~ FROM THE RECOVERY LOOP DIVISION ~
The Recovery Loops continue to provide a place for general sharing.
These loops are getting some excellent trusted servants and sharing is
The Recovery Loops are general-sharing loops for compulsive eaters.
We are rounding out the trusted servants with new people. It is exciting
to watch loops come alive with sharing and people finding OA and sharing
their recovery. The Newcomers loop has many new members. Anorexia and
Bulimia, OA Friends, HOTJ, Recovery, Relapse and Recovery and Journey
to Recovery are for sharing the day-to-day process of living without
eating compulsively. Meditations and Sponsors are loops for sharing
the way you use the tools of Literature and Sponsors. Big Book is now
in "There is a Solution." The first week of April, WTS will be starting
a new study led by John Stepworker.
~ FROM THE DISCOVERY LOOP DIVISION ~
Hi everyone, there has been some big and amazing things happening over
on the Discovery side of TRG! First of all, we now have a place where
members and administration can write directly to the Division
Coordinators, who are Cody and Mary W. You can reach them at:
DiscoveryAdm@lists.TheRecoveryGroup.org with any questions or concerns.
As the loops go great things are happening, and under new direction
they are being perked up again. Last month Exercise & Discovery tripled
in the amount of sharing, and now Discovery Kitchen, under Mary W.'s
leadership, seems to be the place to go to share recepies, foodplans
and just talk about food issues. This loop is growing stronger every
day and has a lot of eager people looking into it.
On the kids side of things under Cody's leadership COkids is thriving
high. So far this month the amount of shares have tripled and the
responses are coming here more steadily than before. Kids & Discovery
is also a growing loop for kids with eating problems, and Cody is
trying her best to get them moving by sending them posts daily, and
even just recently started a thought for the day where the kids can
respond to a very easy quote to which they can relate. Both loops have
the potential to be turned around with patience and a loving dedication
from people. Thanks everyone!!
In loving service,
Cody & Mary W.
~ FROM THE TRG OA MEETING DIVISION ~
For the last twelve weeks, our online meetings coincided with the steps
being covered by WTS. These meetings have now ended. It is our hope
that many of the people who attended them are working the steps and are
carrying a message of hope to others.
The topics for the current meetings will be based on themes such as
trust, honesty, courage, self esteem, change, and being positive. In
the next few weeks, more topics will be added to this list.
We are working on updating the TRG meeting schedule on the OA web site.
OA now lists our meetings as a courtesy. It is our hope that OA will
soon recognize online meetings, and will register them with the World
We are working to provide leaders for all meetings. We especially need
leaders from foreign countries. If you can give even one hour a week of
service, please write to:
In Loving Service,
Terri, Jeannine and Danielle
(TRG Meeting Coordinators)
~ FROM TRG'S SPONSOR PROGRAM ~
The TRG Sponsor Program is available to assist Sponsors in sharing
their recovery with our members who are seeking recovery from
compulsive eating through the 12 Steps of recovery. The Sponsor
Directory is posted weekly to all loops, regularly updated and
available to those individuals who are seeking a sponsor.
We have completed our quarterly update of the Sponsors Directory and
want to let you know that many of our Sponsors are currrently "full".
This is great news because it indicates that TRG members are connecting
with sponsors in order to work the 12 Steps of recovery. On the other
hand, it means that our Sponsor list is growing shorter; WE NEED YOU!!!
Are you ready to share your recovery through sponsoring, so that others
who still suffer can recover? Do you have some space for some
additional sponsees at this time? Are you finishing the steps this
quarter with WTS and are now ready to sponsor? Are you willing to
share what has so generously been given to you?
"Showing others who suffer how we were given help is the very thing
which makes life seem so worth while to us now. Cling to the thought
that, in God's hands, the dark past is the greatest possession you have
-- the key to life and happiness for others."
Please write to us today to join the TRG Sponsor List.
AABB p. 124
Patt and Cate, TRG Sponsor Coordinators
The Recovery Group Sponsor Group Trusted Servants
~ FROM OUR RECOVERY GROUP MEMBERS ~
~ 50 + 50 + 50 ~
My milestone is 50, plus 100(!) = 150 lbs. taken from this body since
1978 ... a day at a time.
