Couple Ties the Knot After Losing Almost 400 Pounds

Crysta Danaher and Bill Anderson take the leap from lap bands to wedding bands
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 3, 2014 2:35 PM CST
Couple Ties the Knot After Losing Almost 400 Pounds
Meg Semrau, a nurse coordinator of Stanford's bariatric program, talks about research on weight loss at Stanford Hospital in California on June 18, 2007.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Bill Anderson, 44, had bariatric surgery in May 2008 at Michigan's Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital to help him gain control of his weight. He eventually got down to about 250 pounds from 459 and has since run two full marathons and more than a dozen half-marathons, the Detroit Free Press reports. Crysta Danaher, 34, had the same procedure done in March 2009 and whittled 180 pounds from her frame. They both started attending a support group at the hospital, which led to the biggest loss of all: their single status after marrying each other on Saturday. "We were friends first," Danaher tells the Free Press. "My mom knew him first and always said, 'I wish you'd meet a guy like Bill.' He grew on me. I guess I grew on him, too."

The couple met in Multi Purpose Room A, where they opened up with others about their weight struggles in a "soul-baring" environment, as a hospital spokeswoman puts it. "There was a group of them that really formed a bond," she says. Anderson proposed to Danaher at the New York City Marathon last year, and it was only natural for them to get married in the same room where they used to congregate at the hospital; the yoga instructor who helps them work out officiated. The two encourage each other to stick to a healthy lifestyle, avoiding carbs and splitting servings when they go out to eat. "We're a cheap date," Danaher says. They'll be honeymooning in Cancun, where they say they might splurge a little, the new bride admits: "We're probably both going to be hurting on the honeymoon because we'll try things we shouldn't." (This scientist says you can lose weight without dieting.)

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