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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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Debra, member since 1980, identifies as a compulsive overeater and relapser.  Debra's share from the Tuesday evening Century Meeting includes the following themes:  a 40-lb grazer • in OA for 40 years • too busy for OA for 12 years • relapse • being 5’11” equated to being fat • no feelings or emotions in family • learned to stuff feelings • diet clubs • drinking made me feel good & thin • 40-lb yo-yo • discovering OA • honesty & doing the food “right” • Twelfth Step Within • returning to OA • food corral: sugar, gluten, & dairy • outside help & other fellowships • the answer to fear is god • F-E-A-R: Future Events Already Ruined 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.
Kate, member since 2014, identifies as a compulsive overeater and an ABC.  Kate's share from the Monday evening Commitment to Abstinence & Literature Meeting includes the following themes:  not too much noise around food growing up • I play a role in my noise • safety & my disease • wanting to keep my world small • restriction & over-exercising • dad was dying & mom was drinking • pulling a geographic led to overeating • sugar unhinged me • 4th Step reading • introduction to OA • working with a sponsor • telling people what I want & communicating more clearly • having a relationship with mom • proud of myself today
Lonnie, member since 1980, identifies as a compulsive overeater and relapser. Lonnie’s share from the Tuesday evening Century Meeting includes the following themes: in OA for 40 years • a volume eater • there isn’t enough; I’m not enough • mother hid food • stealing food • 1st OA meeting • 1st sponsor • losing weight: an OA star • relapse • a plan of eating that works • therapy • bottom lines • god • inclusivity in OA • 4th Step 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.
Ellen, member since 1969, identifies as a compulsive overeater. Ellen’s share from the 2020 Unity Day event includes the following themes: 40 years of abstinence • 2/29 For Today reading • looks mattered growing up • ulcer in 2nd grade • never talked about feelings • food was always a comfort & the only thing that worked • rebel in my head • never fit in • pills & shots • therapist said I eat how an alcoholic drinks • 1st OA meeting with AA speakers • holding on to weight loss • atheism & spiritual search • finding Al-anon • spiritual part of OA saved my life • healthy body weight • weighing & measuring food • believing in god • ups & downs of life
Sima, member since 1974, identifies as a compulsive overeater, an ABC, and a relapser. Sima’s share from the 2020 Unity Day event includes the following themes: never felt love or acceptance • OA is not an “I” program; it’s a “we” program • trauma • leaving home & dieting • under 93 lbs in college • not happy but in control • inner & outer battle • from anorexia to bulimia • ABC distracted me • it’s not about the food but it is • telling the truth (getting outside help) • OA versus therapy • spinning alone in the middle of chaos • rediscovering OA & slowly needing it • relapse poster child • OA: not the last house on the block but the only house • music is my Higher Power • bulimics have 2 addictions • beginning of Twelfth Step Within locally • don’t believe in god but believes in god boxes • focusing less on body • healthy most of the time • don’t quit before the miracle happens
Kate, member since 2014, identifies as a compulsive overeater and an ABC. Kate’s share from the 2020 Unity Day event, includes the following themes: eating issue at 15 • no tools for managing feelings • dealing with body on my own • 20 lbs heavier & 10 lbs lighter • projection & appearance • how do I live my truth? • managing grief with exercise • difficulties describing the ABC diseases • discovering OA • circus in my head • writing tool • working with a sponsor • sharing food-a-logue • 4th Step • amends & integrity • afraid to be myself • Twelfth Step Within reading
Miriam, member since 1984, identifies as a compulsive overeater.  Miriam's share from the Tuesday evening Century Meeting includes the following themes:  daughter of a compulsive overeater • 12 & 12 reading • food & culture • AA literature at home growing up • dieting & control • sugar & wheat make me stupid • scales versus Higher Power • working the Steps with a sponsor • body image • food plan: sustainability versus maintenance • abstaining from alcoholic foods • restricting & compulsive exercising • beginning of my last binge • clean food before working Steps • financial amends • reading Acceptance passage daily • writing tool • won’t die of this disease 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.
Becca, member since 2009, identifies as compulsive overeater, restrictor, & exerciser. Becca’s share from the Monday evening Commitment to Abstinence & Literature Meeting includes the following themes: wildest dreams have come true thanks to OA • abstinence • black & white versus grey • obsessed with body beginning in high school • taking up physical space • learning about disease of compulsive overeating • never dated before OA • motherhood & body image issues • faith & Higher Power • Step 3 & current body image issues • control • joining new 12 Step fellowship • grateful for this disease
Donna, member since 2002, identifies as a compulsive overeater. Donna’s share from the Tuesday evening Century Meeting includes the following themes: 16.5 years of abstinence • coming from a long line of compulsive overeaters • salt & fat • no sugar for 15 years • meal time versus grazing • no snacks • 1st OA meeting • surrender • continually working the 12 Steps • emotional sobriety • food is not the problem; it’s the solution • food gives me ease & comfort • Steps 10, 11, & 12 gives me ease & comfort • service • sharing recent 10th Step • recent stressors 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.
Scott, member since 2001, identifies as a compulsive overeater, relapser, and century person. Scott’s share from the Sunday morning Relapse & Recovery meeting includes the following themes: god is good • daily god log • self-trust: clarity, truth, and god • early physical success •  working a selfish program during early recovery • playing around with the food • 7-year relapse period • whiskey in the milk/croutons in the salad • getting honest about relapse • new sponsor & new plan of eating • 9.5 years of back-to-back abstinence • struggling with time management, as life has gotten bigger & better • no longer needing TV & junk food on Super Bowl Sunday • current gifts of recovery • forgiveness after recent theft A century person is an individual who has lost or needs to lose 100 pounds or more.
Gail, member since 1999, identifies as a compulsive overeater, relapser, and century person. Gail’s share from the Tuesday evening Century Meeting includes the following themes: top weight 275 lbs • the scale: part of my crazy • 1st meeting (H.O.W.) • pay & weigh never worked • surrender • OA is a process • putting down sugar & carbs gives me peace • diets • lost 100 lbs 3 times • returning to college & relapse • leaving & returning to OA • reading literature daily & attending 3 meetings a week • prayer • FOR TODAY reading • telephone • lying about food • amnesia 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/
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, 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
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