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Speakers who have lost 100 pounds tell their stories.

Downed a bottle of Children's aspirin for the orange flavor.

Being extremely active helped me avoid weight gain.

Sugar free chocolate was a gateway food for me. 

Came back to OA in 2004 letting everyone know I already knew everything about it.

Amazingly when I changed my food plan with anothers help, I lost my weight.

Now miracles happen daily.

Direct download: MegM_2020_11_29.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

Grew up in angry home

By coincidence I found an OA meeting I could walk to right after I had been given I Big Book and identified.

I found a sponsor who took me through the steps after I was abstinent from my alcoholic foods.

Today I am overcoming the bedevilments (Page 52) and experiencing the promises (Page 83-84) one day at a time.

Direct download: JodyE_2020_11_22.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

Grew up in overweight family. Food competition was the norm.

Food, Drugs, alcohol became my life, I had no clue. 

12 steps in my first program changed my life but not my food.

I found OA and it worked so well I decided I didn't need it.

Finally got back with new sponsor and took direction.

Now I have added Spirituality into my food plan.

Direct download: SkylarS_2020_11_15.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

I pulled over an Xmas Tree but held on to the candy cane.

Knowledge of nutrition did not reduce my obsession.

A life change led to isolation, skipping meetings and the thought I can do it myself... It did not go well.

Finally made it back, got a sponsor and followed direction.

Today I have a daily ritual which helps me stay on track keeps the obsession at bay.

Direct download: AnnaS_2020_11_08.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

Long term over eating eventually getting into program at age 65

Listen and take notes:

A. S. I. S.

4 Cs

3 Ps

T. A. C. T. T.

 

Direct download: PaulM_2020_11_01.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

Binged and purged my way up to over 200 lbs.

If you think you can't do your food plan the rest of your life, it is a diet.

Direct download: StacyB_2020_10_18.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

Food helped me feel safe in an unsafe environment growing up.

When binging and restricting failed me I added exercise bulimia to my repertoire of inappropriate tools.

First came to OA in 2003, Did everything I was told except get a sponsor and do the steps.

Once back I came to believe if it worked for others  it could work for me.

 

Direct download: ErinF_2020_10_11.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

Food was not my  problem, it was my solution but it was killing me.

I hid my pain by eating compulsively.

Coming from  my very dark place the light offered by OA was blinding. I need the program and  steps to make the adjustment possible.

Direct download: MarkM_2020_10_04.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

Understanding I had a disease and it wasn't my fault was the beginning of my recovery.

My recovery starts in the grocery store.

 

Direct download: HelenT_2020_09_27.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

Teased in school.

Eat in secret.

How OA was 51 years ago. none of our own literature, books etc. Just a higher power.

Direct download: MaryB_2020_09_13.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

Working the steps from the big book helped me identify my lcohilic foods and refrain. 

Talking through the steps and the relationships between them weaves the  tapestry for a life of recovery.

Now it is still all about service, sponsoring, and passing it on as directed by God.

Direct download: TerryH_2020_09_06.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

I binged and purged while in a treatment center for another issue.

Uing the tools does not equal recovery. I Finally  Did the Work of the 12 steps  for the spiritual recovery offered in  OA.

Truly doing the 3rd steps releicved my pain.

My current hunger is to know God and his will for me, be of service and help others. It is better.

Direct download: CarolG_2020_08_30.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

My inability to control my eating and my weight made me hate myself

When I FINALLY got a sponsor I did whatever she said.

Recovery is better than a size 4

Direct download: LucyB_2020_08_23.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

I remember the food at weddings I went to when I was 10 years old.

Overweight in school, compensated by being funny.

Success in business allowed to pay for lots of plans, drugs, formulas, They all worked ...for a nano second.

Traded my food for the 12 steps and my life is better.

Direct download: GenieA_2020_08_16.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

A Sunday promise led to Monday amnesia.

I did not connect  the quantity component  while eating 'Approved' foods.

Attended OA Meetings for 16 years but did not work until I REALLY embraced step one, got a sponsor and Worked the Steps.

I don't eat anything can't leave on the plate.

Today I remember this disease if permanent, progressive and fatal.

 

Direct download: SusanG_2020_08_09.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

Weight  was a problem in by the time I was 10.

President's fitness challenge was terrifying.

Major weight loss in High School gave me a validation I continue to chase.

My first 12 step program suggested I eat to handle my new feelings. up 30 lbs following direction..

Today my recovery includes how I treat others, how I treat myself, is my recovery work consistent, and am I staying connected.

 

 

 

Direct download: RB_20202_08_02.mp3
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Started early,manipulating for food in grade school.

Could loose weight for a prize, and get it  Immediately game on bigger and faster.

Just kept going to meeting, no matter what. 

Program first seems to work.

 

 

 

 

Direct download: ScottT_2020_07_26.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

Food handled my emotions right from the  bottle.

20 Years old, functionally illiterate, overweight, and working  up the ladder.

My body started breaking down at 38 years old.

Entered OA. learned the rules, Attended meetings, participated, sponsored, lost 165 LBS  and I was King Sh*t!.... not good.

Now 23 years abstinent, humbly involved in the program, loving and loved. 

Direct download: EdR_2020_07_19.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

Abandonment issues were helped with food.

I always at the charity Candy Bars and Girl Scout cookies.

Stomach Stapling led to binge purge cycle.

OA with Big Book, And Sponsor led to recovery, 

Direct download: MarieS_2020_07_12.mp3
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

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
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

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
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

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
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

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
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

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
Category:speaker -- posted at: 6:00pm PST

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
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
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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
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
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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
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
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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
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
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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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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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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.

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Delightful share about maintaining 200lb loss!

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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.

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Dorrie shares her spirituality in recovery.

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