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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...

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...

Growing Up in OA

No one comes to a Twelve Step program on an upswing, and I was no exception. I was overweight and felt certain foods were the problem. I asked my husband of eighteen years to move out; I thought he was the problem. I wasn’t communicating well with my adult children, so they were the proble Read more...

Oh is One Syllable

Driving to my OA meeting this morning, I felt a sense of calm about this past week. An authority figure had made an inappropriate comment, and I spoke my truth without becoming belligerent, without thinking obsessively about the situation afterward, without gossiping, and without stuffing d Read more...

Feeling Good

I have been thinking about how proficient I was at feeling bad, and how I am now learning to feel good. My food compulsion started at age 7, which is when the worrying began as well as before-school stomach aches, bad dreams, fear at bedtime, and the chameleon-like behavior I developed to d Read more...

Surrender the Fear

I was appalled the first time I heard the Twelve Steps. Take inventory? Make amends? The Steps seemed punitive. But I kept coming back. I liked the honesty I heard. I took what I liked, the food plan; and I left the rest, the Steps. After a year of Step meetings, the Steps seemed l Read more...

Grateful Dignity

Great Grateful for Dignity I first entered OA in 1990 after failing at various diets over the years. At that time, I’d gained back 60 pounds (27 kg) after a diet plus an additional 8 pounds (4 kg). I got the phone number for OA in New York City and was told where to find a meeting. When I walke Read more...

Stay Connected to God

In my darkest days of overeating, slipping, and blaming myself, I got down on my knees every day and turned it over to God. I said, “God, I know things are tough right now, but I trust you know the way. I trust that my path on the road to recovery is safe in your hands.” After a few days of obse Read more...

A Life To Live

When I came to OA five years ago, I was suicidal. I couldn’t imagine gaining weight yet another time. I was in my first new relationship since my husband of twenty years had left our marriage ten months prior. But my “new boyfriend diet” had worn off, and I was starting to expand. I couldn’t bea Read more...