As we all get ready to make our New Year’s resolutions, here is something that might inspire and motivate you. A couple from Indiana lost 400 pounds together in two years, after deciding that it was time to do something about their weight on January 1st, 2016.
Twenty-seven-year-old Lexi Reed and her husband, Danny lost all that weight without the help of a personal trainer or fancy diets.
We all start somewhere, but the most important thing to do is start. Do what you can & start moving! At 485lbs at the beginning of last year I joined a gym and started working out. I was FEDUP with being a prisoner in my own body and I was ready to fight and put in the work. I started on the elliptical for 30 minutes 5x a week and challenged myself to beat my time by a few seconds daily. I wasnt the quickest and I honestly was probably over the weight limit, but I pushed every single time to do my best even if I looked like I was walking. I stayed on the machine and made sure I got my 30 mins in and others even came up to cheer me on. I could have let my mind tell me it was impossible at 485lbs to do a side plank or to workout for 30 mins when I couldnt even walk a block – but instead I told myself that your legs arent giving out your mind is giving up & pushed myself to try new things. Your only limit is you! If i didnt start I never would have broke out of my prison of lost 303lbs. Dont wait any longer – Start today! #weightloss #weightlossjourney #fattofit #obesetobeast #beastmode #fitfam #thickfit #plussize #anytimefitness #effyourbeautystandards #gym #myanytimestory #workout #plank #exercise #motivation #fitnessmotivation #transformationtuesday #fedup #fatgirlfedup #dietbet #planetfitness #gymlife #lowcarb #fitspo #fatgirlfedupsdietbet #fedupfam
When they started their weight-loss journey, Lexi Reed weighed 485 pounds and Danny Reed was at 280 pounds. Lexi was dangerously unhealthy and sick of “feeling like a prisoner in her own body”.
Earlier this year, the couple told Men’s Health that spending more time in the gym and less time at restaurants is what contributed to their weight loss. By February this year, Lexi had already lost 246 pounds.
The started documenting their journey on Instagram, where they have almost half a million followers on the @fatgirlfedupwhere account.
“We didn’t have a meal plan, surgery, personal trainer, but what we did have was each other and the motivation within to work hard every single day,” Lexi wrote on a comparison selfie. “We wanted to be parents in the future and live a long life together.”
45 minutes of cardio on the crossramp with @dannyreed5. Today is bittersweet for so many reasons. Got the best news that ill announce soon, but also the worst news about a family member with cancer that spread. Not going into alot of detail but please keep our family in your prayers through this hard time. Some days the gym is just therapy more than anything else. Life is short, live it to the fullest. ❤ #fit #fitfam #weightlossjourney #weightloss #goals #findacure #gym #workout #losingweight #swolemate #cancersucks #fitcouple #fitfam #fitspo #support #motivation #strong #strongnotskinny #transform #fit #fitness #fattofit #obesetobeast #fitnessmotivation #sweat #cardio #noexcuses #nodaysoff
According to Lexy, the mission to lose the weight together is what brought the couple to be closer than ever. They even got engaged and married in the meantime.
“We may have lost the weight but we have grown closer together. Pound by pound, step by step, day by day — we have transformed our lives and molded our bodies into the people we’ve always wanted to be,” she said.
“This man has been by my side for the last 10 years and treated me no different at 485lbs than he does at 182lbs. We all deserve to live a life we are in love with and have people around that make it worth living. We hope others will hear our story & decide not to give up!”
This is how the couple looks like after the amazing transformation
Fighting to hit 400lbs lost together before the end of the year! Some days your workouts wont feel like you pushed enough – but you never regret a workout! This morning I worked out with pulse/zumba & weights but didn’t feel like I pushed myself because my mind was just in so many other places. When @discoveringdanny asked me to go to the gym with him after work I agreed & finished what I started today! Never beat yourself up for a work out and know that every step is getting you closer to your goals! BTW we are supposed to be on @goodmorningamerica tomorrow but they said its not 100% gauranteed. Looking forward to sharing our story! Round 2 of cardio is complete and weigh in coming soon! #weighttraining #anytimefitness #gym #workout #exercise #fattofit #dietbet #fatgirlfedupsdietbet #fitfam #fitspo #motivation #inspire #inspiration #pushyourself #goals #noexcuses #swolemate #couplegoals #zumba #cardio #dance #weightloss #gym #weightlossjourney #relationshipgoals
Danny Reed now weighs 191 pounds, while Lexi is down to 182 and nothing shows that better than this side-by-side picture.
#throwbackthursday to 485lbs & @discoveringdanny proposing to me at sunset on Clearwater Beach. He never saw me as my size, asked me to change, or made me feel as anything other than beautiful. He treated me the same way at 485lbs that he does at 182lbs. Love doesn’t have a size or weight limit. He saw the person I was on the inside and supported me while I made that person on the side match my outside. Surround yourself with those who lift you higher and see the greatness in you even when you dont see it yourself! ❤ #weightloss #weightlossjourney #fatgirlfedupdietbet #love #florida #clearwaterbeach #sunset #fitspire #fitcouple #relationshipgoals #couplegoals #fattofit #obesetobeast #beastmode #fitfam #fitspo #inspire #motivation #fitnessmotivation #gym #wedding #engagement #transform #fitspo #diet #extremeweightloss #transformation
The inspiring couple is excited to head into 2018 being the healthiest versions of themselves.
“There are no words to explain the feeling of saving your own life,” Lexi told ABC News. “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.”