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Hello, I have known for a long time that I have a problem with overeating. It started out with a lot of emotional overeating and got worse when I had depression. Now I have noticed that I am always eating. Eating when I'm bored, sad, angry, and happy. I am now a stay at home mom, no money no vehicle and no babysitter. I am basically stuck in our trailer all day long and the only day we get out is Sunday when my kids dad is not working. He works two jobs and so has the vehicle all day long. After I had to quit my job to stay at home with our kids, I fell into depression and got bored a lot. I quickly went from 245lbs to 285lbs within a year. I don't have much support from family or friends to be honest. My family is so busy they talk to me maybe once a month, and my husband talks like he is supporting me but then brings home pizza from work and I can't help myself and my whole diet goes out the window. He wont stop bringing home food even when I have asked him not to. I really need someone who is going through the same to talk to.

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Welcome Anna and Ashley. Keep coming back!

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emoticon Ashley!

Keep coming back! Have you seen the OA website?
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You can find meetings there.

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Welcome Ashley!

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I'm Ashley, I'm 25, from New Zealand, and I'm a compulsive overeater. I find myself overeating most days and can't seem to stop. For me the weekends and evenings are the worst, I also tend to eat when I'm bored. I feel helpless in regards to this - I make a decision not to overeat, and then I find myself overeater a day or two [or even less than a day] later.

Looking for support and encouragement, and also the odd telling off as needed,

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A huge welcome to all our newcomers! I am so glad that you have found us, and had the courage to join the team!

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Hi all,

I am starting over at this website today and a member of OA living the Big Book way in Steps 10, 11 and 12 daily. I am slowly finding my way to a healthy and sustainable eating plan and had the intuition to join this website and group today so that I could better track my plan of eating and exercise.

I think of OA as a way to deepen my spirituality and dependence on God so that the obsession to eat is lifted from me. The plan of eating is just what every normal person has to do in order to keep themselves healthy and well-functioning. The weight has been coming off slowly, but it's still leaving faster (about 2 pounds a week) than it came (about 10 pounds a year). So, all is good!

Grateful to be here and to find one more resource to spread the message to compulsive overeaters who still suffer...

Ann

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BABYDOLL_BRE and KATIEWOLFIE,
I have private messaged you both with the OA link and I am so glad that you are both here! Keep coming back because the program works if you work the program!

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Hi Kate, I am totally where you are. I have realized just recently that I am completely out of control with my addiction. I can't get through one day without over eating. Without having a face to face meeting this group is a blessing. I needed to find people that understand the addiction.

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Hi All, My name is Kate. I'm a little anxious about joining this group... kind of feeling the same way I did when I attended my first meeting several years ago. Back then I don't think I had reached the end of my rope yet. I got hung up on the third step and the "surrender" that goes along with that. Well, I've reached a new low, the bottom is much further down than I ever expected. Today I know that I am weak when I try to do it on my own - without my higher power and without the support of others who are like me - furthermore I don't try, I give in to failure, hopelessness, and addiction. I'm surprised and grateful that you all are here and excited that my love/hate relationship with SP has led me to a place where healing occurs.

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Welcome TANIUSHKAT & Brenda!

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Hi my name is Brenda and I am so thankful I found this team. I attended one OA meeting when I lived in California and realized that I need it but then I moved to Oklahoma and there are no meetings that I can find. I have decided to start a new journey and seek the help I need. :)

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Welcome!

Does that mean "Come what may"?

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Hello Everybody!

So glad to find an Overeaters Anonymous team here at Spark People! I've started going to OA meetings in my city and feel really supported. I hope we can support each other as we embark on this journey. "Vamos Que Se Puede!", as they say in my home country. Have a splendiferous day/night or whenever you read this :)

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CLEARNIGHTSKY,
I am so glad that you are here! We have a great group and if you keep coming back....the program works if you work the program!

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Hi, everyone,

I'm here to keep it real with my tendencies to want to numb out and hide.

I need the spiritual component to health and weight loss.

I'm scared after a two-week relinquishment of self care.

One Day at a Time.

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ZMONEY, I am glad to see you here! Keep coming back!

