The difference between who I am now and who I was before OA is so dramatic it’s hard to believe. OA has brought a miracle into my life, and I would love to share with you the difference that miracle has made.
Before OA: I spent 35 years of my adult life consumed with a food obsession.
After OA: Now my mind and body know freedom from craving, bingeing, and obsessing about food.
Before OA: I spent most of those years weighing between 250 (113 kg) and 300 pounds (136 kg).
After OA: In the past three years, I have lost 92 pounds (42 kg) with little effort.
Before OA: I would diet, lose weight, and gain it back over and over.
After OA: My three meals a day, with an evening snack, are what I need for nutrition. I eat to live instead of live to eat.
Before OA: Most of my adult life I spent in fear with several phobias.
After OA: My phobias are almost gone, and whatever fears I have left I face with the help of my support team. Who is on my support team? I envision my sponsor on my right, sponsees on my left, Higher Power at my back and the OA Fellowship around us all.
Before OA: My emotional life consisted of fear and insecurity. I also had excess pride to make up for the insecurity; pride, plus dishonesty and deep-seated resentments I refused to let go.
After OA: I worked the Twelve Steps. Several Fourth-Step inventories took care of my defects. Today security, love, caring, humility, confidence, and courage fill my emotional life with well-being.
Before OA: I used vast amounts of food to try to fill my hole within, but I was never successful.
After OA: Program and spirituality now fill the hole in my soul.
Before OA: I spent most of my adult life eating, sleeping, watching television, and working .
After OA: I fill my life with program, meetings, Step-study leadership, sponsoring, retreats, and friendships. I will begin my first college class in a few weeks, something I have always wanted to do. Writing has become a passion, and I spend lots of time writing about OA. I have also improved my relationships with my parents and siblings.
Before OA: I had no real life.
After OA: My life has just begun.
Before OA: I had no idea of how to live sanely.
After OA: Program has taught me how to live a sane, mature, and healthy life.
Before OA: I had no understanding of how to become the person I wanted to be.
After OA: I am now that person.
Program has given me a new way of living. I can now reach out and grab the possibilities and opportunities that come my way. As I look around, I see wide-open spaces I can fill with anything I have in mind.
OA gave me the world.
— Reprinted from Lifeline magazine