Couple makes New Year's resolution to lose weight -- and their transformation is epic

One Indiana couple will give you all the inspiration you need to keep your New Year's resolutions.

In January 2016, Lexi Reed and her husband Danny weighed 485 pounds and 280 pounds, respectively. This was the heaviest they had ever weighed.

In a quest to "get healthy," the couple began hitting the gym and eating clean while documenting their fitness journey on a now-viral Instagram account called @fatgirlfedup. Now, Lexi and Danny have lost a collective 400 pounds together in two years and look better than ever!

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#swolematesunday -394👇lbs since 1/1/16! This man has stuck by my side through thick & thin. @discoveringdanny has loved me no matter my size and never asked me to change. He treats me the same way at 179lbs that he treated me at 485lbs. When we got married we made vows to low eachother for better for worse through sickness and in health until death do us part. ❤ We meant those words and we are so happy for this new life we are living. Don't wait until the New Year to change like we did - start today! #weightloss #weightlossjourney #fit #gym #workout #fitfam #fitspo #fitnesssmotivation #goals #healthylifestyle #diet #fitness #love #couplegoals #relationshipgoals #diet #motivation #fitnessmotivation #fattofit #fedupfam #fatgirlfedupsdietbet #dietbet #losingweight #transformation
Cuddles. Weights. & cheat meal dates. Happy 2nd Wedding Anniversary to my #swolemate who pushes me to be better every single day. So happy for this new life together and today we celebrate it with our health & a longer happier life together. Things can only go up from here! I look forward to many more gym dates & adventures with you by my side! ❤ We visited a new @anytimefitness in Myrtle Beach today while out exploring. I also ran my FASTEST mile in 12 minutes! Not bad for the girl always last in gym class and bad knees (broken cartilage for many years)! Always push yourself to be better and challenge yourself daily! Super proud of @dannyreed5 & myself today. Never thought 2 years ago we'd be where we are now. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Holidays are coming! Ready to fight back this fall for fitness, end 2017 strong & have a healthy HallowLean making money losing weight? If youre FEDUP join our dietbet tribe & lets lose weight and reach our goals together! Join my Fall fight for fit HallowLEAN dietbet & lets get ready for all those fall events, costumes, and upcoming Holidays! Bet $30 you can lose 4% of your weight in a month & when you do split the pot with the other winners! Last month the pot was over $152K! Share tips, recipes, win money, plus giveaways from @proteinmilkshake, lulagems.com & more! Weve lost over 95,000lbs just this year! Link in bio or dietbet.com/fatgirlfedup #obesetobeast #dietbet #goals #weightloss #gym #weightlossjourney #diet #extremeweightloss #swolemate #fitcouple #instafit #couplegoals #lowcarb #countingcalories #progress #plussize #effyourbeautystandardards #ripleys #ocean #sunrise #southcarolina #love #weightlosstransformation #fatgirlfedupsdietbet #fattofit
Sunday's are for rest days, meal prepping, cheat/treat meals, & dinner/movie dates with @discoveringdanny. Make time for you not only with the gym but with your life too. We work hard on our goals during the week but like to take time to focus on eachother too. We also try to disconnect from social media a bit when we can to focus on eachother. Find your balance with your healthy lifestyle! Tonight we also had his parents join us for some fun bonding time & saw Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri. Todays cheat meal consisted of doughnuts & movie theater popcorn. We usually enjoy pizza or fried foods but I literally had not had a donut from my favorite spot in over 8 months. 😂 No regrets & back to it tomorrow! Hope everyone had a good weekend & remember- tomorrow is a new day no matter what happened this weekend! #weightloss #weightlossjourney #fattofit #obesetobeast #swolemate #love #selfie #sunday #sundayfunday #family #movies #fatgirlfedupsdietbet #cheatmeal #dietbet #donuts #caloriecounting #lowcarb #fitspo #motivation #fitfam #treatyoself #amc #couplegoals #relationshipgoals #restday #threebillboardsoutsideebbingmissouri
Happy Fri-yay! I am so proud of @dannyreed5! To go from not ever waking up before 8AM for a workout or ever working out in the gym for over 30 minutes to 2-a-days with 7:30AM workouts. That's no easy challenge for anybody. He has consistently killed it this week! This was just a fun little challenge to test our bodies and how far we've come. He'll be going back to evening workout sessions after today and just 30 minutes, but it was fun to push ourselves and spend more time in the gym together between work schedules! Find what workouts work for you and know we all have different goals! I enjoy zumba/pulse about 3-4x depending on the week for an hour, but also enjoy joining him for 30 mins in the gym opposite days. YOU DONT HAVE TO SPEND TONS OF HOURS IN THE GYM. 30-60 mins is what I do and I did only 30 mins for the first 6 months basically like @dannyreed5 still does and he's lost almost 100lbs! I started doing 2-a-days when I was over 400lbs, which is crazy to me now. I was so determined to lose weight and that's why i lost 300lbs in just over a year 1/2. Always push yourself to be better and challenge yourself to try new things! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Holidays are coming! Ready to fight back this fall for fitness & end 2017 strong & have a healthy HallowLean making money losing weight? If youre FEDUP join our dietbet tribe & lets lose weight and reach our goals together! Join my Fall fight for fit HallowLEAN dietbet & lets get ready for all those fall events, costumes, and upcoming Holidays! Bet $30 you can lose 4% of your weight in a month & when you do split the pot with the other winners! Last month the pot was over $152K! Share tips, recipes, win money, plus giveaways from @proteinmilkshake, lulagems.com & more! Weve lost over 95,000lbs just this year! Link in bio or dietbet.com/fatgirlfedup #obesetobeast #dietbet #fatgirlfedup #fedup #sweat #dance #goals #weightloss #gym #weightlossjourney #diet #extremeweightloss #swolemate #fitcouple #instafit #food #lowcarb #countingcalories #progress #plussize #effyourbeautystandardards #weightlosstransformation #fatgirlfedupsdietbet #fattofit
#transformationtuesday to the couple who lost 386lbs together since last year and grew stronger. To the couple that in less than a week made tbe vows to have and to hold, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, till death us do part & meant every single word. Those vows had no size limit and are stronger than ever. @dannyreed5 never asked me to change and made me feel beautiful at 485lbs the same way he does now that i've lost 300lbs. He saw my heart, not my size. He knew I was capable of anything I put my mind too and was always my biggest supporter. At only 16 years old, I fell in love with him the first time we met at a coffee shop, and he has made me who I am today. Every single day of my journey he been right there for the blood, sweat, and tears. You deserve someone who loves you no matter your size and supports your goals. Grow together, never apart. This journey is hard enough without a support system. Surround yourself with those who lift you higher & see the greatness in you even when you dont see it yourself! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The Holidays are coming! Ready to fight back this fall for fitness & end 2017 strong & have a healthy HallowLean making money losing weight? If youre FEDUP join our dietbet tribe & lets lose weight and reach our goals together! Join my Fall fight for fit HallowLEAN dietbet & lets get ready for all those fall events, costumes, and upcoming Holidays! Bet $30 you can lose 4% of your weight in a month & when you do split the pot with the other winners! Last month the pot was over $152K! Share tips, recipes, win money, plus giveaways from @proteinmilkshake & more! Weve lost over 95,000lbs just this year! Link in bio or dietbet.com/fatgirlfedup #obesetobeast #dietbet #fatgirlfedup #fedup #sweat #dance #goals #weightloss #gym #weightlossjourney #diet #extremeweightloss #swolemate #fitcouple #instafit #food #lowcarb #countingcalories #progress #plussize #effyourbeautystands #weightlosstransformation #fatgirlfedupsdietbet #fattofit
#throwbackthursday to when I married my #swolemate! @dannyreed5 loved me at 485lbs & never once asked me to change. Ofcourse he wanted me to be healthy, but he never pushed & that's why when I decided to change - we went on this journey together. To live a healthier longer life together & to be able to be parents one day was a great motivator. Wedding dress shopping for a size 34W was one of the worst experiences for me, and even though I was heavy - I still felt beautiful on my wedding day. It was one of the best days of my life & I wouldn't change a single thing. Surround yourself with those who lift you higher & see your soul, not just your looks. ❤ #weightloss #wedding #marriage #plussize #gym #fitchicks #fitcouple #weightloss #weightlossjourney #fit #fitness #effyourbeautystandards #plussize #obesetobeast #fattofit #indiana #goals #diet #love #transform #extremeweightloss #fitfam #weightlosstransformation #selflove #dietbet #husband #life
Law Firm Christmas Party tonight for my job I worked for most of my journey. I was an assistant manager & helped clients get Disability benefits. It was this job that made me realize how disabling obesity is and the side effects that come with it. I knew if i didnt change i'd be the client on the other line. They will never get rid of me and it's always interesting to see people I knew for years stare at me for a minute before they even know who I am. 😂 Have a great weekend everyone! #weightloss #weightlossjourney #obesetobeast #fattofit #fatgirlfedupsdietbet #dietbet #ootd #christmas #holiday #goals #fitfam #fit #fitness #outfit #ootdinspiration #fashion #jcpenny #losingweight #diet #disability #fitspo #motivation
