This Couple Dropped 395 Lbs. Together: ‘We Fell in Love with Taking Care of Ourselves’

It was a daunting New Year’s resolution: In Jan 2016, Lexi and Danny Reed — who weighed a total 765 lbs. – motionless to embankment their diseased lifestyle once and for all. “We would spend many nights only sitting on a cot examination radio and mindlessly eating junk food,” says Lexi, 27, a blogger who has 492,000 supporters on her Instagram @fatgirlfedup. “We would sequence a whole pizza, bread sticks, wings and a liter of soda,” she says. Soon her weight had ballooned to 485 lbs.

“A crony challenged us to 30 days of no eating out, lie meals, soda or alcohol,” says Lexi. “We started cooking, dish prepping, tracking a calories and reading nourishment labels.” The Terre Haute, Indiana integrate substituted boiled dishes for chicken, salmon and gaunt meats, and also schooled to make healthy versions of their favorite dishes.

They started going to a gym, too. Lexi says she would work out on a elliptical for 30 minutes, 5 times a week.

“When we walked into a gym during 485 lbs., we told myself that it was fundamentally going to be a initial day of a rest of my life,” she says. “And if people were going to glance during me since of my weight, we was going to give them a reason to glance by being a hardest workman in a room.”

Danny, 29, says he had his possess reservations initially. “At initial a suspicion didn’t sound good since it was always good going home, sitting down, eating and not carrying to worry about anything,” says a lab manager who went from 280 lbs. to 190 lbs. “But we a some-more we suspicion about it, we said, ‘It’s a new year and something to work toward while assisting Lexi out as well.’ ”

That doesn’t meant a dual of them didn’t have formidable days, generally in a beginning. “We would be sleepy and bruise since a bodies weren’t used to it,” says Lexi. “But we had a friend system, so any step of a way, any pound, we were there to motivate any other. We kept any other accountable.”

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And shortly they start to see an astonishing advantage to losing weight together: an boost in their peculiarity time. “Before we mislaid weight we weren’t talking, we were only examination TV,” says Lexi, who now weighs 180 lbs.  “Then we started going on walks, being active, hiking, roving bikes — all these activities that we weren’t means to do when we were vital on a couch.”

In fact, final summer they took a “bucket-list trip” to do things that were formerly off boundary since of how complicated they were, like canoeing and roving drum coasters. They even revisited Panama City Beach, where Lexi had not been means to attend in a beach bombard debate on their honeymoon since she couldn’t conduct to travel down a shore. “We returned to that beach and ran down that beach!” she says.

These days a dual of them are closer than ever. Says Lexi: “It wasn’t about a weight that we mislaid though a life we gained.”