This was shared with me on facebook and I broke down in tears while reading it. I traced back the original blog post and will link to it instead of reposting the entire post (as so many have.)

The image is also from the original post. This is powerful stuff. Grab a kleenex.

Hey, Fat Girl.

Yes, you. The one feigning to not see me when we cross paths on the running track. The one not even wearing sports gear, breathing heavy. You’re slow, you breathe hard and your efforts at moving forward make you cringe.

You cling shyly to the furthest corridor, sometimes making larger loops on the gravel ring by the track just so you’re not on it. You sweat so much that your hair is all wet. You rarely stay for more than 20 minutes at a time, and you look exhausted when you leave to go back home. You never talk to anyone. I’ve got something I’d like to say to you. Click here to read the rest of the post…

 
  • Beth

    That was powerful.
    Thank you for sharing.

  • nancy

    What a minute I have to wipe a tear from my eyes. I am a walker. I love to walk. I will never be a runner because I have a bad leg. When I do walk I walk with my head down and hope no one will say something BUT I forgot that someone might have something good to say. It is worth the chance I should take because one good word from someone is worth more than a thousand sour notes. This one was one of your best!
    (P.S.–while walking this summer I have had people come up and offer me a ride–they couldn’t understand I was walking for exercise.)

  • http://www.wwforlife.blogspot.com Sylvia

    Thank you so much for tracking that down, you’re right Kleenex is good to have whole reading it. That was a good reminder to myself. I’m not lean, nor fast, I do have the right gear and I’m a runner no matter how fast I’m going.

  • http://www.phyllinphat.com Phyllin Phat

    Wow, what a great story to share. Everyone I see, small or big, is major motivation for me to get off the couch and get moving. Thanks for sharing.

  • Nancy

    I have seen this before and it really hit home. It is funny that you posted this today. Today I did the Color Run. By the end, my feet hurt and I was hot and tired. But, I did it! There were plenty of people running past me, but there were plenty of people just walking it like me. And, it was so fun I can’t wait to do it again next year!

  • http://journey2succeed@blogspot.com Reen

    THAT is awesome!

  • http://www.ConfessionsOfARecoveringChocoholic.com Laura Jane @ Recovering Chocoholic

    Oh wow, such a great post. Very motivational. It’s tough to stay positive when you are overweight and working otu among already fit people.

  • Angela

    I don’t know, and maybe I’m alone in this, but I am the overweight girl trying to run and I do not want someone to refer to me as the “fat girl that is trying”. I’m “the girl” that is trying. I think the reference is insulting and rude. :/

  • http://ronisweigh.com roni

    I think you can choose to be insulted or choose to be inspired. In my opinion, sometimes people use insulting language to get their point across and simply get attention. KWIM? I’m not saying I agree with the technique but it works and this case the post really hit home for me.

  • Angela

    I fully admit, I *am* overly sensitive to that word so it really might just be me over thinking it. It certainly wouldn’t be the first time! ;) But because of that, I just couldn’t take the rest of the words to heart. For me, it was/is a hurtful way to refer to someone. But I’ll bow out and say again, it might just be me! I can certainly own it when I say I may be the only one who feels this way.

    And for the record, I adore you, Roni, and love your blog. We just have a different view on this one little thing. :)

  • http://fitnwoodbine.blogspot.com Teresa @ fitnwoodbine.blogspot.com

    wow, what a post!!!

  • http://ronisweigh.com roni

    Angela – Nothing wrong with disagreeing. I totally get it. The post just really hit home for me.

    I’m sure we have a different view on many things. It’s all good, that’s that makes life interesting. :)

  • http://deleted Paula

    Hi Roni

    I just wanted to tell you that you are featured in my Humana “Better For You” insert that I got with my insurance information. It listed Roni’s Rules. I was shocked to find you inside my usually doldrum of mail.

  • http://7her.com Gopal Iyer

    Everyone who wants to lose weight need to read this story. Who cares what others think of you as long as you believe in yourself and what you want to do

  • Jen

    all I can say is thank you for sharing…. :) It is no surprise to me that you posted something so inspirational.

  • http://theweightitis.blogspot.com Sarah

    Nancy- keep your head up! Fellow walker here. :)

  • Kristi

    Wow! Powerful. Speechless.

  • Kristi

    Angela – I’m totally with you on the word “fat” – we don’t say it in our house – it’s a bad word – because I’m extremely sensitive to the word and it has so many bad feelings that those 3 letter conjure up within me. But with that being said, that’s totally me they are talking about – head down outta everyone’s way… Please try to read past it because the message is very powerful.

  • http:www/enjoyingthislife.com Patty

    All I can say is WOW! That is truly amazing.

  • http://www.fatloss.wellpages.net/ Hello Sunshine

    I must say this is an inspiring post. I am proud to everyone out there who are trying their very best to be in the best shape regardless how other people judge and stare at them in a not so nice stare. That I think is called bravery. You just don’t care what other people say and think of you. You’ve got you’re own battle to think of and you are focus of reaching your goal. Very recommended article.

  • http://aussiestrength.com.au/ Aussie Strength

    Awe! That was very inspiring. Thanks for sharing that. :) I hope more people gets to read your post and learn about her story. I am sure she has touched a lot of people’s lives in a positive way without her even realizing it. :)

  • http://itcantbe2012already.blogspot.com/ Lynn

    I recently found this post myself. I am a fat girl and I run. I have goals in my fitness life and the only way I am going to get to them is if I am out there running, no matter what people think. I am fat and I am slow but I am working on changing that. At first, I too hesitated to make eye contact with anyone on the path but now that I do, I find more encouragement from people than looks of disgust. I will continue to be out there and I will keep showing up at events BECAUSE i need to do this for ME and only for ME. I think it is a great post and I am glad you shared it.

  • Dani

    Thanks for sharing such a great story! I’ve been following you for awhile but haven’t ever commented. I’ve always been a bad runner, bad tracker, and bad weight-loss loser. I’m starting again with some concrete goals and support system, and I have taking inspiration not only from this story to keep trying to ‘run’ even though I’m slow and not so good at it, but also from your weekly weigh-ins and food tracking!! I know how important tracking is and I hope I can keep doing it consistently. Thank you for your help as a great example of sticking with it. Last, but most important … OMG — I just made banana soft serve for the first time and I’m blown away (This is really why I commented) I actually want to track it knowing it can fit in my calorie goal today, I feel so satisfied eating it. Xoxo

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