“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
"A little madness in the Spring
Is wholesome even for the King." -Emily Dickinson
"Life is real and earnest and serious. Isn't it? It depends on how you look at it. Sometimes I have a tendency to get too serious, especially about how busy I am, how important it is to take care of every single item on my schedule within the next few hours.
A woman once told her group that she had awakened one Saturday and, as was her habit, began making a mental list of things she intended to do that morning. Suddenly, she decided to write down each item. When she finished, both sided of a legal-size sheet of paper were covered with a list of chores that would have taken several days of nonstop work to accomplish.
I, too, have found that being too serious can make me totally unrealistic.
For today, Spring fever doesn't necessarily come according to the calendar, but if it pops up I may as well consider indulging in a little wholesome 'madness' of my choosing."
Reference: For Today. (2013). Overeaters Anonymous. p. 122
Thoughts from an OA member
And I'll stop trying to steer.
'Cause when I do
Instead of trusting you,
I spend my life in fear."
OA Lifeline Stories
OA Lifeline: Clear And Free (Abstinance)
"God has blessed me with more than twenty-five years of abstinence, and I am still grateful every day. The most important day for me to be abstinent is today.
I was in OA seven years before I got abstinent, and I’ve been abstinent ever since, praise be to my HP....."
"I have been in OA for twenty-eight years. Before OA, I was a force to be dealt with, very carefully and with dread. I was filled with self-righteous indignation.
Imagine my surprise when I discovered indignation was just a synonym for resentment. That Step Four was a real eye-opener. It wasn’t everybody else’s fault after all...."