Planned, Prepared, Protected
Hi there GSA community ! [Anonymous] here. I'm A & G today because I W & M 3 meals a day from the CGS, write those meals down, commit them to my sponsor and don't eat in between NMW !! Our family celebrated Thanksgiving last Sunday at our house and I am so grateful to have protected my abstinence; I "planned, prepared, and protect" -ed my abstinence just like you taught me. Here's what I did:
- Had a number #10 breakfast as late as possible
- Decorated the dining room days in advance so I could enjoy the ambiance.
- Asked guests to bring the desserts
- Prepared all kinds of GSA vegtables in advance; going for color and for texture
- Placed all non GS foods at the opposite end of the dining table (away from me)
- Shared my plan with another GS person and called them just before we were to sit down to eat dinner.
- Called designated GS person after dinner clean up
- Asked others to help clear and scrape & wash
- Kept bowl of soapy water running in the sink to remind me to clean my fingers if any foods got on them
- Asked others to place leftovers in plastic containers prepared in advance for this purpose. Placed items in brown paper sacks
- Use a lovely holiday goblet for holiday beverage like sparkling water and an abstinent sugar free XXX combination..very elegant
- Rent a favorite movie for later in the evening.
- Send all desserts and non GS leftovers home with guests in brown paper sacks.
- Make the last meal of the day a #10 favorite: such as using the traditional Thanksgiving day orange vegtable in some sort of baked sue-flay (can't spell)
- Thank God at nite for helping me remain abstinent another day.
I heard a woman in GS say "we need to learn how to be abstinent" How true this is. I am so very grateful the day went well and that I feel good about myself and I don't physically hurt from gorging on food like I used to. I'm one of those COE who did not know when she was full...I only knew when I was stuffed. Today W & M my food from the GS tells me when I am full enough. Glad to be part of the GS community and I wish you all a very thankful Thanksgiving (remember: Don't give the day more power than it deserves !!)