“Abstinence is the action of refraining from compulsive eating and compulsive food behaviors while working towards or maintaining a healthy body weight. Spiritual, emotional and physical recovery is the result of living the Overeaters Anonymous Twelve-Step program.”
Overeaters Anonymous Definition of Abstinence
For Today - April 1st
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
I could hardly believe my ears when I heard the OA saying, 'What people think of me is none of my business.' When your confidence is down around your ankles, thanks to your helplessness over food and fat, self-worth tends to go up and down with the tides of other people's opinion.
With freedom from compulsive over-eating and the return of my self-respect, I understood what the saying meant. Today I value the good opinion of my fellow humans but, good or bad, what others think cannot diminish the good feelings I have about myself.
For today: The OA program gives me the self-confidence all creative people have. How impoverished the world would be if its original thinkers ~~ its artists, writers, scientists, and philosophers ~~ took adverse criticism as a sign of their inferiority and turned to some other line of work!"
Source: For Today. (2013). Overeaters Anonymous. p. 92
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"I was thinking about why we buy car insurance aside from the fact that it is required by law. Car insurance is basically protecting my asset in the event of an accident. The car I drive is valuable; therefore, I opt for full coverage. This means that no matter what happens, it can be restored (or replaced) if damaged...."