My name is Alexandra Ostrow (@ao_losin_weigho), and I am 28 years old. I live in Scottsdale, Arizona, and I am a sixth grade science teacher, cheerleading coach, and dance fitness instructor. I lost 95 pounds with 16:8 intermittent fasting using the Zero app and dance workouts.

I gained weight really fast, over 100 pounds in two years. I loved food and it started to control every aspect of my life. I would think about my next meal while I was eating and would sneak fast food into my room so my roommates wouldn’t see. I started to pay for food with cash so my dad was unaware of any charges, and I would hope that my friends wouldn’t finish what was on their plate so I could have it. I had a full-blown over-eating disorder but didn’t know it at the time.

I wanted to lose weight but I wasn’t mentally ready to give up the amount of food I was eating. I tried Weight Watchers (at least five times), Jenny Craig, and Whole30. I went to weight-loss centers, tried fat-burner pills, and did so many other programs but never changed my mindset or how much I was eating. I tried to lose weight for over eight years but was never able to. At my heaviest at 23 years old in August 2015, I weighed 261 pounds.

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