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Alice Rogers: 'Whatever size you get down to is a lot better than a 24 or 26'

Alice Rogers, a 53-year-old from Merrick, lost 148

Alice Rogers, a 53-year-old from Merrick, lost 148 pounds after joining Weight Watchers. Photo Credit: composite

Who: Alice Rogers, 53
Town: Merrick
Occupation: Clerk in Nassau County

Height: 5'7"
Weight before: 321 (April 2007)
Weight after: 173 (July 2009)

Her story: Alice Rogers battled weight her whole life and continued to put on pounds after the birth of her two daughters. At 5-foot-7 and 321 pounds, Rogers was suffering from diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, kidney damage, constipation and sleep apnea.

Inspired by a co-worker, who lost significant weight, and encouraged by her doctors, Rogers decided to put her plan into action. She credits her weight loss to the Weight Watchers program at her job.

Since losing the weight, Rogers' medication dosages have been decreased, and she is no longer has sleep apnea.

Rogers' goals continued to be met. In December, she was cited by Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi for being one of the "Biggest Losers" in the county and says her ultimate goal would is to be on "Oprah." Rogers also received a certificate from Hofstra University to be a personal trainer. "You have to keep setting goals for yourself, because if you don't have anything to work toward, it's easy to get back into bad habits," she said.

Her diet: Breakfast, high-fiber cereal with fruit. Lunch, turkey or chicken with salad and a fruit. Snack, popcorn. Dinner, chicken and vegetables. She also drinks a lot of water.

Her workouts: Rogers swims twice a week for an hour, walks five times a week for 30 minutes to an hour and does yoga one or two times a week for an hour.

Final thoughts: "If you slop up one day, just get right back up on the horse, just like when a little kid falls - wipe your knees off and get right back up."

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