The Lord of the Rings Challenge

Discussion in 'Events & Challenges' started by RiseToGreatness, Sep 22, 2019.

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Poll closed Jun 21, 2020.
  1. No, leave like that: "The Lord of the Rings Challenge"

    18 vote(s)
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  2. Yes. "The Lord of the Rings Challenge: The Fellowship of Nofap"

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  3. Yes. "The Lord of the Rings Challenge: Rising Fellowship of Eärendil"

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  4. Yes. "The Lord of the Rings Challenge: The Journey to Mount Doom"

    5 vote(s)
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  5. Yes. "The Lord of the Rings Challenge: The Quest of the Ring-bearer"

    6 vote(s)
    18.2%
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  1. Cartographer

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    Thanks for this post! Happy to hear that youre on the up and up! You got this!!!
     
  2. BerhentiLontong

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    Day 3 here, still an orc btw, but yeah lets beat his ugly face! Really looking forward to be a hobbit haha, LETS GO!
     
  3. Day 14 complete! Two weeks under my belt and only one more day until I become a native of the Shire.

    Will someone explain to me what PAWS is?
     
  4. Mark_Renton

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    Living that Orc life; toothpaste out the window
     
  5. Checking in on Day 66. I'm noticing a new pattern where I'm going to bed earlier and getting more sleep -- I'm not staying up as much so I'm starting to become more focused during the day. Last night was tougher than usual in terms of urges because of having a wet dream the day before, but I realised I could lead myself to self-doubt if I let that get into my head, so I went to sleep.

    Also noticed that there is a tendency for urges to be higher once every 30 days, with the odd exception in the mid 20s. I have no idea if this changes or continues for day 90 and beyond, though, so I'll talk about what I find regarding those days when I reach those milestones.
     
  6. OttarrTheVendelCrow

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    Day 64. Checking in. Today I feel that much of the chaser effect has subsided from my wet dream. This week has been busy at work and I am already looking forward to the weekend. I have been managing the stress of work much better than in the past. Typically my urges would spike when work was crazy. They are still more noticeable during stressful times but not nearly as bad as they used to be.
     
  7. Day 60 ....about to enter the Kingdom of the Silvan Elves, Lothlórien.
     
  8. aeburbt

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    Checking in on day 23.

    I've had some trying times this week, mostly because I've been home alone for hours on end. I also watched several episodes of Narcos, which had some scenes that led me to lust after these women. I hate that feeling that bubbles up inside of me when this happens. It's exciting, and I instantly feel the urge to scratch the itch and release even more dopamine into my brain. It's very hard to slam the valve shut at this point, especially if I linger on those thoughts for any amount of time. It led to a few close calls, but I have not turned to P like I usually would.

    I did MO while looking at photos of my wife. I guess that technically this could be a reason to reset my counter, but I am not considering that necessary for two reasons: I do not see pictures of my wife as P, and it certainly isn't something that I would be ashamed of other people to know about. Second, one of the main reasons that I'm doing this challenge is so that I will turn my eyes away from other women and towards my wife, who I am blessed to have. In a way, MO to pictures of my wife is a sign that this process is working...in the past, I wouldn't have considered this and would have instead searched the depths of the internet to get my fix. I honestly feel like this is sound logic, but there is a small part that wonders if I'm making excuses. I will strive not to do this again in the future so that I won't enter this gray area, but I don't feel that this has tainted my accomplishments thus far and I will keep moving forward. If you all disagree with me, let me know, as I'd like to be in good standing with this challenge.

    Be well, everyone!
     
  9. ULYSS3S

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    Thank you for sharing!

    I think it is up to you if you reset your counter. Everybody has different goals that he pursues by doing this challenge. But in my honest opinion I would recommend you not to do it again. As you said, a part of you is wondering if you are making excuses. I think this is not a good sign, it means that a part of you considers this to be a kind of behaviour that you are not fully satisfied with. I experienced similar feelings in past streaks when I did sth. arousing like fishing or looking at a picture for a couple of seconds. I would not consider these things a relapse either, but the occurance of such behavioral patterns is definately a warning. I knew I did something that I wanted to stop doing and it felt like cheating the challenge by doing arousing things that do not equal a relapse and in consequence do not set back the counter.
     
