Spiritual Principle: Humility


From two longtime members

Do you have the same food plan and how has it changed over the years?

PD - For the most part I do have the same food plan. For me, I've found sticking to foods that work for me helps me to feel physically better. As I reached maintenance I've been able to slightly increase my protein and then I found I needed to cut back on my evening protein because I felt too full. OK, another miracle! 

JMPD - Yes, I have a food plan and in the beginning it was quite structured. Over time I relaxed food restrictions and measured amounts. With an injury two years ago I returned to structure as I did not want to gain weight. Presently I weigh and measure many meals, omit high sugar items and am mindful of when I eat processed or whole grains. I do not use artificial sweeteners, no longer chew gum, or consume caffeine products. 

Reprinted from Ocean and Bay September 2016 Newsletter


Zoom Security Workshop on July 8 at 2 p.m.

 Ocean & Bay OA Intergroup in conjunction with OA Footsteps Virtual Intergroup #09670 is offering a Zoom Security Training Workshop for OA members and Zoom hosts regarding maintaining security during our virtual OA meetings held on the Zoom platform. This workshop is scheduled for

Saturday, July 8th at 2 p.m.

Please use the following credentials for this meeting: 

Meeting ID: 91499956625 passcode 1212

Click Here to Join by Zoom

With the July 4th holiday landing on Tuesday, we decided to move the July meeting for Ocean and Bay Intergroup to Tuesday, July 11th. EVERYONE is welcome.

Please note that the August Intergroup meeting will be on Tuesday, August 1.

All Intergroup meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. EST.

Enjoy an abstinent July 4th!

One Person’s Experience: The Seventh Step

This 7th step is something that happens after taking stock of my faults, and admitting them to another person. I find that I sincerely ask God to forgive me often. But to actually remove the shortcomings, that means I’ve really owned them and become ready to release them. This, therefore, while a supplicant act, is an empowered act. I have owned the issue fairly and chosen to let a fault go. I am well aware of my shortcomings (4th step). Sometimes I share them with another. It’s the 6th and 7th step that are my challenge points. Owning my issues and being complacent about them is one thing. Being willing to change is another. Then actually offering them up - now that’s powerful, often difficult. If I’m really sincere. It’s one thing to by rote ask God to forgive me and even change me, but the depth of this program is that I get to be ready – and then truly let go. When I’ve done those steps, the lifting of the burden may happen with the lift of the wind. It can be instantaneous. For the work of my Higher Power is love itself – and there is no end or beginning to the power of love. Getting ready to have God lift away my flaws is much more than flogging myself for my faults. It’s actually the opposite. It can happen only with the power of forgiveness and love – of myself to myself. When I castigate myself for my errors, I create a negation in myself – and my spirit necessarily rebels. But there is nothing to rebel against with Love. Love includes all, including my pain, my grief, my anger which arises from my pain and my non-helpful behaviors which harm myself or others. I found friends and family to be much more loving and forgiving of me than I can be to myself. I often use them as models for how I must be towards myself. As I am to me, so my God is to me also. 

Thanks for letting me share. —Anonymous

Source: Triangle Intergroup Of OA

• See what recovery looks like from the neck down!

• Look each other in the eye when talking!

• Hold hands when praying!

• And real not virtual OA hugs!

When: Monday, July 24, 2023, from 5:30 PM to 9 PM

Where: St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 15 Pearl St., Mystic, CT


• Arrive starting at 5:30 PM. Bring an abstinent dinner with you if you like. Free bottled water, plastic utensils and napkins will be available.

• 7 PM to 8 PM in person attendees will join the Monday weekly hybrid Big Book Celebration Meeting

Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/81741958563

Meeting ID: 817 4195 8563

Passcode: 048782

Dial-in: 1 646 558 8656

• 8 PM to 9 PM time for additional fellowship in person and on Zoom.


• General questions: Call or text John C. at 401-578-7706.

If you need a ride or a place to stay overnight, or if you can offer same,

contact Eileen at eilrecovers@gmail.com

Click Here to Download the Flyer

"Summertime and the livin' is easy." 

What makes it easy, you ask? For me, it's when I implement an action plan. That makes everything uncomplicated, tranquil, and easy because I have a strategy and structure to my day. 

Each morning I make conscious contact with my Higher Power, commit my food, and I put on my calendar what meetings I will attend. 

My action plan is especially helpful during the summer when my schedule becomes unstructured and carefree. My prayer for all of you is that you enjoy an abstinent summertime that is easy and free from dis-ease. 

Kara M. 

Reprinted from Ocean and Bay July 2017 Newsletter

Ocean and Bay Seeking Treasurer

Ocean and Bay Intergroup is currently looking for an OA member to fill the position of Treasurer. Our thanks to Sema who has served as treasurer for Ocean and Bay for the last year. She is stepping down soon and we are grateful for her service. If you are interested in serving as treasurer, please contact Nancy at chair@oceanandbay.org or call/text 401-447-6467.

Region 6 of Overeaters Anonymous invites you to attend the

2023 Region 6 Convention!


Click here for complete flyer
Click Here to register

All are welcome in OA. When we say or hear that only one piece of literature is the way to work the Steps, the way to carry the message, the way to find recovery, OA stops being accepting, inclusive—welcoming.

