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Overeaters Anonymous of San Francisco

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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 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 10A 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 weekA 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 OAA 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) • perseveranceA 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
Judi, member since 1982, identifies as a compulsive overeater, relapser, and century person. Judi’s share from the Tuesday evening Century Meeting includes the following themes: I care about myself now • addiction to perfectionism • learned to cherish my body • at one of my lowest weights when entering OA • the scars of a century person (turning scars into stars) • a strong foundation based on spiritual principles • the starting over thing is perfectionism • eating over feelings • OA life preservers • Higher Power (love) • shameA century person is an individual who has lost or needs to lose 100 pounds or more.
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