Couple Living 5,000 Miles Apart Bond Over Their Inspiring Weight-Loss Journey

February 20, 2019 Updated: May 10, 2019

Losing weight can be an arduous task, but it’s a different story if one finds a partner who is also on the weight-loss journey. For a woman in Sweden, she happened to find a partner 5,000 miles away who later became the love of her life.

Maria Landers, of Gothenburg, Sweden, was struggling with weight issues around 2014 when she was working as a nurse while in medical school.

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“I would snack on candy every study break I took because I couldn’t keep my eyes open and focused on the books,” she wrote in an article published on Love What Matters.

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She was ashamed of her weight and decided to get a gastric bypass surgery, but backed out at the last minute. That’s when she knew she had to take control of her life.

Maria started eating healthy foods and working out after she hired a personal trainer to teach her how to lift weights.

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“I did struggle with getting rid of old habits,” she told TODAY of her struggles. “I was determined to be the person I always wished I was.”

Though Maria had her personal trainer, she searched YouTube videos for workout tips and came across a man, named Ben, living in Louisiana who later became her husband.

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“I quickly stumbled upon a YouTube channel, where a guy had done what I had done. He had lost so much weight, changed his life, looked so incredibly handsome that I had to message him,” Maria recalled.

“When I saw him talk on the video, it was almost like I was looking at myself.”

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She sent him a message and he responded.

“Then, a weight loss love story was created,” Maria wrote on Love What Matters. “He was very stand offish at first, but when I showed him where I came from, going from 260 pounds to about 160, he opened up. We had the same background.”

Soon, they started talking for long hours and Landers knew in her heart this man would become her soulmate.

“In my heart I said, ‘I’m going to marry that man.’ It’s hard to explain,” she told TODAY.

After being in a long-distance relationship for a year, Maria decided to move to the United States, where she eventually married Ben, who had become her “number one supporter” in life.

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“He has given me the best support you could ever ask for to make the right choices,” Maria wrote on Love What Matters.

“We lift each other up and now realize what an incredible journey this has been.”

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It has been a few years since the couple embarked on their weight-loss journey.

According to Maria’s Instagram account, she and Ben welcomed their first child, son Kevin, on Jan. 29, 2019.

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Congratulations to Maria for her finding love on her very successful weight-loss journey!

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