "porn" persay. I did a lot of the videogames still, but had moved onto softcore pictures online. In the summer of 2007 I bought a gaming laptop, which is what got the snowball rolling. I actually intended to use it strictly for school and gaming, and did so for about 4 or 5 months. But during the end of that summer is when I discovered the tube sites and it all went to hell from there. I had made the choice to stop gaming and spend my time on the laptop looking at porn instead, which was doubly bad, in that I had been caught up in the grasp of porn, and I lost my main form of socializing, as I played online games where we talked over mics. All I can remember from that exchange was that something in my brain told me, fuck everything else, this laptop's for porn!

    A few months into the semester I had dropped out of college. I used my new job and lack of desire for my major at the time for dropping out, but looking back, it was the brain fog and anxiety caused by pmo that led to me dropping out, because my grades had dropped and I had little motivation to work towards improving them. So the easy thing was to stop going. 4 years of constant pmo use later I had switched jobs, after "hating" the job I was currently in. Truthfully I was only miserable because every single night I would make it a habit to pmo for hours on end, downloading video after video. When the first hard drive filled up, I got a second one. Yes, I fell for the trap of pay sites, because it was the quickest and easiest way for me to download that garbage. Easily over a $1,000US spent on subscription sites. Pathetic.

    So getting a new job would fix everything, right? Wrong. Another 4 years had passed and the pmo addiction is still at an all time high. I had attempted to go back to school over different periods during these 4 years, but with the pmo brain fog I struggled mightily, however I kept at it. During these 8 years of pmo use I had gained over 50lbs, going up to around 220. I began flirting with some of my coworkers around 2013, but was a pathetic mess. This was the first time since highschool I had shown any interest in real girls. Before this, if they weren't pixels I had no part of them. This was mostly though because they showed interest in me first, so I followed suite. Me approaching a girl in my pmo-soaked brain state that I was in? Yeah right. Because of this I finally started to get motivation to lose weight and slowly started going to the gym, slowly because I had a huge fear of it, but eventually got over it.

    The Turning Point

    So over the course of a year and a half or so I had lost over 50lbs, but nothing had changed in my life. I still had social anxiety. I still pmo'd once or twice a day. So why did I still have all these issues when it came to socializing and having opportunities to go on dates? In the summer of 2015 I had started going to a social anxiety forum to see if there was anything there to help me out. I was at a loss. Hours of browsing later and I came across a topic about nofap and how people were reporting positive changes. So the research began. I found yourbrainonporn.com and started reading the effects of porn use and testimonies and was absolutely floored. It all made sense after all these years. I remember in highschool during my senior year when I began to come out of my shell (before pmo use) I was semi-social and had a good circle of friends. But most importantly, I remember I talked to a TON of girls back then, in fact I probably had more friends who were girls than guys. At one point I had 3 ask ME out to prom, lol. Everything listed as a negative effect from high speed internet porn use I had or could relate to. So the commitment to quit began.

    Replace, Don't Erase

    So in the beginning, I simply wanted to quit out of the desire to better my life. I had not given any thoughts to what I would do to replace the pmo use. And this is when the relapsing began. At first if I was lucky I could get to 3 days. After about a month of that, I reached 5 days before a relapse. In November I had made an online dating profile and began chatting with a couple of girls, one in particular. For some reason I went the entire month of November without viewing any porn, but did mo about 4 times, after about 7-10 days. It was around this time I really began to feel better, so I wanted to meet up with this girl. The main problem was I began to come across as clingy and scared her away. I took it harder than I should have, because I barely knew this chick, but between getting her number quickly (which made me confident) and her sending me tons of pics, she lured me in. Shortly after our "break-up" the relapses, and porn, came back.

    December through early January were rough with relapses every few days. After getting a good streak under my belt the desire to go back to an old site that had softcore pictures hit me so I browsed it for about an hour in my bed. For some really odd reason I never mo'd to it, just looked at picture after picture. Shortly after and for the next few days, I had the worst headache that I can remember, and the light bulb turned on and I haven't viewed porn since.

    After about a month I began to gain some confidence and began talking to girls again. This time though things had gone so much better. There was no longer any fear of how they would react to me, or having to build myself up to go talk to them. After about 60 days I began noticing more about them than just their bodies, and I've become attracted to so many that I would have never had, back in my pmo days. I will admit, I have mo'd 4 times during this streak, but each time they were weak and pathetic, took only about 1 minute and I never felt any sexual satisfaction from them. The thoughts are still there for me, as it's very easy for me to picture real life girls in sexual situations. My new goal is to stop or greatly reduce this and to stop objectifying girls as much as I still do. It's not nearly on the level that it used to be, but it still happens occasionally. But seeing them for who they are has gone a long way in fixing this. Because of wanting to quit the pmo addiction, I don't consider these mo's to be relapses, because that would be counter productive to my progress. My beginning goal was to eliminate pmo from my life and I have.

