…and I am a compulsive overeater.
I decide that my diet is not the issue. The core issue is that no matter what I eat (healthy or otherwise), I eat too much. The reason I eat too much goes way beyond mere hunger. Just restricting my intake may work for a while. But if I do not get at the reason for the behavior, history will repeat itself. I will be right back where I started.
So I started attending Overeaters Anonymous or just OA. While it was a bit uncomfortable at first, attending a 12 step meeting. I very quickly realized that this was the prescription I needed. Every time someone opens their mouth to speak, I find myself saying, “Yep, that’s me.”
I have been attending meetings for a little over a month now. I have the basic gist of the program. Now I have to journey through the 12 steps*.
*I find the word step to be a bit of a misnomer. From what I have observed, you never completely finish a step. The minute you check off all 12 “steps” you are not done. If you stop working the program, you are likely to slip up. I prefer the work cycles. One cycle leads to the next, but each cycle continues throughout recovery.