By IntoPost News – Lexi and Danny Reed of Terre Haute, Indiana, lost a collective 400 pounds together just in two years.
“The best way of doing this was a couple. It has helped us in so many ways,” Lexi Reed, 27, told IntoPost. “There were days when we were not motivated, but we pushed each other to go to the gym. We also started a special and healthier diet together, setting goals, and day by day or pound by pound we grew closer throughout our journey.”
This all started as a New Year’s resolution. It has led to a viral Instagram account, @fatgirlfedup, documenting their inspiring weight loss journey together reaching 719K followers.
When the couple started their mission to shed the weight, Lexi Reed was 485 pounds and Danny Reed was 280 pounds.
“I went from a size 28 to a size 10,” said Lexi Reed.
“I went from a 46 all the way down to a 32,” Danny Reed, 29, added.
Lexi Reed said they “were fed up with the life [they] were living” so they decided to make a big change, doing everyday exercise at the gym, eating healthier and posting it all on her social media Instagram account.
“I didn´t expected to have such an impression,” she said. “I just wanted to get healthier and feel better with myself.”
Fitness experts say one key to success is having someone else to lean on.
“To have a workout partner is key for success. Responsibility is everything,” celebrity fitness trainer Latreal Mitchell told IntoPost. “Not every day you’re inspired to work out and give it your all. At least you’ll have someone to be with you. To encourage you and vice versa.’”
Danny Reed now weighs 191 pounds and Lexi is down to 182, but they said this was no easy feat.
“The hardest part of our journey was changing our daily nutrition,” said Lexi Reed. “When I was 485 pounds, I didn´t cook, just ate junk food. My husband and I would go out to eat almost every day, and if we stayed at home we would eat a frozen pizza or any unhealthy food. We realized that by meal-prepping instead of eating fast food, we were able to stick with our goals when we were at work. The most important was learning to cook our own meals as we were in charge of what we were eating. We changed our minds and learned every single day of our journey, using the gym as therapy instead of food. By changing our habits and emotions, we changed our lives.”
The happy couple is excited to head into 2018 being the healthiest versions of themselves.
“I have no words to explain the feeling of saving our own life,” said Lexi. “This 2018 year I have a new happiness for this life I am living. I’m not anymore a prisoner of my own body, but instead of just living my own life, I’m finally alive. Every day I wake up is a blessing.”