Couple in their 70s lose a combined 400 pounds

WEAVERVILLE, North Carolina (WPVI) -- It's widely known that it can be easier to achieve a goal with the help of loved ones, and one North Carolina couple is showing the world just how powerful the buddy system can be.

Becky and Donnie Hensley, both in their 70s, are now a perfectly healthy weight. But it wasn't always that way.

Years ago, the couple weighed roughly 370 pounds each. Becky said she could barely walk around and needed a divine intervention.

"I was praying, and the Lord spoke to me and said, 'Go find Donnie, and ask him to go to Weight Watchers with you,'" she told WLOS.

Seven years later, the pair has slimmed down together. Donnie lost 165 pounds, and Becky 208.

"It hurts me when I see folks that are big like this, because it's just been such a tremendous journey that God has blessed," Becky said.
How did they do it? Love, support, and of course, motivation.

"I can't imagine going back and being that big," added Donnie.

They gained confidence as they shed the pounds by changing their diet and going to the gym for the first time.

"I still say scriptures when I'm walking," Becky said. "I am so thankful to be able to walk."

Oprah and Weight Watchers both took notice, featuring them online to motivate others.
But for the happier, lighter couple, it's not about what they lost but what they've gained.

"My husband and I have a much better lifestyle now," Becky said. "We have fun with different recipes. Also, more fun smooching."

Becky's advice?

"Patience and persistence will pay off," she said. "Nobody is perfect, we're not perfect. Sometimes we go to parties, and we may eat too much. We may eat things we shouldn't eat. Once and a while, it doesn't hurt you."

The Hensleys are still hitting the gym and still go to Weight Watchers. Their goal now is to maintain the weight loss.


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