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12/1/12 9:53 P

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Hi I'm simone renee and I'm a emotional eater I'm here to help myself and hopefully help those around me. I have a problem and it wont get better unless I start anew thanks for your support emoticon

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Hey everyone, I'm Caryn and I'm a compulsive overeater. I've been abstinent with the help of the GreySheet since June 2, 2012 but I'm always looking for support as there are no meetings in my area.

It is what YOU MAKE IT!


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11/4/12 1:01 P

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Kept coming back and came back again last May...... been around for long time...... just joined this team today and look forward to it.
My goal is to keep coming back no matter what and to get healthier.

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10/25/12 6:21 P

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New to OA but I've been on and off Spark for years. I generally don't eat bad food, but I recently noticed that I eat when I'm stressed, bored, etc. and I've acknowledged I need help. Trying to "solve" this problem on my own is getting me nowhere so I thought maybe finding others that know what I'm going through might help the process!

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10/25/12 12:40 P

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Welcome, I'm so glad we're all here. I'm incredibly thankful for both OA and Spark!

One day at a time.

"A mind without anger is cool, fresh, and sane. The absence of anger is the basis of real happiness, the basis of love and compassion." ~Thich Nat Hanh


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10/25/12 12:39 P

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Welcome, I'm so glad we're all here. I'm incredibly thankful for both OA and Spark!

One day at a time.

"A mind without anger is cool, fresh, and sane. The absence of anger is the basis of real happiness, the basis of love and compassion." ~Thich Nat Hanh


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10/25/12 1:53 A

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Hello! My name is Ruthi and I am not really new to Sparkpeople. I started OA in April, but it took me a bit to get going. I am going on about 3 days abstinent. I am grateful that I have these tools to work the program and people to journey with me.

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10/20/12 10:53 P

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I'm not new to OA meetings. I'm a compulsive binge eater and bulimic. I have had the best time coming back to my group and recommitting my life to working on the steps. this week has been all about step 1. i have an idea of what my trigger foods are and have made my own food plan that works for me. i track my food in sparkpeople but weight myself once per month. I'm grateful to have OA and the group

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10/19/12 2:40 P

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Hey everybody! I'm fairly new to Spark, but yesterday was my 2 year anniversary in OA! I just had to share with somebody. emoticon

One day at a time.

"A mind without anger is cool, fresh, and sane. The absence of anger is the basis of real happiness, the basis of love and compassion." ~Thich Nat Hanh


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10/18/12 4:05 P

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Hi my name is Sherice. The first time I ever went to an oa meeting was back in 2004, when I was pregnant with my first child. I only went once, I have social anxiety too so when people tried to talk to me, it kind of freaked me out and I didn't go back. Since then I have had another son in 2007 and my weight has fluctuated greatly

I've been on every diet known to man since I was about 9 or 10 years old. A few times I've had success mostly not. Now I am coming up on my 40th birthday next year and I'm sick of it all. I'm ready to quit this madness so I can stop focusing on my weight and start focusing on things that really matter like my family. I am going to a celebrate recovery meeting tomorrow night and I just found some other oa meetings that I will go to next week and I'm going to try and do at least one online meeting a day. I'm ready to kick this thing and be done with it. Looking forward to meeting all of you and being a part of your journeys also

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10/18/12 5:45 A

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Hi, I'm Heather and I think I'm an overeater.

I've been back in AA for just 2 years 5 months (HP willing I'll be 2.5 years on 1st Nov) and my life has improved beyond belief in nearly every single area except food. And I think (know?) I need to admit defeat in this area but I am just not willing. It is causing me a lot of mental pain and starting to have physical side effects.

I feel embarrassed that I managed to get sober yet I can't sort this out.

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10/5/12 10:01 A

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Hi, I have been in OA for over a year. The meeting place I was going to stopped having meetings so I came here for that support. Restarted watching calories. I struggle with the impulsive behavior of not taking "just one". If I am not careful, I could binge on food as well as alcohol. Reason for joining is to become free of this viscous cycle and unhealthy relationship with food. Been watching intake and writing down for 5 days and feeling very calm instead of anxiety I normally feel when recording food. Looking forward to meeting and sharing with you. emoticon

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10/1/12 5:11 P

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I'm new to OA! I'm seriously considering attending a meeting tonight after eating a full Little Caesar's cheese pizza to myself last night. It was McD's the night before that (a double cheeseburger, 12 cookies, 20 nuggets with ranch, fries with mayo/ketchup and an angus burger, plus sprite mixed with vodka. Yeah, I should be 400lbs the way I eat sometimes).

I'm interested in getting healthy, but not becoming obsessive with food...calorie counting, measuring food, etc. I'm up 50lbs from profile pic, in less that a year. Not good. I thought I had my weight under control, but obviously not!

