The pair had lost a collective 400 pounds together in two years.
Lexi and Danny Reed made a decision to focus on their health and to transform their lives together. At the time of starting the journey, Lexi weighed 485 pounds and Danny was 280. Towards the end of it, Danny Reed weighed 191 pounds and Lexi got down to 182. Lexi said the married couple was "fed up with the life [they] were living.” Documenting their journey on Instagram, Lexi shared details of her hitting the gym and eating healthy along with her partner. Now her Instagram account @fatgirlfedup has over 1 million followers! “I never expected to have such an impact,” she said back in 2017 when she garnered 463,000 followers. “I just wanted to get healthy.” Lexi managed to drop several sizes and so did Danny. “I went from a size 28 to a size 10,” said Lexi Reed, then 27. “I went from a 46 all the way down to a 32,” Danny Reed, then 29, added.
So how did they do it?“ The hardest part of our journey was changing our relationship with food,” Lexi told the outlet. “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. 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.”
According to NBC News in 2016, the couple stuck to 5 goals: No eating out, no cheat meals, no soda, no alcohol and they planned five 30-minute workouts per week. “Starting out wasn’t easy. When your body is used to doing the same thing over and over you become a creature of habit. I think it’s better to shock your body and do everything completely differently than to make slow changes,” Danny said.
They also made other lifestyle changes but the most encouraging part was having each other as support systems through the process. “A workout partner is key. Accountability is everything,” celebrity fitness trainer Latreal Mitchell told 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.’” The two would motivate each other and support each other through the ups and downs of the journey. At the end of the day, they believe it was all worth it.
For Lexi, she even feels like she got a second chance at life. “There are no words to explain the feeling of saving your own life,” said Lexi Reed. “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.” In her more recent posts, Lexi acknowledges that the weight loss journey is never linear and there will be obstacles along the way, but she's determined to keep doing what's best for herself and inspiring others along the way. In one candid post wearing a swimsuit, she opened up, saying: This is my reality. This is what I've done to my body between losing extreme weight, loose skin, varicose veins & even gaining weight. I've been losing and gaining my whole life. I've been fighting for my life so many times & I'm not giving up that fight to remain healthy + love myself at every stage no matter the battle scars or stages. Got some laps in the pool to keep moving and switch it up! Speak kindly to yourself because you're always listening!