By Phillip Z.

What number folks have felt like Phillip Z? He has a staunch trust within the Twelve Steps, but struggles with the idea that of a better energy. In A Skeptic's advisor to the 12 Steps, the writer investigates all of the Twelve Steps to achieve a deeper figuring out of a better strength. He examines what could appear like "unsettling" strategies to us together with surrendering one's will and existence to God, and he encourages us to appreciate the religious trip of restoration regardless of our skepticism.

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What lengths I was going to in my attempt to hide the obvious from myself and the world! Somehow, I thought I could keep my obesity a secret. In the days that followed, I ruminated over my condition and the possible causes for my inability to keep my weight Page 2 under control. Literature from the field of eating disorders consistently attributed obesity to underlying depression and feelings of low self-esteem. I certainly did not fit the clinical picture. On the contrary, with the exception of my weight, I was quite happy and excited with the way my life was going.

In addition to fad diets, I periodically tried healthy, balanced eating plansthe rational approach to weight management. Some plans called for limiting caloric intake by Page 3 one method or another. Other plans stressed combining exercise with low-calorie food consumption. While I felt more virtuous on these ''healthy, balanced'' diet programs than when following a fad diet, I found them no more effective in making and keeping me thin. Throughout my twenties and thirties I continued the struggle.

On my five-foot, seven-inch frame I had managed to reach 199 pounds. The scale needs adjusting, I thought. Stepping onto the bathroom floor I watched the dial spin, nervously hoping my assumption would be confirmed. But when it came to rest, the arrow pointed directly at the number zero. My God, how has this happened? I have gained at least twenty-five pounds during the last three or four months. In truth, family and friends had been gracefully expressing concern regarding my physical condition for some time.

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