I have anxiety. I know I eat to calm myself. There's not much I can do about it, but I'd at least try to take a step towards bettering myself any way possible. It would be nice to live my "best life!" =)

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9/12/12 11:19 A

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we can all do this together

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9/10/12 2:48 P

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HI!!

I have gone to 2 OA meetings so far and am feeling so great about the program and how far I have come in the last 2 weeks. I am close to 3 meals and 2 small snacks per day and for me that is amazing. I am also watching my calories because I have no real idea how to eat correctly and everything helps.

I was so happy to find OA on Sparkpeople and would like to support others following the 12 steps and finally becoming healthy with food.


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8/12/12 8:34 A

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Hi, I am reintroducing myself, I'm Virginia have been on and off sparks since 2006, I have been gone so long most of my sparks friends are as I am not on or only occasionally here. I won't commit to daily but I am committing to being on program daily and regaining my health while losing the weight I have regained. I am going to need support and it's not coming from in my home, therefore I am asking again for Sparks friends to work together with on this journey.

I would love information on virtual meeting, as there isn't a meeting where I live.

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8/2/12 7:52 P

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Hello I am new here and new to OA. Still working up the courage to attend a meeting. Thinking that a virtual meeting is the way to go for me right now with our transportation situation. But I am hoping that this will help me to get a handle on the binge cycles and emotional eating.

Can someone recommend active online group meetings and resources?

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7/28/12 11:35 P

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Hi! My name is Christie and I have been a compulsive overeater for a long time. I attended my first online meeting on Thursday and am looking forward to having another tool as I work towards recovery.

One day, one step at a time!
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CD1509561 Posts: 349
7/25/12 12:18 P

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Hi my name is simone renee and im staring here just for today not worried about the next day if I can get through this day Im sure I can get to the next

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7/18/12 3:05 P

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Hi my name is Becca and if you count my eating two chocolate bars today then I haven't been a day without binge eating....really want to get healthy though

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6/18/12 10:02 P

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Hi! I attended my first OA meeting last week and cried the entire time I was there! I'm happy to have found this team and I look forward to getting to know the program better.

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5/29/12 4:46 P

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Hi! My name is Marie and it's been 2 days since my last binge.

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CD1509561 Posts: 349
5/29/12 8:23 A

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Hi im new to OA been to 3 phone meetings looking a sponser just making sure I find the right match.. taking one day at a time today will be my start to a new way of life absi so today ill just focus on today making it thriugh reading the 12 steps just started that too not wanting ot take in to much ata time and drift away. thanks for having me in your group its a pleasure. my name is simone renee emoticon

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5/24/12 11:59 A

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YAY!!! I am soooo very happy to read this! My first group left me nowhere to hide as well. I also cried all over them & left feeling so blessed! Welcome Home, right?
I am so very grateful for this program and look forward to our continued online friendship!!!!!

Anas Nin: And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom


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5/24/12 9:11 A

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OK...I got myself to my first meeting last night...there were only 2 more people there besides myself...that made me feel very uneasy..I'm used to sitting in the back trying not to be noticed too much; however, it turned out wonderful...I am a "cryer"...I was able to cry with these two women and unload some things that I feel are areas where I need help. They were so understanding and loving...I left there feeling that I have found a home with a new group of people. I am going to go to another meeting that has more people when shopping for a sponsor. Just for today...I can do this. emoticon

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5/23/12 2:56 P

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YAY!!!
Excited for you!

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5/23/12 1:05 P

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Going to my first OA meeting tonight...nervous about it....but I will get myself there emoticon Just for today...I can do this.

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5/18/12 7:35 A

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hi - so happy to see there is a forum for OEA. I joined sparkpeople several times before, the most recent was yesterday. Also the day I said I would try again. Hope it sticks this time.

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Hey yall! New to the groupand to sparkpeople, have been thinking of joining for a while, EmieDawn inspired me to go ahead and take the plunge. I am a food addict. Glad to be here.

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5/7/12 10:31 A

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Hello, My name is Cheryl & I know I am an overeater/food addict...
As long as I do not lose my nerve, Tuesday will be my first OA meeting.
I have struggled with food all my life. It has been my crutch since I was very young....6, 7, 8?
I am going to turn 40 this month and I feel like life is over.....all hope is lost.
But it's not, right?

Please, God, do not let me back out.....get me to this meeting!

