Hello.  You may call me “TL.”

By the grace of Almighty God, and through working the Twelve Steps of Overeaters Anonymous, I am recovering from compulsive overeating.  I have been freed from 140 physical pounds and untold emotional weight.

This has been an evolution from a simple email I used to send to my sponsor.  One day in a meeting, someone shared how being accountable to more than just their sponsor helped them, and so we began to share emails throughout the group.  Before long, I was emailing my daily Plan of Eating and a few thoughts to dozens of people, and that accountability became a strengthening force for me.  Seldom would I dream of eating a binge food with the knowledge that so many would know about it in the following day’s email! I began posting these on e-bulletin boards but then discovered that posting to a blog was far easier than directly emailing folks, and it provided them the option of subscribing or not. Here we are today, with a blog that has changed over the years, but still remains my public, though anonymous disclosure of recovery.

The description of my recovery is personal and specific to me alone, but I pray it is helpful to any who read the posts I share.  As a matter of caveat, I must say that my spiritual recovery is unapologetically Christian, and based primarily on Scripture texts and religious sources, in addition to those pieces of literature considered approved by Overeaters Anonymous (OA) and Alcoholics Anonymous (AA).

Due to the specific nature of my sharing, I am forbidden by the Traditions of OA from sharing my name in its association.

Tradition Eleven, “Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio, films, television and other public media of communication.”

If, by the nature of our association, a reader should be aware of my identity or professional orientation, I thank you to refrain from any online reference to it.  Anonymity of name and personal identity allows me to be completely honest and open about the real matters of my spiritual recovery.

As a matter of routine, I read from the Bible daily, and usually one piece of OA or AA literature as well as subscribe to several devotional writings and podcasts. Up until the first day of 2012, my journal was posted on another media at LiveStrong.com.  On 09-01-2013, this blog/journal went through a change in content, and I now write when I have something to say rather than every day.  Ideally, it would be nice to write on a single thought per day, like most blogs, but this is more of a recovery journal than a true “blog.”  Input and feedback are welcome by blog comment or email.