Thu, 22 August 2013
Marci always felt she had a love/hate relationship with food, mainly sugar. When she was young she would sneak food or steal money to buy food. Because she was an active child, she didn’t show a weight gain until she was in her late teens. When she got older she wasn’t honest with anyone, including herself, about what, and how much she ate. When she gained 150 pounds during her pregnancy she knew she had a serious problem with food. Even though she had a sincere desire to stop compulsively overeating she wasn’t able to stop.
Being obese started to seriously impact her health and that is what brought her into these rooms. In the past, fad diets and taking prescription diet pills were her temporary fix. These fixes never lasted very long and the weight would always come right back on, plus more.
Since joining OA, Marci has given away over 100 pounds and has been abstinent for over 11 years. Her abstinence is saying no to compulsive overeating and saying no to her “red flag” foods. To Marci this means that overeating brown rice and vegetables while abstaining from her “red flag” foods is not abstinence. For Marci, abstinence is NO COMPULSIVE OVEREATING at all.
Today Marci is a very peaceful and serene person who is working her 12 steps over and over again, and she truly believes if you work the program it will work for you.
Direct download: MarciM_2013_08_18_.mp3
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Thu, 15 August 2013
In these rooms Chaya learned how to do the little things in life so that when major things in life happened, eating food was not an option. Chaya plans what she is going to eat and eats what she plans…NO MATTER WHAT. No substitutions. To her, substituting food is compulsive over eating.
Chaya believes that serenity is knowing she is powerless over people, places, or
things and that everything in her life is exactly the way God wants it to be. Because
her focus is not on food anymore she is now able to enjoy her family. Also, now she has a positive point of view and she only talks about the foods she CAN eat rather than what she can’t eat.
She says that dwelling on what she can’t eat sets her up to feel deprived. Today it is Chaya’s CHOICE to eat the foods on her food plan. When she is offered food that isn’t on her plan she politely says “ thank you, I appreciate your hard work and thoughtfulness”. To feel comfortable saying these words she found she really had to practice a lot.
Chaya knows she never again has to go through things alone because she always has the people in these rooms to turn to. She has also learned that she can choose how to react to events, good or bad, and that she doesn’t have to act on every thought.
Direct download: ChayaB_2013_08_11_.mp3
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Sun, 4 August 2013
Sit back and be inspired by Victoria's message of hope and recovery. She tells how being in another 12 step group helped her realize she was a compulsive eater, what was blocking her spiritual growth, what tools helped her deal with her “crud”, what risky behavior she did that saved her life, her halfhearted suicide attempts, what she means by “weeds still coming up”, what she does in the morning and is so enjoyable spiritually, what her “safety latch” is, which is her most important tool, whether she or God "leaves first", what happens when she acknowledges character defects, and what her vital “baby steps” are. We know you will be blessed by Victoria’s honest share.
Direct download: VictoriaH_2013_08_04.mp3
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