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LOOKENLASS1 SparkPoints: (1,455)
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6/2/13 5:58 P

Hi Megan,
I'm Connie and an OE and Food Addict.
I struggle with the sugar thing too, until I wanted a sponsor and she said that in order to work the program I should probably be off processed flour and sugar. I wanted what she had, so I said yes. I've never handed my life over so completely to another person before. I've been clean and abstinent for about 33 days. For me, it was all about surrendering to my higher power. I still have and probably will have for quite some time, tugs to do actions I had rehearsed in the past (the bingeing thing). I do it one day at a time,one moment at a time and one minute at a time, whatever it takes.

As far as what you eat...What you eat is between you and your sponsor and nutritionist. I eat 5 or 6 small meals a day. That is my plan of food abstinence and I am living well with it. My physical and spiritual nature play into all of this, too. I make sure I contact other OA'ers too keep the abstinence going.

Be blessed,

RUNNERKDB Posts: 775
5/28/13 12:01 P

Today is my first day of giving up sugar. I have to take it one day at a time and I have failed at giving it up several times over the last couple years. In the 80's I a member of Overeaters Anonymous and they recommend three meals a day with nothing in between and no sugar. Looking back although this seems to me now a rather rigid approach I was happier, thinner and much less food obsessed than I now with having sugar in my diet. I would like thought or encouragement from anyone about giving up sugar. Any tips for getting through the first few days? There are no OA meetings in the community I live in now. emoticon

ETHELMERZ Posts: 20,242
5/23/13 9:26 P

Went with two different groups, spent alot of time talking about tv shows they watched, and celebs and how they looked....................and the ones who had been together for a long time tended to ignore we newer folks..........didn't work for me, but some might like it.

LOOKENLASS1 SparkPoints: (1,455)
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5/23/13 9:17 P

Connie, compulsive overeater & food addict.
I'm not sure I understood, I'd like to clarify... Is there an OA phone meeting with spark people, or is it the regular OA phone meetings?
Thanks and have an abstinent day with your higher power.

OKIEGIRL561 Posts: 2,362
5/1/13 11:31 P

There's an OA team here on Spark People. It is a proven plan--12 step programs are available for all kinds of addictions. The literature is great. There's even phone meetings. All you need is the desire to stop eating compulsively.

LADYCJM SparkPoints: (57,456)
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5/1/13 11:14 P

Give it a try. What's the worst that can happen?

LOOKENLASS1 SparkPoints: (1,455)
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5/1/13 10:08 P

I've done an OA on line before. For me, it's too removed. Going physically to the meetings reminds me I"m not alone. I've only found acceptance there and if a person goes long enough, the OA jokes and comeraderie are priceless. Also, face to face meetings will give you opportunity to find a Sponsor. Sponsors are valuable in keeping your abstinence.

LOOKENLASS1 SparkPoints: (1,455)
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5/1/13 10:01 P

OA works if you work it and you're worth it, so work it.

ETHELMERZ Posts: 20,242
4/27/13 7:09 P

Give it a try, just like anything else, works for some people but not everyone, no telling if it works forever, but worth a try.

BIGMAMA4U SparkPoints: (0)
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4/27/13 6:21 P

its not as pubic as you may imagine - just people helping people in the same boat - like sparks but more personal

TCCAGLE Posts: 757
4/27/13 3:47 A

I have thought about it--Do you do if there is a on line over eaters anonymous?? I think I would be more comfortable with on line meetings instead of public meetings--

ANARIE Posts: 13,192
4/26/13 12:06 P

Have you ever had any experience with other 12-step programs? If not, you might want to do some research on the 12 steps to see if it's something that would work for you. I'm not comfortable with the philosophy myself, but I have relatives who have used Gamblers Anonymous and AA to turn their lives around. It's going to depend a lot on your personality.

RIET69 SparkPoints: (47,087)
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4/26/13 10:19 A

I did that program some years ago and it was very beneficial for me. It taught me a lot about myself and I met great people there. It really was motivational at a time when I needed it.

SHERYLDS Posts: 17,458
4/26/13 7:18 A

meeting programs are great ways to connect face to face with people .
In a similar program, I made lifelong friends.
It's a way of feeling you're not alone on the journey

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (108,021)
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4/26/13 6:57 A

You won't know unless you go to a meeting to check it out. What is holding you back?

BIGBEAROHYEAH SparkPoints: (13,195)
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4/21/13 8:17 P

Thought about it never saw it through

BIGMAMA4U SparkPoints: (0)
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4/21/13 6:33 P

Go and see for yourself. No pressure. All are there to support each other. 12 steps work for a lot of people one day at a time.

FLOWERCHILD80 SparkPoints: (26,120)
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4/21/13 11:28 A
Considering about checking out a meeting, for emotional eating issues, Don't want to waste their time or mine, Any advantages or disadavantages anyone has discovered by going to meetings?

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