Home Newcomers Richer, Saner, and New

Richer, Saner, and New

5 min read
1

I just finished my first year in OA, and it has been amazing. I am convinced it was GOD, the Gift of Desperation, that got me to my first meeting. I accepted Step One then, and I honestly faced the truth about my disease.

I had used bad eating habits to cover up feelings, comfort myself in times of stress, and sedate myself with food. I was constantly grazing. I was desperate to find a better way. When I realized my eating was irrational and I needed to find resources to help me, I took the Second Step and started to hope.

The Third Step was the Step of faith. I tried to develop a clear understanding of my Higher Power. I came to believe my HP connects with me through my instincts and intuition. I visualize this as being like a smartphone: I don’t really understand how it works, but it can do amazing things, and I can take it anywhere. As long as I keep it charged, I can ask for help and directions. I charge it by working the Twelve Steps and using the nine Tools of the OA program. My connection is stronger when I align my will with HP’s. Things are better when I surrender my need for control and am willing to let go and trust.

I was lucky to connect with a wonderful sponsor right from the start. We are kindred spirits, and I have shared with her things I have never shared with another soul. We took months to work Step Four together. Now, we’re working Step Eight.

My action plan includes daily prayer, meditation, and literature readings. At first, meditation was mysterious to me, but now I know that all I need to do is be in a quiet and peaceful place, breathe deeply, start with a prayer, and let God in—like having a visit with a very dear, close friend. Being present gives me the peace and serenity I have really needed.

My food plan continues to evolve. I spent several months working with a nutritionist and that has helped a lot. I can only do my best one day at a time and commit myself each day to this program. Some days are better than others, but I have managed to release more than 30 pounds (14 kg) in this first year. I am in no hurry.

I wish I had found OA sooner and saved myself a lot of pain and frustration. I still have more to learn, but my life is so much richer and saner because of Overeaters Anonymous. I am thankful this Fellowship is here for everyone and thankful to know it is never too late to start.

— Linda P., Portland, Maine USA

  • The Silent Engine

    We gather in our meetings to share our experience, strength, and hope—I hear that expressi…
  • From Great Fall to Grateful

    I would like to tell you how I think the character, Humpty Dumpty, can be like some compul…
  • Eight Other Tools

    Here I sit, self-quarantined in the middle of a viral pandemic after returning home from t…
Load More Related Articles
  • Low-Tech Outreach

    I am on my intergroup’s public information committee. We make flyers with a tear-off porti…
  • Available to Everyone

    Here are a few ways I carry the message to other compulsive overeaters. I print out OA’s C…
  • Radio-Active

    I was listening to a commentary about obesity on our local radio station. The commentator …
Load More By admin
  • Push from Within

    I am working through Step One with my sponsor. She suggested that I submit these two respo…
  • Thanking My Lucky Stars

    In the past, whenever I got into a rut, had problems, felt angry, or couldn’t cope with st…
  • Waking Up

    I walked into OA because all I could see before me was cycles and cycles of weight gain an…
Load More In Newcomers
Comments are closed.

Check Also

Low-Tech Outreach

I am on my intergroup’s public information committee. We make flyers with a tear-off porti…