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100 Slip Questions

  1. Why is it important that I think of myself first?

100 Slip Questions

  1. Write down the definitions for each of the following words:
    Life: the condition that distinguishes organisms from inorganic objects and dead organisms, being manifested by growth through metabolism, reproduction, and the power of adaptation to environment through changes originating internally.
    Spirit: the principle of conscious life; the vital principle in humans, animating the body or mediating between body and soul.
    Spiritual: of or pertaining to the spirit as the seat of the moral or religious nature.
    God: the one Supreme Being, the creator and ruler of the universe.
    Breathe: to take air, oxygen, etc., into the lungs and expel it; inhale and exhale; respire.
    to pause, as for breath; take rest.
    Breathing: the act of a person or other animal that breathes; respiration.
    Cerebrum: the anterior and largest part of the brain, consisting of two halves or hemispheres and serving to control voluntary movements and coordinate mental actions.
    Cerebellum: a large portion of the brain, serving to coordinate voluntary movements, posture, and balance in humans, being in back of and below the cerebrum and consisting of two lateral lobes and a central lobe.
    Meditation: continued or extended thought; reflection; contemplation.
    Universe: the totality of known or supposed objects and phenomena throughout space; the cosmos; macrocosm.
    Peace: cessation of or freedom from any strife or dissension.
    Serenity: the state or quality of being serene, calm, or tranquil; sereneness.
    Posture: the relative disposition of the parts of something.
    Discipline: activity, exercise, or a regimen that develops or improves a skill.
    Prayer: a spiritual communion with God or an object of worship, as in supplication, thanksgiving, adoration, or confession.
    Love: a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person.
    Hate: to dislike intensely or passionately; feel extreme aversion for or extreme hostility toward; detest.
    Anger: a strong feeling of displeasure and belligerence aroused by a wrong; wrath; ire.
    Pride: a high or inordinate opinion of one's own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority, whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in bearing, conduct, etc.
    pleasure or satisfaction taken in something done by or belonging to oneself or believed to reflect credit upon oneself.
    Resentment: the feeling of displeasure or indignation at some act, remark, person, etc., regarded as causing injury or insult.
    Jealousy: jealous resentment against a rival, a person enjoying success or advantage, etc., or against another's success or advantage itself.
    Recovery: restoration or return to health from sickness.

Before You Take That First Bite

1. Pray. Ask my Higher Power to relieve me of the desire to eat compulsively.
2. Read OA-approved literature.
3. Call someone in OA and ask how he or she is doing.
4. Call a newcomer. Ask how he or she is doing. Think of how I could help.
5. Do some kind of service, even if it seems stupid or silly.
6. Go to an OA meeting.
7. Walk outside and look at all that nature has created.
8. Write in my journal. Ask myself, “What’s my part in this? Are there any character defects cropping up? Am I entirely ready to let my HP remove these defects?” It may be helpful to share this with my sponsor.
9. Do some gentle stretching.
10. Clean something in my house, such as the bathroom or a messy room.
11. Stick to my food plan.
12. Call my sponsor. Leave a message if he or she isn’t there.
13. Write a letter to my Higher Power. Tell Higher Power what is going on. Ask for guidance, then put it in my God box or God can. Once it’s there, I can trust my Higher Power to take care of it.
14. Listen to a speaker tape or CD.
15. Write a gratitude list. Share it with someone else in OA.
16. Call someone I haven’t seen at meetings in a while.
17. Play with my pets.
18. Listen to music.
19. Draw something.
20. Write someone a letter and tell him or her what I’m grateful for.
21. Read a fun novel.
22. Drink a cup of herbal tea (caffeine messes up my sleep patterns).
23. Draw a card for someone and send it off.
24. Do something I’ve been putting off for a long time (procrastination is one of my character defects).
25. Write a poem.
26. Write a share. Send it to the region or local newsletter or Lifeline magazine.
27. Thank my Higher Power that I discovered OA. Ask how I can serve OA.
28. Start a Public Information Committee or a Twelfth-Step-Within Committee.
29. Commit to serving on my intergroup board if I meet the requirements.
30. Pray for more honesty, open-mindedness, willingness and humility.
First meal: 2 eggs, 1 veggie sausage
Second meal: Slimfast chocolate drink
Third meal: Cottage cheese
Fourth meal: Oatmeal


Jul. 15th, 2008

The truth shall make you free.
The Bible: John

Do I call an addiction, "a little problem with . . . " – a minor inconvenience on a par with measles? Addiction can kill me. Perhaps fast, perhaps slowly, but either way the trip is hell. I can hang onto old ideas: "This time I’ll do it," "It’ll be different," "I’ll stop for good." Old ideas shun words like fat, drunk, obese, compulsive overeater, alcoholic, addict in favor of gentler, easier words. Words do not change a meaning. I can call the sun and the moon by other words, but they are still what they are. An addiction is a fact, like my height and coloring. In recognizing that truth, I am able to admit I am powerless over food, give up my will – and become free.

For today: It is not a disgrace or a weakness to admit my powerlessness over food. That is an idea that has nothing to do with the truth.

Jul. 14th, 2008

You can't change what you don't acknowledge.


