Getting Through the Holidays with Abstinence and Gratitude

We had a great workshop yesterday, dealing with “Getting Through the Holidays with Abstinence and Gratitude.” A lot of great coping skills were shared by the program’s organizers and by the participants. Unfortunately, when I’m in the middle of a situation that challenges my abstinence, I sometimes forget about those coping skills, so I took some notes…

Here are just some of the suggestions I heard yesterday – Remember, take what you need and leave the rest:

  •  “Phone a friend” – Call or text a fellow for support, for accountability, or even just to vent.
  • “No” is a complete sentence, or “No, thank you” if you want to be more polite. 😉
    (You don’t have to explain why you don’t want something)
  • It doesn’t matter if no one else understands our issues with food. All that matters is that WE get it!
  • Bring your own food or meal.
  • Take advantage of supporters (friends or family) at events with you. Allow them to help you or “run interference” for you if necessary.
  • Find out what food will be available in advance, if possible and plan accordingly.
  • Check out all of what will be served BEFORE you start filling your plate. Make a plan, and commit it to a sponsor or fellow
  • Take a picture of your plate and send it to your sponsor or a fellow, for accountability.
  • Don’t go – do what you need to do to take care of yourself. Not putting yourself in a harmful environment is a viable option

If you were at the workshop and you heard something I missed, please share in the comments! Also, do YOU have any strategies for maintaining your abstinence through the holidays? Please share them in the comments. You never know what little tidbit you share can mean the world to someone else.

Happy Holidays Y’all!

OA 10:30 a m Sat. Group Conscience Meeting

WHAT: OA 10:30 a m Sat. Group Conscience Meeting

WHERE: Jefferson United Methodist Church

WHEN: Sat. Aug. 18, After the 10:30 meeting

TOPICS: to discuss & discern

  1. Improvement needed in responsibilities
    • e.g. the keeper of the meeting room key has not shown up to open the door (At this time we don’t know who has the key.) Should we rotate holding the key?
    • How do we encourage whoever commits to leading the meeting to get to the room 10 -15 minutes early to prepare, e.g. hand out readings & signs, get a timer volunteer, etc.
    • Members need to be encouraged to try harder to be on time for the beginning of the meeting.
    • Should we consider asking everyone to turn off their cell phones as part of our opening protocol?.
  1. Consideration of devoting one meeting a month to one of the 12 Steps as designated topic

–submitted by the 10:30 AM Saturday meeting

June Brig take aways

  1. Clarify whether it is the 4th Saturday or the last (4th Saturday)
  2. Check literature policy, bring revised 12 and 12 and workbook for workshop.
  3. Checking on who sent specific money.
  4. Committee report -website, blog, phone list?, PIP on hold, event calendar workshops, events, brig meeting, fun Friday, Men’s Wellness in August, planning September, November gratitude lunch and workshop, OA athon for Christmas.
  5. July 14 workshop lunch meeting

OA BLOG 2019

May 5, 2019

Oh Yeah! The blog is back! I had a great retreat and listened to an awesome speaker who had a unique approach to her program and enlisted in lots of ladies to help bring back the blog.I want to make sure that something is always on here but I need lots of help. I gave out my email address out at the retreat and I should also say put OA BLOG in the subject. I got several emails and cards in my lovely basket.

If you’ve never been to the OA retreat it is a a wonderful location at the Jesuit Spirituality Center in Grand Coteau, Louisiana which is near Lafayette.  The location is peaceful and surrounded by greenery. One nice lady sent me a picture and I know my twin takes pics every time we go so perhaps I can persuade her to post some pics on the blog.

Some comments I got:


“This is  my second time at our OA retreat and I’m glad I came. I encourage everyone to make one OA retreat. It will really enhance  your recovery!”


“Important take aways from the retreat 1) Abstinence is when I’m surrendered my food. Recovery is when I work the steps. 2) Pause and be mindful! 3) Practice stillness. 4) There is always enough time to do God’s will. 5) I cannot recover in isolation. 6) If I don’t know what to do, I can work on my relationship with my Higher Power. 7) Am I kind and loving toward all including myself? 8) Unconscious eating is an expression of my lack of conscious contact with God.