Monday, September 12, 2011

OA meeting.

so, i went to my first Overeaters Anonymous meeting, and i loved it. i have avoided OA all my life because i thought it was just another diet and probably cultish. but as AA changed my life (really kind of gave me a life) AND i know some incredibly centered and healthy and happy women who go to OA, i figured, why not -- give it a shot.

well, i gotta tell you -- i felt completely at home and welcomed and comfortable and right where i belonged. i felt even more at home than i have in AA, which is pretty cool.

the women at the meeting were telling my story. and telling a story of recovery. such hope.

i'm actually going to get a sponsor and see how it goes. AA gave me freedom from drugs and alcohol. i'm so interested to see if this will happen with food and AA

there were a number of women at the meeting who were addicts and alcoholics as well. and they agreed with me that food is the base of our problems -- the final frontier and where it all started. and they agree that it's, in many ways, the hardest. obviously, you can give up alcoholic and drugs, but we all have to figure out how to eat.

i'm really excited. my eating is ok, (i NEVER binge, starve or purge) but i can still have a funny relationship with food and still "use" it sometimes. i'm the absolutely healthiest i've ever been with food, but i want true ease and comfort.

i know there can be a lot of feelings against OA, and i've had them too, so we'll see.

for now, i'm feeling really positive. i'll let you know...


  1. I don't consider myself as someone with an eating disorder, but I swear to God, as I'm reading this, I'm on my THIRD bowl of ice cream for the day (two for breakfast) and it's only 3:00 in the afternoon. Please, please... let me remain in denial--I already have more issues than Sports Illustrated, I can't take any more!

    Seriously, you're so cool. Very together. You'll have to tell me what that feels like...


    Vegas Linda Lou

  2. Hello,

    I'm soo happy to hear that you're doing well. I missed your updates during the summer -- but we all get busy with life sometimes and I'm happy to hear that yours has been going well... minus the car issues, I hatehatehate when unexpected things happen with the car!!

    I'm also happy to hear that you found a nice OA meeting. It sounds like it will be really helpful since so many of the other women there can relate and are focused on recovery as well.


    PS> I've moved to big change, I know :)

  3. SO glad to hear that this was a positive experience for you! Props to you for reaching out. It can be hard to make yourself vulnerable by showing up at a support group and telling your story, but it sounds like this will be very rewarding. I hope that things go well with your new sponsor. Hang in there!

  4. This is wonderful to hear!


  5. Glad you went to the OA meeting. I've heard mixed opinions as well, but I think it is all perspective. Hopefully, it will provide some additional support.

    Did you read this in The Fix about the pioneer of the OA movement? It was an interesting interview, especially how she had to come around to accepting anorexics and bulimics.

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  7. Overeaters Anonymous is a twelve-step program for people with problems related to food including, but not limited to, compulsive overeaters, those with binge eating disorder, bulimics and anorexics.

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