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John Stone's Picture Gallery and Video Archive

Discussion in 'Media Threads' started by John Stone, Feb 1, 2004.

  1. John Stone

    John Stone Every day is Leg Day
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    Sorry about that. Tell you what, you can make fun of me when hurricane season rolls around. :)


    You and Lisa both. I told her I must be comfortable because I'm carrying extra body fat right now. :D
     
  2. DFS

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    That'll work out well actually cause I'll be in Vegas on my honeymoon for two weeks in August when you're dodging those hurricanes.:tucool:
     
  3. John Stone

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    Congratulations John! This site has been a source of motivation me, but today's posting struck a chord deep inside. Thanks for all you do.
     
  5. DFS

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    Congrats John. I've never been addicted to anything, so I've no idea of what you went through so I won't pretend.

    It's funny too, if you look on your pictures page at the monthly's the biggest change in the beginning occurred from 3/6/03 to 4/6/03. Coincidence? I think not.

    Again, awesome.
     
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    John-

    Thank you.


     
  7. 1FastGTX

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    Not only do I want to say "congratulations," but I too want to say "thank you" for today's great message!

    Here's to now resigning yourself to a lifetime of health and happiness! :tucool:
     
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    John, I never knew that you struggled with drugs. I was always impressed with your physical transformation and this site helped me change my body and fitness starting over 2 years ago.

    Good for you man. And good for you in bringing this community together to help others with their goals and challenges.

    Congratulations on your accomplishments.
     
  9. John Stone

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    I'm so glad you got something out of today's update.

    The subjects of drugs and addiction always elicits a big response when I bring it up on the main page. I think that is because many of us wound up fat and out of shape because of drug and/or alcohol abuse.


    Thank you very much!


    You're welcome. :)


    Thanks, Chris. Well said!


    Thank you!

    Today is definitely a proud day for me. I spoke to my mom on the phone a short while ago and I could hear her getting choked up. She knew that she was powerless to stop my abuse of drugs and alcohol, and she was burdened with the knowledge of what would eventually happen to me if I continued down the same path my father chose to take.

    I don't talk about my dad too much, but I will say that the years leading to his death were always in the back of my mind as I continued to spiral downward. Growing up I experienced firsthand what drugs and alcohol abuse does to people and their families, yet there I was making the same mistakes.

    I think part of what made me get up and fight to get my life back on track is anger. I always wanted to be better than that, and I was blowing it.
     
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    Thanks, and congrats. I needed to hear your message today. These past several months have been a tough ride in regards to remaining sober. Much tougher than ever before. This is the form of inspiration I need to absorb when I seek help and motivation to persevere.

    Thanks again. :)
     
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    Congratulations John!

    I finally quit smoking for good (after several failed attempts) in January of 2006. It was the most difficult thing I've ever done in my life. What made it more difficult was the fact that my wife continued to smoke and left her cigarettes all over the house. She would smoke right in front of me all the time.

    As tough as it was to quit in these conditions, I'm sure this was nothing compared to overcoming some of the other addictions out there like drugs and alcohol. I truly have nothing but the utmost respect for anyone who has turned their life around after being addicted to any of these kinds of debilitating addictions.

    Congratulations again and thanks for running this terrific website!
     
  12. DFS

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    Anyone know off the top of your head what one of the fastest growing addictions in America is today? No Google searches, off the top of your head now.
     
  13. John Stone

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    Thanks, Mastover. :)

    I'm sorry to hear that you've been having a tougher time lately. It happens to the best of us. I know how selflessly you've worked to help others in the area of addiction, but that doesn't mean that you don't have your own struggles to deal with. Stay tough, my friend.


    Well, I know how you feel. While Lisa and I both quit on the same day, she has stopped and started at least a dozen times since that day. I wasn't tempted by her smoking, though. In fact it repulsed me, and I told her so. That was probably not the best way to help her get through it, but I was being honest. Her smoking was definitely a source of friction between us from time to time. I felt like a jerk for complaining after how she stuck by me for all those "drug" years, but I couldn't seem to help myself. It was a tough situation.