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5/1/12 7:55 P

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Hi All !!
my name is Paula and I am a compulsive over eater... I practiced the 12 steps in OA many years ago and for many years, I have nothing but respect and admiration for anyone willing to go thru thier journey... I am soo glad i found this on here. there are no meetings in my area close by, and i dont really feel comfortable doing it on line, just not the same, but im glad i found it here... YEAH !!! so i am in need of sponsor so i can begin my abstinance.
thanks and looking forward to hearing and sharing with you all

Paula

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4/28/12 4:47 A

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Hi All,
I have finally decided to join a forum! I have had weight issues since I was 16. Initially it was anorexia, which eased off to an extreme health obsession. After breaking up with my long term boyfriend I developed a minor binge eating disorder. I was still eating healthy foods, but regularly binging. My worst culprits were anything with fat or sugars. Slowly this has declined and now health is taking a backseat - I will eat sugary cereals during my binge which I haven't touched for years. I am ruining my digestion - I have had IBS for years and now it is becoming a chronic issue which I seem to ignore. My levels of digestion enzymes are low and I am always bloated to some degree. I haven't gained too much weight luckily, but my feelings of self worth have plummeted. I'd like to lose this excess and get myself back on track. I currently don't love myself, and I feel this is causing me to still be single.
I am excited to be in a supportive environment where I can get help and cleanse my life, getting back to allowing myself to be loved.
I am looking forward to refreshing myself!

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4/25/12 10:23 A

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Hi, I'm Mary, I'm a compulsive overeater. I joined OA a week ago and am married to a recovering alcoholic so with him I am working the steps. I haven't yet found a sponsor. Our group is small so I'm not sure how I will find one, I am honestly struggling with abstinence, but what it means to me is three moderate meals and one snack a day, no carbs but fruits and veggies. Am looking forward to recovery.

If you love the life you live you will live a life of love!
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Good Morning! Judi here. I am new to this link. Wanted to share that I have done 3 days with no sugar. Last night was a white knuckler. Coming to chat on this page helps or just browsing around to see how everyone is doing. I am so proud of myself for making it through Saturday.
So I weighed in this morning and my weight is down 3 pounds so really happy about that. How is everyone else doing? If you ever want to chat I am around a lot in the late evening.

Stay with the porgram. It works. emoticon

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3/10/12 10:16 A

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My name is Barbara, and I am an impulsive, compulsive overeater. I started reading Dieting, a Dry Drunk, and found it spoke directly to my eating issues. I've struggled for nearly 50 years with weight, food, and body image and tried just about everything. I've made real progress in some programs, but it seems defining an abstinence (and sticking with it no matter what) is the structure I need to be at peace with my issues.

I have attended several OA meetings and nearly cried when I realized there are so many people who are so much like me, and some of them have been in recovery for many years. I have not eaten between meals or had seconds in over 2 weeks. The food fog has lifted, and the anxiety surrounding food and everything else is receding. I'm gaining clarity.

But, still, I am fearful of relapsing -- of having this disease convince me that I am normal and can return to "just one bite" or "I'll be abstinent tomorrow." I know I am just beginning my recovery road. One day at a time. One meal at a time. Thank you for being here.

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3/6/12 9:45 P

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Hi, my name is Jill and I am a compulsive overeater. I attended my first OA meeting today after being away from OA and any kind of program for over 15 years. It was a relief to go to a meeting and feel instantly and warmly welcomed. I also opened up my Sparkpage after being absent for about a year.

I feel a bit relieved that I am not trying to do this on my own, struggling with my will power. Returning to OA reminded me that there is hope, one day at a time. Now, I have to spend the rest of my evening with my OA newcomers literature! emoticon

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3/2/12 2:47 A

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Hi. I'm Meridian and I'm a recovering food addict. Glad to be here.

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Welcome Heidi, Judi, and Barb! So glad to have you in the group! Barb, I am pretty new to OA myself, been involved for maybe a month and a half. They say that miracles happen here. I'm so glad to 'meet' all of you!

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Hi my name is Barb. I just joined OA about 2 weeks ago. (been in AA 24 years). After many years of yo yo dieting. I have come to the conclusion that in order for to ever maintain a desireable healthy weight, I have to give up the sugar which creates an obsessive craving in my head. I actually have a 2yr degree in nutrition and am currently trying to set up a food plan that covers and the nutrients my body needs. Right now just wingin it and not eatin sugar as best i can. I havent binged or overate since I started OA 2 weeks ago which may be due to "pink cloud" syndrome. I'm glad to find this spark group... maybe we can all help one another

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2/26/12 2:42 P

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Hi I am Judi and I have been around OA for years and have never got it. I now realize that I have to let go off all sugar. I have been trying all week. I had 3 good days and then an emotional day and I was back on. Trying a fresh start today. I know it takes lots of prayer. and a 24 hour commitment each day. It is hard but even 2 days worth was worth it. Interestingly the roar of the food quietened down to a whisper. That was really great. So I hope to be successful for the next 24 houts.
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2/8/12 12:48 P

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hiiiiiii i'm heidi and i'm a food addict. i'm active in AA but also need to start working a food program. i live in stuttgart germany and i would love to find a sponsor to work with. i can't continue to go on with food the way that i am right now. if anyone has any suggestions of where to start, i'd love to hear them. i would go back and read everything in this thread because i'm sure theres tons of good info, but i don't have time for hours of research. anyway, i'm very open honest and willing right now...

