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9/2/17 9:06 A

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Congratulations on attending your first meeting.

At my face to face meeting, we always mention right before we introduce ourselves, that most people add "I'm a compulsive overeater" but no one has to. We have some newcomers who cannot say it, and do not say it, others who say it very shyly and uncomfortably, and still others who say something completely different. It is up to the individual.

You may not be a compulsive overeater, you may be and uncomfortable saying the words right now, or you may never choose to say those words. And that's okay.

We often say to our newcomers, though, to try 6 meetings before you make up your mind. I, too, would encourage you to attend more meetings (the same or different one) as one thing I've learnt in program is that no two meetings are ever the same.

If you are not sure if you are a compulsive overeater, there are questions on the website (oa.org) that can help you determine if you are.

Good luck to you!
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8/25/17 4:55 P

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I would encourage you to try more meetings and see how you feel after that. There are definitely a range of people's experience there, with different stories about how their compulsions play out.

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8/24/17 12:12 P

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So, I went to my first OA meeting yesterday. Was not sure if I 'fit' the profile of someone who goes to OA, and was uncomfortable with the mantra- this lovely group of ladies were accepting and encouraging. I'm not comfortable with saying I'm a compulsive overeater- that brings to mind that I could randomly see food and uncontrollably eat it. What is my truth that I am a stress eater, and I need to learn to deal with that. I have been gluten free for 6 years, and for long stretches (up to a year ) been free of soda. But--- when a crisis hits my family, I tend to stop planning meals, (to fail to plan is to plan to fail) and fail I did. I would not eat, then be driving home from the hospital (my mom was in ICU for months) or from classes (finishing up my photography degree) and I would have not planned food, I'd not eaten a meal or two and then would stop for fast food, and/or soda/chips/chocolate from a gas station and get a lot of sugary, junk food right before bed.

I believe that OA can give me the support, encouragement & check ins that I need to become the healthier version of myself that I long to be. I want to be as active in my 80's as some of the women I know that are still camping with and competing with their horses.





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