Welcome to the Northern Virginia Intergroup
of Overeaters Anonymous Website

OA's Fifth Tradition states
Our Primary Purpose is to carry the message to the compulsive overeater who still suffers.
 
OA NOVA Intergroup Mission Statement
To support individuals in need of recovery from compulsive eating (e.g.: overeating, bulimia, anorexia) through empowering all meetings within the Intergroup.
 
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To the Newcomer - Anonymous
Excerpt from August's Novations

Being a newcomer is the first of many gifts of program. It's like coming out of hiding, after months, years, decades, of suffering alone. You start feeling things other than hunger like discomfort, nervousness, excitement, and hope. There is a new possibility of having a life worth living. What this is really works and the insanity of the mind fades away.

 Being a newcomer feels weird at first, but then you start to feel at home and you can breathe again.

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Not 90 Pounds in 90 days??? - Alice
Excerpt from August's Novations

I was depressed and desperate. I hated how I looked and how I thought and how I felt. Like so many others I had tried every weight loss scheme and plan out there—except ear stapling and surgery. And I was seriously thinking about surgery.

I wasn't a brand new newcomer when I went to my first meeting in December 2012. I had dipped my toes in the OA waters before but never stayed long enough to really let the Program work for me. This time was different. At the first meeting I attended I felt "home." I knew not only did I belong, but I was among friends. The men and women in that meeting were other incarnations of me! They understood the binges, the loss of control, the total inability to "eat one." Heads nodded when someone shared of struggles with eating over pain, eating over frustrations with kids, eating over fears of job losses. Murmurs of recognition were heard when someone talked of others saying things like: "Well just stop when you're full," or "Push yourself away from the table." Smiles broke out when someone shared of successes—a week, a month, a year of abstinence, or navigating a neighborhood party without overeating. I could see help on the horizon so I kept coming back.

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