Read and share Embracing Our Differences, a timely reminder that OA is a Fellowship of unity and diversity, and recommit to embracing all who want to stop eating compulsively.

Now Ocean and Bay is on Facebook

If you're a member of Facebook, please consider dropping by our Facebook page and giving us a "like." The more likes we get, the more people will see us. That means more chances to help the still sick and suffering compulsive overeaters out there.

You can find us at: https://www.facebook.com/oceanandbay

Now Rhode Island, Southeastern Massachusetts and Southeastern Connecticut OA fits into your pocket

We have a new website! It takes a lot of time to do this; thank you to all involved for your service and look forward to sharing the new look farther down the road. The meetings are much easier to access from a cell phone as well.

Give it a try: https://oceanandbay.org/

Click here for a list of OA events

Ocean and Bay Intergroup Mtg

August 1, 6:30-7:30 p.m.


Zoom Meeting Link

Meeting ID: 831 1095 1408

Passcode: 247365


I put my hand in yours, and together we can do what we could never do alone. No longer is there a sense of hopelessness, no longer must we each depend upon our own unsteady willpower. We are all together now, reaching out our hands for power and strength greater than ours, and as we join hands, we find love and understanding beyond our wildest dreams.

Intergroup Board


All Intergroup Board Members:  



Nancy H. chair@oceanandbay.org

Vice Chair: 

Kara M.



Sema P.


Recording Secretary: 

Diane C.


Social Media:

Michelle H.






Eileen S.


Region 6 Delegates:

Diane C - secretary@oceanandbay.org

Kara M. - vice-chair@oceanandbay.org

Nancy H. - chair@oceanandbay.org

Newsletter Editor:

Mike M.


Webteam: webteam@oceanandbay.org




Meetings Coordinator: meetings@oceanandbay.org

Twelfth Tradition

"Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all these Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities..."

We appreciate your contributions which help support spreading the message of recovery.

Please mail donations to:

Ocean and Bay Intergroup

Attn: Treasurer

PO Box 2243, East Greenwich, RI 02818

Note: Make checks payable to Ocean and Bay Intergroup


Donate via Paypal


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You are welcome at any OA meeting, and we hope you’ll try many of the meetings on our Connecticut Intergroup and oa.org meeting lists! Some of our members find they also benefit from OA meetings with members who share similar experiences, so we are sharing this list of some of the special focus resources that are available in OA.


100 Pounders: Click Here


American Sign Language & Closed Caption – This meeting offers ASL interpretation Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. Eastern: ASL Tues 8pm


Anorexics and Bulimics in OA – special focus meetings: Anorexics/Bulimics in OA


Asian-Pacific Islander OA Click Here


Atheist, Agnostics, Secular - special focus meetings: Click Here


Bariatric Surgery - Click Here


BIPOC (Black, Indigenous & People of Color) – special focus meetings: BIPOC Intergroup


Health Issues - Click Here


LGBTQ special focus meetings for OA: bit.ly/ckslist and Click Here


OAMen.org is dedicated to distributing information about meetings, resources, and support for men in OA: Men in OA


Young People in OA – resources for those under 30 who suffer from compulsive eating include Meetings for young persons and https://oa.org/young-people/



For more special focus meetings, you can go to OA.org:

  • go to Find a Meeting 
  • select a type of meeting (face-to-face, online, telephone, or non-real-time)
  • click on "additional search options" and select the desired special focus

Stay Connected

Region 6

OA World Service

Ocean & Bay Intergroup

Central Mass Intergroup

Coastal Maine and Southern Maine Intergroups

Connecticut Intergroup

Mass Bay Intergroup

Metro West Intergroup

New Hampshire Intergroup

North Shore Intergroup

Seacoast Intergroup

South Coastal Mass Intergroup

Southwestern Connecticut Intergroup

Green Mountain North Intergroup

Western Mass Intergroup

Mission & Vision Ocean & Bay Intergroup is dedicated to supporting individuals in need of recovery from compulsive eating (e.g.: overeating, bulimia, anorexia) through carrying the OA message and empowering all meetings within the Intergroup. 


Strategic Goals 

1. Help members strengthen their personal recovery 

2. Increase the number of sponsors 

3. Increase the number of newcomers 

4. Increase the retention of newcomers 

5. Help those in relapse 

6. Inspire people to give more service 

7. Increase outreach activities, including outreach to members and healthcare professionals 

Please note that every effort has been made to adhere to OA's policy for newsletter publications. Opinions and experiences expressed within are those of the individual writer and not OA as a whole. 

SUBMISSIONS: This is your newsletter! We welcome your contributions of news items or commentary.* Deadline: 1st of each month. Example: Deadline 8/1 for August newsletter.

Please email : newsletter@oceanandbay.org

You are also invited to be one of the members who provides answers for a Q&A.

Again, just send us a note to: newsletter@oceanandbay.org

*May be edited as space allows.

Ocean and Bay Intergroup

PO Box 2243, East Greenwich, RI 02818

Note: Make checks payable to Ocean and Bay Intergroup