When we set out on a New Year’s resolution to change ourselves, sometimes, even we ourselves don’t really mean it, because we don’t really believe in ourselves as much as we should. Perhaps, as they say, you have to really, truly want to change before it can happen.
Lexi Reed, of Terre Haute, Indiana, was 485 pounds (approx. 220 kg) at 25, and every small decision in her life seemed to revolve around her weight. Over the years, she had become used to giving up many things her peers took for granted. Morbidly obese, she couldn’t swim, hike, cycle, or even walk a block without tiring herself out. Getting into restaurant booths or even into her own car had become humiliating public moments that she dreaded every day.
Feasting on a diet of fast food and soda, Lexi had tried to lose the weight, but the kind of lifestyle change that was required couldn’t be achieved without enormous motivation and support. Lexi repeatedly found herself starting a new diet or exercise and then being forced to quit, and she was caught in a self-defeating cycle.
“I felt like if I didn’t change my life, I wouldn’t live to see my 30th birthday,” Lexi told Inside Edition.
Speaking to Today, she added: “I knew I could never be a mom at the size that I was and that was one thing that motivated me.”
So, soon after, when 2015 drew to a close, Lexi and her husband, Danny, who weighed 280 pounds (approx. 127 kg) himself, set a New Year’s resolution to lose weight and start making some changes towards a healthier life.
“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,” Danny told People. “But I [sic] the more I thought about it, I said, ‘It’s a new year and something to work toward while helping Lexi out as well.’”
Before making their weight loss resolution, the couple “would spend most nights just sitting on the couch watching television and mindlessly eating junk food.” Lexi said: “We would order a whole pizza, bread sticks, wings and a liter of soda.”
The couple then devoted themselves to ditch their unhealthy eating habits and challenged themselves to lose weight together.
Lexi recalled that the first month had been the hardest. The couple had been used to eating out or ordering takeout for all their meals. Neither liked to cook, but they decided that that had to be the first thing to change about themselves. They researched the ideal calorie intake for both and started learning how to prepare home-cooked versions of high-protein meals with plenty of fruits and vegetables.
That one change helped jumpstart an entire shift in their lifestyle. They gave up eating out with friends or going to the movies just to avoid the junk food that had become an intrinsic part of their daily lives.
It’s hard in the beginning. “We would be tired and sore because our bodies weren’t used to it,” Lexi said. “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.”
With each other’s motivation, after a while, the cravings for such foods began to slowly die away.
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Alongside this, Lexi and Danny visited the gym five times a week. It was an uphill battle. All Lexi could make herself do in those initial days was stay on the treadmill for half an hour. In one video that Danny took in those first months, Lexi tried to sustain a side plank posture for one minute but crumpled just before the time was up.
A year later, the story was different—Lexi and Danny would work out at the gym just to unwind after a long day.
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The promise they had made each other on the 1st of January, 2016, led Lexi to lose 234 pounds (approx. 106 kg) and David to shed 58 pounds (approx. 26 kg) by the end of the year!
After another 11 months, the couple, who weighed a combined 765 pounds (approx. 347 kg), went on to achieve a total weight loss of nearly 395 pounds (approx. 179 kg) between them! Lexi has slimmed down to 182 pounds (approx. 83 kg), from a size 28 to a size 10, while Danny has dropped to 191 pounds (approx. 87 kg), from a size 46 to a size 32.
As the couple shed the extra pounds, they regained control of their life, doing things that they previously couldn’t, such as canoeing and riding roller coasters.
Speaking to ABC News, Lexi said: “There are no words to explain the feeling of saving your own life.” With the newfound happiness, she “no longer am a prisoner in my own body.” She added: “I’m finally alive. Every day I wake up is a blessing.”
Throughout their years of learning and changing, Lexi cataloged their life journey on Instagram @fatgirlfedup, which has become an inspiration to more than 1.2 million followers.
Their message was simple: Instead of relying on surgeries, pills, or crash diets, start changing one habit at a time until you reach your goal of living a healthy life. The weight loss will follow inevitably, and you’ll have a much better relationship with your own body.
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