Leader's Introduction

Hi everyone,

My name is Shlomo.

I am a compulsive overeater and the leader of the WTS workshop that begins on 1 April 2014.

Let me tell you a bit about myself.
I am 71 years old, I have 3 children and 7 grandchildren.
I also have a German shepherd bitch and a new wife. They are both crazy about me.
I got married about 17 months ago and we live happily ever after.
I am a skipper and a scuba diver.
I am also an actor and a member of 3 amateur theater groups.
I play bridge and chess and play a bit on the piano.

I joined OA about 19 years ago and TRG about 17 years ago
I am active in OA ever since, working the steps, giving service, leading step workshops and sponsoring.
In all my time in OA I was never without a sponsor and always gave service which I continue to do to this day.
I was and am also active in TRG, as coordinator and member of the executive committee.
I also led a few WTS studies and a sponsor-sponsee workshop.

This program literally saved my life.
Physically I was very obese and had all kinds of diseases as a result of my obesity.
But my obesity and illnesses were not the worst part.
The worst part was my emotional state.
I was depressed, full of resentments and fears, and blamed everyone for my bad feelings and my destructive Behaviour.
The doctors didn't give me much time to live unless I lost the excess weight.

And I tried but could not.
The more I tried the more I gained.
I tried dieticians, physicians, psychologists, psychiatrists, hypnosis and Self hypnosis, pills, alternative medicine like acupuncture, homeopathy, all kinds of energy healing, spiritual groups, etc…
Some worked for a while and I lost the weight but I didn't feel any better inside and I put it all back with interest.
The only thing that worked at last was the 12 step program.
It caused a tremendous change in me.
My emotions, my ideas and attitudes and conceptions changed.
I became a different person inside.
The program calls it a "spiritual awakening" and it worked and still does.
Working the steps freed me from my obsession with food as is written in the Tenth step promises.
But it didn't promise me that I would lose the excess weight.
I stopped bingeing and overeating but my weight stayed almost the same.
The Doctors told me that I couldn't wait for my body to begin reacting to sane eating and I had to have gastric sleeve surgery.
This worked in solving my obesity problem quite fast but of course it was not recovery.v Recovery is reached by working the 12 steps which enable me to have conscious contact with a Power greater than myself.
I know quite a few compulsive eaters who had such surgery and and after a while gained all their excess weight back because they didn't work the 12 steps and were slaves to their food obsession.
They couldn't binge (eat large quantities in a short time) because of their small stomach, but they ate small amounts of all kinds of fattening foods containing sugar flour and fat all day long.

So here I am to share how the recovery program worked and works for me.

Now let me tell you about the coming WTS workshop.

What do we need for this workshop?

1. Willingness to do everything that is needed to recover from food Compulsion. This means a personal commitment to work all the 12 steps during this workshop.

2. We need a sponsor who has worked all 12 steps and continues to work them on a daily basis.
The sponsor can be an online sponsor or a f2f sponsor.
Just grab one who agrees to work with you.
I will send out a sponsor directory to the WTS loop every week.
That will help those who have difficulties in finding a sponsor.

3. We need a reference book.
This is the book "ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS" which is also called the Big Book. This is the textbook that gives us precise direction on how to work the steps.
Other books that we will use as supplements are the AA 12 steps and 12 traditions and the OA 12 steps and 12 traditions.
You can read the first two books on the Internet at http://www.aa.org/lang/en/subpage.cfm?page=359
When you click on the book you want to read you will see this line: "to view a simpler (non-interactive) version that is compatible with assistive technology "click here". "
Click on "click here".
I recommend buying the books if you don't have them.

I hope all that is clear so far, so let us continue with what we are going to do in this workshop.
The workshop will last three months.
During that time we are going to work all the twelve steps. Not just talk about them or write what we think or feel about them and not how we worked them in the past.
We will work them in the present.

There will be action assignments to carry out and we will share about those current actions and their results.
This is a program of change and this change or transformation is a process that is driven by action and more Action.

An important parts of the workshop are questions that you ask me.
I urge and invite you to ask me questions.
Ask anything that is not clear to you about my explanations, or about the assignments.
May be you would like me to enlarge some point, or to mention points that I have not dealt with.
Anything at all that is connected to our 12 step workshop.
Every question is important to our understanding of what we do, in order to do it properly.
When you ask questions, write them in a separate e-mail to me at 10.shaft@gmail.com In the subject space write QUESTIONS TO THE LEADER.
Don't send your questions about the program to the WTS loop.

I will answer all the questions that are sent to me separately as QUESTIONS TO THE LEADER to the best of my ability without mentioning the name or address of the persons who sent the questions.

You send your answers to the assignments to the WTS loop at: wts@lists.therecoverygroup.org

Now to the first batch of ASSIGNMENTS.

1. What do you mean when you say that you are a compulsive eater/overeater/food addict
(see the chapters "The doctors opinion" and "More about alcoholism" in the Big Book.
When reading change in your mind alcohol to food and alcoholism to compulsive eating.

2. Explain in writing the following concepts, and give specific examples from your personal experience
Cravings, bingeing, compulsion.
Defeat(bottom). this is described on page 8 in the Big Book, and also in the discussion of step one in the AA 12&12 ,

3.Tell us what you do for your recovery on a daily basis ( your daily routine)

That’s all for now.
Start working. It works if you work it and it doesn't if you don't.
I will send out my next share in a few days so please hurry up with the work

Shlomo Leader of the WTS workshop..


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