Over the course of two years, Lexi has lost — and kept off — over 300 pounds, and she’s done it all with her husband by her side, who has lost roughly 100 pounds himself. The two made a commitment on New Year’s Day 2016 that they were going to get healthy, and it all began with simple, healthy choices.
If you think a small change like giving up soda or cooking at home doesn’t make a difference, think again. But don’t take our word for it — just look at Lexi’s stunning transformation. She lost weight, but she gained energy, confidence, and a new life.
PPR: What made you decide to start your weight-loss journey?
Lexi Reed: At the beginning of Jan. 1, 2016, I set a New Year’s resolution with my husband to lose weight. We were fed up with the life that we were living and all the things that we weren’t able to do together as a couple, such as traveling on an airplane, going on romantic walks, and going hiking or biking, and we also feared if we didn’t get our health under control, we would never be able to start a family.
Growing up, we never had a lot of money and my parents never cooked. Processed foods were always easier to purchase than healthy foods, and once I got with Danny [my husband], we got comfortable in our relationship and spent many nights binge-watching television and just eating. I was always an emotional eater, also, and no matter what the mood, food was always there for me.
On Jan. 1, 2016, my best friend challenged us to no eating out, no soda, no alcohol, no cheat meals, and working out for 30 minutes five times a week.
PS: Did you use a specific diet or program?
LR: I have been overweight my entire life. I tried many diets, and when I was in middle school, I tried Weight Watchers and LA Weight Loss. Nothing had worked before because I didn’t completely change my lifestyle. I stopped looking at [this journey] as a diet and knew I needed something I could stick with long term. I started taking the foods I loved and making healthier versions so I no longer felt like I had to give up something or deprive [myself].
I have always been a member of Anytime Fitness. I started going there when I got a free trial and — since it was never really crowded, my machine faced the wall (so I didn’t feel like everyone was watching me), and I found a machine called the CrossRamp that didn’t hurt my joints at 485 pounds — I fell in love with it. I also found a class called Pulse fitness which is a cardio dance class [like Zumba] that allowed me to tune out to music and switch up my workouts while having fun doing them. I didn’t follow a meal plan or specific diet, but I tried to eat more protein and less carbs and tracked my calories with MyFitnessPal. I also joined monthly DietBet weight-loss challenges to keep me accountable and to get paid for losing weight.
“You don’t have to live in a gym; the first six months, I only worked out for 30 minutes a day.”
PS: What’s your favorite way to work out?
LR: I love my Pulse class. I love dancing to my favorite music and not feeling like it’s a workout. We can do a song full of squats and even though my legs are burning, it’s so much fun that I don’t even notice. I love that the class also helped me to make friends so I had others that kept me accountable, and since I enjoyed the class, it gave me something to look forward to so I wouldn’t feel burnt out with workouts.
LR: I work out six times a week for 30 minutes to an hour. You don’t have to live in a gym; the first six months, I only worked out mainly for 30 minutes a day.
LR: I switch up my workouts so I don’t get burnt out. This can include Pulse (Zumba), hiking, treadmill, CrossRamp, or even biking.
PS: How much weight have you lost?
LR: Three hundred and twelve pounds in two years.
PS: What was the first big difference, other than the number on the scale, that really made you feel proud and excited?
LR: I would say the first big difference was when I went to a restaurant I had previously went to, where I was once so large that my stomach sat on the table of the booth when we were eating. We later went to that same restaurant [after some weight loss], and this time I was healthy, with lots of wiggle room!
Lexi (and Husband!): Before and After
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