The Cape Cod Intergroup of Overeaters Anonymous held a workshop on April 24, 2016. . So many wonderful ideas were exchanged! Here are the takeways fromt he breakout sessions:
Cape Cod Intergroup – Spring Workshop 4/24/16
“PRACTICAL PROGRAM OF RECOVERY”
BREAKOUT SESSIONS: PRACTICAL TIPS
“Balancing Program, Family, Job”
• If food is in order, the rest falls into place
• Plan ahead! Preparing; Mapping Out; Scheduling
• Work the tools as routines…no matter what.
• Take quiet time (via meditation, literature, prayer)
• Commit food, meetings, disciplines
• Honor family’s needs! Keep time open for family.
• Stay mindful of self care
• Stay grateful; stay honest, open-minded and willing!
• Slow down! Pause! Ask for Help! Bring HP into the pause.
“Journey Back from Relapse…You’re Not Alone”
• Get a food plan (NOT diet)
• Have a plan of action around food
• Define your abstinence
• Keep coming (to meetings)
• Remember…there are choices. Pause & pray
• Listen to those who have stumbled
• Surrender…Be persistent
“Integrating OA Into Life’s Stressful Situations (traveling, company, illness, social)”
• Self Care. Ask for what you need. Speak up.
• Keep your daily disciplines (connect with sponsor/sponsees; pray/meditate, readings/writing).
• Avoid H.A.L.T. (Being Hungry/Angry/Lonely/Tired).
• Traveling (“Program is portable”):
• Plan ahead. Bring abstinent foods on air flights/car trips/outings
• Check out restaurant menus on line.
• Attend meetings (via oa.org) in new areas. Or check out ‘recovery meetings’ on cruises.
• Arrange for meetings to come to you
• Avoid ‘poor me’s’. Make extra calls. Ask others how they’re doing
• Do on-line or phone meetings; listen to podcasts.
• Don’t change food plan without checking with sponsor.
• Company/Social Situations:
• Supply foods that work for you. If possible, ask for menu.
• Maintain your daily disciplines
• Practice saying “No, Thank You”.
• If stressful, remove yourself…go for a walk, make an outreach call, ask HP for help.
• “Bookend” with an OA member (call before and after event)
• Keep eyes on own plate.
• Reschedule committed meals; set parameters. Confirm with sponsor.
• Keep pamphlet, “Before You Take That First Compulsive Bite”, handy for suggest
• Utilize OA podcasts or phone meetings as another option.