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Mill Creek OA 100 Pounder Speaker Meeting
Speakers who have lost 100 pounds tell their stories.

We had a family competition to see who could eat the most. I held my own with brothers.

Direct download: DonnaW_2019_11_17.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

Today weight, Glucose, Triglycerides, Hemoglobin, Cholesterol, LDL, All down in healthy range.

Abstinant 6-8 times over 39 years with 60 Lb average  loss, Every time my life got full so...... stopping meetings was the first step out.

Today I use all the tools AND have a full life.

 

Direct download: JoyceW_2019_11_03.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

The weight allowed to be a charcter actor which allowed me to justify the weight.

Lost 100 lbs by running, then stopped running....

2 years into recovery I was terrified of relapse. a 2 lb weight gain led me into my current recovery.

Doing the steps in AA truly kicked in my spiritual awakening.

Direct download: GregL_2019_10_27.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

Childhood anxiety was not understood,.

Thinking 'Thin is good' had me restricting in kindergarten and into anorexia by 4th grade.

The positive aspect of gastric bypass surgey can be overcome with careful compulsive overeating.

I fired a series of sponsors who had really good suggestions.

Fast forward years of up and down weight, in and out of program, loving and hating myself, today I have healthy relationshiops with my husband, my son, my program, my sponosr and my higher power. I follow direction and my life gets better. Rock on OA!

 

Direct download: MichelleK_2019_10_20.mp3
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Direct download: FrankP_2019_10_13.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

Very active youth but food took oever about age 11. by 16 my weight made me uncomfortable so I solved that feeling with drugs and alcohol and became fat and high.

100 lb swings became common.

I know have my passion back.. for OA.

I always find a way to eat appropriately with the help of God and my sponsor.

Direct download: JarronE_2019-10-06.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

Food was my families medicing for everything physical and emothional.

Side effects included weight gain and self loathing.

LAter on I learned eating carbs causes small intestines to releases seretonin. 

If I don't eat my red light foods, there is no struggle.

Direct download: TomF_2019_09_29.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

Added almost 100 lbs from HS Graduation through first semester of college.

Bypass surgery helped me switch from binging to grazing continuously. Not a good switch.

Once I started really working the program with a sponsor I discovered eating healthy foods in moderate quantities, with a little excercize produced weight loss. Who knew?

 

Direct download: ChristinaM_2019_09_15.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

Grew up on Pot farm. My mother gained weight with organic food.

At times I lost weight but never dealt with underlying isses.

I had two food plans, A local plan when I was home and a travel plan. Not so good.

Today I love the program, I love you guys, I love my family, I love my higher power and at long last I love myself.

Direct download: TyroneS_2019_09_08.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

Stealing cookies at age 5

Sneaking was it own thrill

Grew up in violent alcoholic household, created the same inmy marriage.

I Overcam gastric bypass by eating small meals all the time.

Finally working with a sponsor and following direction helps me stay sane around food.

Direct download: DorrieS_2019_09_01.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

Wheels really came off in college.

Binge, purge, depession, suicidal, drink, act out - just spin the wheel, repeat.

Failed the phych eval for stomach staple.

Lost the weight, no need for steps,

Finally got sponsor, then recovery began

Direct download: JackieG_2019_08_25.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

1st Meeting at age 12

Mom was my eating buddy and my diet buddy.

Today I want the best for my ex-husband and it not even fake.

 

Direct download: CindyW_2019_8_18.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

Underlying Thought "I am not enough"  food was the only thing that Always helped.

The seed of OA was planted when she was 19, finally germinated 15 years later.

Direct download: KaraL_2019_08_11.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

Flour was my Thing.

I relasped without Sugar and flour. 

A spiritual Experince and outlined in the Big Book can happen when you least expected it but always when you need it.

Direct download: CynthiaE_2019_07_28.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

First diet worked for a year - Then a month, Then a week, then maybe days.

