Hello all!

Thanks for stopping by my humble online abode. I'll get straight to it: I'm an addict. OH YES, a food, dopamine, adrenaline, 'newness' addict! I have always liked this about myself (except for the yo-yo weight) because it's 'me' but the older I get frankly, the more tired I am of it. I want [I]some[I] routine, not a huge boring structure or anything, but definitely something to help me rather than hinder me. I am, at this point in my life, overstimulated. I am overstimulated by TV, the net, information (just finished my degree), goals, aspirations, dreams, food, drink, you name it! I am finding it hard to be satisfied with the simple things in life, and that is why I decided to do a Primal Challenge. My challenge is to gain back my sensitivity: to natural sweetness and flavor, to gentle interpersonal stimulations, to simple meals and events. I have never done a challenge before, so this is new to me. My parameters:

Facebook- none for now, all of my friends can get ahold of me in other ways.

Internet- 20 minutes per day for e-mails ( I don't have many) and this journal, 1 hour for Skyping with fam per week, 30 minutes of general surfing per week on my day off of work.

Porn/masturbating/sexual images- None for now, need to get back the natural stimulation found from a nice night of flirting and the like.

Sugar/Sweeteners/Grains- None! My taste buds need a shell-shock. This includes sodas, stevia, and savory meals with added sugars (thai curries etc)

Reading- This may seem weird to some, but I can digest a book like nobody's business, so I'll cut this down to one book a week. And it must be the same book that I started out with, not 4 half-finished books.

I'd like to keep making rules for myself until it's unbearable and I can't do it...so that I don't have to do it! But this is a great beginning, and I will update this everyday with my food and exercise and general feelings.

I chose to do this here because I have been lurking here for YEARS and the community is great. I really need a community with this! I am calling out to the community of fellow dopamine lovers to virtually SCREAM at me if you see me making all kinds of little rules along with these ones. Hand slaps are necessary in this case! I am NOT following a diet, I am not portion controlling or cutting out caffeine or eliminating dairy or bananas or whatever crazy thing I will come up with to sabotage myself, so don't let me do it. Alright, so that's me. Who are you? Feel free to post in here all you want Can't wait to get to know you all more!