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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Why I put myself out there...

As many of you know, I have shared my story with Fitness Magazine and The Huffington Post.  I am sure some think it is because I am some fame whore, that loves attention.  But those people don't really know me.  The ONLY reason I have put myself out there and shared my story is this....to help people who are struggling with the road I was once on.  So I will take all of the negative comments like: 





"yeah she could be a swimsuit mode, a plus size one".

"the pics she posted aren't even of her".

"no way this chick hasn't had skin removal surgery".

"you can't lose that amount of weight and look like that".

"she needs to eat a sandwich"

"Lose another 40 lbs. and I will consider dating you"

"And I have a bridge I'd like to sell you--tell me there was no BIG surgery, no plastic surgery to remove excess skin--tell me that is the same person"!

"Ever notice in these so call weight lost photos the before and after pictures do not ever look like the same person. Where is all the sagging skin due to a large amount of weight loss? This is an advertisement ploy used to get overweight people to buy their products".




"I don't believe the after pic is her. I know too many people who have done this for real. This is bogus".




"OMG
Isn't that Honey Boo all growed up"?

Yep, when you are willing to put yourself out there, in hopes of inspiring just ONE person, they go after you like vultures!  It's ok, with every negative comment, I had so many truly sweet comments.  It's sad, that as a society, we want to tear people down, the moment they are finally feeling good about themselves.  I will take it though, because I KNOW I am helping others, believe in themselves.  My story just MIGHT help them realize.....THEY CAN DO IT!  I received an email from a reader of the Huffington Post, article.  This person is 600 pounds and simply asked for some advice.  THIS IS WHY I DO WHAT I DO!  I emailed this person back and if I can do anything to help them, I will. 

It's sad that when someone is overweight, society says it is OK, to make fun of them and call them all kinds of horrible names.  And then when they work their ass off, to get HEALTHY, not skinny, it's OK to call them a whole other group of negative names.  Will there ever be a time when all that matters is what is on the inside, not the outside??? 

XO,
Lori

38 comments:

  1. What cruel things to say about someone so inspiring. I've never had one of those yet, but I dread the day it comes. I will cry. No doubt.

    You are so very brave to put your story out there. You are absolutely beautiful, before and now. For each ugly comment, you have inspired 100 more.

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    1. I couldn't have said it any better myself. Lori, I commend you and you are a HUGE motivation for me. Please keep going with the encouragement. If no one else, I'll be that ONE person you have inspired.

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  2. You are stunning, beautiful, and inspiring.

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  3. I am so proud of you! I will throat punch all of those negative people if necessary ;)

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  4. What a classy way to approach the negativity. These people may honestly feel that way or are so brought down themselves by this negative world they don't know how to think any differently.

    How cool it is to know that this really IS YOU! And know your story, know your stuggles and heartaches and VICTORIES. You keep on keepin on!

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  5. Internet trolls are the absolute worst! I refuse to read comments on public forums like that because there is so much negativity. Also, exactly what products are you selling? ;)

    I think you have approached this with class and grace and I know that you are a beautiful person inside and out. It is a shame that some people are so blinded by their own issues to see what is truly in front of them.

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  6. Just let all that shit fuel you further. Take it and turn it around. Its just that people are jealous and know they don't have what it takes to do the same. You are amazing. You give me hope that if I keep working I will continue to be more and more amazing. Thank you!!

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  7. Classless, negative, jealous ... There are just a few names for those people who want to put others down. I never understood why people do this, only to make themselves feel better?! I think you have done an amazing job getting healthy! Keep it up because you might be helping someone who is too embarrassed to come forward. Awesome job girl!!

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  8. People are just mean!!! I am constantly impressed with your compassion for others...keep on doing what you do, because you are not only an example of a healthy person but a genuinely nice person with good intentions :)

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  9. People can be real assholes. It just proves that you will never please everyone, so make sure you make yourself happy. We love you!

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  10. Oh my gosh. This is horrible! You're so much better than all that. You're brave and inspirational!

    I had a Dr. tell me (after my c-section) that I had extra collagen in my skin. That is why I healed a certain way. Some people's skin doesn't stretch well, and maybe other people have extra collagen, and their skin bounces right back after losing weight. I have horrible stretch marks, but as I lose weight, I haven't noticed much sagging.

    The above comments are right, classless and mostly, jealous.

    I'm glad to consider you a friend Lori! You're the best!

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  11. You are awesome and you know the truth, so you can go on with your head held high. You are a true inspiration and you are one of the sweetest people I have ever "met" - always encouraging others and sharing your story to HELP others! Keep doing what you are doing - we all really do appreciate you!

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  12. You are wonderful and such an inspiration. Let their negative attitudes roll off your back. You earned this! Share it! If I were you I'd be shouting it from the mountain tops!

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  13. Amazing post today girl - I always feel that with every success of our own it will bring out other's failures. It's sad... Why can't we all just be happy for one another's accomplishments and hard work? You have come so far and I love your attitude - let it go - it's not worth it and my favorite saying "ONLY YOU CAN LET THEM GET TO YOU". You are inspiring and motivating and we adore you.

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  14. People think because they are hiding behind a computer screen that they can be asshats. Well, just know that you are an inspiration to so many. The negatives will always be there...let that be your motivation.

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  15. You are so inspiring. Keep doing what you do and ignore any negativity. I love your attitude about it!

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  16. Lori, keep your head held high & your values higher. Don't let these gremlins get the better of you and diminish all your hard work. There will always be haters but you have more people supporting you then those nasty people. Way to handle this with true class!

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  17. Keep inspiring others, I love your blog and pictures. There will always be someone that has to be negative. Just know that many many people are inspired and are happy for your achievements.

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  18. Keep inspiring others, I love your blog and pictures. There will always be someone that has to be negative. Just know that many many people are inspired and are happy for your achievements.

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  19. Let's take this as a note from Ricky Bobby's son Texas Ranger "Somebody didn't love you enough when you was little did they?" lol- that's all I think about negative people and it instantly brings a smile!

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  20. Haters are going to hate, keep your head held high. You know you have been 100% honest. As for the haters, fuck 'em! :)

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  21. People like that piss me off...it's like they have nothing better to do that tear down others that only try to do something good. I'm impressed with your ability to handle all that backlash gracefully...had it been me, I probably would have told them to eff off. :) But that's probably why I don't have a blog...hahaha

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  22. People are cruel. You are beautiful and inspiring - keep doing what you're doing because it IS helping others! XOXO

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  23. Keep telling your story girl! Reading first hand that a woman like us has won the battle is POWERFUL! Don't stop doing telling your story. There will always be haters, but think about those people that you CAN help.

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  24. Seriously. It is like we read each other's minds today and blogged about the same.exact.thing!! We truly are two peas in a pod!! You know how I feel about you. You are truly an inspiration to me. I know that you won't let those haters stop you because you know who you are. You have worked sooooo hard to get to where you are and you have nothing to be ashamed about!! It comes down to one word: Jealousy. Love you lady...you are beautiful inside and out!!

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  30. All I can say is- Haters Gonna Hate, and especially when they can get away with it anonymously online.

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  31. One thing that I will never understand in mean people. You are so inspiring Lori. Keep doing what you do!!

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  32. Thank you for writing this - I set out looking for someone to inspire me today and I found you Lori! Thank you for putting yourself out there!

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  33. I love this post! It's so true that no matter what you do someone will always tear you down. You totally inspire me and I am so glad I found your blog! I really need inspiration because I have failed too many times on my own. Thank You for sharing your story!

    Heather (hwilson521 - IG)

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