Cherie M. Welcomes You to ~
The ABC’s of Abstinence is a workshop designed to; Map out YOUR Abstinence and YOUR Food Plan and Getting Clear on the Difference!
It is my lifetime gift to Overeaters Anonymous and open to all who share my compulsion. All are welcome.
In l989, despite the fact that I was living by what all accounts was a successful, "A List" life; I dieted my way up to 260 pounds! I just couldn’t get that "I was powerless and that my Life was unmanageable" (The First Step of recovery in Overeater’s Anonymous) After all, I thought everything worked!! I only had one problem. I was fat! Really fat and it was getting really bad really fast. I was 260lbs busting out of a size 24! I knew I didn’t want to keep living in my obese body any longer but I couldn’t imagine how that could ever happen. I am now a fabulous size 6 and have been for over twenty years without any relapse.
I found the answer to all of my prayers when I entered the rooms of Overeater’s Anonymous, a Twelve Step Program of Recovery that has helped countless people around the world abstain from the destructive practices of compulsive overeating, obesity, anorexia and bulimia. I lost all of my weight and have maintained a 125 pound weight loss for over twenty consecutive years. Today my body, spirit and days are filled with joy, vitality and purpose. I know I will abstain i.e.; continue to maintain a healthy body weight for life.
In 2003 at the 43rd Annual "OA Birthday Party" hosted by the Los Angeles Intergroup I was asked to speak. This began what is known today as the "The ABCs of Abstinence." Mapping out YOUR Abstinence and YOUR Food Plan and getting clear on the difference! This is a workshop designed to help still suffering overeaters with questions that once completely baffled and confused me: What is this thing called "abstinence"? What will my personal abstinence be? What should my personal food plan be? What is the difference between abstinence and a food plan? And as importantly, how do I live a fulfilling, thriving life at a healthy body weight without ever having to relapse again?
The ABC's of Abstinence; Mapping out YOUR Abstinence and YOUR food plan and getting clear on the difference, addresses these questions in a thorough way on all three levels; spiritual, emotional and physical. It is a workshop designed to help put the "plug in the jug" so we can continue on our path of recovery of the 12 steps to "trudge the road of happy destiny" (as it says in the Big Book of AA), without carrying the extra weight and heartache with us.
It is my hearts desire that all who suffer with my disease of compulsive overeating will one day walk into the rooms of OA and have a clear and immediate knowledge of what it means to put the plug in the jug with compulsive overeating in other words abstinence, to obtain and maintain a healthy body weight. I want to spare others the struggle that I had with the cloudy unclear confusing meaning of abstinence, and a food plan, repeated diets, and repeated relapses. I don't want anyone to waste 11 years of their precious life trying to figure it out-- like I did! I could have over 30 years of abstinence!! But I don't, I only have 20 years!! But I now have it for life! I have had an amazing journey with all its joys, trials and tribulations that life has to offer. I just want to offer the hope I now live to others, that we can let God in and keep the weight off. For life! That WE can move not just from obesity survivor, but to obesity Thriver! I am an Incest Thriver! I am an Osteoarthritis Thriver, I am a Cancer Thriver but I am most proud to be an Obesity Thriver and a member of Overeaters Anonymous!
The ABC's is an acronym for: Acceptance, Belief, Change
A=Accepting that we have the disease.
B=Believing that we have a solution.
C=Change; We Stop trying to change ourselves but become willing to take action by allowing ourselves to be changed. "Some of us have tried to hold on to our old ideas and the result was nil until we let go absolutely."
The ABC's workshop has helped thousands in our fellowship. To date, I have presented The ABCs of Abstinence to people both in person and on tape all over California, Colorado and Nebraska. The workshop is usually sold-out and draws 80-100 participants. The hosting Intergroup usually nets $1,000.00 in proceeds for a one day event. (All proceeds go directly to the hosting Intergroup)
Highlights of the ABC’s of Abstinence Workshop;
- ABC's of Abstinence:
- Mapping out YOUR personal Abstinence and YOUR personal food plan to obtain and maintain a healthy body weight for life and getting clear on the difference!
- Safe from Relapse with the ABC’s Recovery Quotient!
- Mapping out YOUR personal Recovery Quotient Chart;
- Recognize YOUR voice of addiction; your addiction speaks to you in your own voice!
- Know YOUR actions of taking a step towards YOUR addiction and how to re-choose in the moment
- Concepts for life time abstinence!
- Finding and connecting to YOUR Higher Power;
- "Standing at the turning point"...Moving from belief to reliance.
- The choice is Yours! Choosing YOUR Higher Power everyday or choosing Your addiction
- Learn the power to re-choose in the moment to return to YOUR higher Power and live at a healthy body weight for life.
- The Miracle comes after you take the action, YOUR guaranteed "daily reprieve"!
Click Here to listen to a sample of Cherie M. and "The ABCs of Abstinence Workshop." Mapping out YOUR Abstinence and YOUR Food Plan and getting clear on the difference!
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According to the San Fernando Valley Intergroup, the ABC's of Abstinence
CD set is the best selling CD in OA worldwide. It is all over the United
States including Hawaii as well as in Italy, England, & Israel. It
seems to have gotten legs of its own and has been given from one compulsive
overeater to another via word of mouth. I have been recorded many times since
1989 contact the San Fernando Valley Intergroup for past recordings. The
ABC’s was originally recorded in 2003 and again in 2005, 2006 & 2009. All
the recordings show many different examples of Abstinence, Food Plans by
various members of OA. Tapes of the ABC’s of Abstinence are available
for purchase only at The OA San Fernando Valley Intergroup. Please
see the link below for the order form (item #174) or call the OA office to
order at (818) 881-4776. The San Fernando Valley Intergroup houses
the largest OA tape library in the world. (All proceeds
from recordings and CDs go directly to the San Fernando Valley Intergroup)
If you would like to hear my "recorded story; What it was like, what
happened and what it is like now" please visit The L.A. Intergroup
Virtual Speakers Bureau link below and then select "speakers". Once
on the speaker list, please – scroll down to "Cherie M." You
can hear recovery from other members here, as well.
For more information about Overeaters Anonymous or to find a meeting
in your area visit;
Overeaters Anonymous World Service Office at http://www.oa.org/
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I am forever grateful to Overeater’s Anonymous.
Service is the divine multiplier, I live to serve, I serve to live,
Blessings to YOU,
The ABCs of Abstinence
Mapping out YOUR Abstinence and YOUR Food Plan and Getting Clear on the Difference!
Los Angeles, CA
Overeaters Anonymous: Our primary purpose is to abstain from compulsive overeating and to carry this message of recovery to those who still suffer.
- 12th Step of Overeaters Anonymous: Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to compulsive overeaters, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
- Our Code: Love and tolerance of others is our code. (Big Book Page 84)
- Our Rule: The rule is we must be hard on our self, but always considerate of others. (Big Book Page 74)
- Our Purpose: Our real purpose is to fit ourselves to be of maximum service to GOD and the people about us. (Big Book Pg 77)
- Obligations squarely met service gladly rendered! (AA 12/12 page 124)