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Couple Shares Weight-Loss Tips After Shedding Nearly 300 Pounds

We told you about Instagram-celeb Lexi Reed earlier this month after she and her husband lost nearly 300 pounds and her story went viral.

Now, the couple is sharing a few tips on how they managed the dramatic weight loss.

It all began on Jan. 1, 2016, when Lexi made a New Year’s resolution. At nearly 500 pounds, Lexi knew her health—and possibly her life—were at risk. So, she and her husband Danny decided to take a weight-loss journey together.

One year later, they are happier and healthier than ever.

“We traded in our lazy nights on the couch, eating terrible foods & binge watching netflix for the gym & healthy meals,” Lexi writes on Instagram. She says in the year since they began their weight-loss journey, they are different people—not just physically, but also mentally. “We are stronger, closer, & will live longer healthier lives together. This journey isn’t always easy, but it’s so worth it.”

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It began by not eating out, partying or having cheat meals for the first 30 days, Lexi told local news station WHTI-TV. After the initial shift, it became more than a resolution and instead her new lifestyle.

Lexi has lost 246 pounds since Jan. 1, 2016, going from 485 pounds to 239. “I have fought consistently for myself since last year & i (sic) am finally living the life I’ve always wanted,” she wrote on Instagram.

Here are some tips the couple gave to TODAY for anyone hoping to lose weight:

1. Make Exercise A Priority

Although Lexi was working 10-hour days, she still set aside time for the gym. Her advice: Treat it like a meeting on your calendar.

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“I just kind of try to set it up like a business meeting. I am my own boss and I can’t cancel,” she said.

2. Find What Motivates You To Lose The Weight

Living a long and healthy life and setting a good example for their future children is what kept the Reeds motivated. Find what motivates you and remind yourself of it every time you need encouragement.

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3. Make Sure You Have Someone Who Encourages Your Weight Loss

Staying motivated can be tough, so having someone on the journey with you can make a huge impact. Lexi says when she felt like skipping a workout, Danny encouraged her. If he wanted a break, she talked him into working out.

Using the buddy system while working out or eating can make all the difference if you’re struggling with motivation.

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If you’d like to follow Lexi’s weight-loss journey, she posts pictures, recipes and inspirational tips on Instagram.