Introductions are in Order

By Cecilia and Kate, your NoVAtions editors

Welcome back! After a short break, NoVAtions is back in business with Kate I. and Cecilia W. serving as your co-editors. As this is very new to both of us, we appreciate your patience as we learn the ropes of putting together our monthly publication. We haven’t quite figured out which of us is doing what, but we are excited about the chance to serve. Here’s a little bit about us:

Cecilia W. I am ever grateful to the Arlington Sunrise OA community. The daily 7 a.m. meetings in the Upper Room at St. James Church are truly a godsend. The founders, who started this meeting some 25 years ago, had no idea of the lives they would touch and the enduring community that would take hold. Feeling hopeless and defeated after many unsuccessful attempts at trying to achieve my goal weight and concerned about my health, I decided to try OA in April of 2015.   Within a month, someone offered to sponsor me. My first year in OA, I spent explaining daily to my sponsor why it was impossible for me to plan tomorrow’s food, today.   She always listened and never disputed my countless reasons. In February 2016, I shared with my sponsor that I was thinking of giving up sugar for the Lenten season. Ever so gently, she suggested that instead I could just try planning tomorrow’s food, today. I agreed and began planning my meals. I lost 15 pounds in the four months that followed and achieved my goal weight, something I had been unable to do despite years of dieting. Ultimately, recognizing that I am a compulsive overeater was and is freeing. My goal shifted from finding the right diet, to refraining from compulsive overeating, a subtle but miraculous difference. And that is why I keep coming back.

Kate I. I first came to the rooms of OA on August 1, 2015. I was in therapy to figure out why I was crazy enough to be regaining weight after working hard for two years to shed almost 100 pounds. After describing to my therapist an episode involving 7-11, a bag of Cheetos, and several bags of chocolate, she suggested I check out OA’s website. When I answered “yes” to 12 of the 15 indicators, coming to my first meeting was a no-brainer (especially when there was a meeting close to my house). I went to the next meeting (8 AM on a Saturday! That’s how desperate I was!) and I have never left. The Early Birds have become my home meeting, and the compassion and camaraderie I have found in OA is unspeakably precious to me. My recovery is coming slowly (and I’m stubborn, a control freak, a perfectionist - can you tell I’m working my 4th step now?), but it is coming and every day I am grateful for the lessons I’m learning in the rooms. My life has changed for the better, and it has nothing to do with my weight. It is about the spiritual growth, the joy of the fellowship, and the peace that my Higher Power brings me. It is an honor to communicate the message of hope and recovery through NoVAtions, and it’s the least I can do to thank you for what you have given me.