Lexi Reed is just one of many girls who believed in themselves and made their weight loss journey possible. And hers isn’t just a regular one: even celebrity personal trainer and author Bob Harper told PopSugar that following Lexi on social media is a must. But who is she? Lexi is indeed an inspiring woman, and here is how she lost over 300 pounds in just two years.
Over the course of two years, Lexi has lost more than 300 pounds, all with the help of her husband who supported her. He has also lost roughly 100 pounds himself. On New Year’s Day 2016, they both made a commitment that they are going to live a healthy life.
It all started with simple things, Lexi explains: “At the beginning of Jan. 1, 2016, I set a New Year’s resolution with my husband to lose weight. We were fed up with the life that we were living and all the things that we weren’t able to do together as a couple, such as traveling on an airplane, going on romantic walks, and going hiking or biking, and we also feared if we didn’t get our health under control, we would never be able to start a family.”
She also added how processed food was always on her menu because her parents never cooked. Then, at the beginning of 2017, she and her husband got a challenge from their best friend, which included no dining out, no soda, alcohol, or cheat meals, Also, working out for 30 minutes five times weekly was a must. During this challenge and later on, Lexi decided to swap all the unhealthy food she was eating with healthier versions.
In terms of working out, she explains that she had already been a member of 24-hour health and fitness club Anytime Fitness. However, in the first six months, she only worked out 30 minutes a day.
She explains: “I love my Pulse class. I love dancing to my favorite music and not feeling like it’s a workout. We can do a song full of squats and even though my legs are burning, it’s so much fun that I don’t even notice. I love that the class also helped me to make friends so I had others that kept me accountable, and since I enjoyed the class, it gave me something to look forward to so I wouldn’t feel burnt out with workouts.”
Lexi lost 312 pounds in total and now feels like a new person!
“I would say the first big difference was when I went to a restaurant I had previously went to, where I was once so large that my stomach sat on the table of the booth when we were eating. We later went to that same restaurant after some weight loss, and this time I was healthy, with lots of wiggle room!”
Like everyone else, Lexi had moments when she felt she wasn’t going to make it.
She had cheat days, vacations with no counting calories, but she never gave up. Her typical menu included:
Breakfast: two eggs and three pieces of Butterball turkey bacon. Snack: banana with peanut butter. Lunch: chicken breast and sweet potato. Snack: light mozzarella stick. Dinner: blackened salmon, cottage cheese, and asparagus. She also uses MyFitnessPal to count calories daily.
Here is how her Pulse class helped her on her journey:
“Pulse helped push me out of my comfort zone and challenge myself. It also helped me to meet others that were on a journey also so I didn’t feel so alone. It kept me accountable because my friends also noticed if I missed a class. I think everyone should try fitness classes because you never know if you will enjoy them until you try. It’s not about the weight that you lose, but the life that you gain.”
Lexi also learned that she is a strong and capable person:
“I learned how strong and capable I am as a person. I thought it would take me over three years to lose 300-plus pounds, but I was so determined and hardworking that I did it in two. I’m so proud of how far I’ve come and this new life that I’m living. I saved my own life, and for that, there are no words — only gratitude.”
Finally, here is her advice:
“Start small — small changes add up to big results — and focus on each day, not how far you have to go.”
Here is how another couple transformed in the course of ten years.