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Members of OA in San Francisco share what it was like, what happened, and what life is like now.
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Carol, member since 1986, identifies as a compulsive overeater, century person, and relapser. Carol’s share from the Friday evening Living in the Solution: Steps 10, 11, 12 Meeting, includes the following themes: in OA for 34 years (10.5 years of abstinence) • 10th Step practice • components of 10th Step • 3 meals a day with liquids & feelings in between • feelings lead to stuff coming out the wrong way • not giving away 10th Steps to just anybody • 11th Step • raised to run away from feelings • facing the things I ran away from • meditation helped with sitting and being with feelings • 12th Step • willing to drop the BS & follow direction • dealing with the wreckage of my past in a sane way • spiritual awakening: knowing it's possible to recover • not a big god person • would not sponsor just anyone • carrying the message with integrity A century person is an individual who has lost or needs to lose 100 pounds or more.
Morrie, member since 1979, identifies as a recovering compulsive overeater, relapser, and century person. Morrie’s share from the Tuesday evening Century Meeting includes the following themes: service • in OA for 40 years • will power & knowing how to diet • learning about addiction • discovering OA • losing the fat between my ears • never comfortable in own skin • normal eating was abnormal eating • giving up cigarettes was not hard because I had food • eating & vomiting in secret • sugar • lost my ability to diet in OA • first time surrendering • got too busy for OA & lost abstinence • 130-lbs weight loss since 1997 • new surrender after relapse • the "god help me" prayer • don’t know how to manage feelings • no feeling is final; this, too, shall pass • happiness versus joy A century person is an individual who has lost or needs to lose 100 pounds or more.
Frank, member since 1979, identifies as a recovered compulsive overeater, century person, and relapser. Frank’s share from the Tuesday evening Century Meeting includes the following themes: recovered versus cured • top weight: 460 lbs • relapse & recovery period • current abstinence • abstaining from starting over, negativity, perfectionism, & leaving OA • one day at a time, and that day is today • allergy of the body & obsession of the mind • the phenomenon of craving • Bill W & Step 1 • selfishness & self-centeredness • Step 1-2-3 practice before meals A century person is an individual who has lost or needs to lose 100 pounds or more.
Andrea, member since 1984, identifies as a compulsive overeater, century person, and relapser. Andrea’s share from the Saturday morning Step Study, Chips, Speaker meeting, includes the following themes: high weight of 300 lbs • finding OA • no cure for overeating • Steps 1, 2, & 3 • spiritual part of program • all problems come from my will • all I had to do was change everything • 12th Step Within concept • service & calling newcomers • relapse • miracles • sponsoring A century person is an individual who has lost or needs to lose 100 pounds or more. For more information on Twelfth Step Within, go to: https://oa.org/groupsservice-bodies/resources/twelfth-step-within/Enter Body Below
Marcy (12/12 Day, Dec 2019)

Marcy (12/12 Day, Dec 2019)

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Marcy, member since 1980, identifies as a compulsive overeater, century person, and relapser. Marcy’s share from the 2019 12/12 Day event includes the following themes: gaining weight at 4 years old • mentally ill mother & abusive father • valuing who I was meant to be • life is better at 80 than ever before • doctor-prescribed amphetamines at age 12 & 15 for weight loss • looking good versus being, thinking, & feeling good • 1st OA meeting in 1980 • awareness of crazy thinking • “not needing OA” after 100+ lbs weight loss & 12 years of abstinence • never had cravings on Grey Sheet • returning to OA & struggling • trying H.O.W. • difficulty with the spiritual/god part of OA • 1st Higher Powers • came back to OA more humble A century person is an individual who has lost or needs to lose 100 pounds or more. H.O.W. is short for Honesty, Open-mindedness & Willingness. For more information, go to https://how-oa.org/about/ For more information on Twelfth Step Within, go to:  https://oa.org/groupsservice-bodies/resources/twelfth-step-within/
Steven, member since 2014, identifies as a compulsive overeater, century person, and relapser. Steven’s share from the 2019 12/12 Day event includes the following themes: early experience in OA • honesty in OA • AA versus OA • 1st food plan was flexible • early weight loss & gain in OA • food fiction • social identify • 104-lbs weight loss • honesty with imperfection (trying to be the perfect OA) • fear of success • learning how to cook & prepare food • action plan around walking • food rewards • keep showing up • Tupperware • the wisdom in the rooms • saying goodbye to mother • emotionally sober • showing up for others & being present A century person is an individual who has lost or needs to lose 100 pounds or more. H.O.W. is short for Honesty, Open-mindedness & Willingness. For more information, go to https://how-oa.org/about/ For more information on Twelfth Step Within, go to:  https://oa.org/groupsservice-bodies/resources/twelfth-step-within/
Jeri, member since 2011, identifies as a compulsive overeater.  Jeri’s share from the Tuesday evening Century Meeting includes the following themes:  weight range • food is not a straight line • journaling about food as a younger person • secret eating & food rituals • gaining & losing weight • losing the battle to food • entering OA • first sponsor • what god doesn’t want for me • life is terrifying • Higher Power • new 10th Step ritual • practicing the Steps • Big Book  A century person is an individual who has lost or needs to lose 100 pounds or more. Note:  Speaker does not identify as a century person.
