This "what brought me here" is a great topic. It helped me so much reading what everyone has said. Just reading the same reasons over and over again -- funny how we feel so alone when there are thousands of us out there feeling and fighting the exact same things -- was like a prayer or affirmation. i am now going to think of the three pints of ice cream i eat around 3 pm every other day as "poison." I have been abstinent from s/f/w for two days but binged on popcorn -- ate one bag while the other was in the microwave, etc. So today is a new day, it is the one day that matters, the one hour of 24 that matter, and sharing with all of you and reading your shares is so helpful. thank you and may no one feel alone today. If we can believe that we matter to each other, that's a good start on mattering to ourselves, right?
Originally Posted by tberry
Right!!! What a wonderful way of looking at it, tberry. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for sharing tberry and everyone else. This was a good reminder for me that I can always enjoy going back and reading what others have posted about what brought them to FAA. I am so thankful too for the people that share this message, and share their experience, strength, and hope. We have found out that we are not alone but part of a large group of fellow food addicts. I am so thankful that I have found recovery here in these rooms. I have found that by abstaining from s/f/w, I no longer have the cravings for addictive foods.. Thank you HP (God) and the fellowship.
We are strong as a group, standing in a circle, holding each other's hands, supporting and loving each other, as we make our way toward freedom from sugar/flour and wheat. Thank God for FAA.
What brought me here was a deep spiritual need for not only weight loss, but peace of mind. Weight loss/dieting is thrown around so much these days, I never really knew how sickening the obsession really was for me. Taking a step back from it was when I began to recover. In FAA, I wasn't running in circles chasing any trends. This resonated deeply within my soul, and with everyone here, I knew that these people really were on to something. Now I am here, with a year of abstinence. I am staying for my spiritual well-being. :)
Why I'm here
I got tired of going thru the same thing over and over again. Also tired of letting this one part of my life overtake every other area. Tired of struggling to control this food thing and failing, then basing the rest of life on my failure. Never understanding why I wasn't strong enough to beat it and feeling that I disappointed those around me and myself.
Tired of being tired
It's so encouraging to see how many stories have similarities. I am on day 4 of abstinence and this feels doable, unlike when I was doing this alone (which felt like punishment).
Thanks to all who share!
day 4....congratulations! This is a we program together we can!! Keep coming back! Abstinence is possible and becomes easier over time, as knowledge and habits increase with practice.
Originally Posted by gettingitright
Alice abstinent food addict recovering in -PA
Getting back up again!!
I am here because i am not gonna take this lying down. I am tired of falling down. This time I take a stand and do something about my condition. My obesity is just a symptom of my food addiction. On September, 3 2011, I decided to change my ways, weight, and life. I detoxed myself, and do not eat any sugar, flour, wheats etc. I have lost 43 pounds to date and my energy level is through the roof and my fog has lifted. I am here because I love myself to get up and do this and learn along the way about my disease and manage it this time. I knew I had a condition but couldn't put a name on it until a few days ago when I found this site, I didn't even know FAA existed. I am here to be here a lot longer. Strength and belief and determination are here with me.
Originally Posted by kaysmom22
just for today #8
I will be grateful. I can change my attitude simply by realizing that not every one who suffers
from my addiction has been given the chance for recovery in this program. Think of family members or close friends who suffer unknowingly from the results of their food addiction. When everything else looks hopeless. I will remember how much more difficult and out of control I was while active in food addiction was an everyday occurrence. I am involved in the process of creating a new life with the help of my higher power and my new friends. I am grateful.
There is strength here...This is a WE program, keep coming back, It was suggested to me to do 90 meetings in 90 days give it a try listen with an open mind the last 5 mins of the meeting is for telephone number exchange make out reach calls to those who say things you can relate to...keep coming back it works if you work it!!
Alice abstinent food addict recovering in -PA
A loving God brought me here. I have had bariatric surgery in hopes of relieving my weight issue. But my weight issue is only a symptom and surgery does not fix the underlying food addiction. yes I lost weight but have found difficulty dealing with unmanagable feelings and emotions and I am afraid that I will be judged for this surgery as being a solution. I hoped that I would dunmp with sugar and help me to kick my sugar addiction. I have been to various 12 step programs for weight and lost weight but have been unable to maintain weight loss. Addiction is sneaky and I will attempt to deny relapse and deny that I have a biochemical reaction to sugar. problem is that I do not always dump with sugar intake. My disease has robbed me of relationships in life. Who could be in relationship except to be in relationship with a master. If not eating sugar would make me sane and be able to have fuller relationships outside of my food obcession and would not feel lonely empty and need to eat.
Need a spirtual solution to a spiritual problem and the physical will come along I hope.I cannot have a spiritual solution until food is no longer my master.