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My True Value

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Freedom from compulsion and excess weight is the treasure that those of us plagued by food addiction covet most! What does this freedom look like? A wise man said, “It’s a sparkle in the eye that exemplifies it.” Another source says it’s the genuine, natural smile on one’s face that whispers acceptance of others—after all, a smile is the universal sign of approval. Others believe this freedom is a journey toward, and/or an arrival at, a healthy body weight. One ancient book states that freedom is a glorious and inexpressible joy. Some believe it’s a positive outlook or a faith-filled life.

For me, freedom is certainly all of these and more. I have been relieved of 60 excess pounds (27 kg), an immeasurable amount of negativity, and a self-hate that bothered me for years. My relationships with others have improved tremendously because now I accept my true value, know who I really am, and have healthy boundaries. I esteem and appreciate others more as well. I am so grateful for the miracle of spiritual, emotional, and physical recovery. I give thanks to God and the Fellowship of OA for showing me the way of peace with God, myself, and others.

— Tina M., DeQuincy, Louisiana USA

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