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Relatable Insight

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I could relate so much to “OA Is Ready When You Are” (September 2018), especially these parts:

“Just because I’m not thin does not mean I’m not abstinent or that the program isn’t working.”

“I think it’s a mistake to focus too much on physical recovery.”

“Before OA, I was crazy and unbalanced.”

“I thought the rest of the world saw someone fat, unattractive, unworthy, unacceptable. Today I know that’s not what the world saw. I never was that person. No one is that person. Those thoughts were created and fueled by my own inability to accept myself.”

“I don’t have a perfect body, but I can still love and accept myself (and consider myself lovable).”

My own weight is slowly going down. For me, the main gift is that I stopped gaining. I feel more balanced. Laughter has returned to my life. In the mirror, I like what I see looking back at me.

For years, I felt like a failure in program because I didn’t have “perfect abstinence.” I finally got it that there is no such thing; not for me, anyway. I keep coming back. I fear what will happen if I don’t. As the saying goes, it works if you work it!

Thank you for writing and sharing your insightful article with Lifeline.

— V. J., Traverse City, Michigan USA

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