Woman Who Used To Weigh Almost 500lbs Recreates Her Old Photos, And Its Hard To Believe Its The Same Person

Many people make New Year’s resolutions, and many people break them, but as you can see from these incredible pictures, some people don’t just stick to them. They smash them!

Lexi Reed from Terre Haute, Indiana, weighed 485lbs back in 2016 while her husband Danny tipped the scales at 280lbs. Together they decided to get into shape and just eighteen months later the pair have lost almost 400lbs (28 stone) together! “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,’ she wrote on Instagram. “We wanted to be parents in the future and live a longer life together.”

The couple, who wed in 2015, used to eat a total of around 8000 calories per day, but after giving up junk food in favour of home-cooked meals and starting to hit the gym five to six times per week, Lexi and Danny shed around half of their body weight in just 12 months. During their amazing weight-loss journey, Lexi has amassed almost 500k followers on Instagram (@fatgirlfedup), many of whom have been inspired by her hard work and determination. Scroll down to see the results of her incredible perseverance, and remember, New Year’s Eve is just around the corner…

“Get comfortable with being uncomfortable & always push yourself to step out of your comfort zone!”

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That’s the philosophy of Lexi Reed from Terre Haute, Indiana

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She and her husband Danny used to weigh over 700lbs until they decided to get into shape

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They made a New Year’s resolution in 2016 and since then they’ve lost over 400lbs together!

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“We didn’t have a meal plan, surgery, personal trainer, but what we did have was each other”

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The couple, who wed in 2015, used to eat a total of around 8000 calories per day

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They gave up junk food and started cooking meals at home

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They also began hitting the gym 5-6 times per week and also doing Zumba classes

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In just 12 months they lost half of their body weight!

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“You don’t have to live this way for the rest of your life Lexi,” she told herself

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“You are in charge of your future so go in that gym and show every single person that stares or doubts you what you’re made of”

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“Prove them wrong & lets do this once and for all”

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“Tomorrow is the first day of the rest of your life”

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“Are you going to just keep talking about losing the weight or are you just going to do it? No more excuses. No more fear”

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“This man has been by my side for the last 10 years and treated me no different at 485lbs than he does at 182lbs,” she said of her husband

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“He never saw me as my size, asked me to change, or made me feel as anything other than beautiful”

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“Love doesn’t have a size or weight limit”

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“Surround yourself with those who lift you higher and see the greatness in you even when you don’t see it”

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I have the body of someone who’s been sitting still for decades | Zoe Williams

My glutes barely engage at all; my arse quite literally cant be arsed

Nyambe Ikasaya, 38, no longer wants to be called a personal trainer. He floats fitness and wellbeing facilitator, and I tell him Ill think of something better. (Gyms make me obnoxiously dominant. Icant wina squat-off, but I can pour scorn on words like facilitator.) The blood tests, the hypoxic chamber, those results are all on their way: Im having a full-body MOT and this is just phase one, the bit where they check your wing mirrors and make sure youre not two cars welded together. Nyambe attaches some pads to my hand and foot. Its a tiny electric pulse, you wont feel it, he says, which I dont believe but turns out to be true.

My results are incredible: 15% fat, 85% lean, 0.2% Wonder Woman. My metabolic rate is such that I can burn 1,552 calories a day without even getting out of bed. Nyambe looks at me with calm bemusement. He shimmers with good health, yet it turns out I am fitter than him. Ive sometimes been in situations, he says slowly, where a person hasnt got their height exactly right, so Im just going to check that. Huh. I was out by 15cm. Damned metric system. At 174cm, my numbers make more sense: 33.4litres of body water, which is normal, 23%fat. My fitness goal, according to Nyambe, shouldbetogain 4kg of solid muscle.

Mine is the scrawny, crow-like version of middle age, which doesnt get enough sympathy, because weight loss gets all the attention. Dusty, obsolete muscles, unused since the 90s, like a Nokia in a cutlery drawer. I have the body of a person whos been sitting still for decades, hunched forward, jabbing her chin at imaginary enemies. I have an overly strong anterior aspect (front muscles), compensating for a weak posterior one; Nyambe can tell this just by looking at me. When you move your legs, your muscles should engage in a particular order: hamstring, glutes, lower back. My glutes barely engage at all; my arse quite literally cant be arsed.

I do five and a half press-ups like a weakling in the opening shot of a prison movie. I can do a wall sit (back against a wall, sat on an imaginary chair until your thighs catch fire) for 72 seconds, which Nyambe says is fair. He prescribes squats, planks, sit-ups, push-ups, wall sits, and aerobic exercise for cardio fitness, without which you wont have the energy for the rest. Two hours aweek should do it.

Theres no mystery to it, Nyambe says, bodies are designed to move. Maybe Ill move mine then. Fitness and wellbeing inspirer! I announce, triumphantly.

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