Grecia, member since 1997, identifies as a compulsive overeater and century person. Grecia’s share from the 2019 Thanksgiving Marathon includes the following themes: the most grateful I’ve ever been • in 3 fellowships • being a fat teenager • filled with hate, anger, depression, resentment, & fear • hope & strength in the Steps • finding OA • Steps 1, 2, & 3 • taking action • giving up sugar, flour, & grains • 100+ lbs weight loss • GUS = great universal spirit • comfortably abstinent • amends to mom • self-righteous indignation, unrealistic expectations, & silent scorn • free of anger & resentment • freedom: everybody passes the “Safeway test” • dating • changing jobs • free because of the 12 Steps A century person is an individual who has lost or needs to lose 100 pounds or more.
Kate, member since 2014, identifies as a compulsive eater. Kate’s share from the 2019 Thanksgiving Marathon includes the following themes: have been 20 lbs heavier & 10-15 lbs lighter • tried anorexia & bulimia • had a strong & intense voice (disease) • small worldview • addiction & rage-oholic behavior in family • controlling eating & looks • compulsive exercising • leaving home • addressing the disease & finding OA • feeling desperate kept me in the rooms • leaning on program during grad school • able to walk with fear • building a foundation for integrity through the Steps • working a 2nd program • love for myself & showing up as an adult • process of doing next right things
Mitch identifies as a compulsive overeater, a restrictor, an exercise bulimic, and an individual with body dysmorphia. Mitch’s share from the 2019 Thanksgiving Marathon includes the following themes: showing up & telling my truth • walking around with an emotional shotgun • ego-driven • spiritual literature • sponsor of 10 years • family of violent, bigoted alcoholics • amends to society • today I’m enough & at a healthy body weight • depression • freedom from migraine headaches • written 10th Steps • the Steps saved my life • love from others • acceptance & contentment • understanding of power greater than me • sponsees • the stillness
Allison, member since 2007, identifies as a compulsive overeater and bulimic. Allison’s share from the 2019 Thanksgiving Marathon includes the following themes: “we” version of the Serenity Prayer • Thanksgiving was a food-binge holiday with TV • nearly 11 years of abstinence • is it (the food) going to cause noise? • gratitude • dad died of compulsive overeating • being of service • new job • patience, awareness, & tolerance learned in OA • food that’s not mine • learning how to date • learning to say “no” • mantras • not liking silence • being with myself • rejection is god’s protection • not terminally unique
Carol, member since 2004, identifies as a compulsive overeater.  Carol's share from the Monday evening Commitment to Abstinence & Literature Meeting includes the following themes:  food was always super important • always felt out of place • took up drinking & AA • sobriety & weight gain • finding OA • the sugar-corn connection • giving OA a 2nd chance • written 10th Steps • afraid of being honest • service commitments • giving up problematic foods • daily meditation & god • recovery evolves
Mo, member since 1987, identifies as a compulsive overeater and relapser. Mo’s share from the Tuesday evening Century Meeting includes the following themes: current abstinence: 3.5 years • relapse after 5 years of abstinence • hiding food • excepting spiritual help • food is not the problem • came to OA for relief, not recovery • have to be desperate • willing to give up all control & get direction • compulsive overeating: suicide by lay-away plan • Step 0: put the food down • serial dieter who enjoyed sugar • feelings • weight gain after having children • disease of isolation • relapse • working the 12 Steps in 30 days • yellow light foods are gateway foods • Step 10 A century person is an individual who has lost or needs to lose 100 pounds or more. Note: Speaker does not identify as a century person.
