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Thoughts On Recovery from Compulsive Overeating
Food is just
fuel for my body. It's important to enjoy the taste and celebrate the
pleasures of eating.
I am not my dis-ease
(an internal imbalance) of compulsive overeating, but I do have it. I can recover (change my
deep patterns and conditioning).
I also have a
way out--a release from the symptoms, a release to a fuller life through
practicing the 12 Steps--a day at a time.
I need my
abstinence (freedom from out-of-control eating) in order to really live
my life! The practice of healthy eating is like making an amends to my body.
for myself--ask Higher Power to do for me "what I can't do for myself."
morning: "Please take away my desire to overeat or eat compulsively.
Higher Power, please keep me abstinent (in recovery) and away from the
first compulsive bite today. I can't do it along. I need help!
Give thanks! If I lay my head on my pillow at night and I have
abstained that day, then all else will work out.
remember...compulsive overeating is cunning, baffling, and powerful.
Be willing to
go to any lengths: Call O.A. members, call your sponsor (find one), go
to meetings, read literature, take time for "Step 11", be willing to work
other 12-Step programs as needed, be willing to perform service (practice
compulsive eating is unconditional: Our recovery, it cannot be
negotiated with emotions, environment, relationships, or stress. I must
learn to see my inappropriate relationship with food as something really
harmful to me...it
will damage my life and all of my potential unless I address it...one day at a time.
Whatever I put
ahead of my recovery (think is really important and take lots of time to
make it happen), I will lose along with my recovery.
discarding anything in your life that comes between you and other people
in your life, and between you and your deepest spiritual connection with
compulsive eating is the discovery of the good things of life...freedom
of and in a different way to life your life!
acceptance of yourself and others.
Live & let live.
Where you're at
You don't have to
have all the answers.
it...but, do it!
There is hope for
Take it a day a a
time, a pound at a time.
If you continue
to think and do,
always thought and done,