By Nathalie Bonney @NATHALIEBONNEY

TIPPING the scales at 485lbs, Lexi Reed describes herself a “prisoner” in her own body – a body she worried wouldn’t even make it to her 30th birthday

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Videographer / director: Nate Spicer
Producer: Nathalie Bonney, Rafaela Kuznec, Ruby Coote
Editor: Alex Lubetkin

Stuck in a routine of coming home from work, sitting on the couch and ordering massive amounts of takeaway to eat while watching TV with her husband Danny, Lexi had got into unhealthy patterns she couldn’t see a way to break. 

And then on 1 January 2016, fed up of her weight and sedentary lifestyle, Lexi decided to change her habits.

Going to the gym regularly and learning about nutrition, Lexi lost an incredible 312lbs over two years; Danny also started training with his wife, losing 95lbs himself.  

Lexi told Barcroft TV: “I didn't do anything but go to work, come home, sit on my couch and eat every single day. And it just wasn't living. I was just existing, I was a prisoner in my own body.

“I had to save my own life because I didn't think I was going to live to see 30 and now I'll be 30 next year.”

Classified as morbidly obese, Lexi, from Terre Haute, Indiana, found basic movement a challenge.

She said: “I couldn't travel on airplanes with my husband. I could barely walk a block without being out of breath or climb stairs. I was afraid to die.

“I suffered from joint pain I suffered with being fatigued all the time.”

Even their wedding day was bittersweet, thanks to the negative treatment Lexi received when shopping for her dress:

“My wedding day should have been the best day, but people definitely mistreated me at the stores as soon as I walked in.

“They gave me looks just because of my size, almost like I wasn't worthy of getting married just because I was overweight.”

After getting married, Lexi and Danny settled into a pattern of binge-watching boxsets and eating junk food in the evenings.

Danny said: “I think, between me and Lexi we just overindulged on food. We would order a large stuffed crust pizza, breadsticks, wings, Mountain Dew and just binge watch Netflix and just overeat.”

Lexi said: “I didn't have a healthy relationship with food; I was an emotional eater, so if I was sad I ate. If I was happy, I ate. If there were celebrations, I ate.

“My favourite food was always pizza and tons of plates at the Chinese buffet.

“I would say I probably ate over 6000 calories a day.”

Fed up of her lifestyle and with thoughts of wanting to one day start a family together, Lexi made the decision to turn her life around.

“After all those moments added up, I was just fed up. And then I set a new year's resolution on January 1st 2016. And that's when it all changed.”

Hitting the gym six days a week, Lexi’s weight started to drop. Sharing her incredible transformation on social media was as much about keeping herself accountable as celebrating her success.

Lexi said: “I started documenting on social media May of 2016.

“I just had people at my job see me transform and tell me I should join. But then when I started posting I started getting comments like, ‘Hey, Lexi you're really helping me.’ And then I was like, ‘Okay well, if I don’t go to the gym, then I can't post and then I can't help that person’.”

Calling herself ‘Fatgirlfedup’, followers related to Lexi’s journey and first-hand advice on how to train and eat more healthily. By this point Danny had also lost weight too and set up his own account called Discovering Danny, which has 257,000 followers on Instagram. 

Together the couple have helped countless people lose weight through their posts and instruction videos.

Fatgirlfedup now has 1.2 million followers, while Discovering Danny has just over a quarter of a million. 

Lexi said: “I've helped people lose over a million pounds so it’s really cool the platform that we built.”

The couple both quit their former jobs and now work full-time as fitness social media influencers. What sets them apart from other fitness accounts, is that they are still on their journey.

Unsurprisingly, Lexi was left with a large amount of excess skin after her weight loss but she didn’t shy away from posting pictures of herself.

She said: “I had a lot of excess skin, I knew it was going to happen going into my weight loss journey but I knew that loose skin was something that I didn’t want to use as an excuse.

“I knew that I could always get it removed, I knew that it was something that was just cosmetic but I had seven pounds of loose skin removed Halloween 2018.”

Hopeful of more excess skin removal surgeries in the future, Lexi is still proud of what her and Danny have achieved and hopes it will continue to inspire others.

She said: “No matter where you're at in your journey, surround yourself with positive people.

“Surround yourself with people who love you no matter what size, shape or form because Danny never asked me to change. He supported me the whole time.”