It was a daunting New Year’s resolution: In January 2016, Lexi and Danny Reed — who weighed a combined 765 lbs. – decided to ditch their unhealthy lifestyle once and for all.
“We would spend most nights just sitting on the couch watching television and mindlessly eating junk food,” says Lexi, 27, a blogger who has 492,000 followers on her Instagram @fatgirlfedup. “We would order a whole pizza, bread sticks, wings and a liter of soda,” she says. Soon her weight had ballooned to 485 lbs.
“A friend challenged us to 30 days of no eating out, cheat meals, soda or alcohol,” says Lexi. “We started cooking, meal prepping, tracking our calories and reading nutrition labels.” The Terre Haute, Indiana couple swapped fried foods for chicken, salmon and lean meats, and also learned to make healthy versions of their favorite dishes.
They started going to the gym, too. Lexi says she would work out on the elliptical for 30 minutes, five times a week.
“When I walked into the gym at 485 lbs., I told myself that it was basically going to be the first day of the rest of my life,” she says. “And if people were going to stare at me because of my weight, I was going to give them a reason to stare by being the hardest worker in the room.”
Danny, 29, says he had his own reservations initially. “At first the idea didn’t sound great because it was always good going home, sitting down, eating and not having to worry about anything,” says the lab manager who went from 280 lbs. to 190 lbs. “But I the more I thought about it, I said, ‘It’s a new year and something to work toward while helping Lexi out as well.’ ”
That doesn’t mean the two of them didn’t have difficult days, especially in the beginning. “We would be tired and sore because our bodies weren’t used to it,” says Lexi. “But we had a buddy system, so every step of the way, every pound, we were there to motivate each other. We kept each other accountable.”