Rob, member since 2017, identifies as a compulsive overeater and restrictor.  Rob’s share from the Tuesday evening Century Meeting includes the following themes:  mother was a compulsive overeater • abusive home • needing to hide • parents commenting on body • detached from own body • scale:  measure of my worth • shame around food, eating, & body • moving to California • sugar withdrawals • sponsorship & getting help • binge eating & anorexia • wanting freedom • clarity of mind • showing up for life • 5-6 meetings a week A century person is an individual who has lost or needs to lose 100 pounds or more.
Chris, member since 2001-2002, identifies as a compulsive overeater. Chris’ share from the Monday evening Commitment to Abstinence & Literature Meeting includes the following themes: never stopped coming to meetings • relapse • alcoholism on both sides of family • food was a good way to numb feelings • always had a 4th meal • body dysmorphia & dieting in 20s & 30s • Al-anon + nutritionist = almost like OA • pregnancy & weight gain • angry & bitter • slow going in early OA • abstinence • The 12 Principles
Steven, member since 2014, identifies as a compulsive overeater and century person. Steven’s share from the Tuesday evening Century Meeting includes the following themes: 102-lb weight loss • initially not sure about OA • fear of success • eating to soothe & comfort • lack of willingness & surrender • this is a matter of life & death • Steps • eating food or using food? • the food noise • feeling connected to others • Relapse & Recovery Meeting • having a plan • spiritual practice • an expert at food fiction • faith & evidence found in OA A century person is an individual who has lost or needs to lose 100 pounds or more.
Joseph, member since 2018, identifies as a compulsive overeater and century person. Joseph’s share from the Tuesday evening Century Meeting includes the following themes: high weight of over 350 lbs • 130+ lb weight loss • sweets as a kid turned me on • 36 years of sobriety (food issues shot up) • from drinking alcohol alone to eating alone • addicted to coffee • getting new clothes • will power versus god power • feeling good about self • hiding emotions • Steps 1, 2, and 3 • food controlled my life • joy in being with people • meaning & helping others • eating to be loved (food didn’t love me) A century person is an individual who has lost or needs to lose 100 pounds or more.
Lisa, member since 2012, identifies as a compulsive overeater and century person.  Lisa’s share from the Tuesday evening Century Meeting includes the following themes:  down 120 lbs from high weight • 1-month of marriage • humiliation with commercial weight-loss programs as a kid • shame & planning binges • 1st success with weight loss • fear of the "god-word" • coming (back) to OA • working Steps with a sponsor • food & relationships are linked • getting married • 40 lbs above lowest weight in program • changing food plan • restriction • no panic attacks in 2 years • exercise routine • making connections with others • relationship with HP • service    A century person is an individual who has lost or needs to lose 100 pounds or more.
Mary Beth, member since 1973, identifies as a compulsive overeater, relapser, and century person. Mary Beth’s share from the Tuesday evening Century Meeting includes the following themes: lowest & highest weights • in the rooms since the fall of 1973 • addictive foods • compulsive couple (work-oholism & overeating) • discovering OA thru a newspaper • 1st OA meeting • 1st sponsor • goal weight & cockiness (beware of the pedestal) • leaving OA & gaining back all weight • childhood & food • working the H.O.W. program • gratitude & prayer practice • god’s in charge • hip replacement • everything I go through is a lesson (fears) • cunning, baffling, powerful, & patient (the disease is still there) • perseverance A century person is an individual who has lost or needs to lose 100 pounds or more. H.O.W. is short for Honesty, Open-mindedness & Willingness. For more information, go to https://how-oa.org/about/
Lucy, member since 2011, identifies as a compulsive overeater. Lucy’s share from the Monday evening Commitment to Abstinence & Literature Meeting includes the following themes: what is working • evidence of a Higher Power • needing to binge • Step 1 around sugar • close relationship with food • morning routine of OA podcasts • food plan & abstinence • what is Higher Power saying? • Commitment to Abstinence pamphlet • gratitude • 9th Step amends • daily 10th Step • Step 3
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