Two years ago, Madera teacher Lovina Arter couldn’t walk the short trek from her third grade classroom to Sherman Thomas Charter School’s office without ending up in tears.
“I was very much overweight,” she said. “My health was getting really bad; I had arthritis in my knees so bad, they were bone-to-bone.”
Arter’s condition weighed on her physically and spiritually.
“I got to the point where I just felt like God was telling me that my body is the temple of the Holy Spirit — and I just defiled it,” she said. “I was overweight and doing unhealthy things. I just decided ‘I’m doing it.’ I need a healthy body to reach out to others.” ...