    I'm happy to say that Lisa has been smoke-free for over 2 years now! :)

    Anyway, I digress--congratulations on your tremendous achievement! :tucool:

    I've managed to quit a chronic weed addiction (and, to a lesser extent cocaine) and a heavy cigarette addiction, so I can tell you my own personal view in that area. I found that pot was harder to quit in the short term, but cigarettes were harder to quit over the long haul. I was still craving smokes a year after I quit, while my weed cravings went away after about a month.

    I can't speak to drugs like heroin or crack, as I've never tried those (and it's probably a damn good thing considering my addictive personality).

    The first week I quit smoking pot nothing felt enjoyable, and every waking moment was consumed with thoughts of smoking weed. It was horrible, and I hated being awake. Because I smoked pot constantly, everything I did reminded me of it: computer time, movies, music, food--you name it.


    Has to be Internet.
     
  14. DFS

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    Close John, but more specific - internet porn. It's ruining as many marriages, families, careers, etc. as many of the other addictions.

    The problem is, it's not viewed in the same light as many other addictions because it's not as self destructive I suppose. Many people reading this view online porn multiple times a day. And if they tried to stop, they wouldn't be able to.
     
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    John, or anyone else for that matter, I am curious, but did you have an health issues when you were overweight, smoking and doing drugs? I've had my own due to being overweight and having been quite the drinker and social smoker particularly stomach issues and anxiety. I certainly understand if that is getting a bit personal but I've been having a rather difficult time lately being off my exercise routine until I start PT and could use some validation, guidance or whatever right now.
     
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    Great update today mate, and well done on 5 years! I quit smoking on the second attempt Jan 5th 2004, and I know what you mean about it being a long haul. Even now every now and then, i get a strange craving for a cigarette. Nothing powerful or that would lead me to actually smoke, just a weird little craving. Guess they will always be there. This is one of my greatest achiements to date in life.

    I know what you mean about the pot thing two. I was stoned every day except those when i ran out, for many years. You believe at the time that it makes everyday things better, watching films, eating, music... in reality, it really doesnt. It also seems to give you an excuse for being bored and doing nothing; doing nothing is a lot more fun stoned. Point is, you shouldnt be doing nothing! When i stopped getting stoned everyday, it was also at the start of my own transformation, a few months in, and since then i have never looked back in terms of my life accomplishments, job, life, love and happiness. The time spent getting stoned and doing nothing is now spent acheiving things and progressing life, moving forwards. It seems like the same thing has happened to you. Look where you have come in 5 years! :)

    Your update reminded me of where i was, where i have come from and where i have got to. And i owe my WHOLE transformation to this site and the inspiration it gave me. Without this site, i wouldnt have made a transformation, therefore, would still be stoned every day, and therefore wouldnt be in the relationship or job i am in, earning this money, feeling and looking fit and strong, and being this happy. I owe you and this site a lot, and todays update bought that home once again.

    Thank you John. :nod:
     
  17. Antimatter

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    um not quite. theres a difference between a chemical addiction and a compulsion that is natural.
     
  18. DFS

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    Yes, thank you. :tu:

    I never said there wasn't a difference. But are you implying that you can't be addicted to something unless it's a chemical?
     
  19. Rise

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    pot isn't chemically addicting, only mentally. Once the habit is broken, you're all set (John's example supports this) compared to cigarettes that are chemically addicting (nicotine, again John's example supports this).

    so unless you're talking about cigarettes only, DFS is pretty spot on here with his addition of a popular addiction. Compulsory implies addiction, only mentally.
     
  20. Antimatter

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    I'm saying being addicted to drugs verses internet isn't the same. Drugs make you physically long for the next fix, but to stop going at it 12X daily, just get a hobby. Your body won't be telling you it needs a fix of nauhty america or suffer withdrawal brought on by a chemical need to avoid pain.
     

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