This Heavyweights on the Journey group is more than just a meeting and a website in cyberspace. It is a place where those of us with compulsions can meet with others who suffer and share our experience, strength and hope with one another. It is a place where we can feel at home. It can become our recovery family and a place where we know that we will be heard and not judged. A place where our anonymity is important. And a home, as the poet said, "where, when we have to go there, they have to take us in."

The Heavyweights on the Journey Loop focuses on compulsions and addictions relating to food. Many of our members weigh over 400 pounds... some of them considerably over that.... and this is our place to discuss the problems that come about with the disease we suffer from. We have dreams and goals and through the process of working towards these dreams and goals we hope to reach them. The only requirement for being a member of HotJ is to have the desire to quit compulsively overeating.

Many of the members of this loop recognize the importance of the Twelve Steps as a tool for personal change and growth. The Twelve Traditions are the guidelines of this group along with several others which seek to recognize the unique requirements of communication via the internet.

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"To be nobody but myself
in a world which is doing its best night and day
to make me everybody else
means to fight the hardest battle
which any human being can fight
and never stop fighting."
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Our group differs from most other cyber recovery groups in many ways. One of the ways is that this group focuses on those of us who are challenged in our disease by a great deal of overweight. Another way we differ from other groups is that this is a topical group. Each week we try to focus on a topic to aid our recovery. Anything that one would share at a 12 Step meeting is welcome here. Users are particularly encouraged to share their own recovery stories knowing that no matter how insignificant the share might be to a person not deep in our disease, our words can be life saving to one who is.

Information that one might share individually at an OA meeting is welcome here as long as it is of general interest to the rest of the list. Discussions of other programs are best left to other locations. Personal attacks and flames (scathing comments) are not welcome here. Commercial messages are not welcome. There will be no disruptions of the flow of this group. If someone persists in doing that, they will be asked not to. If you'd like to join us on our journey to recovery, you will be welcomed with open arms.

What we could never do alone,
we can do together.

One day at a time ~
One step at a time.

Welcome to HOTJ

~ You'll Never Walk Alone ~

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