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I used eat to get instant comfort, relief from stress... or I just plain binged for no reason I could understand. I have now been binge-free since April 21, 2016. I joined Overeaters Anonymous in August 2013. I had trouble understanding how the program worked; "abstinence" seemed impossible to grasp. I did lose some weight, but still never knew when another binge would hit. I went to weekly meetings but that was all I did to work the program. No one else was recovered at our little local meeting. But I had lost hope in every other method of losing weight. This was the only program that helped me keep some weight off long term, but... what about the bingeing? Then one day, April 21, 2016, my higher power told me surrender sugar and white flour all the way. I didn't think I could do it but I was reminded I only had to try one day at a time. I started listening to OA podcasts everyday while driving to work and errands, and heard story after story of recovery. Miraculously, I have been abstinent since that day - no binges! I think that sugar and white flour were "alcoholic" to me (I think they are fine for many people, just not me) but primarily I think I am abstinent because I still go to meetings, listen to podcasts, and take 15-20 minutes a day working the 12 steps, primarily steps 3, 10, 11 and 12. I am incredibly grateful. I would love to tell anymore more about Overeaters Anonymous and I am available to sponsor women.

Member Since: 10/1/2012

Fitness Minutes: 5,577

My Goals:
Stop binges. Accomplished!

Stop emotional eating. Accomplished! I have found other ways to handle my emotions.

Lose 50 pounds. I've lost almost 40 pounds!

I love riding horses and I'd like to be able to ride competitively again. Accomplished!

My Program:
Work the 12 steps daily, go to Overeaters Anonymous meeting weekly.

Follow my food plan: no sugar or white flour. I eat 95% whole foods and love them now.

Journaling or encouraging others instead of over eating.

Personal Information:
Originally from Buffalo NY, I now live in Laramie, Wyoming.

I have been married 18 years and have 5 kids, one in heaven. I work at the University of Wyoming as GIS analyst.

Other Information:
I'm a follower of Jesus, but I'm always getting lost. (grin!)

I love people of all religions, races, and backgrounds.

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    I hope you are doing well and have gotten back on track!! emoticon
    1857 days ago
    Hang in there! Remember that your body is NOT a garbage can!! The food has been screaming out to me also for the past week!!

    1887 days ago
    Forgot a line in my note, I think: that part of it was a copy of what I said on the LBF forum.
    1933 days ago
    Thinking of you. Keep pushing. You CAN do this!! emoticon
    1952 days ago
    Thanks for checking up on me. I'm doing better, but not yet seeing results on the scale. It's frustrating, but I'm trying to focus on other positive things. I started a new exercise regime about three weeks ago and I feel like I finally found something I really like to do. However yesterday was a very bad day. I woke up with a headache and my back and neck were sore, then found that my cat wasn't feeling so well. We took her to the emergency clinic and ended up having to put her down. And the stress of all that made my headache and tension soo much worse. It was a VERY bad start to a Sunday. So for the rest of the day I kinda just did nothing. But I'm hoping today I can get back on track. Now that I've weeded some things out of my life I'm focusing a lot on my health, starting with exercise, then I'm going to re-evaluate my medicine and then I'm going to focus on eating. I already started exercise and I re-researched my medicine's (way shocker,) and I'm creating a plan to change some of that and then I'll start on the eating portion of things. You may not have wanted to know all that, but now you have it. :)
    1952 days ago
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