have you ever tried to give up somthing?

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Vault101:
have you ever tried to give up anything? how did you feel? were you sucessful?

I'm a problem drinker. On average, I'll come home and because of a combination of boredom, depression and tiredness, consume roughly 8 cans of Strongbow (5.3% cider) between the hours of 6PM (get home from work) and midnight (drunkenly pass out). Clearly, this is a bad thing. It's even worse when I go out drinking, because it's very expensive and I do stupid shit.

So, just to see if I could, I've tried to take a month off. As I write this, it's been 22 days since my last drink, and it's fucking killing me. The weather is at a perfect sweet spot for sitting in a pub garden, people have been popping out of the woodwork and offering to buy me pints, and my stress levels are through the roof. I'm persevering, though, and the headaches are (mostly) gone now. It's nice being able to form semi-coherent thoughts at least some of the time.

Oh, and I haven't had a cigarette in nearly six weeks, but that's not such a problem. I don't enjoy smoking, I was only doing it out of addiction, so it's actually quite a relief to have stopped.

Vault101:
so I guess what I'm asking is am I actually suffering from wtihdrawl here, do I consume enough for that?

secodn question have you ever tried to give up anything? how did you feel? were you sucessful?

I'm thinking your body is reacting to the sudden lack of caffeine, sugar, and any other additives in your energy drink of choice, taurine perhaps? Sugar is extremely addictive for sure, and caffeine too, although it usually takes longer/higher amount to develop an addiction to it. I know for myself I get a little shakey when I haven't had my morning coffee, or some subsequent cup during the day (I drink quite a lot of coffee, contributing to my country's position at or very near the top of the coffee drinking list per capita) but the worst part of not getting my coffee is definitely the headache that comes with. No plans to stop drinking it though, I love it, and quite a bit of research says it's either not bad for you, up to and including "may save your life".

Anyway, I did quit smoking almost a year ago now, didn't really feel anything about it except for "Yay, now I won't spend money on that". Were I successful? So far yes, not a single smoke for 11 months, and don't miss it a bit.
Snus however is a different matter. Tried quitting a couple years ago, lasted 5 weeks and gave in.

Felt really weird not having it there (snus goes under your upper lip), and the whole nicotine/tobacco withdrawal kinda sucks, and snus has a lot more than cigarettes. Silver lining, no real connection has been found between snus and real health hazard. Still, I'm currently gathering myself for another, hopefully final attempt to kick it!

thylasos:
Oh, yes, and I became a vegetarian when I was 14. I forgot that that, technically, is giving something up.

Happiness? Satisfaction? The sweet, blood-red joy of being a triumphant carnivore?

I have extremely strong views on vegetarianism and the overriding human desire to eat as much flesh as possible. On a related note, I have a court order banning me from all pet shops.

Probably mostly in your head. Caffeine withdrawal shouldn't really affect you that much. My friend drinks a minimum of one 2 litre bottle of diet coke a day and when we made him quit cold turkey he was fine... although he did start up again as soon as we stopped stopping him.

bobajob:
Also gave up Cannabis about 4 years ago, found myself smoking the shit 24-7. Wasn't good for the health.

I wouldn't say I really "gave up" cannabis. I mean, I did, after being an eighth-a-day smoker for years, but I didnt have much choice. After an...incident...I found myself unable to smoke without experiencing severe panic attacks, vastly increased heart rate etc etc. Much as I miss it, it wasn't worth the side effects.

bobajob:
(Captcha - winter snow - WTF? It's like 25 celsius outside. In Britain. That's a heatwave over here!)

Mine is "white as snow". What are they trying to tell us?

I gave up on gaming for 2 years.

Casual sex. Gave up on that 'cuz it wasn't healthy anymore.

Gave up on drinking alcohol for half a year.

Quit smoking for a year. Then started again. Dumbest thing I ever did since it takes about a month before you can really say: hmm, I didn't think about killing someone for a smoke all day long.

Been trying to cut back on caffeine. Now I drink 2 glasses of coke a day. I come from 2 liters a day so thats pretty good. Water still tastes like sh*t though :'(.

Gave up McDonalds and most other takeaways - Lost a bit of weight and my skin got better. (I'm not overweight but my stomach shrank noticeably.)

Gave up video games for a few weeks - just to see if I could. (Tried reading for a bit instead but I struggle with concentration).

Gave up looking at porn. That's something that really helped with depression. It seemed to restart my imagination and I just felt happier.

