Sitting in the Garage

“Attending meetings is not sufficient to get me recovered from compulsive eating any more than sitting in a garage gets me closer to being a Chevrolet.”  

The good news, however, is that I CAN recover from compulsive eating even if I can never become a car!  This is the hope that attending meetings provides to me.  I see others with my same disease who are living happy, joyous, and free.  It is in meetings that I hear their struggles and how they deal with them to stay abstinent.  It is in meetings that I learn how to WORK a program.  It is my responsibility to take what I hear in meetings and put it into action on my part.  This is how to LIVE program and get me recovered from compulsive eating.  I make no progress just simply going to meetings…I must take action!  Stop sitting in the garage and get to work!


Fall Super Saturday!!

“The Importance of Working the Steps”
When: August 13, 2016         9:30*am-3:00pm
Where: The Butler Center**  (
401 President Clinton Avenue (Downtown LR by the Main Library)

Literature to Bring: Voices of Recovery, OA 12&12, AA Big Book, Plan of Eating pamphlet, Dignity of Choice pamphlet

*Come at 9am to help set-up the venue if you’d like to do service
** The Butler Center has a mini-kitchen with a refrigerator if you’d like to bring your own lunch.

Looking forward to sharing a day of recovery with everyone!!  See you there.

Pause = mini Meditation

“HP please come between me and this food before it comes between you and me.”

I have been finding myself sharing frequently the under appreciated use of the pause.  We live in a society that seems to push the people in our culture to go faster, be more efficient, multitask, and so forth.

But for me as a compulsive overeater, rushing into eating is an unhealthy action.

I find that intentionally building in a pause before I eat my abstinent meal allows for my sanity to manifest itself and allow me to relish the food I do eat.  To enjoy my food is a new and wonderful experience for me that I need to value.  The pause gives me time to allow my higher power to wiggle into that space and give me that perspective.

I find too that when the compulsive food thoughts hit and I begin to obsess over a food item, I’ve GOT to pause long enough to surrender!  Not try harder…really truly surrender that food item…that food thought…to my higher power.  That pause allows for this to occur.  I must.  I must.  I must.  I choose Step 3.

The pause gives me a break from the compulsion and allows space for my higher power and sanity to put up the barriers between me and foods I shouldn’t eat and doorways between me and foods I should eat.  It is my mini meditation.

WSO Conference 2016

wso2016More than a thousand OA members from all over the world are getting ready for the Fellowship’s greatest celebration of recovery and abstinence. Will you be there? Join us September 1–4 at the 2016 World Service Convention in Boston, Massachusetts USA.
Convention registration is now open, and OA members who register by July 1 get the best ratefor the full Convention. A special Saturday night banquet with a plated dinner, entertainment, program speaker, and dance is also available for an additional fee.
OA members enjoy a special hotel rate at the Boston Marriott Copley Place, where the Convention will be hosted. Members who reserve their room early can apply this special rate anytime from August 23 to September 8 (based on room availability), which means plenty of time to tour before and after Convention.

New Podcast Series from World Service

podcastThere’s a new podcast series for 2016 centered on “Service and My Recovery.” In addition to the Steps and Traditions, each podcast explores one of the Twelve Concepts of OA Service. Podcasts are available at any time and at no charge, so follow this series to become more familiar with the Concepts and to learn the many ways service can boost your program and strengthen your recovery.
The 2016 podcasts are produced from recordings of monthly virtual workshops held on the second Sunday of every month, and OA members can also participate in the virtual workshops before new podcasts are released. See the Datebook Calendar on for the complete schedule of telephone workshops and dial-in instructions.
There’s no waiting for last year’s “Working All Twelve Steps” podcast series. Each podcast focuses on one of the Twelve Steps. If you need help working a Step, there’s a podcast for you.

Super Saturday: Believing, Becoming, Belonging

February 20, 2016
9:30am to 3:00pm
Butler Center Studies Institute
401 President Clinton Ave
Downtown Little Rock

Parking information: Parking is $2.00 per hour.If you can find a space in the library parking lot, bring your ticket into the library for validadition for ½ off. Please try to carpool with others in your area.

We will have coffee set up in the kitchen area along with access to a refrigerator, freezer, and microwave.

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“God; Grant me the serenity…”

Was pondering the first words in the Serenity Prayer and how I might internalize specifically the words “grant me.”  What do those words mean as applied to my recovery?

To grant means to give or allow.

Or to admit to someone that something is true.

Something granted is a gift for a particular purpose.

To grant is to bestow or confer especially by a formal act.

When I ask my HP to grant me, I hope and trust that all of these will be applicable to me and my recovery!

I also recognized that in the Serenity Prayer, three things are asked to be granted:  Serenity, Courage, and Wisdom.  A genie traditionally grants three wishes…

Thanksgiving Serenity

“I put my hand in yours…”

With Thanksgiving approaching I am already pondering the strategies and tools I intend to use and/or apply to keep my focus on the reason for the holiday and not the food around this holiday. As anxiety about the day envelops me, I can remind myself that it is weakness, not strength, that binds me to my fellow OAers and it is my intention to wallow in that weakness! Our very wise founder has provided for me powerful words to keep accessible on Thanksgiving Day. (I also intend to have my cell phone accessible too!)

“I put my hand in yours and together we can do what we could never do alone!
No longer is there a sense of hopelessness,
no longer must we each depend upon our own unsteady willpower.
We are all together now, reaching out our hands for power and strength greater than ours,
and as we join hands, we find love and understanding
beyond our wildest dreams.”
Rosanne’s Promise

Have a joyous, serene, and satisfying abstinent Thanksgiving!