400 Lbs Lost: This Charming Couple Made A Decision To Lose Weight Together, And They Succeeded
In 2010, Willie Gillis weighed 492 lbs, and he was far from comfortable with his situation. Not long after the birth of his goddaughter, he started to worry even more.
I thought I was probably going to be dead before my goddaughter turned five.
The 35-year-old warehouse clerk decided it was time to lose weight, if not for any other reason, at least for the sake of his goddaughter. And he was not alone. At the time, his wife, Angela, was also grossly overweight at 338 lbs.
We started losing weight on January 6, 2011, and never stopped.
Together, the couple decided to support each other and lose weight. From 5 minutes on a treadmill every day, they also began reducing their fast food with healthy meals. They also began using an app called Lose it! to track their progress. And they had lots of help from Google, finding hints about maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Gradually, they were able to pick up the pace. Angela was particularly excited about her progress and soon, she could run on the treadmill at speeds she never imagined.
Walking turned into jogging, and then I was like, 'Oh, I can jog longer than I could before', and it kind of became my thing.
The couple ran their first marathon in 2013 around Willie’s neighborhood. And together, they never looked back. Till date, Angela has participated in 34 marathons and ultra-marathons and shaved off over 200 lbs. Willie lost 300 lbs and will be running his third marathon in October with Action for Healthy Kids.
They went through some rough patches in the process, but Angela says they found strength in each other.
We didn't want to give up on our ourselves or each other, and that's what carried us through. I know that together we can overcome anything.
What to know if losing weight as a couple
Losing weight can be an uphill task, but having a partner on the journey can present benefits. Still, it can also present complications and cause more harm than good.Dragan Grkic / Shutterstock.com
Lydia Hanich, MA, psychotherapist, and author of "Honey, Does This Make My Butt Look Big?" says, "The advantages of dieting together include mutual support and inspiring one another." But when a couple is unable to reach a compromise about diet and routines, the weight loss process may suffer.
Couples should try to strike a balance, taking into consideration body type, metabolism, and temperament.
It worked for Lexi and Danny Reed
In 2016, this couple made a new year resolution to lose weight. And they made good on their commitment.
By the end of 2017, they had lost a combined weight of almost 400 lbs.
Their amazing story goes to show that with determination and understanding, weight loss can be a lot less of a burden that it is when going alone.