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.
“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.”
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.”