I thought alot to avoid my feelings. Problem was this is a program of action, not a program of feelings.

Years of half measures failed me but I kept coming back and once I caught  the disease I ended up with a sponsor, abstinance, and recovey.

 

Direct download: HillaryM_2019_07_21.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

Food made the pain of family disruption go away for about a second.

Wouldn't steal from stores but parents - OK

A desire to stop eating compulsively does not equal recovery.

Direct download: EricG_2-19_07_14.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

Once she really 'heard' The Doctor's Opinion" she realized htere is No way but OA.

Circumstances don't cause my syuffering. How I think about  my circumstances does.

 

Direct download: DawnB_2019_07_07.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

Born a compulsive overeater, 

Every diet program worked for while

OA always treated me better than I treated myself.

Direct download: Luanne_2019_06_30.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

Sugar addict birth to death but today not active at it.

Really good dieter... Every goal was a rebound.

Lied to avoid invitations and maintain isolation.

The beginning or recovery was when I learned to love myself no matter what I weighed.

 

Direct download: JessicaH_2019_06_23.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

Childhood Dancing, Track, Drill kept is at bay. 

Abstinance is fragile and often taken for granted.

A sliver leads to a slive which leads to a slab which leads to a slob. 

Now I go to meetings to speak and listen. It has to go both ways.

Direct download: AnneT_2019_06_16.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

Mom loved sugar, Dad loved snacks, I loved sugary snacks.

Today I do my part (Meetings, outreach calls,etc) God does his part (the results). It seems to be out working well. 

Direct download: JillE_2019_06_09.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

Finally arriving at OA with heart disease , and diabetes he follows direction and his whole life got better, 

Direct download: JimF_2019_06_02.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

My mom thouhgt freezing the Ding Dongs woudl stop me... She was wrong.

Incredible membership benefits of OA include, friendships, support, help and a healthy life.

I can pass as normal but you all know they truth. What a relief.

Direct download: HelenT_2019_05_26.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

Direct download: AliceN_2-19_05_19.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

Food was an effective tool to avoid the pain of being picked on. 

 

Direct download: EveS_2019_05_12.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

Born a compulsive eater any recovery can be fleetinmg without a higher power to depend on. What can I say, it works.

Direct download: Christina_2019_05_05.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

Sugar in his baby food stopped his crying. Eventually he found every diet worked ... for a while.... Once.

A journey from Food to allcohols, to food to OA to God.

 

Direct download: DarronDG_2019_04_28.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

Direct download: JayF_2019_04_21.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:30pm PST

Some times we put on out best face. Tim put on his most honest sharing his recovery on a 'Bad' day. We could identify completely. 

Direct download: TimP_2019_04_14.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

Speed may not be the best solution for overeating. Googling AA for fat people does bring up OA. OA Led to a lifelong solution for compulsive overeating. as offering relationships which may be approaching friendship.

Direct download: JohnP_2019_04_07.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

Franks always remembered what food did FOR him forgetting what it did TO him. 

Meeting atendance, even with commitments, does not equal recovery.  But it helps

Direct download: FrankP_2019_03_24.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:30pm PST

OA is the only hope for long term abstinence and health Fred had found. and he has tried it all. 

Direct download: FredB_2019_03_17_17.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:30pm PST

The weight swings should have been a clue. 

Direct download: JarrenE_2019_03_10..mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:30pm PST

Picked a lock to get the food, weighed on a meat scale, up and down for 40 years, and more until OA brought him back God, as he understans him.

Direct download: KenS_2019_03_03.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:30pm PST

Compulsive overeating trumps, everything, booze, drugs, excersizer AND wil power untill OA was the ace.

Direct download: RonH_2019_02_24.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:30pm PST

She learned in OA she had accepted 4 big lies.

