Woman who weighed almost 500 pounds recreates old photos after extreme weight loss

In many people’s lives, there lies somewhere the wish to have healthier habits. However, what starts as a New Year’s resolution made with all the conviction in the world soon turns into another slice of pizza while watching Friends, and why not?

Lexi Reed’s incredible transformation

While that might be okay for many people, Lexi Reed felt that it was time for a change. She also was fed up with her current lifestyle and needed to make a change for her own health and happiness.

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Weighing in

Lexi was happily married to her husband, Danny. One day, the couple decided they would take a look at how much they weighed, feeling that it might be time to make a change. Danny discovered that he weighed in at 280lbs. However, Lexi knew that the time to make a change was now when she saw that the scales were weighing in at 485lbs. It’s not easy making such dramatic changes to your lifestyle, but Lexi and Danny were in it together.

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Their daily habits

Everything had to change. Every year, millions of people make resolutions to lose weight, tone up, or eat healthier. However, often, the diet books are pushed aside, and regular habits are resumed. Why? Because it is really tough to change bad habits. However, Lexi and Dani were preparing to push against everything they knew and did every single day. All at once, they decided to stop consuming 8,000 calories a day, which was their usual daily intake combined.

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They didn’t have personal trainers

The couple didn’t have a personal trainer, they didn’t have meal plans, and they didn’t choose to have surgery. Most people know that all of those options would have meant dishing out more than a few dollars, so these guys had to go old school. Of course, everyone has their own path when it comes to reaching their goals. There is no way that is nobler than the next, as long as it’s right for you. This was the path Lexi and Danny took, and it wouldn’t be easy.

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They had each other

Not everyone is as fortunate to have someone they love or are close to sharing the journey with them. So, while they didn’t have any extra help, they did have each other to help keep them going. They said goodbye to junk food and hello to freshly home-cooked meals. Not only that, but they made sure they were going to the gym at least five times a week, if not six times. These guys weren’t going to accept any half measures, and hit their lifestyle change full on.

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Lexi recorded their progress

Many people say that when it comes to recording physical progress, keeping a record of your journey is the best way to show yourself how well you’re doing. Lexi decided to do just that, and created an Instagram account to log their progress. People around the world absolutely love following stories such as Lexi’s, particularly as it requires some incredible mental discipline to keep going when you want to least. In the beginning, Lexi had no idea what an impact she would make online.

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They became an inspirational sensation

People began following their progress and, before long, Lexi found that she had amassed a whopping 500k followers on social media. This was only the beginning, but it was an incredible support system for both of them. When the going gets tough, it’s nice to know that there’s a whole world of people supporting your journey. People started looking forward to their next update on how Lexi was doing. Her journey began in 2016, and she still has a massive following to this day.

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Her loving husband

Many people were more enchanted by Lexi’s journey down to just how dramatic the change was in the end. However, Danny’s own efforts didn’t go unnoticed. Danny also made a massive effort to change his ways alongside his wife. However, Lexi has lovingly posted on social media how her husband has never treated her any differently. It didn’t matter if she weighed 485lbs or 182lbs, he loved her no matter what, and he made sure she knew that every single day.

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He never asked her to change

The couple married in 2015, which was a whole year before they decided to embark on their journey of weight loss. Lexi explains to everyone how her husband never saw her size, he never asked her to change, and he always made her feel beautiful. It sounds like a kind of love that lasts forever, and it’s safe to say that everyone is rooting for them too, having followed their story so closely for years.

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Seeing their progress

It wasn’t long before progress became noticeable, especially since they were hitting everything so hard. With all the progress updates came their story and everything they were doing to get through it. They also started to open up about how they had got where they were before. Lexi states how she likes to make sure that all of her social media posts, wherever they may be, are always candid and raw. She doesn’t want to put a ‘filter’ on their journey.

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They couldn’t do regular things

Lexi opens up to how their physiques used to impact their daily lives. She noticed how they couldn’t do things that regular couples did, and instead they were confined to their living room. It doesn’t matter who you are, or what shape you are, being stuck indoors for prolonged periods of time is never great. Lexi explained how they would spend their lives on the couch at home watching TV, and not doing much else. She continues and explains how they would work, eat, and sleep, and that used to sum their days up for them.

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A joint decision

It’s pretty amazing to both be on board with the same goals together. After all, Danny might have been content with his life, whereas Lexi was clearly becoming quite fed up with how things were going. Not between her and her husband, but just in general. The married couple was on the same wavelength with it all, and embarked upon this intense journey together and with few reservations. They both take their progress photos side by side.

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She was 25 when she started

She knew that she needed to make some significant changes to her lifestyle if she was going to try and live healthier. It had nothing to do with the strange standards that society can sometimes impose, and everything to do with having a healthier lifestyle. Lexi opened up to reveal how they both wanted to think about having children in the future, but she didn’t want to do that while struggling to overcome many health risks. For her, there was only one option, and it wasn’t going to be easy.

