Why do I keep coming back to the rooms?

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This was a topic during a face-to-face meeting and my response was quite simple. This is the only way for me. This being my second go around in program, well, I'm not leaving again because as the Big Book states this is a progressive disease and it certainly progressed for me when I left. I don't know what I would do without program. I can handle situations that in the past caused loads of worry and pain and I'm a better mother/wife/daughter/friend. I work on one day at a time or on tough days one hour at a time. I'm learning to laugh more, not take myself and life so serious and to have fun. There is a time for work and there is a time for play. I can take my program serious and work really hard at it but then there is a time to just go play. The steps and the tools of this program offer me guidance to deal with life on life's terms. I have come to believe in my Higher Power knowing he's always with me and that he will never give me more than I can handle.
 
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August Intergroup Meeting

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August 13, 2011
10:00 amto2:00 pm

 

 

 

 

AUGUST INTERGROUP MEETING

Unitarian-Universalist Church 

5603 Hilltop Road

Jamestown, NC 27282

 

All OA members are welcome to attend for any portion or all of the meeting.

All voices are needed.

The Intergroup exists to serve the meetings and members in the Triad area.


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Taking Care of Me

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 When I'm taking care of myself and putting my abstinence and my program first I'm better able to live life on life's terms. I'm better able to be there for my friends and family, I'm better able to lend a shoulder or an ear. When things get really crazy, I don't go off the deep end with worry because I can turn to my Higher Power, my program, my sponsor and know that all will be OK. When I first entered program and folks talked of putting themselves first I could not grasp the concept that this was not selfish. I can be there for others, I can be a good mom and a friend but I also have to treat myself with respect in a loving and kind way. I need to have fun, quiet time, prayer and meditation time, and relaxation time just like everyone else. When I have these things I feel more connected to my Higher Power and to program and therefore it's much easier to  provide service to others and deal with whatever comes my way.
 
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Abstinence

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 Revised/expanded definition of abstinence…"Abstinence in Overeaters Anonymous is the action of refraining from compulsive eating and compulsive food behaviors while working towards or maintaining a healthy body weight. Spiritual, emotional and physical recovery is the result of living the Overeaters Anonymous Twelve-Step program.”
 
When I first heard the newly defined definition of abstinence I was taken aback a bit.  It triggered something in me and it took some time to process and figure out what the angst was. I projected this outwards towards other members or newcomers…as in what about those that are new, would this scare them off? Or, what about members who have health issues and may never get to an ideal weight? After taking some time to process it all, I believe my Higher Power is speaking to me in regards to taking a good look at my abstinence and my plan of eating. It's not about other members, it's about me! Am I being totally honest in regards to my abstinence? Is it time to re-evaluate my plan of eating? Is my abstinence as clean and rock solid as it could be? I'm taking a hard look at all of these questions and working through this with my sponsor. My number one focus in this program is abstinence and I can achieve the help and the guidance by keeping close/daily contact with my sponsor (and being honest!), working the steps and using the tools of this program. Today I'm grateful for the new definition and can thank God for those that serve who have come to this conclusion.
 
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