It is easy for me to lose sight of the gifts OA and abstinence have given me. I have been abstinent for three and a half years. I lost about 50 pounds (23 kg), and I have maintained a healthy body weight for two and a half years. Before OA, I hadn’t been a healthy body weight since childhood. By my teens, I had resigned myself to being fat, unattractive, and unlovable for the rest of my life. I was 26 when I attended my first OA meeting. I was “struck abstinent” and have remained abstinent from that day on.

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