1, I will start on Monday

2. I will just have a little bit from the bag/package.

3. It doesn't show so no one will know.

4. I can do it myself.

Direct download: OliviaO_2019_02_17.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:30pm PST

Loosing the weight was not enouigh to make the perfect life. A 200 pound weight loss, although remarkable, could not fix her. It took the steps, honetsty, doing the work,calls and a solid sponser she was willing to listen to in order to achive real recovery.

Direct download: JackieG_2019_02_10.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:30pm PST

Direct download: CarrieN_2019_02_03.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:30pm PST

It took Mike  long time to "Get it". For years he dabbled in OA Waving the banner of sobriety convincing himself they were different. He tells his story with humor and emotion and comapssion everyone can identify with. 

Direct download: MikeM_2019_01_27.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:30pm PST

Food became a safe place during an uncertian, unsafe and challenging childhood. Eventually it stopped working. OA is now offering a great life. 

Direct download: GregK_2019_01_20.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:30pm PST

Growing up with no life skills Victor turned to food.

He found personal and emotional accptance in OAand learned tools for living for the first time.  

Direct download: VictorQ_2019_01_13.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:30pm PST

Direct download: Mike_2019-01-06.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:30pm PST

Direct download: MelanieM_2018_12_30.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:30pm PST

Direct download: KariB_2018_12_23.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:30pm PST

OA nd the members  will always be there for you. 

Direct download: JessicaH_2018_12_18.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:30pm PST

Don't quit before the miracle(s)

Direct download: Sandra_2018_12_09.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:30pm PST

Relapse may be part of alot of our stories. Tim recounts his on again off again relationship with OA. There is hope for everyone

Direct download: TimP_2018_11_25.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:30pm PST

Long term success may be based on always going to meetings no matter what. It worked for Cynthia.

Direct download: CynthiaE_2018_11_18.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:30pm PST

Direct download: 2018-09-23_Katie_mp3cut.net.mp3
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Direct download: 20180826-StephanieL_mp3cut.net.mp3
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Direct download: 20180819-RonH_mp3cut.net.mp3
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Direct download: 20180713Elaine_mp3cut.net.mp3
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Direct download: Natalie_20180625_mp3cut.net.mp3
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Direct download: GaddyG_20180617_mp3cut.net.mp3
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Direct download: Roz_20180603.mp3
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Delightful share about maintaining 200lb loss!

Direct download: Jackie_20180520.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:30pm PST

Maintaining 150lb weight loss, happy joyous and free!

Direct download: 20180513_Amanda_M_mp3cut.net.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:30pm PST

Direct download: 2018-4-15_Helen_Long-Beach_mp3cut.net.mp3
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Direct download: 20180325_Victoria_mp3cut.net.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:30pm PST

Direct download: TimP_20180318.mp3
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Direct download: Helen_20180311.mp3
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Direct download: Domingo_20180304.mp3
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Direct download: Carrie_20180204.mp3
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Direct download: Ron_20180114.mp3
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Kari shares about recovery, relapse, gaining weight eating abstinent foods, and maintaining 150 pound weight loss while living the active peaceful life she always dreamed.

Direct download: 20180107-Kari_B.mp3
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Direct download: Tim2_20171217.mp3
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Holly shares how she lost 140 pounds and gained her life.

Direct download: Holly_20171210.mp3
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Direct download: Tim-C_20171203.mp3
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Dorrie shares her spirituality in recovery.

Direct download: 20171126-Dorrie.mp3
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Direct download: Adam_Z_11-12-17.mp3
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Direct download: Madeline_R_11-05-17.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 12:00pm PST

12 principals

Direct download: Lori_y_20171029.m4a
Category:speaker -- posted at: 8:25pm PST

Direct download: 20171001_183652_Memo1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:54pm PST

Direct download: 20171001_183652_Memo.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:36pm PST

Mickey shares his experience, strength and hope.