Gave up energy drinks - a twitch in my shoulder (that would come two days after I had drunk one) stopped.

Gave up Coke - had massive caffeine headaches for a few days (felt like migraines), low energy, but then within a week of two I was feeling much better.

Gave up tomato sauce - my blood pressure went down from having less sodium.

Gave up alcohol for a few weeks - socializing got boring but I learned a lot about myself in social situations.

I've given up everything I love in my life for at least a few weeks just to prove to myself I'm not addicted or dependent on it.

These days I'll eat McDonalds about once a year. I'll drink a can of Coke about once a week. No more energy drinks. No porn. Low sodium sauce. Drink alcohol only when I feel like it, and try to have no more than a couple a week. Video games only when I need to unwind, and I'll stop playing when I'm no longer enjoying it. Never been happier. (and I was depressed for much of my life).

Hooray for caffeine withdrawal! I took care of that by... not taking care of it. I make my own now they are significantly cheaper and are basically just absurdly caffeinated tea or juice with a lot of B-12.

I have to say it took me a while to quit WoW but once Cata came out it just felt stale

Saregon:
snip it!

its funny, I'm actually kind of familiar with snus.....back in the day my parents had danish/norwegain workers come out to the farm as some kind of agricultural exchange thing...and several have had snus

most people have no clue what it is, like when the Norweigian guy got held up by customs

Daveman:
Probably mostly in your head. Caffeine withdrawal shouldn't really affect you that much. My friend drinks a minimum of one 2 litre bottle of diet coke a day and when we made him quit cold turkey he was fine... although he did start up again as soon as we stopped stopping him.

I don't know...my headache got seriously bad towards the end of the day, also diet coke has bugger all caffine compared to most energy drinks (I think around 40-50mg..where as redbull is somthing like 80-90)

floppylobster:
Gave up McDonalds and most other takeaways - Lost a bit of weight and my skin got better. (I'm not overweight but my stomach shrank noticeably.)

Gave up video games for a few weeks - just to see if I could. (Tried reading for a bit instead but I struggle with concentration).

I know what you mean, I actually struggle to sit down and watch a full film..I have no problems reading though

Gave up energy drinks - a twitch in my shoulder (that would come two days after I had drunk one) stopped.

.

*sigh* why did it have to be energy drinks? why not coffee? :(

I gave up meat! Honestly, I thought it'd be difficult, but it's been a month and a half now, and I'm fine with it. The only time problems occur is when someone starts cooking bacon and the smell all but drives me insane...

But still! No meat!

Well I quit playing video games when I started university, because I frankly haven't had the time. Before that, i felt i was in a class full of retards without an interest in things. I only had like 5 very very great friends who shared interests. Now I've been in university for 2 years with people who all share my interest and not a day goes by without me going out. Occasionly I do game, but it's usually 2 hours a week.

Gave up on porn as well, because after I had the real deal, I didn't see the appeal anymore. The fact that I live in a city with 40 000 students between 18 and 30 who are all horny helps xD. Also, i never felt well after watching porn. Sure, boobs and ass are awesome, but it seems to artificial. I prefer the real look of pleasure on a girls face to be much more enjoyable.

Can't seem to quit coffee, but I don't see why i would want to do that. I drink 1 cup when i get up and 1 at around 16 o' clock.

Vault101:
so last night I decided to cut down on energy drinks...for dental reasons[...]
secodn question have you ever tried to give up anything? how did you feel? were you sucessful?

First of all, I like your avatars. This one is that awesome creepy kind. I <3 it.

Second... For Dental reasons!? Are you shitting me? Having a cup of joe is one thing, but Energy Drinks fuck you up when you drink assloads of them. Maintaining a sleep schedule is one thing, but having it maintained and decided by drugs like the ones found in Energy drinks... Yikes! Good Luck, and stay away from them. It'll suck for the first while... But if you tough it out long enough, you'll feel healthier, energetic, and overjoyed.

On Topic though... I haven't really given up anything major. Probably because I've done nothing. I've taken up things that I probably should have when I was younger, and loved them... But that's about it.

I've made a new rule. If there's any social activity. Always leave the computer unless I'm sick. It's been going well.

Giving up fizzy drinks and sugary foods for my new diet was hard, but nowhere near as hard as trying to quit smoking.

I've had no fried foods, egg yolks, sugary foods/drinks, or potato chips for three months. I've not had any gelatin or meat (that includes poultry and fish) for a bit over four years. I'm planning to partake of yolks again (in strict moderation) soon. They were harder to give up than meat, meat was a walk in the park.