  10. I'm at 18 days clean. Honestly after reading The Easy_Peasy Method I've never felt more sure of defeating PMO. I have not peeked once in the last 18 days nor have I fantasied about any sexual moments with any women. I have not suffered any chaser effects after making love to my wife. I am more devoted to her and no longer see women for just their bodies. It's been 6 months since I re-joined NoFap and although this is nowhere near the length of my longest streak in the past 6 months (59 days) I feel like it will break all my records.
    Today is also 181 days since my last alcoholic beverage. Later this year I'm determined to get this many days from my LAST PMO session.
    I have deleted all blockers as I'm no longer using the willpower method.
     
  11. CrimsnBlade

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    Day 120 complete. Read something really good about shame today:

    "We are accepted in Christ, secure in Christ, and significant in Christ. Shame attacks these truths. Shame is like the grooved part of the highway on the side of the road. When we veer off the road, it lets us know when we are drifting from the truth. When a person feels shame, it can be an indicator that they have a wrong basis for their identity. It may indicate they are trying to achieve or earn their identity. This san opportunity to acknowledge wrong thinking and embrace their identity in Christ by faith. When a person is fearful of being honest about a failure or relapse, that is an indicator they may have slipped back into a pattern of pleasing people. When they recognize they are feeling shame, they should meditate on the truth of who they are in Christ. Instead of shame reinforcing a shame identity, it can be a reminder to renew their minds with God's truth." (The Freedom Fight, Ted Shimer)
     
  12. Mr. Sinister

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    Day 3

    I find myself closer to experimenting, baby steps I guess

    Wish me luck
     
  13. RiseToGreatness

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    i feel you bro :). trust me, no one is going to break the Fellowship :)

    it´s just me and my frustration (and pressure) from resetting the counter over and over again. in fact, i feel i needed to let go of counting, perhaps it was the next level of my reboot, i don´t know. all i know is once i stopped counting i feel relieved and at peace.

    however there´s a huge wave of support to counting and the quest of the ring from most members of the Fellowship. that makes me happy because it means the challenge is working :)

    be at peace bro. I´m still here and i will continue being here :), just in a different way. but ei, i register the day of my last pmo session, maybe one day i will do the math, and show a streak again ;). Who knows?
     
  14. RiseToGreatness

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    i can see that happen very clearly bro. It´s called loss of reboot capital. JK Emezi calls reboot capital the degree of mental determination that we have towards the reboot, our level of focus. once we stop engaging in good habits (and consequentely promoting the bad ones), the loss of capital is happening. so, in a downward spiral (which can last days, even weeks), it´s only a matter of time until a major setback happens and we engage in a pmo session.

    seek the point where you started losing reboot capital bro. and why. it´s crucial for your personal improvement.
     
  15. RiseToGreatness

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    Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome.
     
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  16. americanbison

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    Thank you!
     
  17. RiseToGreatness

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    well, you put me on a difficult position bro. but i see you acted in innocence so this might work out for you ;)

    first, you are making excuses. addicts do that all the time: "but it was just bikini photos", "but it was softcore", "it was just masturbation", and that ultimate excuse is very refined: "but it was my wife" :D

    see, when we objectify someone, we are deprived humanity from that person, it doesn´t matter if it´s a pornstar, a co-worker, your neightbour or your wife. masturbation implies stripping a person from his personal traits and focus on the body, objectify it for your own needs.

    if you were so passionate to her, why not make genuine sex? why choose masturbation? you´re still getting your fix bro. what happened was that your addicted mind came up with an extremely refined excuse to masturbate. and of course, this is just the first level... ;)

    so, i believe you were caught in a trap, and you really thought that you weren´t sliping. with that in mind, if no one in the Fellowship opposes, i can let you pass :)

    anyway, this is a very sensitive situation and no more similar slips will be allowed.

    Stay sharp bro :)
     
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2021
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