Woman Writes About Her First Experience At The Gym: “I’m The Fat Girl”

She wanted to make a life change. At a size 22, she just wanted to get back into shape. The first steps were a change in diet and a decision to go to the gym. She learned about exercise, and even though it was really hard, she kept going. Day after day, the exercises got just a bit easier and her confidence began to grow…until she discovered that three young girls had been filming her and posting it online.

I’m the fat girl.

This is my first week at the gym and every night after work, the same three girls are there. Today I found out they have been snap chatting pictures of me and making fun of me, but I don’t mind.

I’m glad that you haven’t gone through what I’ve been through. I use to be in shape, I broke my hip and had to give up all exercise. Then my grandma got sick and I took care of her full time, I couldn’t leave her alone because I had no help, so I gained more weight. Then she died, and I ate my feelings and gained more weight. Now I’m a size 22. I don’t hate myself, or my body. I love who I am, and that took me my entire life to be able to honestly say those words. I love myself.

It really sucks that society, and your parents raised you that it was okay to try to hurt someone that’s trying to better themselves instead of trying to lift them up but I’m not mad. Thank you for reminding me to keep pushing after I had a really long day. In a month when the new year shit has worn off, I’m still going to be dieting and working hard at the gym everyday. It’s not so you, or anyone else, will accept me. It’s for me.

I hope anyone else, who feels ugly or is over weight and has decided to make a life change will keep going.

Forget the skinny girls who laugh at you, or the muscly men that tell you you’re gross, love yourself.

Let’s teach love, today’s world needs it.”

She spoke with the owners of the gym who offered to kick the girls out. Instead, she decided that they should still be allowed to work out, but that they would need to leave their phones at the front desk. They lived in a small town, and she didn’t want to prevent the girls from being able to better themselves too.

Everyone has a story, don’t judge someone because they have a different one than you do.”

She hopes that her story will inspire others.

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