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online meetings occur every three hours starting at 12, 24 hours a day. Follow the link for more information on finding a sponsor and meetings. recovery.hiwaay.net/meetings/index.h
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I am on my way to my healthy weight.Praise the Lord!

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Welcome Lileth!! emoticon

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I am Lileth. I was in o.a in 1986 when I lived in New York. I lost 92lbs. at the time. However, I have gained 72lbs. back and I don't like the way I look. I am now 65 and it is difficult. I would like to have a sponsor. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

I am on my way to my healthy weight.Praise the Lord!

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Hi Pat, I am Laura...Just sent you an email. Hope you have a great day!

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Hi my name is Pat. I am a COE. I am not new to 12 step programs. I am very active in AA. I also stopped smoking using the 12 steps. I have been trying to work in OA but seem to have some road blocks which is just me. I try to over think and that's where I get into trouble. Being a perfectionist, doesn't help.
Looking for some support and suggestions.


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Hello! Lots of honesty and kindness going on in this thread. I love it!! Thanks everyone for being here.

compulsive overeater and food addict in recovery,

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I am here to answer any OA questions you may have or help you get started. Please email me if you want information. I have been in program 16 years and owe the program my life for I surely would have been crippled by self pity and depression, not to mention all the health problems I would have had. I started the program at 215 pounds when I was 28. I am now 44 and the fit mother of 2 young boys. I have a full life and rely on the principles from the program in all my affairs. The healing is in completing the steps. I highly recommend finding a sponsor. Phone meetings are also great if you can't get to face to face meetings. Those are listed at OA.org. Committing to a home face to face meeting is highly recommended if possible. There is hope and healing in OA. The bottom line is you have to be so desperate and to have tried everything else and to get to the point where the food doesn't get you off any more. That was my experience. When I can eat everything in sight and still feel the pain, the pain caused by the food becomes greater than the pain I am trying to escape. At that point I was really ready to work the steps and it served me well. I will never be perfect, but I sure am 1000% better.
Laura

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Hello,

My name is Meaghan and I'm a compulsive overeater. I was a member of OA for about 2-3 years, then I moved to my current location. I'm in a small town where there is only a few AA meetings...and it's small enough that I don't want to go to AA! I've been trying my best to do the OA program with phone calls to a couple sponsors, and for a while it worked. But since Christmas, I've found myself slipping, so I thought I'd see if there was an OA board here. I've been a member of Spark for just over a year.

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Hi everyone. I'm Suzanne/Suz.
I am a compulsive overeater, and sometimes I purge as well. I just went to my first OA meeting yesterday on the suggestion of another SPARK member. I have been getting more active with the Compulsive Overeaters team and found that that was helpful. I am hopeful that OA will help me recover, because I was feeling like I had tried everything, and nothing was helping me regain control of my eating or my peace of mind.
Caitlin, one book that I like is called "The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite." It is written by David A. Kessler, MD. It explains the psychology/brain science behind compulsive eating/overeating as an addiction. It has been helpful/nice for me to learn about the processes behind this addiction; it has helped me, at the very least, stop blaming myself so much for my addiction. It is also written in pretty easy to understand terms; you definitely don't need a background in psychology or anything to understand it. Good luck!!!


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Hi, I'm new to SparkPeople but not to OA. I've been off program for a little under a year, but attended my first online meeting tonight!


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Hi I'm Tricia, I am a compulsive overeater. I tried working the steps and really didn't follow through with them in the past. I find myself at the bottom and is now ready to make that long but steady journey back to having peace in my heart, mind, soul, and life. I know I need a perfect God to make this imperfect person whole, and free from my illness. I also know that i need to find help outside my home, that I need OA and its members to recover. I am taking it one day at a time. You are all in my prayers.


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Hi my name is Tracy and i am a COE. I have have been over weight almost all of my life. I have been in and out of the rooms of OA for almost 5 years. When i work the program I am in a better, calmer state of mind but when i stop the insanity returns as does the desire for food. I am hoping that by coming here, tracking and going to a local meeting and working the steps that I will be able to enjoy the benefits of the program once again. Its not as much as the weight loss I desire as the peace of mind.

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I'm Jennifer, and I've been yo yo dieting and eating compulsively for years. I went to OA for about a year a while back, and need to go back. I also attend Al Anon, and have had great success with that for my mental and emotional health. I'm working the 12 steps in Al Anon, and have a wonderful sponsor. I go to 1-3 meetings a week. I'm going to go to an OA meeting tonight at 6, close to my house. What I need, is a food sponsor. Would anyone here like to do that with me?



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I'm Tricia and I'm a compulsive overeater. I've been in & out of program for almost a decade. I came in having already lost weight. I did gain some insight, but not much physical recovery. I'm getting ready to have weight loss surgery, but find that I still need do deal w/ the issues that lead to regaining the weight and the actual process of losing weight again healthfully. Last time, I did everything BUT the right thing to lose weight, and consequently couldn't maintain the weight loss. I'm in the Raleigh, NC area and want to do something online as well as F2F w/ program once again

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Hi, my name is Robin and I'm a recovering compulsive overeater and binger. I'm 50 and have come to realize that I need OA. I've been doing the program for a little over a week now and look forward to learning more about the program.

