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Big anniversary for me today: 7 years 100% drug-free!

Saturday, March 6, 2010 by  
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March
6
2010

Most regular readers of this blog know that prior to my transformation back in 2003 I was a very heavy (chronic) pot smoker. For around 15 years I smoked pot more or less all day, every day. On the rare occasion that I ran out and couldn’t get more, I was absolutely miserable. Weed was all I could think about, and my entire life revolved around my habit.

Everyone knows that marijuana is not physically addictive, but for some people (like me) it’s highly mentally addictive. I didn’t like being a slave to my habit, but the thought of quitting was out of the question. I really loved being stoned, and had pretty much resigned myself to being a life-long smoker.

When I began my transformation on January 6, 2003 I was still smoking weed every day. As I started to get in better shape, the effect of smoking so much weed became more and more obvious. The interesting thing is that as I continued to lose fat I became a much more positive and confident person. About six weeks into my transformation I really wanted to quit smoking pot; more importantly, for the first time in my life I actually believed that I could do it.

In late February 2003 I set a quit date: I resolved that on the evening of March 5, 2003 I would destroy and throw out everything in the house that had anything to do with drugs, and that I would never smoke pot or do any other drug for the rest of my life.

So today is a pretty cool anniversary for me. After living my life completely stoned for more than 15 years quitting wasn’t easy, but I did it. I lived up to the promise I made to myself, and today marks 7 years 100% drug-free.

I want to say for the record I’m not moralizing here. If you smoke or don’t smoke it’s none of my business, and I’m not going to sit here and judge anyone. There are plenty of people who toke up a couple times a month and it’s not a problem for them. I simply recognized that I’m not capable of moderation (heh, are you seeing a pattern here?), so I had to give it up for good.

If you are a chronic and would like to quit, I urge you to do so. For me, throwing myself 100% into my fitness program was the key. The first few weeks were pretty difficult, but once I got used to life without being stoned everything (and I mean everything) changed for the better. You can do it, too.

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