Vault101:
so last night I decided to cut down on energy drinks...for dental reasons

I've been a "1 big can a day" person for quite some time now..I think thats about 160mg worth which from what I understand is somwhere in the mid range

and I havnt had any today (instead I had one of those stupid Beroca tablets that you disolve in water that taste like piss)

Ive had this headache which has been going on since morning, and I'm really tired , and I might be somwhat irritable too...even more irritable when I think about going the whole weekend wihout, which makes me depressed

and now I'm depressed

so I guess what I'm asking is am I actually suffering from wtihdrawl here, do I consume enough for that? or is it all in my head? I remember another time I didnt get my daily fix until 1in the afternoon and I was mostly ok....has my brain just thrown a pre-emptive tantrum here?

secodn question have you ever tried to give up anything? how did you feel? were you sucessful?

Your body got used to getting energy drinks (to be more specific, the caffeine in them) every day. Now it has to get used to not getting them.
You'll be depressed, maybe even a bit ill, but it will pass. It will most likely take a few weeks and then you just have to keep those "man, I could sure use a Red Bull right now" thoughts out of your head (which is the hardest part).

Snacks during the night.

Lasted about 2 weeks or something.

Vault101:

Saregon:
snip it!

its funny, I'm actually kind of familiar with snus.....back in the day my parents had danish/norwegain workers come out to the farm as some kind of agricultural exchange thing...and several have had snus

Yeah, few people outside Scandinavia are very familiar with it, since it's quite uncommon for it to be sold in stores, and even illegal in the EU (Sweden was granted relief from this law).

Have been stopped in customs myself and questioned about it. Funniest thing is I've been asked by random people in other countries if it was drugs.

Captcha: American Cancer Society.

Too bad captcha, snus hasn't been proven to cause cancer, aha!

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Daveman:
Probably mostly in your head. Caffeine withdrawal shouldn't really affect you that much. My friend drinks a minimum of one 2 litre bottle of diet coke a day and when we made him quit cold turkey he was fine... although he did start up again as soon as we stopped stopping him.

I don't know...my headache got seriously bad towards the end of the day, also diet coke has bugger all caffine compared to most energy drinks (I think around 40-50mg..where as redbull is somthing like 80-90)[/quote]Then I guess drink some water, take a paracetamol and go to bed early.

And yeah 40-50mg isn't too huge if you're just having a can. But he literally has at least 2 litres a day.

I mean unless your energy drink problem is a lot more severe than I thought you can't be suffering all that badly, or at least it isn't related to stopping drinking energy drink.

I gave up cola this year. Yay me!

While I will still mix cola in a cocktail, for the most part I do not drink cola daily as I used too. Now it's Water, Juice, Tea, Milk, Coffee and Alchohol as my main liquid diet.

At first when I tried to stop it was hard as I have been drinking that shit since I was like 5, and I started to get very bad headaches. Eventually they stopped and so did my craving for cola and now I get less headaches in general.

Water seems plain and gross for most people, and I thought that too as I started to drink it. I started with those water flavourings. I eventually got bored of that watered down juice flavour. So I started drinking plain water since it was a very hot summer. Now I love the taste of water and every water brand seems to taste different. My favorite is Dasani.

I have a few more habbits I need to shake, but that cola one was very bad. I look at my mother with disgust as she only drinks cola and chain smokes. Her teeth are yellow/brown and falling out. I don't want that to be me. Now I'm slowly shaking junk food.

I once tried to give up masturbating, (long story) and I shit you not, I had the worst headaches for the 3 days that I managed it. It's probably a mental thing like a nacebo (negative placebo) effect since I used to occasionally masturbate to get rid of a headache (it totally works by the way) and my body assumed I should have headaches.

Long story short, it didn't last, at all.

MrStab:
I'm in the middle of giving up smoking, I'm ten days without so I guess that can be viewed as being successful so far. I have had started drinking more coffee than before though so I'm less of an arse hole and it seems to help with cravings for some reason.

I'd be careful with that. Caffeine can satisfy nicotine cravings, but the two aren't the same.

I knew a guy who took that path and because he started ingesting so much caffeine, his body couldn't adapt and he died.

Edit: Oh yeah, during my most recent relationship I decided to cut back on cola since it makes me burp and this was a very PDA relationship (just the way I like it) and I think the trade off eliminated the withdrawal symptoms. The relationship's done now though, and I'm back on the coke.