My thanks, my gratitude, all go to a loving Higher Power and O.A., as
without both I would not have a regular size body today, nor the
emotional peace and spiritual connection ... of myself. All I could do
was diet, lose weight and then regain all of it, plus, over and over
and over since age 11.
Today I am a 64 year old woman, living in a 140-145 lb. body at 5'6" -
with the awareness that O.A. works, and works well when Barb works it.
Recovery, for me, is consistent vigilence and persistance, a day at a
When I came to O.A. in 1976, they told me that I had a three-fold
disease, and that if I was willing to go to any lengths, I could have
recovery in all three areas - and they were 100% accurate, for me.
Thank you, loving Higher Power and thank you, Overeaters Anonymous,
for a full, rich life today, and for a woman who is responsible, and
a kinder, more gentle person - both to herself and to others.
Palm Springs, CA
~ RECOVERY WRITERS' SERIES ~
~ Recovery Inspirations ~
In this column we bring you shares from Recovery Meditations, Odyssey,
Danny's "Letters To God", Journey to Recovery, Reflections, The
Promises and many others. Beginning this month we invite you to share
the thoughts and observations of a special woman named Mari. Not only
has she made the journey into recovery, but she also founded TRG, which
serves as a beacon of light to guide others who seek abstinence from
compulsive eating. This month we have chosen an essay from Mari's
"Journey to Recovery ~ Reflection on Recovery" series, one which
focuses on the strength, meaning and benefits of letting go.
(Note: if you wish to read the remaining Reflections, the entire
collection of essays can be found at:
~ Letting Go ~
Dear Friends on our Journey ~
~ LETTING GO ~
I was told recently that I must "let go." Those words made me panic.
They were words that I didn't want to hear ... because the times I
heard them in the past were times that I thought they meant literally.
I had always been under the impression that to "let go" of something
or someone meant to give them up completely. And if you care for
someone ... and don't want to give them up completely ... then you
certainly don't want to let them go.
In my past, I have had to "let go" of some situations in my life.
These were situations which were causing me harm ... or keeping me
from realizing potential that I had in other areas. They were
retarding my growth ... and in order to pursue other things, I had to
"let go" of those situations to make room for things which would be
good for me .... and make me a better person ... and more productive.
In my past, I have also had to "let go" of certain people in my life.
In one case, it was a family member, and it was a painful experience,
but one that was necessary. I have always associated "letting go"
with abandonment ... or extinction.
Letting go does not mean abandonment or extinction in most cases.
There may be some that must come to that ... but what I now know
"letting go" to mean is not that at all. There is a book called
"Stepping Stones to Recovery" and in this book are the following words
which I have printed out ... and which I have made a vow to read each
and every day until I almost know it by heart.
When someone tells me again that I must "let go", I'm going to not take
them literally, at least not until I make very sure that I am not
holding on to them in one of the following ways:
~ To let go doesn't mean to stop caring:
it means I can't do it for someone else.
~ To let go is not to cut myself off;
it is the realization that I can't control another.
~ To let go is not to enable,
but to allow learning from natural consequences.
~ To let go is to admit powerlessness,
which means the outcome is not in my hands.
~ To let go is not to try to change or blame another;
I can only change myself.
~ To let go is not to care for,
but to care about.
~ To let go is not to fix,
but to be supportive.
~ To let go is not to judge,
but to allow another to be a human being.
~ To let go is not to be in the middle, arranging outcomes,
but to allow others to effect their own outcomes.
~ To let go is not to be protective;
it is to permit another to face reality.
~ To let go is not to deny,
but to accept.
~ To let go is not to nag, scold, or argue,
but to search out my own shortcomings and to correct them.
~ To let go is not to adjust everything to my desires,
but to take each day as it comes and to cherish the moment.
~ To let go is not to criticize and regulate anyone,
but to try to become what I dream I can be.
~ To let go is not to regret the past,
but to grow and live for the future.
~ To let go is to fear less
and love more.