Welcome to the OA NoVA Intergroup 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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by Sarah S., your NoVAtions editor

Excerpt from October's NoVAtions

One of my favorite slogans is “You spot it, you got it.” It has helped me step back from self-righteousness, identify my character flaws, and . . .  

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One day at a time.
First things first.
If I have a problem and eat over it, then I have two problems.
Easy does it.
Live and let live.
Let go and let God.
Act as if.
It’s not what you’re eating, it’s what’s eating you.
If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.
If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
Service is slimming.
You spot it, you got it.
Would I rather be right or happy?
My Higher Power is whatever I turn to in a crisis.
It works if you work it.
Stay put and act in my own best interest.
Am I around the program or in the program?
Do the next right thing.
Expectations are premeditated resentments.
Food thoughts are just thoughts. You don’t have to act.
Forgiveness is letting go of a better past.
HALT (Don’t get Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired).
I can’t. God can. I think I’ll let God.
Meeting makers make it.
Nothing tastes as good as abstinence feels!
Progress, not perfection.
God: Good, orderly direction.
BINGE: Because I’m Not Good Enough.
Take what you like and leave the rest.
The disease is physical. The cause is emotional. The cure is spiritual.
The elevator is broken. Use the steps.
There is no situation so bad that a compulsive bite can’t make it worse.
This too shall pass!
What other people think of me is none of my business.
If you have one foot in yesterday and one in tomorrow you will piss all over today.
Just for today.
One is too many; one thousand is not enough.
It’s about the food until it’s not about the food.
Clean up my side of the street.
Keep coming back!
You are never too late unless you miss the closing.

Keep Coming Back

by Karen NP

Excerpt from October's NoVAtions - Reprinted from Unity Intergroup of Overeaters Anonymous, Region 4 Mpls, MN

In 2003 I had a friend who 12 stepped me. I began attending OA HOW. I had great physical success with my weight loss, but thought of it only as a diet. I wanted to be thinner, but didn’t want to be a person who was labeled as a food addict. I really didn’t think my problem was . . .  

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From the NoVA Intergroup Chair

150 Before You Take that Bi lExcerpt from October's NoVAtions

Dear Friends in Recovery,

When I first came into the OA rooms in March 1999, one of the main tools I relied on as I struggled to get abstinent was the amazing OA pamphlet “Before You Take that First Compulsive Bite, Remember.” I carried that literature in my purse for years. Now I carry . . . 

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And Now A Word From Our Sponsors

A Slogan for New Sponsors

by Anonymous

Excerpt from October's NoVAtions

As a new sponsor, my go-to slogan is “easy does it”—for both me and my sponsee. I want to do all I can for my sponsee, and she also wants to jump in with . . .  

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Need to find a meeting?

Here are Northern Virginia's local meetings

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Meeting Announcements

*** New Meeting - RESTON BIG BOOK STUDY ***

Starting Saturday, May 21st, 2016 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Brown's Chapel
1686 Browns Chapel Rd,
Reston, VA 20194 

Lower Level 

Please use staircase at outside entrance in back of church, facing parking lot and baseball field.

Contact : Suzanne W. (703) 475-9278,  


The Arlington Saturday Night 6:00 P.M. Meeting is moving to a new location.
As of June 4th we will be meeting at:
Arlington United Methodist Center (formerly known as Arlington Methodist Church)
716 South Glebe Road,
Arlington, VA

To enter the parking lot you may use 7th Street of Glebe Road. Enter the church through the door on the back side of the building. We will be meeting in the Moyer Room.



MONDAY Sunshine Meetings 8:00 am
Choose between two lengths of meetings:
7:50 - 8:35 am, 45 minutes (brief break out, so time to get to work)
7:50 - 8:50 am, 60 minutes (then continue on to full hour)

WEDNESDAY Hump Day Meetings
12:00 - 1:00 pm

Trinity Methodist Church
1205 Dolley Madison Blvd
McLean, VA


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Check the Events Calendar for all the upcoming events!




OA Nova Events

Intergroup Meeting
Sat Nov 19 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
IDEA Day - 11th Step Meditation Workshop
Sat Nov 19 @ 1:30PM - 04:30PM
Thanksgiving Marathon - 2016
Thu Nov 24 @ 8:00AM - 08:00PM

Region 7 Events

OA Region 7 Convention
Fri Nov 04 @ 5:00AM - 12:00PM
Virtual Workshops for 2016 - SERVICE and MY RECOVERY
Sun Nov 13 @ 3:00PM - 04:00PM


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OA Nova Hotline - 703-823-NOVA (6682)OA NoVA Info Line:
703-823-NOVA (6682)

Sponsorship Question of the Month


What animal does your sponsor remind you of? Why? 

(For example: “My sponsor reminds me of an orangutan, because my sponsor doesn’t worry about others’ opinions, is very at ease in the world, and swings from tree to tree.” Don’t take this question too seriously—you can be a bit playful!)

 You can send answers to , or if you prefer emailing a real person directly, you can email Rachel B. at .