Direct download: 2017-09-20_Mikey_B.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 3:28pm PST

In this very open and honest share, Ken expresses the value of, as he calls it, his "tribe", the people within OA.  Starting out as a child of two holocaust survivors and being a gay man, Ken has had a lot to confront in this world.  As a leader in a popular "diet" program, he says anyone go on a diet but it was the people of OA that taught him how to care about himself and each other.

Direct download: Ken_S_20170423.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 9:00pm PST

Ellie steps up as a backup speaker for a great pitch on transitioning from a voice that spoke negatively to her about her body to a higher power that has taken care of her, continues to take care of her and allows her to have the positive life she has today.

Direct download: Ellie_20170416.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 9:00pm PST

Deanna talks about how she removed the laws of the food from her image and tapped into the power of a positive self image.

Direct download: Deanna_J_20170409.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 9:00pm PST

Hear how Holly overcame the control of her mother, husband and food through the support of these rooms and the OA program.

Direct download: Holly_O_2017_04_02.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 9:32pm PST

Over 30 years abstinent, Alice tells us how this program is not just about food, its what has made her a better wife, daughter and mother.

Direct download: Alice_2017_03_26.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 10:32pm PST

Hear how Elaine talks about why she still needed OA after she thought she had gamed the system with bariatric surgery.

Direct download: Elaine_G_2017_03_19.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 9:00pm PST

Katie reveals how E+R=O help you avoid your next binge.

Direct download: Katie_2017_03_12.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 9:00pm PST

Want to know how this thing works? Listen to someone like Teryl with 38 years of abstinence tell it like it is.

Direct download: Terrel_2017_03_05.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 9:00pm PST

Jackie explains how she had to learn to face her fears instead of hiding from them in the food. 

Direct download: Jackie_2017_02_26.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 9:00pm PST

Coming from growing up surrounded by wholesale food to 8 years of abstinence, her story is one of great hope.

**Tech Note - If anyone has the correct name spelling for this speaker please let Tim T know at the Sunday night meeting. Thanks!

Direct download: Kahry_2017_01_22.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 9:00pm PST

Find out how she is seeking G.O.D.'s grace through the gift of desperation every day.

Direct download: Christine_G_2017_01_15.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 9:00pm PST

Hear this OA veteran and self-proclaimed "Liar, Cheat and Thief" get honest and real about his OA journey including relapse to recovery.

Direct download: TimP_2017_01_08.mp3
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Direct download: 2016-09-25_Joanie.mp3
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Direct download: 2016-09-11_Ira_G.mp3
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Helen shares her experience, strength and hope

Direct download: 2016-09-04_Helen.mp3
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Carrie shares her experience, strength and hope

Direct download: 2016-08-28_Carrie.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 8:03am PST

Surrendering to win is his message.  Ron H celebrates 14 years of abstinence and OA recovery.

Direct download: 2016-08-07_Ron_H.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 10:20am PST

12 Steps is a way of life that works in rough going

Direct download: 2016-07-31_Millie.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 3:20pm PST

Suffering with diabetes and heart disease, Jim F finds a spiritual solution to his medical problem in the 12 Steps.

Direct download: 2016-07-24_Jim_F.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 11:18am PST

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Direct download: 2016-07-17_Camille.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 7:54am PST

Celebrating his 11th anniversary of recovery, a loss of over 300 pounds, and a new life.

Direct download: 2016-07-10_Eric_G.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 11:34am PST

"I don't wanna".  How this 100 pounder overcame unwillingness.

Direct download: 2016-07-03_Tim_P.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 7:50am PST

Len P shares how he often asks himself, "Is it odd or is it God?"

Direct download: Len_P_6-26-16.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:30pm PST

Sheila T shares how she thought she had the power to cause bad things like Hurricane Katrina.

Direct download: Sheila_T_6-19-16.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:30pm PST

John from West Hollywood shares how he was like a mouse in a maze who kept going down the wrong path.

Direct download: John_6-12-16.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:30pm PST