A little over four months ago, I wrote two blog post about Overeater’s Anonymous.
You can click on the link’s below if you would like to reread them, or read them for the first time.
I never did any kind of a follow up post about OA, so I thought I probably should. I was asked several questions after writing those post that I wasn’t sure how to answer. I feel like I can explain now why I went to OA, and what I got out of that experience.
I had gotten to my lowest weight in October of 2013, then gained some weight. Towards the end of February, I was feeling really bad about myself. I decided to attend those OA meetings to see exactly what was discussed and to see if I thought that I belonged there, in addition to my WW meetings? Did I actually have a food addiction? I thought that I probably did, but I wasn’t really sure. After attending a few meetings, I realized that I did have a lot in common with a lot of the people in attendance at the OA meetings, so I went to a variety of meetings, twice a week, for about three weeks. At the end of the three weeks, I decided not to go to anymore of those meetings because I realized that I was getting all of the support and the information that I needed at my weekly WW meetings.
Attending the meetings did make me realize how real, how powerful, and how destructive food addiction can be. After listening to other people share at the meetings, I realized how far I had come in handling my own Food Demons.
Have I successfully learned how to deal with all of the Food Demons when they interfere with my life? Nope.
Have I successfully learned how to accept myself and be proud of the healthy choices that I make? Absolutely!!
Food Addiction is a real thing, and if you think that you need help or support, OA is a great place to go for that support, and it is free.
Click HERE to go the Overeater’s Anonymous Website.
I’ve never attended a WW meeting where we have discussed “Food Addiction”, but we do regularly discuss how to handle situations where one might be tempted to overeat. We’ve discussed everything from emotional eating to eating out of boredom and learning how to handle social situations, whether it be a party or a simple lunch with co-workers or friends.
The most difficult time for me, when I am tempted to overeat, has always been when I am alone. I have tools that I use, but I think it’s simply something I will always struggle with. I plan to attend my weekly WW meeting as long as Weight Watcher’s is around. The support is incredible and I’ve learned so much.
If you are interested in joining Weight Watchers, I highly recommend it and would be happy to answer any questions.
You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are yesterday’s eats…
6 oz. Chobani Plain Greek Yogurt
1 Fresh Peach, Strawberries
1 packet Stevia
Leftover Chicken Parmesan
Wheat Spaghetti Noodles, Zucchini Noodles
WW Vanilla Smoothie Mix, 1 C Cold Water, 1 C Ice
Fresh Pineapple and Strawberries
A Skillet Concoction not really worth sharing
Weight Watcher’s Points Plus
I can eat 26 PPV a day.
I can earn Activity Points by doing exercise, and eat them if I choose.
I have an allowance of 49 extra points that I can dip into throughout the week if I choose.
I should drink a minimum of 6 (8 oz) glasses of water each day.
My Weight Watcher Week Begins on Friday’s
Breakfast = Frothy Coffee, Yogurt and Fruit (3)
Lunch = Leftover Chicken Parmesan (7)
Snack = Fruit, Smoothie (2)
Dinner = Skillet Concoction (10)
Total = 22
Exercise = 75 Minute Yoga Class, RUN one mile
How many glasses of water I drank = 8
Activity Points Earned for the Day = 6
Activity Points Earned This Week = 12
Remaining points from my 49 Points Allowance = 0
Alcohol Consumption = None
“love the life you live, live the life you love”