May 8, 2017


To the seventeen year old boys laughing when I ran past them at the beach…

You probably don’t realize how much you just hurt someone. Is it too much to expect you to?┬áMaybe I should toughen up? Maybe I should realize that your young? Maybe I should have said something?

Or Maybe…. I shouldn’t have to run my last kilometer in tears because some 17 year old recorded me on their phone, laughing about “how funny it is; a fat person was trying to run”.

Being overweight has always been an issue of mine. When I was younger it was portion sizes, over eating, not being active enough and drinking everything that contained sugar.

This combination plus a few rounds of baby weight saw me stack on the kilos and at one point I tipped the scales 128 kilos.

One day I was so tired looking after the kids I literally felt like I couldn’t get out of my chair; that’s when I knew things had to change. And only I could do that!

I started running, moving, eating clean 80 percent of the time and treating my body the way I should. And I was a healthy BMI, and had all the energy I needed to take on life!

Two more babies later and three surgeries, I see myself on a similar journey back to being my healthiest self.

I ask everyone to take a second and think before you laugh or sneer at the person running. Everybody has a story, Most of us are doing the best we can and for some of us your laughter is the last thing we hear on a bad day when we’re doing our best.

And because at the end of the day it hurts.

We’re trying; we put our shoes on, we got out the door, we’re not all athletes and we can’t all run 5 minute kilometers but every step I take is a step closer to a better me.

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  • it is great to do something about your weight and at the end of the day, you have to be happy and healthy for your kids. it is a good example to set


  • Good on you for looking after your health and doing what makes you feel good. Try not to care about what others say or how they look at you – do what is right for you.


  • I know a new Mum who joined a gym with a friend. She actually initially gained weight although she went down a size in clothing She had gained muscle strength and was told by her GP she had gained weight with larger muscles.


  • Good on you for getting out there and running. Many don’t even try to get back to a fitness regime, but you will have the last laugh when you are out and about with your children and enjoying them doing physical things with them.


  • well done for getting out there, I a. far too lazy


  • Brave to share your feelings in this article here. Good on you for changing your lifestyle ! Sorry to hear that these 17 year olds felt the need to ridicule you, so unrespectful !
    I always tell my kids to never ever judge someone on his or her outside appearance and that we’re all created by the hand of God and are wonderfully made.


  • Good on you for making the effort to get healthier and feel better.
    I believe it’s up to us parent to set an example and not judge others


  • My brother in law is the type who laughs at fat people running. He’s well into triple figures himself so I hope the people who are actually trying to do something about it know how much better they are than him.


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