Becky and Donnie Hensley of Weaverville, North Carolina, once weighed about 370 pounds each.
In an interview with WLOS, Becky recalled being barely able to walk, and in need of divine intervention. “I was praying, and the Lord spoke to me, and said, ‘Go find Donnie, and question him to go to Weight Watchers with you.'”
That was seven years ago. Since then, Donnie has lost 165 pounds, while Becky has lost 208 pounds. Now, both in their seventies, the Hensleys are proud to show off the pants they used to wear.
“It hurts me when I see folks that are huge like this. Because it’s just been such a tremendous journey that God has blessed,” Becky told the local news station.
“I can’t imagine going back and being that huge,” added Donnie.
The Hensleys say they helped push each other to change their diets and start going to the gym. Now, at nearly half her former size, Becky is thankful just to be able to walk. Donnie relishes the ability to tie his shoes.
“But the vital thing is not what we’ve lost, it’s what we’ve gained, and how we have learned how to keep it off,” Becky told WLOS. “My husband and I have a much better lifestyle now. We have fun with different recipes. Also more fun smooching.”
The Hensleys still attend Weight Watchers and now they’re working towards a new goal: maintaining the weight loss.