I found this subreddit a year ago, but wasn’t so into Reddit so I never really engaged. After being curious about my level of self-control, I decided to try for 1 week to not masturbate, look at porn, or anything like that.
Well, 1 week was way tougher than I thought, but to my delight, I made it through. Excited that I could finally jerk off again, I got ready for a session, but halfway through I realized it wasn’t bringing me the same feelings as it used to. I felt like I was just wasting my time, and that I could probably do something more productive.
Now, some info about me. I was 20, severe depression, anxiety, obese, etc. I had never had a job; I was terrified of going to school. Think of the most useless life you could live: I was living it.
After my 1 week of NoFap, I decided to push myself to go for 1 month. Now that was hard. I actually starting having wet dreams like a teenager, which was nice, and I feel like it wasn’t cheating on my challenge. I made the 1 month successfully, and was extremely proud of myself for that accomplishment. This is where things get good. I thought to myself: “If I can go an entire month without masturbating, why couldn’t I go an entire month without food?”
And so I started my diet, while continuing /r/NoFap. To date I’ve lost 86lbs, and I’ve only got 14lbs until I reach my goal. I applied the same reasoning to all my negative qualities. If I can change one, I can change the other.
And so I did. I’m like a completely different person. No more depression, anxiety, or fear. I got work, I just got accepted into university, and I’m finally hopeful for my future. I haven’t cheated on my NoFap challenge yet, nor have I cheated on my diet. Not even once.
So thank you /r/NoFap. You’ve all been an inspiration, and you’ve saved my life.