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emoticon Cyndi! I hope you will stop in when you can and chat a bit!

Z - nice to meet you! Welcome back! I am so happy for you that you realized (with your dh's help) that you were in a relapse. I think we've all been there!

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Hi everyone,

My name is Z & it's been a looong time since I've been on this team, so I'm officially introducing myself as a newcomer.

Over the weekend my DH confronted me about being in relapse, & it's true, I am. So I'm giving OA another try & looking for support.

I'm a binge/secret/emotional overeater & recovered overexerciser. Looking forward to getting to know you all.

Z from Beaverton, OR (PST)

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My name is Cyndi and oddly enough, I just signed up for Sparkpeople today, mainly as a food tracking tool--i don't know if I'll use it as it seems more time consuming than just typing into a document on my computer or even handwriting. In any case, right after I had done that, I googled "OA message boards" and found this one on Sparkpeople! I don't use message boards very often--I prefer face to face contact, so....we shall see...

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I like what you say about newcomers' stories; they sure help me as well!

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I have been sending all the "newcomers" some SPARKGOODIES! I am so happy that all have you have joined this great Sparkteam as we have some AMAZING people on here! I could not do it without their stories of hardship and hope!!! Keep coming back! The program works when you work the program!

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emoticon everyone!
I have enjoyed hearing a bit about your stories!

Angie - welcome back to sparkpeople.
Sandy - you are new to OA but not sparkpeople, that's how I was when I joined this team: a veteran sparker, but never knew this team existed!

emoticon Sue!

Jennifer - I pray that you will find an answer as you work the program, and determine if you have adult ADD or are an OE, or both.

emoticon TAURUSLLY!

ICANDOITSUE - (love the username!) - you ask about sweeteners. I had the same question when I gave up sweets. I was terrified that artificial sweeteners would be a trigger for me. So far, and with my HP's help, this has not been the case for me. I guess each of us has to see what will happen with our own bodies. I have a mini Splenda tablet in my tea each morning (or whenever I have tea, which is 2-3 times in cold weather), and have a diet Coke sometimes when I go out and others are having sweets or alcohol. So far, this is working fine for me. However, I did find that when I had a "Pepsi Free" the other day, I got a headache like I do with sugar, and it felt too sweet for me. I avoid that drink now.

Caroline - I am so glad that you have found this team, and are working the program. I wish you all the best in finding a sponsor.

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Hi Y'all,

I'm very happy to have found you.

I'm an overeater, emotional eater, and a recovering bulimic. I'm working the 12 steps of AA for recovery from alcoholism, but haven't worked the steps for overeating. Once in a great while I binge, which I did last night and I don't know why. I can see no out of control emotions underlying it all, I've seen boredom as preceding a binge, but last night I was even sparking through it. Did a lot of things wrong like eat in front of the computer and eat from he bag. I had done well all day and was gonna finish the day at the low end of my calorie range. Now, I'm disappointed in myself. I binged on potato chips and I had a cinnamon roll and 2 or 3 frozen bananas (yum - like an ice cream). A singe banana was not enough to satisfy me, though. Why Am I binging on bananas? Because I rarely keep treats in the house for this exact reason. Nothing much to binge on except healthy food and the treats my hubby asked for. I've asked him not to keep them in the house, eat his treats somewhere else, because I have a problem resisting them. He knows this, but doesn't respect it. He has no problem like me, eating these foods in moderation and either believes too much in me to resist and maintain control or he wants to see me fail. As it is, he thinks i'm too skinny.

My abstinence is 3 meals a day with three optional snacks and no binging or purging.

So, there's my plight, I'm also on psychiatric medications that cause a lot of weight gain, and hypothyroid (low thyroid - kind of controlled with meds).. These add to my issues. I'm fighting real hard to lose my last 13 lbs, but have been maintaining for about 9 months. Cant't stay lower than 143 for some reason.

I love SP, love to spark 100 points every day if I can. I'm 51. I'm not exercizng much these days consistently. I want to begin starting with 10 minutes daily, and build up from there after couple of weeks of consistency.