God can do anything. The secret is in letting him.
~Betty King

If you have a skeleton in your closet, take it out and dance with it.
~Carolyn MacKenzie

Do not look where you fell, but where you slipped.
~African Proverb

Do not throw away the old bucket until you know whether the new one holds water.
~Swedish Proverb

If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we aren't really living.
~Gail Sheehy

Once you learn to walk, crawling is out of the question.
~James D. Davis

The divine guidance often comes when the horizon is the blackest.
~Mahatma Ghandi

We don't see things as they are, we see things as we are.
~Anais Nin

Always do what you are afraid to do.

A man's greatest strength develops at the point where he overcomes his greatest weakness.
~Elmer G. Letterman

Never put a period where God has placed a comma.

You can't shake hands with a clenched fist.
~Indira Ghandi

You cannot run away from a weakness; you must sometimes fight it or perish. And if that be so, why not now, and where you stand?
~Robert Louis Stevenson

No one can tell what goes on between the person you were and the person you become. No one charts that blue and lonely section of hell. There are no maps of the change. You just come out on the other side...or you don't.
~Stephen King

I can forgive but I cannot forget is only another way of saying, "I cannot forgive."
~Henry Ward Beecher

More people would learn from their mistakes if they weren't so busy denying them.

People have a way of becoming what you encourage them to be, not what you nag to be.
~Scudder N. Parker

Healing does not mean the damage never existed. It means the effects of the damage no longer control our lives.
~Earnie Larsen


8 Ultimate Flat-Belly Summer Foods

1. Spinach
It may be green and leafy, but spinach is no nutritional wallflower. This noted muscle-builder is a rich source of plant-based omega-3s and folate, which help reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and osteoporosis. Bonus: Folate also increases blood flow to the nether regions, helping to protect you against age-related sexual issues. Aim for 1 cup fresh spinach or a half cup cooked per day.

SUBSTITUTES: Kale, bok choy, romaine lettuce

2. Yogurt
Various cultures claim yogurt as their own creation, but the 2,000-year-old food’s health benefits are not disputed: Fermentation spawns hundreds of millions of reinforcements for the battalions of beneficial bacteria in your body. That helps boost your immune system, provides protection against cancer, and even does duty as a cavity-fighter. Not all yogurts are created equal, though, so make sure the label says “live and active cultures.” And watch out for high-fructose corn syrup; stealth sugars are worth avoiding in yogurt and everywhere else.

SUBSTITUTES: Kefir, cottage cheese

3. Tomatoes
There are two things you need to know about tomatoes: Red are the best, because they’re packed with more of the antioxidant lycopene, and processed tomatoes are just as potent as fresh ones, because it’s easier for the body to absorb the lycopene. Studies show that a diet rich in lycopene can decrease your risk of bladder, lung, prostate, breast, skin, and stomach cancers, as well as reduce the risk of coronary artery disease. Aim for 22 mg of lycopene a day, which is about eight red cherry tomatoes or a glass of tomato juice. Plant some now for a health harvest in July and August. This Men's Health video will show you how.

SUBSTITUTES: Red watermelon, pink grapefruit, Japanese persimmon, papaya, guava

4. Carrots
Most red, yellow, or orange vegetables and fruits are spiked with carotenoids — fat-soluble compounds that are associated with a reduction in a wide range of cancers, as well as a reduced risk and severity of inflammatory conditions such as asthma and rheumatoid arthritis — but none of them is as easy to prepare, or have as low a caloric density, as carrots do. Aim for a half cup a day.

SUBSTITUTES: Sweet potato, pumpkin, butternut squash, yellow bell pepper, mango

5. Blueberries
Host to more antioxidants than any other North American fruit, blueberries help prevent cancer, diabetes, and age-related memory changes (hence the nickname “brain berry”). Studies show that blueberries, which are rich in fiber and vitamins A and C, also boost cardiovascular health. Aim for 1 cup fresh blueberries a day, or a half cup frozen or dried.

SUBSTITUTE: Açai, an Amazonian berry, has even more antioxidants than the blueberry. Mix 2 Tbsp. of açai powder into OJ or add 2 Tbsp of açai pulp to cereal, yogurt, or a smoothie.

6. Black Beans
All beans are good for your heart, but none can boost your brain power like black beans. That’s because they’re full of anthocyanins, antioxidant compounds that have been shown to improve brain function. A daily half-cup serving provides 8 grams of protein and 7.5 grams of fiber, and is low in calories and free of saturated fat.

SUBSTITUTES: Peas, lentils, and pinto, kidney, fava, and lima beans

7. Walnuts
Richer in heart-healthy omega-3s than salmon, loaded with more anti-inflammatory polyphenols than red wine, and packing half as much muscle-building protein as chicken, the walnut just needs a cape and we could call it a superhero. Other nuts combine only one or two of these features, not all three. A serving of walnuts — about 1 ounce, or seven nuts — is good anytime, but especially as a postworkout recovery snack. Keep a can of Planters Nutrition Heart Healthy Mix in your desk drawer or glove compartment, and use them to lead you away from temptation.

SUBSTITUTES: Almonds, peanuts, pistachios, macadamia nuts, hazelnuts

8. Oats
The original wunderkind of health food, oats garnered the FDA’s first seal of approval. They are packed with soluble fiber, which lowers the risk of heart disease. Yes, oats are loaded with carbs, but the release of those sugars is slowed by the fiber, and because oats also have 10 grams of protein per half-cup serving, they deliver steady muscle-friendly energy.

SUBSTITUTES: Quinoa, flaxseed, amaranth, pearly barley