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Hi my name is Pat. I have not been to Sparks People for quite awhile. I like working the 12 steps and find that they make an impact on my life. (I am in other 12 step groups).
I attend online OA meetings, currently in "email groups", I try to participate in at lease 3 per day.
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Hi I'm Caitlin. I am 21 years old.

Over these last six months I've gained 30 pounds. A little before then I started binging and purging. I feel like these episodes are brought on by stress. I can't believe how out of control I get. I am joining this group to help combat these struggles.

I would love to hear if anyone had any advice, and I invite others to read my blog that I have just started. Also, if anyone has any book titles or links to anything that has help them please let me know.

Thank you.

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Hi I am Ally I am 31 years old and a compulsiveover eater with the many other eating disorders. I have a supportive longterm boyfrind who has seen me at my worse and at my best and is still here. I come from Vermont and am currently trying to work up the courage to attend my first meeting soon.

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my name is Kristy im 34 and obese..iv struggled with weight my entire life and im sick of it being a constant struggle.. i am part of another 12 step group so i believe in the program but not looking forward to newcommer feelings again heeeellllllpppp

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Hi, I am Devon and a compulsive overeater, binger, and recovering bulemic. I am just starting on this OA journey, so I am a bit cautious, but I really want my life back.

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Hi ~
My name's Salty and I'm a compulsive overeater and recovering binge/purger. I'm back at OA meetings and have a sponsor. I'm here to give and get support.
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Hi, I'm Susan and I'm an overeater. I can inhale large quantities of food during the course of an afternoon. I really have to try hard to not stuff myself. I eat things like bowls of noodles, chips if I have them, crackers...just about anything. Pasta is my biggest downfall. I love food! I have alwayas been large, even in grade school. Growing up my mom felt that if I was happy eating to just let me eat. That mentality has followed me through my life. I am a stress eater, emotional eater. I have been known to eat so much I am physically ill and then eat some more!!!! I haven't done that in a long time, but I could and that's what worries me. By the way, what does it mean to be abstinent for 24 hours??? I don't attend meetings because they are too far away from me.

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Hi ~
My name's Grace and I'm a compulsive overeater and recovering bulimic. I've been back to OA meetings in recent weeks and realize how at home I feel with the program. This is true even (especially?) when I hear things I do not want to hear because I recognize myself and my character flaws.
I'm very happy that SP has this team. Glad to be here.
Thanks,
Grace

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Hello friends. My name is Carol and I am a compulsive overeater. I am happy to have a community with whom I can share the journey of my recovery. I am married to a wonderful supportive husband and to the marriage he brought a son and a daughter and I brought my daughter. The kids are an11-year-old girl, a 12-year-old girl and an 14-year-old boy. We also have two dogs, a corgi and a Pekingese-Poodle mix. My husband and I work for my family's business together and needless to say there is a lot going on and it can sometimes be stressful. We are believers and I am very happy to have my HP in charge of my life. Each day is a struggle, but I have noticed that when I truly make that decision to follow my HP, things sometimes don't seem as difficult and I know I am doing the next right thing.

Glad to be here...feel free to send me sparkmail. Carol

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Hi I am Ricardo. I am a compulsive overeater. I have been going to OA meetings and my abstainece has been so-so for the last few weeks. I am doing an Autumn blitz at the gym and as I found this site thought I would use it to track my progress. I do not get how to work the nutrtition tracker into a record of abstainent meals. I am on 3 moderate meals per day, no snacks , no sugar and no white flour. I am also limiting dairy to feta cheese and greek yoghurt 3 x per week. Any help would sure be appreciated.

Ric

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Hi, I'm Julia -
I'm a recovering overeater... haven't found an OA meeting here in Wichita yet, not like the one I attended in Little Rock years ago (workbooks?).

I have a question about the Teams - what does it mean to be abstinent for 24 hours?

Thanks!

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Hi! I am Crystal and I am a food addict. I first realized that I had a problem last year. I wasn't ready to commit to a program like OA, but I did try to follow a food plan. I had success for a short time, but ultimately failed. This past month I realized that I really needed, and wanted help. I tried FA - went to 2 meetings and chose a sponsor, but quickly realized that their program just wasn't for me. My therapist mentioned looking in to other programs. Then I remembered OA. So I plan on visiting my first OA meeting this coming Saturday. I am looking forward to the fellowship and support of other people in my situation.

