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I Joined Two Clubs This Week

Thursday, November 01, 2012

I remember as a kid always starting clubs with kids in the neighborhoods I lived in. I lived in quite a few neighborhoods because my father was Navy and we would move from west coast to east coast and back every 2 or 3 years. I guess the club thing was my way of trying to have a bond with having to make new friends everywhere I went. Well, here I am in my 50's and I am still club joining. Ha!

I joined the senior center which is really wild. I just don't feel like a senior. I am so healthy. Well, I found out a person needs to be 50 to join and it is free. There are so many benefits to joining this club. They have classes for everything from exercise and computers to crafts and learning a language. They have outings that are inexpensive and hula lessons. Tomorrow is their Holiday Bazar of home made things. How fun. It gets me out doing things, meeting new people, and maybe I will even volunteer at some of the things.

The 2nd club I joined this week (if you can call it that) is Overeaters Anonymous. I am not very familiar with 12 step programs but I thought I need to own up to my compulsive eating issues. Afterall, it can only help to admit that I need support...right? I went to the first meeting and listened as 20 people took turns in sharing their victories, challenges, and fears. There were people there that didn't even look like they needed to be there but they are serious enough about their eating issues to come to meetings even when there bodies aren't overweight. The one guy lost 128 lbs by doing this one day at a time. He said there is no pressure to get it done by a certain date and you only commit to one 24-hour period. I am looking forward to being able to open up to a group of people who don't know who I am and never will know who I am, yet they will help me know myself by the process.

We are in November my Sparkfriends. I love Thanksgiving and the whole concept of reminding ourselves about what we can be thankful for.
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  • GINA180847
    I love joining things as long as their purpose is either for the greater good or my good or someone's good. I would not join something like JW or KKK which to me are very negative. I belong to the Seniors in Granisle, the weight loss group at the local clinic and would join other things if they were available.
    1977 days ago
    That's great! I think social support is very important in weight loss, bit giving support & receiving it. The more the merrier! I'm glad to see you venturing out. I know that takes some guts for you.
    : )
    1994 days ago
  • JUDY106
    Well this year I did the same thing about he Senior thing. I love it. I really was glad to hear you found Overeaters Anonymous. I was a member about 15 years ago. That is what started me on to the path of fighting this "living over weight". I had stopped trying to lose weight and thought that I was going to die grossly over weight. I found Overeaters Anonymous. The best thing that ever happen to me toward weigth loss. I lost about 125 lbs in a year. I kept it off for two years. The group fell apart because a lot of the members move to other states. So I went back to my compulsive overeating. the nearest group to me is about 80 miles, That is too far for me to drive all the time, but I stay in contact with a member. I think you will find this group to be so helpful. Hey, things are really looking good for you. I can't wait to hear all the exciting things that I know you are going to be experiencing in the future. I am really happy for you. Hugs, Judy
    1996 days ago
    I love the idea of joining some clubs! I don't much want to join them here, in WI because I hate the idea of making friends and sending down roots when I want to leave as soon as possible. But having that attitude has left me friendless here, and I've been here for over 3 years now. =(
    Hopefully you will meet some new ppl that you really hit it off with, and can become friends with. Life is better that way.

    My OA meeting is tomorrow. I am looking forward to it, also somewhat apprehensive. But I'll go because of our pact =)
    Some of the folks at OA have eating disorders like anorexia or bulimia, which might make them look like they don't need to be there when they really do struggle daily. It was a good choice, going. I'll be glad when I get that first meeting out of the way.
    1997 days ago
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