Husband and wife shed nearly 400 pounds together - KCTV5 News

Husband and wife shed nearly 400 pounds together

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(Source: WLOS via CNN) (Source: WLOS via CNN)

By John Le

WEAVERVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) -- It's that time of year when New Year's resolutions are at the top of our minds. And for many, the focus is on fitness.

A North Carolina couple is the ultimate example of how the buddy system can pay off big.

Becky and Donnie Hensley, both in their 70s, lost nearly 400 pounds together and have kept it off.

The Hensley home is full of "before" pictures. They once weighed about 370 pounds each.

Becky says she could barely walk, and needed 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.'"

Seven years later, they proudly show us the pants they used to wear. Donnie's lost 165 pounds, while Becky's lost 208 pounds.

The Hensleys said they helped push each other. 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 the important thing is not what we've lost, it's what we've gained, and how we have learned how to keep it off," Becky said. "My husband and I have a much better lifestyle now. We have fun with different recipes. Also, more fun smooching."

Donnie added: "We can do more. I used to not be able to bend over and tie my shoes. Now I have no problem whatsoever."

The Hensleys prove it's never too late in life to make a change.

"Patience and persistence will pay off. 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," Becky said.

Donnie's almost half the man he used to be, and Becky's not the same woman he married.

But their love story's as rich as ever.

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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