That's it in a nutshell. Have an awesome weekend. I'm in the Biggest Loser Challenge, round 22. We do weekend challenges and I'm playing human bingo this weekend, marking all my healthy living activities with an X to try for bingos and blackouts.

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Hi All, I have been in OA for a for a few years. I do not attend meetings, since our meetings never seem to grown and it is always the same 5 -6 people going over the same things each week. They are great folks, but i needed more.

Love SP and am on and tracking pretty regularly.

I need to give up sugar, all those desserts and temptations that set me off. I cream is it, I started on a half gallon the other night and am going to put it down the drain today.

I am 66, Type 2 diabetic and my A1C is going up. I was on predinzone? which put it up. I was normally in the 120's but haven't got it down there again. Am in the 140's - 150's.

When you give up sugar do you still use sweeteners or can they also be triggers? For me I attend Weight Watchers and enjoy their snacks? I have cut the Splenda down in my iced tea, which I enjoy and drink quite a bit of.

I am planning 3 meals and 2 snacks.

Any input on the sugar and replacement sugar (Splenda etc) would be greatly appreciated.

I am on day 2 of abstinence.

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REMEMBER: I have had this before. I know what it tastes like, AND ITS KILLING Me ! IS IT REAL HUNGER OR HEAD & HEART HUNGER?


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Hi All,
I'm rejoining Spark and OA after a long absence. I've bounced in and out of OA for the last 21 years, and, when I'm sane, I realize that it is absolutely the only thing that makes my life not just manageable but happy.

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Hi! I'm Caroline, I am old to Sparkpeople (I think it fed my insanity, to be frank) and 26 days into OA, attending two meetings per week with a lovely abstinent streak until last week. Now I am 3 days abstinent.

I all sorts of food-crazy: restricter, purger, and binger. Have been hospitalized for anorexia and later bulimia.

My abstinence is 3 meals a day with three optional snacks and no purging.

This is the ONLY thing in a LIFETIME of struggles that has helped. I am finally (after at least 20 years since my initial diagnosis with anorexia) ready to be done with my food insanity and admit to myself that it is a disease that I absolutely cannot control without support. I have used it for such a large percentage of my life I am having a hard time dealing with the minor and major terrors of life. It has always been a very effectively distracting compulsion (not that it ends the problems, just allows me to be a little numb for a little while).

In the past decade I have maintained a low but "healthy" weight in the most unhealthy manner. I bounce between starving, starving/purging, binging/purging, then fasting completely. Repeat. Forever. The outside of my body looks fit and healthy. I am crumbling inside. My bones. I need knee and now possible hip replacements from osteoarthritis I was diagnosed with at 26 (!). I have two tumors in my breasts that I have had biopsied and am awaiting the results for (has been 22 days and counting) and I am pretty sure I need to actually be healthy. Not just fake it while secretly destroying myself, my relationships, and my ambition.

I still haven't found a sponsor and I really want one as I am having a helluva time believing I should eat the amount recommended in the "Plan for Eating" pamphlet. I am only 4'11" so I absolutely do not need the same food plan as a healthy 6ft grown man.

I am grateful to find this thread and willing to honestly figure this out, with out my diseased mind shouting at me that I need half the amount. I know that restricting will just feed this cycle. So. This is hard. I don't know how to eat to maintain. I have no idea how to eat normally. I am petrified I will either gain weight or restrict enough to begin my lifelong cycle again.



Six pounds. That is it.


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Hello my name is Jennifer and I live in Sunny Arizona. Im new to OA so new that I havent found a meeting yet to attend but Im looking. I know just a little bit about OA but not much. I think I am teetering between being an compulsive overeater or suffering from symptoms of Adult ADD. Heck maybe I belong to both. Im 43 and Ive been over weight since I was a teen but the compulsive eating really started about 20 years ago. I dont know if I cant control it or if I just keep forgetting that I was trying to loose weight. ADD is not funny at all. Its made my world a mess. Anyway I wanted to say Hi
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I realize I have been rude. I began posting without introducing myself!

Hi my name is Sue. I am here because I am tired of dieting/ gaining cycle.



