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Marsha Parker: Lost 155 Lbs.

Marsha Parker

It took a toll on Marsha Parker’s health when she was the single mother of a newborn. The Bronx, N.Y.-based Parker had to take a lower-paying job with flexible hours so she could take care of her daughter, Kumari, and any money she made went to feeding Kumari healthy meals while she ate $1.25 fried chicken.

I would buy foods that I knew were bad, but they gave me some solace at the time. By the time Kumari turned five, Marsha was up to 300 lbs., had high blood pressure and was pre-diabetic. Kumari pushed her mom to lose weight because she would have headaches from the food.

I realized that my health was connected to her wellbeing when I started taking kickboxing classes and switched to a healthier diet, drinking green smoothie with Kumari and eating fish, chicken and eggs. That, along with a newfound love of lifting weights, led to the loss of 155 lbs. She juggles five-days-a-week workouts with her job as an online teacher. “Kumari saved my life”, says the person.

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