Our Stories

This is a collection of shares by abstinent GreySheeters on different aspects of abstinence.
  • Our Disease, Our Solution details members' descriptions of the three fold nature of compulsive eating and how the GreySheet program addresses each.
  • No Matter What includes a collection of stories from fourteen writers who were part...

Our Stories

This is a collection of shares by abstinent GreySheeters on different aspects of abstinence.
  • Our Disease, Our Solution details members' descriptions of the three fold nature of compulsive eating and how the GreySheet program addresses each.
  • No Matter What includes a collection of stories from fourteen writers who were part of a writing group, chronicling times when they stayed abstinent under a myriad of circumstances.
  • Holidays are members' sharing their Experience, Strength, and Hope about getting through holidays and celebrations abstinently.
  • Traveling is a section devoted to the unique situation of weighing and measuring at sea.
  • What Kept Me Abstinent consists of members sharing what tools they use to stay abstinent without exception.
  • Written Qualifications are stories shared by GreySheet members who have attained at least 90 days of back to back GreySheet abstinence, telling "what it was like, what happened, and what it is like now."
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Writer #10

EARLY-ON NMW The family went down to my mother-in-law' s condo in Florida. My husband had gone out golfing or somewhere and I was taking the two kids to the beach. Daughter was under 3 years old (didn't walk yet...toddled) and son was about 7. I packed everything ... toys, towels, sunscreen, food for them etc. and my w'd&m'd lunch ... thought ... great! I'll eat on the beach. The condo was about a 5 minute walk to the beach. E could walk next to me but I had to hold C...or, very patiently le...

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Writer #11

WEDDING FIRST DATE NMW I knew not a soul ... was abstinent about 3 minutes ... at a heavy drinking wedding first date ... it may not have been exactly the first date, but close enough. I bought food at B---- & Circus to bring to this wedding since they guy I was going with wouldn't find out what they were serving for a meal. Sitting across a big round table from the loudest mouth in the room. YOU BROUGHT YOUR OWN FOOD TO A WEDDING????? he asked. Yes, I replied. I was mortified, but abstinent...

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Writer #12

EATING AWAY FROM HOME NMWs (1) The first time I measured my food at a restaurant I was in Florida with my brother and his wife. Very little protein in the salad I ordered so I used my back-up small portable proteins. I didn't have them in a container so they kept rolling off the plate onto the floor. (2) Having my GS lunch disappear at work from the faculty refrigerator. I was running around like a mad woman only to find out someone had moved it to another refrigerator. (3) Staying at motels whi...

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Writer #13

EUREKA, I'VE GOT IT! NMW It had to be within the first month of weighing and measuring because it was still warm enough to have lunch on the beach, and I came into GS on August 17th. My husband and I were having a picnic and two pieces of green stuff fell in the sand. We didn't have cell phones back then, just an old bag phone in the car for emergencies. Well, I started to walk up to the car and my husband exclaimed, "You're not going to call your sponsor! You're a bright woman and you know what...

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Writer #14

MY-FAMILY-GETS-IT NMW One recent NMW, heart-warmer to me, was last Saturday when I was leaving my parents' home. First problem: lost/possibly stolen or misplaced US passport. I have an Irish one with me as well, but as I'd entered the US on the US passport and had no visa stamped in the second passport, getting out of the country might be a problem. I was searching everywhere and getting out of the house late. My mother carried my food bag with my packed lunch and my scale on her shoulder, the l...

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Listening

In the beginning, in 1989 I went to meetings in NYC at least 4 times a week, but after years of struggle, including going through a lot of deaths in the family, I finally lost it completely, and learned that I had to surrender ALL THE PARTS OF MYSELF to this program. In 1998 after 1 year of back to back abstinence I married and moved here to Washington State where there are NO meetings really. So all those meetings I went to and LISTENED AND LISTENED AND LISTENED are still with me today. I have ...

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What Do I Do to Stay Abstinent?

In the very beginning, I went to a greysheet meeting every day. Today 3-4 years later, I go to no less than 3-4 greysheet meetings a week. I do not substitute AA meetings for GreySheet, as I live in a city where GreySheet is in abundance. I seldom substitute phone meetings for live meetings.I go to therapy and Al-Anon 4 days a week as I ate because I hurt so much and need healing on an emotional level.I have belonged to a Buddhist group for the last 14 years so that is where I get my spiritualit...

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Move a Muscle, Change a Thought

For me what has really worked throughout my abstinence is "Move a muscle, change a thought."  Whenever I want to eat, I first get out of the kitchen and away from the food. Then, as I do with my young children, I distract myself.  I do anything to forget that I am "hungry." I put my blinders on and I say "I'm not going to eat no matter what...not an option," so what else can I do for the next hour or so until it's lunchtime? Even making a cup of tea can be distracting and phy...

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What Do I Do to Stay Abstinent?

In the beginning of my abstinence I did exactly what was suggested to do:Get on my knees each morning and ask for help to not take the first bite.Go to a meeting.Make 3 calls a day.Don't Eat No Matter What.Get on my knees every night and thank my HP for a daily reprieve from compulsive overeating.

What Do I Do to Stay Abstinent?