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Hi my name is Angie and I am COE. I am now starting to explore OA and I think it is the right place for me. I am also re-committing myself to Spark and am glad I found this group because I need all the focus and support I can get.

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Hi Sandy!!!! So glad that you could join us! We are so happy you have joined our TEAM and looking forward to your shares! Keep coming back!!! The program works!

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Hi, my name is Sandy and I am a COE. I'm new to OA,and the 12 steps, but not to Spark People. I'm happy to have found an OA group on here,as there are no OA meetings close to me and I've been attending meetings online. Pleased to "meet you" all!

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SAVEDTHROFAITH - hang in there. What do you need help with right now?

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Hi... I'm Ann and I am a COE... I'm not new to OA ... I joined in 2002... Lost 170lbs from 2008 to 2010... lots of life changes and maintenance... I have gained 20 lbs and struggling right now to let it go... I want to be more accountable... let go of the cravings and bring back 100% honesty... I am hopeful that connection with others like me and counting calories will keep the food quiet...ann...

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Hello looking for more oa support! I do need help!

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First time using sparks not my first to OA though. I need help! I can no longer or refuse to believe I dont need help. Im a compulsive over eater and bulimic and need a sponsor!

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Welcome, Sia!

I know that many members of OA have struggled with bulimia and anorexia as well. If you are able to contact with some of them, they may have suggestions as to where to go for help with those particular struggles.

All the best to you!

Keep coming back, the program works!

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Farsia2010,
Please refer to www.oa.org. If you go to the "Find a Meeting" tab, you will see choices in your area and time zone for online, telephone and face to face meetings. Please keep coming back as this program works and if you need help, private message me! I am so glad you have found this TEAM!

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hi, my name is Sia,
i have been struggling with weight all my life, i have tried all the diets possible, i am a very active person, throughout life i did hiking, swimming, belly dancing, various fitness disciplines and i am almost always on the move.
i was a skinny kid but then suddenly at the age of 10 started gaining weight, by the age of 14 i was over 100 kg. that is when i started loosing weight.
tried everything and the only thing that worked was atkins diet. lost all the weight by the age of 16 but it really screwed me up, i became so obsessed with weight loss that i looked in the mirror and all i saw was me being still fat even though i weighed 59 kg by then(my height is 170cm). i developed bulimia and then eventually anorexia. my organism got so screwed up that eventually i landed on hormonal treatments. i was skinny for 3 years and then because of all this mess i gained it all back and fell into a depression and stayed fat for almost 4 years with periodic attempts of weight loss.
now i am 24, i am almost at my weight gaol but i am really struggling with my urges to throw up my food, sometimes i do.
from 114kg withing a year i now weigh 74.5 and my goal is 59-60. even though i started with the atkins again i stopped and seeked help from a doctor so now i am doing it the healthy way.
my only problem is i don't know who to talk to about my bulimia, my doctor advised a psychologist but i can't afford it, i can't tell my mom cause she lives in a different country and she will worry without actually being able to help. i hate myself for doing what i do to myself and each time i promise that it is the last time but soon i find myself actually planning what i am going to eat to throw up. i am desperate, pls help.
i would love to find people who have the same problems and with whom i may talk about it and help each other and support each other and talk each other out of throwing up when the urge gets back.
i don't know how to use this website yet. so please help.

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Hope everyone that has weight tickers.....the number is going down and everyone that has Sparkpoint tickers....the points are going up! LOL!

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7/2/13 1:33 A

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Glad you found it!

cj

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Thanks for the information! I didn't see anything there, though... but when I looked at my post, there at the bottom it said "create ticker." If it were a snake it would have bit me!

:) ruthi

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Here's a "clickable" version:

www.oa.org

cj



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6/30/13 3:48 P

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Welcome to the group IWILLRUN83! Keep coming back because the program works and there is a link www.oa.org to help you with meetings in your area, or online.

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emoticon Cheryl (good name!) and Carolyn!

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Hi, everyone I am new to the team and I have no idea what to expect but I do now I have to stop binge eating the way I am. I am gaining weight at a rapid speed and I am already heavier than I have ever been.


Cheryl, Arizona

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