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HEY FAT GIRL!

Monday, January 14, 2013

"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.

You are awesome. If you’d look me in the eye only for an instant, you would notice the reverence and respect I have for you. The adventure you have started is tremendous; it leads to a better health, to renewed confidence and to a brand new kind of freedom. The gifts you will receive from running will far exceed the gigantic effort it takes you to show up here, to face your fears and to bravely set yourself in motion, in front of others.

You have already begun your transformation. You no longer accept this physical state of numbness and passivity. You have taken a difficult decision, but one that holds so much promise. Every hard breath you take is actually a tad easier than the one before, and every step is ever so slightly lighter. Each push forward leaves the former person you were in your wake, creating room for an improved version, one that is stronger, healthier and forward-looking, one who knows that anything is possible.

You’re a hero to me. And, if you’d take off the blaring headphones and put your head up for more than a second or two, you would notice that the other runners you cross, the ones that probably make you feel so inadequate, stare in awe at your determination. They, of all people, know best where you are coming from. They heard the resolutions of so many others, who vowed to pick up running and improve their health, “starting next week”. Yet, it is YOU who runs alongside, who digs from deep inside to find the strength to come here, and to come back again.

You are a runner, and no one can take that away from you. You are relentlessly moving forward. You are stronger than even you think, and you are about to be amazed by what you can do. One day, very soon, maybe tomorrow, you’ll step outside and marvel at your capabilities. You will not believe your own body, you will realize that you can do this. And a new horizon will open up for you. You are a true inspiration.

I bow to you."

(originally posted @ flintland.blogspot.com/2012/05
/hey-fat-girl.html)
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GATHINGSJL 9/26/2013 3:41PM

  I'm struggling today to keep my healthy eating in check and to even plan my run for tonight. This helps so much. Thank you.

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BUTTERFLY-1976 1/23/2013 2:30PM

    What an amazing/inspiring blog. Thank you for sharing.

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TRAVELISMYGAME 1/16/2013 10:06AM

    Nice!

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HWEMHOFF 1/15/2013 4:47PM

    thank you truly awesome

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SOLONGSUE 1/15/2013 12:50PM

    Such a great post! Thank you!

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GLITTERFAIRY77 1/15/2013 11:54AM

  *tear*

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HFAYE81 1/15/2013 11:45AM

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I think I read this in runner's world a few years ago. It means so much to me, personally.

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MINIMOE1 1/15/2013 11:08AM

    Just what I needed to hear. emoticon

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MRE1956 1/15/2013 9:04AM

    Great post! I think I also saw this before, but nevertheless the thoughts and feelings expressed are always worthy of sharing!

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EBEAMS 1/15/2013 9:00AM

    Love it ... ans what we don't even really realize is how many people are watching us in our transformation ... silently cheering us on because we give them hope that they can someday make the move towards being fit too. Nice repost!

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DEBRA0818 1/15/2013 7:07AM

    Thanks for the repost -- very encouraging for those who want to exercise outside or in gyms packed full of fit people!

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KLUVSTFORMERS 1/15/2013 6:27AM

    emoticon i really enjoyed this blog

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LIVELAUFLUV 1/15/2013 5:34AM

    Thank you for posting this! I love it!

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FLGIRL1234 1/14/2013 9:32PM

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KATRINAKRAUT 1/14/2013 9:27PM

    I concur. I am always happy to see people out moving, no matter what their size, no matter what their ability etc.. we are in this world together and if they are helping themselves then I will help myself and the world will be a better place. So kudos to the people that are actually doing something!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 1/14/2013 9:04PM

    I've seen this before and I absolutely LOVE it! Thanks for re-posting = )

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