I am currently abstinent and have been for 3 days. My addiction is sugar, processed wheat products and fast food. I plan to abstaining from them indefinately. My food plan is not a hardcore plan like the one for FA or other sites I've seen. I actually have a ton of nutrion knowledge, and know exactly how to feed my body to avoid cravings, hunger and over eating. My main food goals are to abstain from my triggers, stay within my Spark calorie range and eat balanced meals 4 times a day.

I look forward to getting to know you all.

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Hi there, my name is Nyla. I have been in 12 step recovery a little over 19 years. I have been neglecting my OA meetings for a while only going to my AA home group. I really need to reach out and get back to basics. I need to get a new sponsor to whom I can commit my food plan to and connect with on the steps. I thought I would check out this Sparkteam.
My abstinent food plan is sugar, wheat and flour free and minium to no dairy re: milk sugars.
When I first got into recovery I implemented the Kay Sheppard food plan.
I have been (what I call) control eating again and it's messing with my head and body. I still weigh and measure my food but once in a while I will have a bread product or something with sugar in it.
I am not really excited about letting the once in a while "food" go. Interestingly I have not binged, just a little piece of this here, and there but that is just enough to keep me confused.
I feel like a newcomer and everything in me wants to stick to ego because I have been around for a while. I have had much spiritual, mental and emotional growth but still a food addict.
I just know the solution is keeping with people in OA. I keep on relying on food, again, after all these years - you would think that would have changed but this disease is still here.
Anyway, sorry for the ramble. Looking forward to connecting with everyone on this team.
Blessings.

Nyla

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Hi My name is Regina, I have been wanting to attend a overeaters anonymous class for quit some time, But we don't have a meeting around in the area to go to. I have been on this weight loss Journey all my life, but the past 7+ years I have tried alot harder to do something about me and my overeating. I have joined Weight Watchers back in 2003 and I still go to weight watchers today. I love my group of weight watchers people, but I am still having a problem of overeating that I think I should have kicked in the but by now. I lost 200 pounds on the weight watcher diet and exercise. But seem to overeat every time I am emotionally stress and worried about thinks. I tend to eat and not want to stop until I see the last one gone. I've really did good for myself for a while, but now I am going back to my old ways, with eating and not stoping. I've had health problems for many years, and still do, with my legs and knees, and hi blood pressure and overweight is a big problem. I felt good while I was losing weight and doing what I suppose to do, but now it is a different story. I don't know whyI am doing this to myself. I feel like I am a prisoner in a cell of food, alone and sad. seem like I just can't brake the chain of overeating. I think this is a problem and all ways has been.

I want to feel like I use to when I did lose 200 pounds and was trying to lose more. I don't know what is wrong that I just can't continue. I did it once, what is matter now. Is there something wrong. Thought maybe I could joint your team to help me feel better about me and what my journey can turn outto be.

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Hi, my name is Katt. It's kinda hard for me to go on here, I've been trying to convince myself for years that I don't overeat but it's time I admitted it. I realized that I spent almost $150 last month on fast food, which is a third of my college student income. I eat whenever I'm bored, whether or not I'm hungry, and since I gave up TV and free reading I've been bored a lot lately. Before school ended for the semester I was taking four + classes at my school and I lost 40 pounds without going on a diet, convincing myself that I didn't need to curb my eating to lose weight. But since school ended for the summer I haven't been working out as often as I was going to ( maybe once a week if I remember) and never changing my diet and I've already gained back almost half of what I lost. So it's time to take back what I've lost and finally do this for real, I WILL stop my overeating for once and for all!

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Hey!

My name is Tina and I have been a member of SP on and off for 5 years. I joined OA in November of last year and absolutely love it. I go to weekly meetings and love using SP as a tool to help me in this journey. It keeps me aware and lets me easily identify my trigger foods. Between OA and SP I have made a lot of progress in my recovery. To be honest, OA has completely changed my life. Before OA I felt like I was in a coma, simply surviving life rather than living it. Now I am more open, more giving, and more involved in my life in others in positive ways. It suddenly dawned on me today that SP must have something in the forums for OA ... and I was looking at my neglected SparkTeam tab and thought "Huh ... I should look." My new goals are to be more active and utilize tools such as the forums for support and inspiration. I believe God wants us to work together and draw strength. We are not meant to be alone. Time to dive in! :)

Tina

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Hi everyone:

I'm Aly, COE, food addict, bulimic. I literally jumped for joy when I found this forum. I've been on SP for years, but never did anything with it. I was googling OA tools and it led me straight here. Interesting. I've only been in program for a couple of years and it's been an interesting journey. For whatever reason though, I've been terrified to find a sponsor. I had one briefly, but it didn't work out and I haven't had one since. Relinquishing control and asking for help is one of the HARDEST things for me to do - with anything. I'm grateful to find a community where I can be understood and share/receive experience, strength, and hope.

