No Stranger To Weight Issues
Lexi was no stranger to weight issues, in fact, she had been struggling with food since she was a little girl. That said, she was always a cheerful young woman and didn’t let her weight issues get her down. Like most of us, she had tried to lose weight but would give in to her cravings. By the time she was 25-years-old Lexi weighted a remarkable 392 pounds. She began to feel that the weight was clashing with the quality of her life.
Lexi Finds Love
Despite the issues, Lexi continued living day to day and eventually met Danny. Lexi had known him for ten years and they had a very concrete relationship. He loved her and didn’t care about her shape or size. Much like Lexi he had the bad habit of eating very badly. He didn’t push her to live a more healthy lifestyle, but willing joined in on her sedentary lifestyle.
Nursing Their Bad Habits
Danny was also overweight. He weighted in at 280 pounds and had no plans on losing weight anytime soon. Hand in hand they’d eat every single meal at a different restaurant, spend hours in all-you-can-eat buffets and sometimes would just order in. They were bad for each other at this point. They began packing the pounds and their health was failing.
Food Was Always There For Her
During an interview opened up about the origins of her bad habits, “Growing up, we never had a lot of money and my parents never cooked. Processed foods were always easier to purchase than healthy foods…” The habits continued when she met Danny. They watch television for hours and eat non-stop. She exclaimed that food was always there for her, so she didn’t mind being there for the food.
They Couldn’t Do Things
Amidst the television and binge eating, Lexi began to notice that she couldn’t do things that other people do. They loved each other, but they couldn’t even go on romantic walks, ride bikes together or even hike up a small trail. Staying home with the television seemed like their only option. She began to feel extremely limited.
Amidst these bad feeling, Danny asked Lexi to marry him. By this point, she was nearly 500 pounds, but he still accepted her and was able to make her feel like a beautiful person who was worthwhile. What didn’t make her feel so good were the preparations for the wedding. Finding a size 34W wedding dress was nearly impossible. Getting looks from the dress shop owners was also awful.
The wedding came and Lexi and Danny couldn’t be happier. They were falling in love with the person that made them feel complete. That said, married life brought up a lot of questions for the couple and for Lexi alone. Doctors didn’t think she’d be able to have children in her condition and if she did manage to get pregnant her size could create a dangerous situation for the baby.
So Many Limitations
When it dawned on her that she was unable to have a child, she started going through a list of things that her weight prevented her from doing. Lexi was a die-hard Harry Potter fan and she had a dream of going to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Florida. Orlando was far away and she could fit on an airplane seat, couldn’t walk around a theme park and couldn’t even fit on the ride at Universal Studios. Her heart was breaking more with every realization.
Out Of Control
Their first year of marriage went by like one long meal before their home television. There were zero changes in their day to day life. She felt like she had lost full control over herself and was approaching a point of no return. Inside she knew it was time to take action. She only had one life to live and didn’t want it to go by in front of the television.
New Year’s Resolution
New Years 2016 rolled around and Lexi made the powerful decision to change the way she was eating. She joined a gym and started changing her eating habits. Initially, Danny wasn’t up for the challenge and protested going to the gym and eating well, but with a little convincing he joined the struggle and began working out by her size.
Danny’s Change Of Heart
Danny stated in an interview, “At first the idea didn’t sound great because it was always good going home, sitting down, eating and not having to worry about anything. It’s a new year and something to work toward while helping Lexi out as well,” Deep down Danny knew that the diet and exercise was best for both of them. Besides, going home after a hard work out made him feel pretty good about himself.
A Friend’s Challenge
When friends heard about Lexi and Danny’s joint New Year’s resolution, they decided to up the anty. They gave the couple a list of rules to follow and they accepted. They couldn’t eat or order out, couldn’t drink soda and couldn’t have cheat days. On top of that, they’d have to put in at least a half hour of exercising five times a week. This was the start of a long journey to success and transformation.
Time To Get Serious
Lexi didn’t want to miss out on the beautiful things life had to offer her anymore. She wanted to travel, wanted to walk and feel like she was making something of herself. She explained it best when she said, “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,” It was time for to make some drastic changes.
Lexi’s Big Problem
Lexi attended her gym everyday for 30 minutes, but it wasn’t easy on her. Although the couple possessed a strong will and wanted to keep their promise to all their friends, they didn’t have a personal trainer to guide them through the weight loss process. She had trouble finding a trainer that would help her in the way she needed help. She was also suffering from some joint pains.
Finding The Right Gym
Lexi had some body image issues. She was afraid of what others might think of her if they saw her at the gym. They eventually found a gym that wasn’t very packed and Lexi found a machine that served her well.“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.”
