I struggled with obesity for 38 years of my life. I was raised in a chaotic, alcoholic-fueled home, but now have a wonderful husband, adult son about to get married, a job I love and true friends. No matter how much I tried to diet, I just could not lose weight. Thirteen years ago, I found Overeater’s Anonymous, a group that was very structured. We don’t eat flour, sugar, caffeine, candy or mints. I thought I would be miserable, but I have found a freedom I didn’t think was possible. When I don’t eat those things, I don’t crave them.
I weigh and measure my food now. I have a sponsor and work the steps the same way an alcoholic would. I would never tell an alcoholic to have “just one sip,” and I cannot stay healthy if I take “just one bite.” I’ve lost 120 pounds and have stayed at about the same weight for almost 13 years – one day at a time. I no longer obsess about food and I have a freedom I didn’t think imaginable. My husband loved me when I was obese, but now he calls me his trophy wife!
I am grateful for all the gifts I have received since surrendering the foods that were slowly killing me. In my program, we refer to compulsive overeating as “slow suicide.” We also say that our food is “black and white” so our lives can be lived in “color.” I wanted to share my story in case this information can help someone else. The program I work with is not a diet (or as we call that word – “die with a ‘t’”), but a plan for eating.
I Am Finally At A Healthy Weight
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