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Hi, My name is Leah and I am a compulsive eater. I eat compulsively and then go on month long "extreme diets" to lose the weight. I have 15-25 pounds that I have yo-yoed 3 times in past year and I really need help with learning to turn over my eating to a higher power! I know I am capable of a live-time healthy relationship with my weight, diet and myself in general, I just need help. I have been reading the literature and I know this program is right for me. Thank you!

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hi- I'm Barb from NY. I am a compulsive over-eater, I'm a binge eater, I'm a secretive over-eater. I could keep going on and on......... I have been this way for years. I know what I should be doing, but I need help with this. The desire to eat is over whelming for me. Maybe we can help each other with this journey! stay in touch with me emoticon

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Hi, where can I start..It was really hard for me to admit that I'm a compulsive eater. But that's what I am. Yesterday, I took in over 2200 calories..because of the stress in my life. I went to bed last night with a sandwich in one hand and a cookie in the other. Which lead me to admit that I really have a problem. I search the web this morning and I learned about Overeater Anonymous. I checked out there website..was planning to go to a meeting..but the times are well for me..So I just download the 12 step program. I'm just finished Step 2 and I'm about read Step 3. Step 1 was really hard, because I admit to myself I was powerless. Step 2 was easy because I believe in God, but I'm sadden that I've allowed things to block me from having a better relationship with God. So here I am..crying out for help...Needing help..wanting help...

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Hi I'm Brenda and I'm a compulsive overeater. I finally joined OA and have been abstinant for 5 days now. I've been eating compulsively for all of my life. I've tried every diet out there pretty much, been a yo-yo with my weight topping out at 250 right after my youngest was born almost 3 years ago. I've lost quite a bit of weight since then but it's still always up and down and out of control. I am so tired of trying to control this myself and ending up hiding in the pantry eating over the trashcan when the kids stress me out. It's such a relief to talk to other people with the same problem and to be told that there is a solution to this and I don't have to figure it out all on my own. So, I'm hopeful. I have asked someone to be my sponsor and so far she seems great, very accessible and helpful. Anyway, thanks for reading. Hope everyone has a great Tuesday!

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I'm Randy M from Charleston WV.

I returned to OA this evening. I've been away too long.

Looking forward to share experience strength and hope here as well as the face to face meeting.

I have at least another 100 pounds to loose.

I'm been using Sparkpeople for several years.

Sparkpeople, TOPS, and OA and my church -- I should have all 3 levels pretty well covered.



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Hi Everyone! My name is Jesika, I am 31 years old and live in Houston, Tx. I struggled with Anorexia and Bulimia for 12 years, and have been free for 5 years. Unfortunately, I picked up compulsive eating along the way. I have been in OA for just over a year, and have not had any physical recovery yet, but have had a lot of emotional recovery. Glad to have found this group here. I am also pretty new to sparkpeople. Hoping to meet like minded individuals. Thanks for being here!

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Hi Everyone,

My name is Barbara and I too am a compulsive overeater. I've worked this 12-step program over 20 years ago and was successful in losing over 60 pounds. Unfortunately, I got cocky shortly thereafter and gained it all back plus more. I've never again been able to lose so much weight.

I now reside in a verrry rural area of Oregon and the closet OA meeting is about 75 miles away. The OA program I was in way back when was a very strong support system and I've not been able to find another group near as strong since.

I'm hoping to find the will to do it again, one day at a time! I don't know how much the program has changed over the years, but I'll start reading the literature over the next couple of days.

Thanks for your support and friendship and I look forward to learning more about all of you and the program.

Barbara

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Hello everyone!

My name is Lawrence and I am a compulsive overeater. I've been bouncing in and out of O.A. for a few months now. I've been a member of another 12 step program for almost 4 years now so I thought I'd give O.A. a shot as I'm having a heck of a time getting a handle on my COE.

I was super stoked when I found this group on SparkPeople and I'm looking forward to getting to know and abstain (with solid food and action plans) the people in this group!

Glad to be here!

Lawrence

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Hi I'm Nora and I am a complusive overeater. I am tired of not being in control of my eating. I recently started attending OA meetings. I am not sure if this is the right place for me but I am willing to stick around long enough to find out.

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I'm Sabrina and I'm a compulsive eater. Lately it's been more of a struggle as my husband I have separated. I know things will get better but each day has been a challenge. I'm glad I found this group. As much as I'd like to make a meeting it's not feasible right now. Thanks for letting me join you all,

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Hello,

My name is marie and I'm a compulsive overeater. Boy that's strange to admit. So I joined last night but didn't get to reading any literature yet. Going to do that this morning. SO glad I found this group, I am unable to go to meetings for a few more months hoping this will be enough to at least teach me.

I am a mother of two, happily married to a wonderful man.



