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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...

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...

Transforming Behaviors

In OA I have learned that if I want to stay away from my trigger foods, I need to first list specific foods and food behaviors that cause me difficulties. I have spent a lot of time being honest with my sponsor, my Higher Power, and myself so I could achieve and maintain abstinence. When I feel  Read more...

How Beautifully the Sun Shines Here

I am a compulsive overeater and an authority on how it feels to weigh 300 pounds (136 kg) at five feet ten inches (178 cm) tall. I was a wife and mother, but I felt barely human and barely a woman. Every excess pound carried an old wound and hatred for myself and others. Trapped in a wall of fat Read more...

Renewed Recovery

During my first three years in OA, I was one of the stars. I shed 100 pounds (45 kg) in ten months and kept it off, even through pregnancy. I shared at meetings and generally felt recovered. Long before I began overeating again, I was in deep trouble. I was coasting, and as someone pointed  Read more...