Woman who lost 303lbs celebrates with brilliant weight loss comparison selfie with her husband
Many people are probably already put losing weight at the top of their New Year's resolutions. Some of us might embark on learning a new skill, others will endeavor to quit smoking, and a whole lot of hopeful individuals will blow $100 on a gym membership in the hopes that it will help them shed a few pounds.
Unfortunately, turning over a new leaf takes a lot more commitment than simply downloading Duolingo or buying yourself some nicotine patches. A lot of the time, resolutions are incredibly hard to stick to - and that's obviously why so many people end up ditching theirs by about the third week of January.
However, for 27-year-old Lexi Reed and her husband, Danny, this wasn't the case.
On January 1st, 2016, Lexi decided it was time to do something about her weight. She was 485 pounds, dangerously unhealthy, and sick of "feeling like a prisoner in [her] own body". Her situation was so severe, in fact, that she "couldn't even walk a block".
Fortunately, she and her husband (who was still just her boyfriend at the time) had enough motivation between the two of them to actually change their lifestyles, and start making progress towards healthier bodies.
"We didn't have a meal plan, surgery, personal trainer, but what we did have was each other and the motivation within to work hard every single day," Lexi said. "We wanted to be parents in the future and live a longer life together."
And, after a little while, the couple started seeing their hard work pay off. By February this year, Lexi had already lost 246 pounds.
But she wasn't done yet. Not only did she lose another 70 pounds, she also took her relationship with Danny to the next level. The couple got engaged and then married during their weight loss journey, and Lexi actually believes that their joint venture was what brought them closer together.
"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," she said.
"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!"
And here is what the couple looks like now:
But nothing shows their transformation as well as this side-by-side image:
Lexi's and Danny's accomplishments are truly admirable, and will hopefully inspire others to pursue a challenging goal in 2018. Even if you're looking to achieve something other than weight loss, this couple's drive and determination is still an excellent motivation for people who may be doubting their abilities to achieve a difficult task.
According to her Instagram account, Lexi's incredible transformation is still not over, and the pair aims to have lost a total of 400 pounds between them by the end of the year. And, at the rate they're going, it looks like they might just make it.