Every December, people begin to think about the prospect of the New Year. They reflect on what they have and haven’t achieved over the past 12 months, and, more often than not, make resolutions about what they’d like to achieve in the near future.
For a lot of people, this involves losing weight. It’s such a common resolution that countless memes and GIFs circulate the internet in January, mocking resolution makers who spend the month glued to the treadmill but inevitably give up soon after. But that wasn’t the case for a then 25-year-old Lexi Reed in January 2016 when she and her husband resolved to lose weight. The obese couple from Terre Haute, Indiana, weighed a combined 765lbs. Lexi weighed in at a staggering 485lbs whilst her 27-year-old husband Danny weighed a smaller, but still concerning, 280lbs. Now, two years later, the couple have lost a combined 400lbs. Lexi is pictured below on her wedding day in October 2015. “Doing this as a couple has helped us in so many ways,” Lexi told ABC News. “On days when we were unmotivated, we pushed each other to go to the gym. We also started meal-prepping together, setting goals, and day by day or pound by pound we grew closer throughout our journey.” The couple revealed that they were “fed up with the life [they] were living.” When the Reeds began their weight loss journey, Lexi set up an Instagram account to document their progress, aptly dubbed “fatgirlfedup”. Now, the pair have amassed almost half a million followers, all of whom have been inspired by their unrecognizable transformation. “I never expected to have such an impact,” Lexi said. “I just wanted to get healthy.” So what was it that helped this couple to do what so many others have tried and failed to achieve? According to fitness trainer Latreal Mitchell, “A workout partner is key. Accountability is everything, he said in an interview with ABC News. “Not every day you’re going to want to go out there and give it your all.” “At least you’ll have someone to say, ‘Come on. Today is my day to uplift you and vice versa.’” “I went from a size 28 to a size 10,” Lexi said. “I went from a 46 all the way down to a 32,” Danny, now 29, added. “The hardest part of our journey was changing our relationship with food,” Lexi said. “When I was 485 pounds, I never cooked. My husband and I would go out to eat for almost every single meal and if we did cook at home, it was frozen pizza or anything else unhealthy.” Lexi is pictured below after her incredible transformation inside her wedding bra.
“We found that by meal-prepping instead of relying on fast food, we were able to stick with our goals when we were at work. And by learning to cook our own meals we were in charge of what we were eating. We were willing to learn every single day of our journey and we also started using the gym as therapy instead of food. By changing our minds, habits and emotional triggers, we changed our lives.”
Now, the couple have shared a very racy selfie in celebration of their transformation! Prior to losing a whopping 300lbs, Danny could never have imagined lifting his wife up, but it’s now something he’s able to do with ease. “There are no words to explain the feeling of saving your own life,” Lexi said. “Going into 2018, I have nothing but a newfound happiness for this life I am living. I no longer am a prisoner in my own body and instead of just existing in my own life.” “I’m finally alive. Every day I wake up is a blessing,” Lexi continued. The 27-year-old now weighs a healthy 182lbs, but she is not quite at her target weight and is determined to lose 7lbs before the end of the year. “I’m ready to finish what I started in 2016 & hit my next goal of 175!’ she revealed. “Get comfortable with being uncomfortable & always push yourself to step out of your comfort zone! Let’s finish 2017 strong.” If Lexi and Danny’s doesn’t inspire you to smash your New Year’s resolutions for 2018, I don’t know what will. However, if you’re needing a little more motivation, check out author Charles D’Angelo’s weight loss transformation success story below! We wish Lexi and Danny all the best in the future together. You can keep up with the couple’s Instagram account here.