Lexi and Danny Reed resolved to live a healthier lifestyle together in 2016.
Since making their resolution, the couple lost more than 394 combined pounds.
Lexi told INSIDER that their relationship and health have both changed for the better.
Lexi Reed and her husband Danny made a resolution in January of 2016 to get healthy and lose weight — and they have succeeded. In almost two years, the couple has lost a combined total of 394 pounds.
Lexi runs the Instagram account FatGirlFedUp, where she documents her weight loss journey with photos of food, workouts, and sweaty selfies. She also shares side-by-side pictures of her and her husband to show their physical transformations.
In a recent side-by-side, the first picture shows Danny proposing to Lexi before their weight loss. The second image shows the duo recreating the proposal after losing the weight.
#throwbackthursday to 485lbs & @discoveringdanny proposing to me at sunset on Clearwater Beach. He never saw me as my size, asked me to change, or made me feel as anything other than beautiful. He treated me the same way at 485lbs that he does at 182lbs. Love doesn't have a size or weight limit. He saw the person I was on the inside and supported me while I made that person on the side match my outside. Surround yourself with those who lift you higher and see the greatness in you even when you dont see it yourself! ❤ #weightloss #weightlossjourney #fatgirlfedupdietbet #love #florida #clearwaterbeach #sunset #fitspire #fitcouple #relationshipgoals #couplegoals #fattofit #obesetobeast #beastmode #fitfam #fitspo #inspire #motivation #fitnessmotivation #gym #wedding #engagement #transform #fitspo #diet #extremeweightloss #transformation
“Love doesn’t have a size or weight limit,” Lexi wrote in the caption of the post. “He saw the person I was on the inside and supported me while I made that person on the side match my outside.”
Reed told INSIDER in an e-mail that losing weight together has brought the couple “closer together than ever before.”
“Danny never asked me to change or made me feel like he loved me any less due to my size,” she said. “I knew, however, I wanted to be a mom one day and live a longer healthier life with him.”
She said that before sticking to their weight loss goals, they would come home from work and immediately binge-watch TV. They weren’t able to do many things other couples enjoy because of their health and size, including going on romantic walks, sitting in movie theater seats, and riding roller coasters.
Working out with your partner has been shown to improve both your relationship and your fitness, so it makes sense that once the Reed’s started replacing TV time with workout time things changed.
“Previously, we were going through the motions of life, and as we lost weight we gained a whole new life together and evolved together instead of apart,” she said. “We are more in love than we’ve ever been and the sky is now the limit.”
From weighing 765lbs combined to fitting into @discoveringdanny arms. Together we have lost 392lbs but grown closer physically and mentally on a whole new level through our journeys. There are some things that in our 10 years together were never possible & the new feeling of him being able to wrap me up in his arms for the first time in my life will never get old. ❤ #weightloss #weightlossjourney #goals #love #swolemate #swolemates #love #provethemwrong #progress #happy #weightlosstransformation #transform #losingweight #diet #couplegoals #relationshipgoals #fitcouple #health #countingcalories #fitnessmotivation #motivation #dietbet #dress #ootd #gym #fatgirlfedupsdietbet #workout #exercise
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Reed has more than 490,000 followers that look to her posts for inspiration and advice. She hopes they take away that it’s OK not to be perfect.
“I post pictures of myself covered in sweat, makeup running down my face, rocking my husband’s t-shirts, and every single day I put myself in a place to be vulnerable,” she said. “I put it all out there because if I can help one person that’s what I want to do.”
Her advice for people who have similar new year’s goals is to start taking small steps now such as walking more or swapping high-calorie drinks for water. She also wants people to know that her weight loss journey has nothing to do with fitting in with societies standards.
“It’s not about the weight you lose, but the life you gain. My goal was never to be ‘skinny’ but to be healthy,” she said. “I loved myself at 485 lbs the same way I loved myself at 179 lbs. If you don’t love yourself before losing weight [it] won’t change that.”
#transformationtuesday -392👇 since @dannyreed5 & I set a New Years Resolution together 1/1/16. We didnt have a meal plan, surgery, personal trainer, but what we did have was each other & the motivation within to work hard every single day. We wanted to be parents in the future and live a longer life together. We had no idea that in just over a year 6 months we would be a completely different couple. We may have lost the weight but we have grown closer together. Pound by pound, step by step, day by day – we have transformed our lives and molded our bodies into the people we've always wanted to be. This man has been by my side for the last 10 years and treated me no different at 485lbs than he does at 182lbs. We all deserve to live a life we are in love with and have people around that make it worth living. We hope others will hear our story & decide not to give up! ——————————————————————————— Dietbet just started but you can join for 14 days after! Time to get back on track! Thanksgiving is over – dont let Thanksgiving stop your goals! Fedup & ready to change? Time to finish 2017 strong! Time to reset after thanksgiving, win money for christmas & rock those outfits when you see all your family! Lose weight, share tips/recipes, giveaways including fedup tees, lulagems.com $100 wardrobe, @proteinmilkshake protein, & get paid! Link in bio or dietbet.com/fatgirlfedup #goals #motivation #fit #fitfam #obesetobeast #weightloss #weightlossjourney #motivation #fattofit #fitcouple #dietbet #diet #selflove #plussize #effyourbeautystandards #fitspo #countingcalories #motivation #fitness #gym #anytimefitness #fitspo #losingweight #weightlosstransformation #transform #gymlife #fitnessmotivation #diet #thickfit #dietbet #fatgirlfedupsdietbet #extremeweightloss #anytimefitness
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Although everyone’s weight loss journey is different, the Reeds show that both online and in-person support could help you reach your goals.
A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that the couple lost over 700 lbs, they collectively lost over 390 lbs.