Woman who weighs 600lbs shares workout video and it's inspiring millions to get back in the gym
It's January and it's time to put the Christmas chocolate away and head down to the gym!
However, while our heads say "get out of bed and hit the treadmill", our hearts say "screw that" and hit the snooze button instead.
Nonetheless, one Mississippi woman is inspiring millions of people to get off their backsides by sharing her incredible January workout routines.
Last year, Leneathra Reed tipped the scales at 626 pounds. But after beginning her weight loss journey in November, she has now dropped 30 pounds, putting her below the 600-pound threshold for the first time in two years.
Her battle continues in January 2019 as she works with a personal trainer three to four times a week in a combination of cardio and strength training.
Leneathra's workouts haven't just helped her lose weight though; after a video of one went viral, it garnered 52 million views, motivating countless people online to follow in her footsteps.
The video, shared by her personal trainer Frank Harbin, collected almost 100,000 comments on Facebook from social media users who claimed Leneathra was giving them life in their own weight loss adventures.
"Leneatha you inspire me. I didn't feel like going to the gym this morning, thought of you.. and off I went!" wrote Sharie Gordon-Huggins.
Another Facebook user named Michele Pitt added: "Hey hunni bun. You are doing awesome. U got this. I'm so proud of you. I love the fact that you keep pushing. You motivate others in a way that you have no idea. Keep pushing love."
In addition, many people shared their own before and after pictures, encouraging the 39-year-old to not stop until she reached her goal.
Talking to WCVB, Leneathra revealed the reason behind her sudden lifestyle change: her 23-month-old daughter, Kenlyn.
With her weight posing a serious risk, the Mississippi mother decided last year that she had to get in shape for her daughter's sake, stating she had to be there to raise her.
"I can't see anyone else raising her, so I have to do this for my daughter," Reed told WCVB. "Just her smile and watching her light up looking at me, it's enough to keep me going."
Speaking further of her decision to get fit, Leneathra recalled how her weight affected her everyday life.
"I would stop in the hallway and pretend like I was talking to other co-workers, just embarrassed that I couldn't breathe," she claimed, before adding: "Even those few pounds that I've lost, I can tell the difference in my back. I can actually breathe better."
A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for personal training and plastic surgery after the 39-year-old loses the weight.
In the meantime, Leneathra will be powering through the January slump - inspiring others along the way.
"Why not get up and get off of my behind and show people that just because you're big, that does not mean that you have to sit there and just take it," she said. "When you admit that you have a problem, and you admit that it's something that you need to get up and do something about it, you can do it."