Tis the season for holiday parties so stopped by to visit my friends at @lularoebeckyandangie lulagems.com since none of my clothes fit me & a girl needs something cute to wear! SWIPE to see the outfits I tried and let me know your favorite! 😍 They will also be having these cute sparkly outfits from their elegent collection tonight on their website live show at 830pm Eastern! #ootd #dress #party #holiday #plussize #thickfit #diet #weightlossjourney #losingweight #indiana #progress #goals #fattofit #obesetobeast #weightloss #fitfam #fitness #model #classy #christmas #clothing #monday #dietbet #fatgirlfedupsdietbet
#waybackwednesday 670 days ago on 1/1/16 I set a New Years Resolution. It literally feels like I started this journey yesterday. I focused on small changes every single day instead of how far I had to go. By doing this the fact that I had to lose a massive amount of weight didn't seem unreachable. Daily I kept my head down just grinding and when I looked up I had lost 303lbs & gained a new life. Dont waste another day of your life living as a prisoner in your own body. Start small & small changes will add up to big results. Start today! #weightlosstransformation #weightloss #weightlossjourney #fatgirlfedup #fatgirlfedupsdietbet #dietbet #fattofit #obesetobeast #fitfam #fit #fitspo #fitnessmotivation #diet #losingweight #anytimefitness #gym #workout #exercise #fitness #weightloss #weoghtlossjourney #fedup #plussize #effyourbeautystandards #cardio #motivation #extremeweightloss
#motivationmonday -303lbs👇 with diet/exercise since 1/1/16! Same gym, same girl, completely different life. From 485lbs & a size 28w/30w to a 182lbs & size 10. The girl on the left had no idea where the journey would take her, but knew if she didn't take the first steps & explore - she was going to die sooner on her current path. The girl on the left knew the journey would be hard work full of blood, sweat, & tears - but she was ready for war. This journey has been far from easy, but it's been worth it. When I was 485lbs last year every single day was a chore from being out of breath putting my shoes on to surviving the day fatigued trying not to take a nap. I was a prisoner in my own body & now i'm free. Every single day i'm grateful to be alive. Every single day i'm grateful to live my life and not just exist. We may not know where the path will take us, but if we dont take the first steps we'll never know. Anyone can change their life the same way that I have & I promise you there's a whole different life just waiting for you! Join me in the most epic battle of your life for your health, start today! #weightlosstransformation #diet #gym #extremeweightloss #losingweight #weightlossjourney #dietbet #fiitnessmotivation #motivation #fatgirlfedup #gym #anytimefitness #thickfit #instafit #weightloss #transformation #transform #plussize #effyourbeautystandards #diet #countingcalories #lowcarb #selflove #fatgirlfedupsdietbet #fattofit #obesetobeast #fitfam #fitspo
Never miss a Monday! Todays workout was fueled by wanting to get back to my grind after a rest day & a cheat meal yesterday! I dont usually have both on the same day, but it happens! @dannyreed5 & I ended up having stuffed crust pizza & it was life! I don't beat myself up after treats/cheats but instead I get back on track ASAP, drink loads of water since my body holds sodium like crazy, meal prep, & sweat it out! 30 mins of cardio is complete & feeling super good about this week! Have a good day everyone! #workout #gym #cardio #goals #weightloss #fit #fitnessmotivation #moderation #balance #cheatmeal #grind #hustle #weightlossjourney #fitspo #fitfam #thickfit #fatgirlfedup #fedup #fatgirlfedupsdietbet #fattofit #obesetobeast #motivation #diet #extremeweightloss #weightlosstransformation #cardio
Last year when I started going to zumba/pulse I weighed 485lbs. I hid in the back row of the class, took multiple breaks during songs, ran out of breath quickly, drank multiple water bottles, had joint pain, wasn't able to do all the moves such as jumping jacks, squats, and I couldn't even bend over. I was only able to go twice a week due to my body being so sore. I pushed myself every single class though despite my size, and pushed to be the hardest worker in the room. At 485lbs - I never gave up. Now I confidently stand in the front row, can do all the moves including jump lunges, can do a full song of jumping jacks, can make a full class without any breaks, and i'm able to attend multiple classes a week without being in pain. IT NEVER GETS EASIER YOU GET STRONGER. #weightloss #fedup #fatgirlfedup #fatgirlfedupsdietbet #gym #zumba #sweat #cardio #noexcuses #squat #plussize #thickfit #gymlife #effyourbeautystandards #workout #exercise #fattofit #obesetobeast #beastmode #goals #weightlossjourney #weightlosstransformation #fit #motivation #fitnessmotivation #extremeweightloss #instafit #fitfam
