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I have been in recovery a little over a year and I am 45 pounds (20 kg) lighter. This change in weight brought me a healthy body for the first time in my life and a complete change in how I live. Daily affirmations are a huge part of my recovery, and they’re one of the best ways I’ve found to connect to my Higher Power. A special favorite is a rewording of the promises (Alcoholics Anonymous, 4th ed., pp. 83–84) as an affirmation:

I am happy to be painstaking about this phase of my development, and I am amazed before I am half way through. I am knowing a new freedom and a new happiness. I do not regret the past nor wish to shut the door on it. I am comprehending the word “serenity” and I am knowing peace. No matter how far down the scale I have gone, I see how my experience can benefit others. That feeling of uselessness and self-pity is disappearing. I am losing interest in selfish things and gaining interest in my fellows. Self-seeking is slipping away. My whole attitude and outlook upon life is changing. Fear of people and of economic insecurity is leaving me. I am intuitively knowing how to handle situations which used to baffle me. I am suddenly realizing that God is doing for me what I cannot do for myself.

These promises are materializing as I work for them! These words have such power. They give me strength to carry on with my Step work, be of service, and learn a new way of living. I’m so grateful to Overeaters Anonymous for the opportunity to live in the promises, one day at a time!

— Lori, Ventura, California USA

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