Allison’s Losses & Gains by Allison Alford
I’ve always been “the big girl,” “the chubby friend” or the one with a pretty face but didn’t have the body to match. I can’t remember the last time I was asked on a date. Wow! That’s a little embarrassing. I’m going to be very honest and open myself up completely to all of you in hopes that my story and journey can help and inspire others. I’m 26 years old and 223 pounds. I stand 5 feet, 2 inches tall. How does getting this out of shape happen to someone so young, vibrant and seemingly happy? Well, this is my story.
For as long as I remember, I grew up eating greasy, southern food. That’s where it started. From there, I continued to make unhealthy choices in life. Food has been my comfort, my serenity, my safe place. Food always made things better — at least for the moment. It didn’t help that I was never very active either. Instead, when stress, depression or anxiety came up in life, I turned to food and sleep, or just stayed home and secluded myself from the world. A bad day at work would cause me to gorge on a cheesecake or anything that I could get my hands on. These bad habits have ultimately brought me to where I am now: unhealthy, unhappy, obese and emotionally drained.
Now don’t get me wrong. I still have a bubbly, outgoing and positive personality, but let’s be honest; it can be a façade at times. I have wanted to lose weight and have tried before like many people have and I, myself, have failed, too. Over the past few months, it has become even more apparent that it is time to make a serious change in my eating patterns and my exercise (or lack thereof). So one day, back in December, I was looking at an Oblique magazine and thought to myself, “Wow, these people are super healthy and fit. That’s what I so desperately want to be!” I decided to be very persistent on meeting the editor and telling him my story and how I wanted to help other people while helping myself. Allison’s Losses and Gains was born. This is a huge endeavor of mine. Your support and positivity are welcome. I plan to share all my successes and struggles with Oblique and all of you throughout my fitness journey. There will be many.
I secured Jason Fiutem at Exemplar Fitness as my personal trainer. He came highly recommended, and since he has been training in Charleston for over 27 years, I figured he must be doing something right. After only a couple of workouts, it became apparent that he really knows his stuff.
Oblique Magazine also will be setting up classes for me around the Lowcountry, and I will blog about them, as well as many other aspects of my journey, at www.obliquemagazine.com.