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What Works for Me

One July morning I led a meeting on part of Chapter three in the Big Book (Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th ed., pp. 30-43). I thought about my eating career and the umpteen times I had rationalized that all I needed was the right diet and I’d be okay. Wrong! I Read more...

Say When

I consider myself a newbie in OA. I’ve been in and out of program since my early 20s and am approaching my 50th birthday. I have surrendered more than 100 pounds (45 kg) in OA and have been at or within a 5-pound (2-kg) range of my goal weight for more than a decade. As I&rs Read more...

A Baby Again

I have been in OA for three and a half years and have lost 120 pounds (54 kg). Sounds great, doesn’t it? When I first came in I was desperate and willing, and the program worked for me. Then I became a success. I knew what it was all about, and I could tell anyone how to do it. B Read more...

OA Found Me

Prior to entering Overeaters Anonymous in September 2004, I was a 25-year-old woman who could not break free of the binge and starve merry-go-round. My troubled relationship with food began at an early age. During my early teens, my food restriction was progressive. I was already fearful of  Read more...

End of the Road

I will soon celebrate sixteen to a prayer. She practices the old- years in OA. I have been abstinent all but nine months and have had four sponsors. I don’t wear them out; one of us moves or something else happens—Higher Power was ready for us to move on. Each sponsor has been a Read more...

Dive Into Recovery

I am grateful I joined OA seventeen years ago because OA has been there for me all these years. I’ve learned how to turn my will and my life over to God. My first action in this direction was to commence at once with the Fourth Step inventory. My sponsor and the Big Book made it clear Read more...

Listen to your Heart

The normal feeling of the newcomer is either “I am home” or “I am in hell,” but it doesn’t seem to matter. We can make it with both feelings. Sometimes those who are the most cynical, stubborn, and negative hang around the longest to get the new attitude. Ninet Read more...

Digging Deep

In my first Fourth Step over ten years ago, I identified my major character defects as fear, people-pleasing, and low self-esteem. I thought those covered them all. These were easy defects of character for me to admit because I figured sharing them would get me sympathy. Who would still like me  Read more...

All the Layers

I recently broke through denial and fear to acknowledge my character defects by attending an OA retreat focused on working Steps Six and Seven. I broke through the fear by engaging in all of the writing and activities throughout the weekend, sharing with my small group, and sharing with the larg Read more...

What, Me Compare?

For most of my life, and definitely before recovery though abstinence and Overeaters Anonymous, I spent my time first looking at others, next at myself, and then throwing up my hands in despair. Other women were always better: better body; better boyfriend; better hair, clothes, brains, job&mdas Read more...