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Surrender the Fear - Working the Steps

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 less nega ..

Face It Together

I am learning to thank God for my problems. As soon as my mind gets snagged on a difficulty, I take it to Him with thanksgiving. Then I ask him to show me his way to handle the situation. The very act of thanking God releases my mind from its negative focus. As I turn my attention to God,  ..

Wholeness and Holiness

I have been a member of OA for twenty-six months and abstinent one day at a time since I walked into the rooms. Under the wings of my HP and OA, I have let go of 70 pounds (32 kg) so far. In my meditation recently, I remembered a woman who told me that Fridays were special days when she wou ..

Take Pleasure

I’m learning to live as if everything is a pleasure. It sounds preposterous, and I don’t intend to laugh at tragedy or others’ pain. Living as if everything is a pleasure helps me stop, refocus, and notice my negative reactions to others’ behaviors or beliefs so I can learn that it’s my inner en ..

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 after a diet plus an additional 8 pounds. I got the phone number for OA in New York City and was told where to find a meeting. When I walked into that meeting, I was in a fog, barely ..

Calling for Acceptance

I had a slip yesterday. I left a message on my sponsor’s answering machine telling her what I ate and that I ate out of self-pity. Then I turned on the TV and ate some more. I called my sponsor again, she answered, and I told her what I ate. She listened and said, “Just keep being honest ab ..

Looking Forward

On January 8, 2007, I pulled into my driveway, planning my binge. For the first time, a voice said to me, “Why do you continue to punish yourself?” This was a spiritual awakening, and the first time I realized I was punishing myself with food. At the time, I had little understanding of food ..

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 an extr ..

Give and Take

Before burning my journal, I reread some of the entries: This problem went away. That fear didn’t materialize. That was a problem? How trivial some entries seemed! But when I wrote them, they were the most important, bothersome, and fearful things in my life. I did notice one problem kept r ..