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Mountain dew and fast food

Lexi admitted that her diet was less than adequate. She couldn’t cook, so the couple lived off of fast food practically every single day, for every meal they ate. Most people have fast food as a treat, especially because it can cost a lot of money. However, eventually, fast food takes its toll on people’s bodies, and it was taking its toll on Lexi and Danny. Lexi also admitted to drinking nothing but Mountain Dew, which is also a quick way of having a lot of sugar.

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The road isn’t straight and narrow

Lexi also reminds people that the road to your goal isn’t always straight and narrow. Sure, we all need to be disciplined, but that doesn’t mean that if you falter once, it’s all over. Lexi herself also had a few lapses along the way, but she didn’t let it stop her from reaching her goals in the long run. She persists that she knows her journey may never end, after all, she’s working on her body and her mind.

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Showing the whole picture

Lexi is honest with her followers. She doesn’t use any photo editing software, she doesn’t hide when she’s not getting the results she wants, but she is always honest. As Lexi has become a real icon when it comes to a healthier lifestyle, she now influences many people who might have similar goals. So, she feels that it’s essential that she remains honest with her followers. It shows them that everyone’s human, and sometimes you might need to work a little harder for those sought-after results.

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Shed half their bodyweight

One of the most impressive aspects of this couple’s journey isn’t just that they did this together, but that they managed to shift over half their body weight in just over a year. It’s a lot to do in such a short period of time, but this couple was determined. Thankfully, their determination paid off and was recognized by millions of people from around the world who wanted to congratulate the couple on their journey.

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Lexi was pre-diabetic

It wasn’t just tough because of how the couple was starting out, it was tough because Lexi also had a myriad of health issues that threatened to make her weight loss journey even more challenging. She revealed how she would seriously struggle with breathing problems which would impact what she could do every day. Lexi also stated how she is pretty sure she was pre-diabetic when she decided to take on this new regime. Her life was suffering as a result.

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Turned away

Lexi experienced other kinds of issues in her everyday life. She was turned away from a theme park because the operators didn’t believe she could fit in the seats. Unfortunately, there was nothing that could be done, and if Lexi didn’t start to lose weight, then she never would be able to ride a roller coaster. The ordeal was absolutely humiliating for Lexi, but she was determined to start their journey toward a healthier lifestyle. Lexi lost 238lbs while her husband lost 72lbs.

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They found alternatives

While healthy eating was a significant part of the change, they chose not to cut out their favorite foods completely. Instead, they found healthier ways to enjoy them, take pizza, for example. Instead of buying takeout pizza, they would make it from scratch and ensure there were fewer calories in the dish. It was a great way to make sure they didn’t feel like they weren’t enjoying their meals, and keep cravings down. However, the diet was only a part of the regime, and they also exercised 5 or 6 times a week.

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Inspiring the world

Lexi didn’t stop when she reached her goal. Instead, she thought she would continue to inspire other people who are following a similar road to her. While Lexi didn’t need the help of surgery to get her to her goal weight, she decided there was another reason she would consider it. As a result of her extreme weight loss, she now found she had a lot of excess skin. Underneath this was the muscle she had built, but she was struggling to shift the extra skin.

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Making a bold choice

Lexi expressed how she never wanted to have surgery, but her body was leaving her with no choice. She knew it was a cosmetic choice, whereas her previous weight loss was completely about a healthier life. However, she decided that she wanted to be rid of the excess skin that her body no longer needed. It was no easy decision, either. Lexi had to have drains coming out of her body, was in a lot of pain post-op, and had to make sure she stuck to her recovery plan.

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The skin also removed some weight

It was weight that Lexi wasn’t able to lose naturally, but she openly explained that, by removing all the excess skin, she was also taking off 7lbs of weight. Considering she had lost 312lbs naturally by this point, her efforts were still incredible. However, this was a very personal decision for Lexi, but she wasn’t shy showing off her results before the surgery. She also posted her entire experience with the surgery, so other people can be informed about what it’s like.

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She’s now followed by 1.2 million

As if half a million wasn’t already quite an incredible following, Lexi was then able to double the amount of people who followed her story. She also shares pictures of what she and her husband now eat on her Instagram account, giving other people inspiration, too. Lexi’s latest update was about another cosmetic surgery she was choosing to have, however she has decided to postpone it while she recovers from an illness setting her back. However, she’s sure she’ll be back training soon.

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Being positive

Above all else, Lexi promotes a healthy and happy lifestyle. She expresses how everyone has their own ideas of what they want to look like, and as long as they’re staying true to themselves, that’s all that matters. Danny and Lexi are still going strong, representing ‘couple goals’ for many people out there. They both loved each other before the exercise and the diet, showing how their goals were motivated by a healthier lifestyle. It wasn’t easy, but they did it.

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