Have a CD player in my kitchen where I prepare my food. I am then able to play my most favorite music (women singers, Celtic, bluegrass, new age, YoYo Ma) while I'm chopping, weighing and measuring. It makes the experience very pleasurable, and for me, who used to eat whole meals whilst I was preparing food (and then sit down and eat whole meals!) it just seems to keep me focused on taking care of myself and Not Eating No Matter What!  No Extra Bites during preparation. But I can liste...

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What Do I Do to Stay Abstinent?

Write a gratitude list daily.Drink 12+ glasses of water a day.

What Do I Do to Stay Abstinent?

Being totally desperate and willing to do whatever a qualified abstinent person said to do to get relief.Not waiting until I had self-esteem, faith, loved myself, or found a loving and kind sponsor that I bonded with.Following directions even when they were illogical, inconvenient, or expensive or given to me by someone I didn't admire.Making three GS connections a day (this is where graduate student poverty forced me to invent the GreyNet to avoid long distance phone calls from Kalamazoo, MI. D...

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Things I Do with Free Time

Hi, I'm [Anonymous], a Co, and I W&M 3 meals a day from the GS, DENMW in between, write my food down, commit it to my wonderful sponsor, and Abstinence is the MOst important thing in my life today, because without it I don't have a life. I was really touched by the person who said she had time on her hands didn't know what to do with it and not eat. I still have those times, I'm a stay-at-home mom and although that gives me plenty to do, I still find those times when my soul is bored and my ...

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NMW

I am abstinent today off the Grey Sheet.  I weigh and measure three meals a day, commit them to my sponsor and don't eat in between no matter what.  What does no matter what mean?  It means that my abstinence comes first in every single situation.  There is nothing that can ever be improved by my picking up the food, and everything can be made worse if I do.  I have gone through travel of all kinds, three pregnancies, moving, grieving, disappoint...

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Name, Rank, and Serial Number

Hello, This is [Anonymous]  from the Cincinnati Greysheet community.  I am abstinent & grateful today by the grace of God and the support of the Greysheet community. I weigh and measure three meals a day from the Greysheet, write them down, commit them to my sponsor, and I don't eat between meals no matter what.  I have 134 pounds of physical recovery and 34 months of back-to-back abstinence.  Abstinence is the most important thing I do for myself toda...

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Easiest, Softest Way

Hi,I'm [Anonymous], compulsive overeater.  I weigh and measure my food from the greysheet three times a day, call it into my sponsor, and don't eat no matter what. I recently celebrated 7 years of back to back abstinence.  My life now, does not resemble my life before at all.  I am grateful that I tried all of the "diets" out there before I crawled into greysheet, because now I don't wonder if anything else would work for me.  Everything worked temporarily...

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Goodness Hangover

'Tis the season for Goodness Hangovers.  Beware. These bothered me the first few years of abstinence on the greysheet, because I had not yet recovered fully from Career Dieting. The Goodness Hangover was the last phase of my Dieting Syndrome.  It usually happened when I had done very well on my diet, and then had to make an heroic effort at some event where all my binge foods were spread out in front of me.  I was very very strong and did not partake of this spread ...

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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 possibleDecorated the din...

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Thanksgiving

THANKS-giving = Gratitude, Dear G.S. People, [Anonymous] in Cambridge here.  I W & M 3 meals off the grey sheet (as interpreted by my sponsor regarding the microquestions about new products, maintenance amounts, days of flu and nausea, etc.) every day, write them down, commit them to my sponsor.  Abstinence is the most important thing in my life.  I have taken to printing out the greynet posts and reading them right before I go to sleep.  This simple a...

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Cruise

I have done an abstinent cruise and found out on my second day at sea that there was an option to the formal dinner that was served, that was the hardest one for me to get what I needed.  There was an informal dinner in the dining area where the rest of the meals were served at the same time that the formal dinner was taking place.  This dinner was served every night except for the last night of the cruise. It was much easier for me to get what I needed in that atmosphere bec...

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Early Abstinence

Dear Group - Thank God for GreySheet.  I'm still abstinent - on day 86.  This is long-term abstinence for me.  A few months ago, I was unable to get more than a couple of days at a time.  For some periods I would call my sponsor every morning and binge every single day for weeks.  I was in that place they talk about in the Big Book - terror, bewilderment, frustration and despair.  As far as I was concerned the situation was hopeless. By...

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DENMW: What does it mean? Ring the chime of abstinence.

Hi, I'm [Anonymous] and I'm a compulsive overeater.  My abstinence is 3 weighed and measured meals a day off of the Greysheet and I write my food out, call my sponsor, commit my food and weigh and measure without exception.  As a result of these actions I've been abstinent from compulsive overeating since Feb. 15, 1990, and abstinence is the most important practice that I do in my life today, one day at a time. What does DENMW mean?  *I* can't not eat compulsively.&...

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Grasp My Abstinence A Lot Harder Than My Day Count

Hi Greysheeters I am abstinent and grateful.  I commit my food to my sponsor - I weigh and measure each meal without exception and abstinence is the most important thing I do no matter what today. I was talking to a friend in AA yesterday.  In a cafe she had a soda with flavouring added that contained the stuff she is addicted too.  It slipped past her radar because she can normally purchase it without 'the stuff' at the corner store.  She was rebelling ag...

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