I never give up anything, I only cut down. I've found that trying to stop something entirely, even by cutting it down until I'm not doing it at all, inevitably leads to a massive splurge later.

This applies to everything, food, gaming, guitar, writing, reading, movies and tv. I can go three months usually without something, but then when I go back it's worse than ever.

Of course, most of the stuff I could be genuinely addicted to (crisps mostly) is easy enough to regulate. One pack of Quavers a day, and sometimes none at all. It's hardly difficult.

I could say World of Warcraft, but I've only ever dropped out when I got bored. I recently uninstalled League of Legends for exam season (A fact not helped by my friends constantly pressuring me to reinstall, two of which did so. Another one ended up not turning up to a single exam, so I think I made the right decision), but I knew I'd be coming back to it. Generally, I'm a pretty big hedonist; unless you can convince me it's hurting someone else or will directly affect me in a sufficiently negative way to be not worth it, I probably won't give up. I might give up ever drinking to get drunk; not as fun as it use to be =/

Capthca: "history repeats itself". Thanks for the support Capthca!

I'd like to give up carbs - or some carbs, at least... but, sorry. My morning cereal, carb side for lunch (usually rice or potatoes), dinner, and popcorn / small plate of 8-10 nachos at night... can't.

Other than that, I don't really have anything to give up. Only drink a can of pop a week now, don't buy chips other than nacho chips (... ignoring the vending machine bag in my garbage can as that's once a month...), cookies, etc.

I suppose I could give up procrastination.... but I don't feel like it right now.

I was addicted once. Spent all my time focused on it. I couldn't think, I couldn't work. Had to keep going. I'd stop for a minute, try to forget it, but I'd go back in a second. I succumbed completely and it became my life. But it wasn't perfect for me. I only realized that the first time I couldn't get what I wanted. Time was up. It was over in a second. What had been hypnotizingly appealing one second, became boring drivel the next. I quit it, cold turkey. . . damn facebook games.

I quit smoking, at the ripe old age of 42, heard it takes years off your life. Glad I stopped before it affected my health.

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I tried to give up video games... not gonna happen.

I'm in the process of giving up coffee and energy drinks. I cut energy drinks and coffee completely out. It sucks. I get massive headaches. The way I'm dealing with it is by drinking about 20 ounces of caffeinated soda around 12:00-2:00 (when the headache is the worst). I plan to start drinking less and less soda every week.

It sucks, but I am way too dependent on caffeine.

I gave up soda and carbonated drinks. super difficult and took quite some time. Wondrous headache's and I was always fatigued. But Im super proud of myself and I was able to do it!

Now time to give up nail biting.

I once had to cut down on the amount of soda I drank. It was for more than just dental reasons; caffeinated products like CocaCola and energy drinks make you piss out the calcium your body needs. So if you drink a ton of soda now, you will get some serious arthritis later in life.

The best remedy is to switch exclusively to tea with a soda or energy drink on the weekend or at a social gathering. Tea comes in a vast variety, and you can switch between caffeinated and non-caffeinated progressively to get over the headaches. You can also add a lump or two of sugar to get over that issue as well.

You will have the headaches and lousy feeling for a week or two the way you are going now. It will suck. Afterwards you will wonder why the world is so corrupted by energy products when you suddenly can think clearer and you feel great.

I know a vegetarian who occasionally gives in and cooks up some bacon for himself.

Yeah, your brain is throwing a pre-emptive fit. If you can survive the first week, the worst will be over.

I've tried butting my sugar down to natural levels (ie. minimal candy), but I keep having splurges. It's doubly bad because then I feel down about caving... which prompts me to eat more sugar.

IndomitableSam:
I'd like to give up carbs - or some carbs, at least... but, sorry. My morning cereal, carb side for lunch (usually rice or potatoes), dinner, and popcorn / small plate of 8-10 nachos at night... can't.

Good. I have no idea why you'd give up carbs anyways. Atkins is a crock, carbs are your standard energy source. Sans carbs, you'd have to rely on protein burn (BAD) or chemicals (WORSE).

Tried (several times) quitting gaming, lasted 1.5 months.
Tried (several times) quitting choclate, lasted 2 months.
Tried (several times) quitting chips/sugar junk food, lasted 3 months.
Tried (several times) quitting fast food, lasted about a month.

Quitting things cold turkey is just dumb, and I never lasted with them. I just started taking them in major moderation.

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