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 onÂ how they managed theÂ 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 healthâand possibly her lifeâwereÂ at risk. So, she and her husband DannyÂ decided to take a weight-loss journey together.
One year later, they are happier and healthier than ever.
âWe traded in our lazy nights on the couch, eating terrible foods & binge watching netflix for the gym & healthy meals,â Lexi writesÂ on Instagram. She says in the year since they began their weight-loss journey, they are different peopleânot just physically, but also mentally. âWe are stronger, closer, & will live longer healthier lives together. This journey isn't always easy, but it's so worth it.â
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Happy Healthy Valentine's Day #swolemate style! Our story is going to be on a local news story tonight & we're happy to help inspire more people! Gym for 30 mins of cardio for round 2 for this girl (i did an hour of zumba earlier), followed by a healthy dinner together. â¤ #weightloss #weightlossjourney #transform #gym #fitcouple #news #wtwo #fit #fitfam #traintogether #fitspo #motivation #fitnessmotivation #love #husband #gymlife #workout #cardio #elliptical #diet #nutrition #inspire #noexcuses #strong
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 becameÂ more than a resolution and insteadÂ her newÂ 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 AÂ 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.
âI just kind of try to set it up like a business meeting. I am my own boss and I can't cancel,â she said.
2. Find What Motivates You To Lose The Weight
LivingÂ a long and healthy life and settingÂ a good example for their future children is what kept the Reeds motivated. Find what motivates you and remind yourself ofÂ it every time you need encouragement.
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#transformationtuesday -274lbs down since January 1st together for this married couple total & counting! -224lbs for me & -50lbs for him! My favorite thing about this picture is i'm wearing his shirt in the current photo because it's now too big for him. Also, the fact of how much happier we look. In 1 year we have become completely different people mentally & physically. We are stronger, closer, & will live longer healthier lives together. This journey isn't always easy, but it's so worth it. Surround yourself only with those who lift you higher. â¤ #weightloss #goals #fit #swolemate #fitcouple #fitfam #fitspo #mealprep #eatclean #gym #workout #losingweight #instafit #weightlossjourney #transform #extremeweightloss #noexcuses #grind #hustle #love #married #nodaysoff #anytimefitness #workout #exercise #motivation #naturalweightloss #traintogetherstaytogether
3. Make Sure You Have SomeoneÂ Who Encourages Your Weight Loss
Staying motivatedÂ 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.