A mother and her ambitious weight loss journey is receiving global support after a video of her exercising was viewed by millions.
In fall 2018, Leneathra Reed, a certified pharmacy technician from Meridian, Mississippi, kicked off her plan to lose 451 pounds.
Starting at her heaviest weight of 626, Reed’s goal is to get down to 175. Her decision to make a change came from not being able to provide an “energetic lifestyle” for her 2-year-old daughter, Kenlyn.
“I couldn’t get down on the floor and play with her… even giving her a bath was a challenge,” Reed, 39, told “Good Morning America.” “I said, ‘You want to be here for your daughter? It’s time to get up and do something about it.'”
Reed said she hasn’t been overweight her entire life, but put on pounds over the course of 12 years after undergoing breast reduction surgery.
She said that during the procedure, her lungs collapsed and she was placed on life support. Afterwards, she was put on steroid medication which was the start of her weight gain followed by an unhealthy lifestyle, she said
“Even right now, I can’t go to the movies because I can’t sit in the chair,” Reed explained. “I went to see ‘Black Panther’ when it came out and I was so embarrassed and ashamed because I had to place a chair in the handicapped section.”
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