When reaching for your goal, no matter what it is, having enough support and encouragement is extremely important. Lexi and Danny Reed, a couple from Terre Haute, Indiana, had each other’s backs when they decided to start losing weight together and now they’re still motivating each other to continue working.
After getting married in October 2015, the couple was challenged to complete a 30-day-long commitment of eating only home-cooked meals with no cheat days, no alcohol or soda, and working out 5 times a week for 30 minutes. “We took the challenge, completed it 100%” Lexi states proudly on her instagram, which now motivates thousands of people to have enough courage to start their own journey toward better health.
After 30 days the couple noticed a positive change in their lifestyle that encouraged them to continue on their journey. Before they started losing weight, Lexi weighed 485lbs while Danny was at 280lbs. After 18 months, with no meal plan, surgery, or personal trainers the couple was down 370lbs, yet they didn’t stop there – they are both carrying on. By now they’re incredibly close to hitting 400lbs of combined lost weight and they feel better than ever.
“Doing this as a couple has helped us in so many ways,” Lexi Reed, 27, told ABC News. “On days when we were unmotivated, we pushed each other to go to the gym. We also started meal-prepping together, setting goals, and day by day or pound by pound we grew closer throughout our journey.”
What started as a New Year’s resolution has led to a viral Instagram account documenting their inspiring weight loss journey together with a whopping 463,000 followers.
When the couple started their mission to shed the weight, Lexi Reed was 485 pounds and Danny Reed was 280 pounds.
“I went from a size 28 to a size 10,” said Lexi Reed.
“I went from a 46 all the way down to a 32,” Danny Reed, 29, added.
Lexi Reed said they “were fed up with the life [they] were living” so they set out to make a change, hitting the gym, eating healthy and documenting it all on her Instagram account.
“I never expected to have such an impact,” she said. “I just wanted to get healthy.”
Fitness experts say one key to success is having someone else to lean on.
“A workout partner is key. Accountability is everything,” celebrity fitness trainer Latreal Mitchell told ABC News. “Not every day you’re going to want to go out there and give it your all. At least you’ll have someone to say, ‘Come on. Today is my day to uplift you and vice versa.’”
Danny Reed now weighs 191 pounds and Lexi is down to 182, but they said this was no easy feat.