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Hi! My name is Gayle and I am a compulsive overeater. I have struggled with this clear back to childhood. I have never been at a weight that I have felt really good about myself, although there were times that I was coming close with hardly eating. I can't even manage that mindset any more. It is out of control. It has really put a strain on my marriage and I feel at fault, unwanted, and I still can't find the strength to stop it. Boy is that hard to admit. My husband deserves a wife who he is proud of. I deserve to be proud of myself! I had even considered getting lap- band surgery but know in my heart that it is only a band-aid over the real problem and that it would not be a permanent control. My mind is what needs to be healed! I almost attended a F2F meeting about a year ago but didn't do it. My fluctuating schedule makes it difficult. I am glad to hear about the phone meetings. I look forward to meeting you all!

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5/23/11 7:03 A

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hi my name is tracy and i am glad to be here. i have joined so many spark teams and been on so many diets and exercise programs its not funny ive come to the realization that this weight aint coming off with out some help other than the traditional way. i really realized this past weekend that i am a compulsive overeater (which is hard to admitt) sometimes i say to my self if you can only find the right diet or why cant you lose weight like you use to. these methods just are not cutting it anymore i need help and for the first time in my life i feel a real sense of hope i listened to a podcast this weekend of an oa meeting and everything made sense and now i am eager to learn more and give it my all i will attend a meeting this week or weekend. thanx for listening tracy

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5/22/11 8:31 A

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Hi Everyone~ I'm Mary Pat and I'm pretty certain I'm a compulsive overeater too. I did some reading online and have answered yes to most of the 'are you a compulsive overeater questions. I am heading to my first meeting this morning - am nervous but hopeful. Glad this group is here - seems like a safe place to fall.

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5/16/11 3:43 P

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Hi everyone, I'm Nicole and a compulsive overeater.
I've been in and out of OA since 2008 and have been back this time since March 2011. Since coming back, I've been attending 3 meetings a week; trying to decide which format works best for me: HOW or traditional. I still don't have the answer to that. But I did get a sponsor this week (woot!) and can't wait to get started. For today, I won't eat compulsively. Everything else will fall into place with God's help. Glad to be here!

JBTHORN77: If there isn't a meeting in your town, phone meetings have been incredibly helpful for me (list of phone meetings are at oa.org). On those days that I can't get to a face-to-face meeting I use those.

Keep comin' back!

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5/8/11 2:39 P

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Hi, I my name is Tiffany, and I am a Compulsive Overeater. I started OA three weeks ago, and the support I have found is amazing. I have lost 1 lb, but this is better than none. I have tried diet after diet, and I have eaten to the point that I was sick. I have tried over the counter pills. I reached a low point about a month ago that I can no longer do this alone. I have just finished Step 1 and worked through this Step with my 12 step book and the workbook as well. I am ready to get going, and I really hope that I can find some support here.

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5/3/11 10:54 A

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Hi, my name is Mary and I'm a compulsive overeater! I have been in OA about 13 years, go to meetings 2 times a week but have not been abstinent in a long time. I now have one week.
Last Tuesday I started spark people again after not checking in for a long time. I recommitted to myself to track my food and it works! In the 1st week i have lost 3lbs and have managed to stay around 1200 cal diet. I was diagnosed with diabetes type 2 last week and today I feel very teachable.

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5/1/11 10:12 P

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Hello. My name is Briana and I am a compulsive overeater. I joined / attended my first meeting on Feb. 10. Since then my life has changed so much. At first I was just a body taking up space. Now I am an active participant. I went to a speakers meeting last night. It was at a different location than where I usually go. I got there and I knew no one. But everyone knew me and my issues. That is what I love about OA. I recently spent two weeks in the hospital and it was the wake up call I needed. I have lost a little over 30 pounds so far. Lots to go. But am looking to be held accountable for my eating. I keep trying to hook up with two people who said they would sponsor me but it keeps not working. ACK! Anyhow thank you for being here!

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4/29/11 12:42 A

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Hello,

My name is Rachael. I have always struggled with food and my weight. I use food to self medicate and have for a very long time. I need to stop this cycle now. Over the past 6 weeks I have started to purge after over eating. I know that I have to learn a healthier way to deal with stress and anxiety, before I ruin my body. I am here to get some insight and to hear other peoples stories to help guide me. I will be attending my first OA meeting next week and hope that this will help me get better.

Thank you!


"The road to success is dotted with many tempting parking places."

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4/27/11 1:29 P

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HI My name is Tara and I am a COE. I have been in and out of OA. I recently started back I have been to two meetings... I really need this!!!!

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Hi I'm Distime and I love to eat. Food has been my comfort for a very long time. I was searching the net and I found the Overeaters Anonymous site and reading through it, I liked what was said. As I live in the Caribbean I am a part of Region 8 but there are no meetings in my country at this time. However since I'm a proud member of SP I decided to do a search so here I am.
I love food but it does not love me back because I keep getting bigger and my clothes are getting tighter. When I eat I feel better and I am tired of trying to win this battle. At this moment I am weighting 225 lb. I am not sure how this happened and I am scared that it will not stop. However I am scared to stop eating - especially the things I like so I am stuck right now.

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