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

Was not taught any adult skils growing up.

Overachiever AND overweight

In my disease eating utensils were optional.

Can never get back to the feeling of that first bite.

Attacking the steps was the real solution.

Direct download: ShariB_2020_05_31.mp3
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In old pictures I looked more normal than I felt.

Meetings alone did not deliver the results I wanted.

I grew up in a small community. Now I have a large OA community.

 

Direct download: SharonP_2020_05_17.mp3
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The only people who really get to act how they feel are 3 years old.

Doing the steps id the best tool for weight loss.

9th step promises are true.

Direct download: DavidC_2020_05_10.mp3
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In high school super excited about lots of chinese food.

I can't see God but I CAN see the effects of God.

Completely mind fucked over 3 gum drops..

Having Incremental improvements with my willingness  helps my willingness grow stronger.

Direct download: KatieD_2020_05_03.mp3
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Lots of Tequila and lots of Oreos.  But never together.

Gastric bypass, like every other diet, worked.... for a while.

When I finally admitted iI was a compulsive over eater that bell could never be unrung.

 

 

Direct download: LindaB_2020_04_26.mp3
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5'2" 288, Hmmmm

Lost who I was because of eating.

a meal - ok.    A meal, twice in a row, I qualify.

Stayed in meeting even when I wasn't abstinent. OA meetings were a breath of fresh air. 

Direct download: JoH_2020_04_19.mp3
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Maintaining 150 lb weight loss for overt en years.

Problem with sugar, flour and quantity. Need to handle all 3 to be abstinent.

Direct download: KariB_2020_04_12.mp3
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Came to OA at 66 years old.

Active in sports junior high and high school. College- no sports just food.

Now -Dailey10 steps. makes a difference.

My Higher Power sometimes forces me into better decision than I make on my own.

 

Direct download: BobM_2020_04_05.mp3
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When YOU feel you have lost something God will replace it with what you need.

Direct download: CarolinaA_2020_03_15.mp3
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I was isolated emotionally 

Weight problem by 8 years old.

Yo Yo - Weight Watchers, Speed, Excersize bulemic, All  worked once.

Even when I finally got a sponsor I had not realized I actually had to work a program.

Direct download: KenS_2020_03_08.mp3
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38  Years abstinent.

Great Dieter. Used grey sheet, lost weight but no steps, thus no recovery.

Recovery compares where we were  to where we are, not where we are to where we want to be.

I do have control over my attitude ans my actions, the rest is up to God

 

Direct download: RonF_2020_03_01.mp3
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Direct download: LincolnM_2020_02_23.mp3
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The 3 Parts of the disease need 3 areas of recovery - Pysical, emotional and spiritual.

I had to eat cake every day for my 12 minute ride home.

I had no higher power, I left 'God' off the Serenity Prayer.

Direct download: JessicaH_2020_02_09.mp3
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Even with drugs and alcohol, food always worked to make me feel better.

Thin did not fix anything.

actually doing the steps works better than just reading them.

 

Direct download: ChrisM_2020_02_02.mp3
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Waist 32" to 58" and everything in between.

Over 30 years I would get a little recovery, loose weight and take my will back . 

My abstinence needs to include eating behaivior that seeks to avoid or change me feelings.

 

Direct download: AdamB_2020_01_26.mp3
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Direct download: SunnyB_2020_01_19.mp3
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1976 - Called OA central office - No answer, 17 hours later Someone suggested OA. Could be she was sent by God.

Direct download: EdaS_2020_01_12.mp3
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Pacifier glued to lips. always had to be in my mouth.

Food over alcohol right from the start.

Lying and stealing about foor started in elementary school

Binge, gain weight, program light, loose 100 lbs, good enough. binge, repeat - -  up to about 400 lbs.

Finally it took actually doing the full program. I decided to Mimic the OA Yodas.

I just did it, It didn't make sense, did not want to, didn't understand it but thought I would give it a shot. By George it worked. I still do it today because it works.

 

Direct download: GinaN_2019_12_29.mp3
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First signs of compuliveeating amnifested at age 12.

Active is sports kept it balanced.

In my 20s started dieting and a cycle of yoyo up and down up to 360lbs.

12 steps made sence except foer the God  stuff.

6 years in program before acceptance and surrender took hold and it started working .

Today the compulsion is gone. I live in the present and make better choices.

 

Direct download: GeorgeY_2019_12_22.mp3
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Top weight 305, now 170.

College was the kick off for unrestrained compulsive overeating.

Getting a job I liked helped my self esteem but not my food

I did my work with my sponsor and the steps like a check list and never waivered. Consistancy trumps perfection.

Direct download: CarrieN_2019_12_15.mp3
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Big, strong kid, Very active in sports.

Regular activity, withoput change diet ledd to weight gain - Duh!

Acident at work laid me up, topped out over 385.

First astinace - no french fries. 

Certain foods cause certain feelings. Certain feelings call for certain foods. Helps to notice the connections.

Direct download: BobB_2019_12_01.mp3
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Direct download: AliceN_2-19_05_19.mp3
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Food was an effective tool to avoid the pain of being picked on. 

 

Direct download: EveS_2019_05_12.mp3
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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
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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
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Direct download: JayF_2019_04_21.mp3
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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
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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
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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
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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
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The weight swings should have been a clue. 

Direct download: JarrenE_2019_03_10..mp3
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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
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Direct download: Mike_2019-01-06.mp3
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Direct download: MelanieM_2018_12_30.mp3
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OA nd the members  will always be there for you. 

Direct download: JessicaH_2018_12_18.mp3
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Don't quit before the miracle(s)

Direct download: Sandra_2018_12_09.mp3
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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
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Delightful share about maintaining 200lb loss!

Direct download: Jackie_20180520.mp3
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Maintaining 150lb weight loss, happy joyous and free!

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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.

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Holly shares how she lost 140 pounds and gained her life.

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

Direct download: 20171126-Dorrie.mp3
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12 principals

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Mickey shares his experience, strength and hope.

Direct download: 2017-09-20_Mikey_B.mp3
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Katie reveals how E+R=O help you avoid your next binge.

Direct download: Katie_2017_03_12.mp3
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Helen shares her experience, strength and hope

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