Everyday Was A Battle
On their journey to weightloss, the couple found they were surrounded by hardships. Not only was going to the gym an uphill struggle but coming down on them from the other side was the notion of cooking their own meals and avoiding all the fast food they had help onto so dearly. Yet, fighting side by side, the couple was able to resist frozen pizzas and opt for healthier meals.
It Wasn’t A Diet, It Was A Lifestyle
More importantly, they didn’t see their new eating habits as a diet, but more a completely new way of life. Fats food was poison for them and it was something they needed to avoid like a plague. Greasy burgers were no longer an option for the couple. Lexi stated, “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.”
New Support System
While going to the gym Lexi and Danny started attending classes and meeting new inspiring people. These people became their friends and they soon found themselves with healthy new friends and new support system. These people would not let the couple fail. She particularly enjoyed her pulse class and her dancing class. Soon all the old negative influences were completely gone.
It All Paid Off
Lexi soon got over her fear of the gym and the judgemental eyes in the room. She stated,“If people were going to stare at me because of my weight, I was going to give them a reason to stare by being the hardest worker in the room.” Soon she was losing about 20 pounds a month. Every month she’d look like a different person. Before she knew it she looked nothing like the woman she once was.
Danny Lost Weight As Well
Being beside Lexi 100% of the time, Danny also lost a significant amount of weight and was looking for alive than ever. He was able to dress if more hip fashions and felt so much energy. In 24 months the young man lost 100 pounds. He had shot down from 290 to 190 in a single year. That was only the start for him. danny would continue hitting the gym and eating healthy meals.
Lexi Transformed Completely
After 18 months of slaving away at the gym and eating home cooked meals, Lexi had lost 312 pounds. More impressively was the fact that she did it all by herself. She didn’t have to get any surgeries or take any pills. With self-control, Lexi just stopped herself from eating junk food and kept herself going to the gym. Any pride she had in herself and her transformation was completely justified.
In an effort to garner more support Lexi set up an Instagram page so people could follow her weightloss journey. The account is called “Fat Girl Fed Up” and as quickly as she made it, it became an Instagram sensation. Right now she has 750,000 followers. People often right her messages of appreciation and even share their own accounts of weight loss. Lexi always makes sure to write back to everyone of her followers.
Becoming A Star
Lexi and Danny’s weight loss journey spread across the internet and began getting attention from television stations from all over the nation. The couple began doing TV and radio interviews. They were even featured on an episode of Rachel Ray about cooking healthy and eating well. Despite the media taking them by storm, the couple hasn’t let the fame get to them. In fact, they are more humble than ever.
Getting A Second Chance
Combined the couple has lost over 400 pounds and they are pushing things even further. Danny and Lexi recently found themselves back on the beach where he proposed to her all those years ago. This was a way of celebrating their new lease on life. At that point, Lexi couldn’t walk on the beach without feeling out of breath and some pain. Now she owned the beach and was able to show off her new body.
Making Her Dreams Come True
Nothing is holding Lexi back these days. She recognized her dreams and made them come true. Yup, this means she hopped on that plane, flew to Florida and went to Harry Potter World at Universal Studios. The couple was able to ride all the rides together and even had room to spare. Having lost so much weight the couple will now be able to have an more exciting adventure together.
Free From Herself
She came out recently that when she was obese, she used to feel like a prisoner in her own body. Those days and are long gone and she has said, “I am grateful for every single day and I am enjoying the journey. Every day is a non-scale victory and a reminder of how far I’ve come. Like, I loved myself even at 485 pounds, but just to be able to wake up and do whatever I want to do and go wherever I want to go… I don’t feel like I’m a prisoner in my own body anymore.”
Advice From Lexi To You
People all over the world have been inspired by her weight loss journey. Knowing this, Lexi goes out of her way to post pictures of not only her and her husband but of other couples who have lost amazing amounts of weight. When asked what someone can do to lose as much weight as her, she said,“Start small — small changes add up to big results — and focus on each day, not how far you have to go.”
Loving Her New Life
Lexi has stated in a recent interview, “There are no words to explain the feeling of saving your own life. 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. I’m so proud of how far I’ve come and this new life that I’m living. I saved my own life, and for that there are no words — only gratitude.”
Lexi And Danny Going Hollywood
Since making that bold choice to step away from her bad habits, Lexi has gotten invited by Loreal Paris and TNT Drama to the 2018 Screen Actors Guild Awards. It was like nothing she had ever experience. Never in her wildest dreams did she believe that her and Danny, a regular couple from Indiana would be walking down the red carpet in Hollywood. They also got to stay in luxury hotel, the kind that only Hollywood can provide.
Having A Baby
Lexi said in an interview that she can definitely see herself having a family with Danny in the next five years or so. Just a few years ago this would have never been possible. Yet, with all the hard work, these two have turned their lives around completely. They have changed their lives, impacted others and continue to inspire. We will obviously continue to hear from this loving couple.