We all start somewhere, never be ashamed of any progress pictures or how you lived before, but be proud of how far you've come! I wouldn't have shown the picture on the left to anyone last year & now I post it proudly. First dietbet weigh in vs the last! Some days you forget about the bigger picture with slow progress, however progress is still progess! At the end of the day this is a journey, not a sprint. Losing 303lbs on my own in less than 22 months means i'm no longer a prisoner in my body. I've already come so far despite all the bumps along my journey & every single bump couldnt set me back, and I used it as fuel to get where I needed to be. When I started my journey I was looking for a way to stay accountable while having the support of others. I didn't really know where to start, but I knew I was Fedup and ready for change. I found out about dietbet through a friend & decided to join since I was planning on losing weight anyways. In the past I had always joined work #weightloss competitions & it always helped me, but when they ended I never stayed on track. Through dietbet I found a supportive community of people with the same goals, & I learned more about healthy recipes & tips. I then started meeting my goals, and I was getting paid to lose weight. @dietbet helped me change my life & thats why I'm so passionate about now hosting them to help others. I've done a dietbet almost every month of my journey to stay on track, and I know they work. Why not bet on a healthier you this month? Bet $30 you can lose 4% in a month & when you do split the pot with the other winners! Nobody ever sees your weight or pictures, and we get to lose together. Our next game just started & you can still join for 14 days! Take the first step today & join us for a healthy HallowLEAN! Link in bio or dietbet.com/fatgirlfedup #goals #fatgirlfedupsdietbet #challenge #fitspo #motivation #fitnessmotivation #countingcalories #weightlossjourney #transform #health #extremeweightloss #fattofit #obesetobeast #gym #workout #exercise #plussize #diet #dietbet #goals #gymlife #losingweight #weightloss #fitfam #diet #weightloss #fatgirlfedupsdietbet #weightlosstransformation #fit
#transformationtuesday -200lb difference between with diet/exercise! 303lbs total! That moment when you find old snapchat videos of when your brother hijacked your phone. The difference is still crazy to me some days. I could barely climb stairs, now can hike 30+ flights. Theres not alot of videos out there of me at my heaviest sadly because I always wanted to be in charge of the camera. I didnt hate selfies but I didnt enjoy full body pictures/videos and avoided them. I had already lost 100lbs since i'm wearing my fitbit (#weightloss reward i no longer use) when he filmed this video and devided to save it for the future! One of my top tips when starting your journey is to take all the pictures and videos! They will motivate you when the scale doesnt move & remind you of how far youve come. Keep fighting my friends! It never gets easier, you get stronger! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- DIETBET STARTS IN LESS THAN 1 WEEK! Fedup & ready to change? Time to finish 2017 with a healthy body and win some money for the holidays! Dont use the holidays as another excuse! If youre ready to fight back this fall for your fitness, end 2017 strong & have a healthy HallowLean getting paid ro lose weight join our dietbet tribe & lets lose weight and reach our goals together! Join my Fall fight for fit HallowLEAN dietbet & lets get ready for all those fall events, costumes, and upcoming Holidays! Bet $30 you can lose 4% of your weight in a month & when you do split the pot with the other winners! Last month the pot was over $152K! Share tips, recipes, win money, plus giveaways from @proteinmilkshake, lulagems.com & more! Weve lost over 95,000lbs just this year! Link in bio or dietbet.com/fatgirlfedup #obesetobeast #dietbet #fatgirlfedup #fedup #sweat #dance #goals #weightloss #gym #weightlossjourney #diet #extremeweightloss #swolemate #fitcouple #instafit #food #lowcarb #countingcalories #progress #plussize #effyourbeautystandardards #workout #exercise #weightlosstransformation #fatgirlfedupsdietbet #fattofit #fitnessmotivation
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"I went from a size 28 to a size 10," said Lexi, 27.

"I went from a 46 all the way down to a 32," Danny added.

The secret to their success? Having each other to lean on throughout their two-year journey.

"Doing this as a couple has helped us in so many ways," Lexi told ABC News. "On days when we were unmotivated, we pushed each other to go to the gym. We also started meal-prepping together, setting goals, and day by day or pound by pound we grew closer throughout our journey."

Lexi revealed the hardest part in their quest to lose weight was "changing" their relationship with food.

"My husband and I would go out to eat for almost every single meal and if we did cook at home, it was frozen pizza or anything else unhealthy. We found that by meal-prepping instead of relying on fast food, we were able to stick with our goals when we were at work," she said. "And by learning to cook our own meals we were in charge of what we were eating. We were willing to learn every single day of our journey and we also started using the gym as therapy instead of food. By changing our minds, habits and emotional triggers, we changed our lives."

Now, Lexi and Danny are beginning 2018 in the best shape of their lives.

"Going into 2018 I have nothing but a newfound happiness for this life I am living. I no longer am a prisoner in my own body and instead of just existing in my own life, I'm finally alive. Every day I wake up is a blessing," Lexi said.

Check out the couple's incredible transformation in the video above!

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