Let’s Go All the Way: On Food Addiction Recovery with Bright Line Eating and Overeaters Anonymous
(sign up for our free class on Thursday Nov 18th- there’s still time!)
As I have shared before, I am deeply grateful for my 12 step program of Overeaters Anonymous and Bright Line Eating… (I’m a 9 on the susceptibility scale!) ..both of these programs helped me lose and maintain a 19 pound weight loss which feels AMAZING.
But, what is more amazing is that they have helped me find more FREEDOM in my own life. They also helped me GROW UP and bring my integrity with myself (and others) to a higher level.
One of the more profound things I’ve learned over the last three years comes from The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous (we use AA’s literature in the OA program):
“Half measures availed us nothing.”
In other words, if you want to change your life or lose 50 pounds, quit drinking, repair your marriage, write a book or have a joyful and successful business, we cannot approach it with a 50% sort of attitude. We must be willing to do what it takes.
Willing to GIVE IT OUR ALL.
That might sound scary if you’ve got a lot you’re wanting to change right now. Begin anywhere. I started my journey into integrity with myself using the doorway of food, I made it my major focus.
Other things took a back seat (decluttering basement, trying to solve the world’s problems, creating new programs at work etc).
This decision to focus made it possible for me to give 100% to my efforts. Once I DECIDED to get my food issue and my integrity shored up …it was astonishing how much ENERGY that freed up.
You are worth it!
This poem by Kahlil Gibran says it all:
Do not love half lovers
Do not entertain half friends
Do not indulge in works of the half talented
Do not live half a life
and do not die a half death
If you choose silence, then be silent
When you speak, do so until you are finished
Do not silence yourself to say something
And do not speak to be silent
If you accept, then express it bluntly
Do not mask it
If you refuse then be clear about it
for an ambiguous refusal is but a weak acceptance
Do not accept half a solution
Do not believe half truths
Do not dream half a dream
Do not fantasize about half hopes
Half a drink will not quench your thirst
Half a meal will not satiate your hunger
Half the way will get you no where
Half an idea will bear you no results
Your other half is not the one you love
It is you in another time yet in the same space
It is you when you are not
Half a life is a life you didn’t live,
A word you have not said
A smile you postponed
A love you have not had
A friendship you did not know
To reach and not arrive
Work and not work
Attend only to be absent
What makes you a stranger to them closest to you
and they strangers to you
The half is a mere moment of inability
but you are able for you are not half a being
You are a whole that exists to live a life
not half a life.
-Khalil Gibran – The Prophet, 1923.
Now is the time to dive deep and to go after what you long for with all of your heart….
To be willing to take the uncomfortable steps. The VERY BEST SHIFTS are horrifyingly uncomfortable at first. It’s scary to do new + hard things, but what is worse is to think of living your life only HALF-WAY.
I am here to support you as always! A shamanic healing or a group of coaching sessions could be the support you need.
You could begin my simply getting up 15 minutes early and sitting with the daily reading from my book: How Good Are You Willing to Let It Get and yourself. Never underestimate the power of quiet time with yourself to change everything.
Trust yourself. First and last.
And now, a little levity from Bill Murray…
Are you a writer, determined to get your book written in 2022?
Or maybe you are a creative (not a writer) who longs to make 2022 the year you MADE YOUR ART!
Either way, I think that you may find this free call I am co-creating with INGER KENOBI (who is an absolute blast of fresh air of a human and a published author!) to be THE delightful bit of (salty) goading that your soul needs to get revved.
The call is November 18th (via Zoom) at 6 pm Central/7 pm Eastern time. It’s FREE.
WE are designing this call to help you get ENERGIZED, DETERMINED and clear about your project so that it gets DONE in 2022!
I’m sending you so much love and the courage of at least 13 honey badgers to do the things you came here to do.