Right now, we’re halfway through 2018, so let’s start with a question many of us have been avoiding: Have you kept up your New Year’s Resolutions? All right, that was a rhetorical question… But there is one couple we can hear across the internet screaming a resounding “YES!”
On January 1, 2016, Terre Haute, Indiana couple Lexi and Danny Reed weighed a combined total of 765 pounds. At the time, Danny was at a more manageable weight of 280 whereas his wife weighed 485 pounds. Now, what started as a New Year’s resolution has morphed into one of the most inspirational, motivational, viral accounts on Instagram called “Fat Girl Fed Up.”
How Lexi and Danny’s Weight Loss Journey Began
Knowing that their health and potentially life was in danger, the mutually made a choice to change their lifestyle habits (and, ultimately, their world). The first day following New Year’s Eve 2016, they stuck to their guns after a friend challenged them to an entire month of no eating out.
Before, the high school sweethearts would come home from work, sit down, eat fast food, relax in front of the television, and not worry about anything. They enjoyed it, too. It was comfortable, but they knew deep down it was a lifestyle that could lead them to an early grave. “The first 30 days we didn’t eat out. We didn’t party with our friends or anything anymore; we didn’t have cheat meals. We just were constantly healthy,” Lexi said. “I think after that first 30 days, it just became so much easier because we had learned what we couldn’t eat. From there on, it wasn’t a resolution anymore; it just became our lifestyle.” If there’s one word that can sum it all up, it’s lifestyle. Unlike other stories you might here where someone will start a certain diet or finally find that one fat-burning workout, the Reeds tweaked their lifestyle habits from every angle – diet, exercise, social life, marriage.
The Reeds’ Helpful Tips for Successful Weight Loss
1) Eliminate Processed Foods “We started cooking, meal prepping, tracking our calories, and reading nutrition labels.” 2) Get Your Daily Physical Activity Lexi started by going to the gym and using the elliptical five times a week for 30 minutes. It can be even simpler if you walk around your own neighborhood! 3) Hold Each Other Accountable Find a lifestyle buddy. Lexi “had a buddy system, so every step of the way, every pound, we were there to motivate each other. We kept each other accountable.” Where Are They Now?
Two and a half years later, both Lexi (182 lbs.) and Danny (191 lbs.) are both leading changed lives! Danny went down from a size 46 to 32 and Lexi went from a size 28 to a size 10. After losing her first 100 pounds, Lexi even decided to start documenting their weight loss journey at FatGirlFedUp and DiscoveringDanny. It wasn’t a cakewalk either. Each of them had to face the fear of walking into a gym knowing they would be stared at. They had to overcome food cravings. They had to face looking in the mirror every single day. But Lexi and Danny did it together and came out on top.
“I never expected to have such an impact,” she said. “I just wanted to get healthy.” Their story has been incredible, so much so that Lexi has amassed a whopping 780,000 followers on Instagram (not including Danny’s 75,200 followers). If you look at any of her posts, you can find Lexi sharing valuable advice with others trying to make similar lifestyle changes, some of which include:
Not being afraid to try new foods Choosing to have a positive mental attitude Starting to set goals – not tomorrow or next week – today Not having to go through these changes alone Fueling your body with healthy foods “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.” Whether it’s 2018, 2020 or 2030, we hope you find encouragement in this no matter what you’re going through