    My new goals are to stop looking at people and either objectifying them or having assumptions on them. I am fully confident I can accomplish this sooner rather than later. So why did this streak succeed when all my others failed? I finally had the motivation and drive to pull my head out of my ass. I finally had acknowledged I had an addiction to this. And I finally found some strength inside myself. So as you may have read, the only girls I talked to before recently between now and highschool where those who approached me first, which was around 5-6. In the past 3 months, I lost count of how many I've approached. At one point it was around 20, but now I know it's well into the 30's. By just having a few successful encounters I've gained the confidence to finally go after whatever I want in life. I've been going to school full time since the fall and will graduate next year, which excites me more than just about anything. Just like in highschool, I want my senior year of college to be one to remember, and with all the success I've had so far I can only imagine how much fun it will be with my newfound confidence and drive to succeed.

    So a tldr version: Super shy growing up, never talked to girls, began pmoing because of no girlfriend, 8 years of misery and zero drive (and no girlfriend), quit watching porn, life completely turned around, happiest I have ever been.

    A quick summary of the benefits I have noticed:

    - Confidence THROUGH THE ROOF!
    - Very little anxiety that rarely comes up anymore.
    - Looks from girls like crazy. Smiling, staring and being happy in my presence.
    - Seeing girls for who they are. Noticing the small details and appreciating them.
    - Positive thoughts and smiling are natural for me now.
    - Muscle gains, from just a little gym time.
    - Motivation and drive like never before.
    - Deeper voice (yup).


    So yeah, fuck porn. Quit watching that shit and start living your life.
     
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  2. ABSOLUTELY AWESOME! Thanks so much for sharing!! I'm looking forward to when I say things like this!
     
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  3. mintjelly

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    Thank you for sharing. I've just started my 90 day journey, can't wait to report what happens! Only you can know when enough is enough. I'm glad you finally figured that out. Congrats and keep going!
     
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  4. Phantom04

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    Congrats, man. You did it! :)
     
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  5. PrevCDM

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    Congratulations! This is just the beginning. Happy to hear you've laid down a framework for success and growth. Keep it up and help others, if you choose to. Strength!
     
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  6. Wally Gene

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    Thanks for the post. I needed some uplifting stories about people who succeeded. I am on day 14 and struggling! So thank you thank you thank you

    Wally
     
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  7. Gabriel1960

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    Congratulations!
     
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  8. Observation_Action

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    Really proud of you, man! Kudos to your success !
    Keep posting and inspiring us! Happy living :)
     
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  9. Rav70

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    Volt that's awesome! Proud of you!!
     
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    Thanks for motivating me enough to pursue what I came here for, just let me know if that deeper voice thing is true because I noticed it the 4th day of my journey even though I relapsed 4th day.
     
  12. afem11

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    Proud of you! Thank you for motivating me.
     
  13. G.Baltar

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    Congratulations Volt. You totally deserve this. I will try to be a little more like you and a little less like me ;)
     
  14. Low

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    Wow that was a great post its kinda scary how similar your story parallels with mine. So i have a few questions did your Social Anxiety go away completely after stopping P for 90 days and did you also quit gaming completely during this 90 days, what do you think was causing your social anxiety?
     
  15. volt2187

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    Thanks for all the support guys! If I can do it then anyone can!

    It's still there slightly, but mostly because I haven't worked as hard as I could to improve it. Don't get me wrong, I've taken huge strides in improving it but still haven't gotten to where I want to be with it.

    As for gaming, ever since I started exercising the desire to game just hasn't been there. I played a little bit of Skyrim at the beginning of this streak but after about a week I stopped, out of boredom and lack of time to play anymore. Back when I pmo'd it was that, work and video games, that's about it. Now I could care less about them.

    I feel like my social anxiety is self induced because for all those years I sheltered myself and my jobs had allowed me to work by myself away from others, so that reinforced the loneliness I gave myself. By forcing myself to talk to random girls, running races and work a job where I have to interact with the public, I've naturally made strides of improving myself. The fears happen for me because sometimes I'm put in new situations and don't know how to interact or I start over thinking about what to say. It's just going to be one of those things that takes hard work and time to correct and I'm on the right path.

    Quitting porn really was the key for me though, because now I look at girls as normal people that I don't put on a pedestal or think are better than me based off their looks. If I want to start a conversation I just do it. If they don't like me, their loss, I just move onto the next one.
     
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  16. JonathanDoe

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    Inspiring story volt - such determination! Well done.
     
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  17. numpty

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    I told you it's possible!

    Also don't let the 4x MO put you off in anyway!

    I messed up big time last week at 129 days as you know but I already miss the extra energy I gained i was a bigger boss than i currently am! And feel the energy being reinstated far quicker at days 4-5!

    That girl i messed up with? I told her i miss my energy and sex will be off or more importantly no O for me - i hate having O! They release shit loads of energies!

    Well done my man it appears the tables have turned and you're supporting me now haha
     
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  18. T.R. Kruse

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    Wow! this is really encouraging to read! I just started my first 30 days and stories like yours are really inspiring. I also have been struggling with the question of what role video games play in my life. I love them and have a lot of nostalgia with them but like you said I am starting to get bored with them... Hmmm maybe it's maturity maybe it's being PMO free.
     
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  19. RetroMike

    RetroMike Fapstronaut

    Great post! and great job reaching 90 days! Currently my goal is 90 days as well but I keep relapsing over and over but this post gave me the inspiration that I needed. Thank you for your share!
     
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  20. Alex10s

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    Can you tell us morr about the deep voice?
     

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