I experienced miraculous recovery working the Steps of OA. I’d never in my life been more spiritually fit, more emotionally sound, more physically recovered, yet I felt as if I’d just touched the tip of the iceberg of everything the OA Fellowship could fulfill in my life. It was “steady as she goes,” and the pounds came off slowly but surely.

Then the plateau happened. Then, even worse, the weight gain.

What was going on? I was following my food plan. I prayed to my HP to help me learn what I was supposed to learn during this period. I asked myself hard questions. Was I taking liberties with my portion allowances? Was I eating more of certain types of foods than others? Was I truly following the food plan as it was meant to be followed? How was my weekly exercising? Was I slacking on physical fitness?

I took action. I made an appointment with my nutritionist. I reviewed my food plan. I shared in face-to-face meetings about how it felt to be doing so well in other ways yet seeing unexpected plateaus and weight gain; how I struggled to not let it derail all my good efforts. I made a note to bring it up with my sponsor and get her thoughts on the situation.

But deep down I knew it was all about honesty. I was not compulsively overeating. I was not bingeing. But I was adding more portions to my daily allotments of food. It wasn’t overeating, true, but the daily additions were adding up to weight gain. I knew I could do better. My HP decided it was time for me to see this truth about myself, and even more incredibly, my HP knew I was ready to face it.

So I cleaned up my food plan. I tweaked it using my nutritionist’s suggestions, and I followed it how it was meant to be followed. I became more honest with my portions and made better choices about what types of food I could have in my food plan. What was the result? I have more clarity about my food plan. I’m back to losing weight slowly but surely.

I never lost the spiritual and emotional recovery, and that is so much more important in the grand scheme of things, but it is nice to get back on track with my physical recovery. I look forward to growing and learning and experiencing all that life has to offer, safely within the Fellowship of OA and my Higher Power.

— Monique Q., Lawrence, Kansas USA

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