Englishwoman Lindsey Swift was jogging with her boyfriend when a passerby called her “fat” from a moving vehicle. Instead of letting the hurtful comment bring her down, Swift took to Facebook to write an open letter to the person. She frankly stated that she and her boyfriend, whom she did not name, are aware of her body, but that she is working toward getting healthy.
"I'm not sure who you were telling I was fat, you clearly have eyes, and the only other people present were me and my boyfriend. I assure you that despite your concern I do own a mirror, and my boyfriend has seen my fat body as he too has eyes. Don't tell anyone but I think he might even like it," she wrote on her personal Facebook page Aug. 7. Swift added that she has a goal of competing in a 10K race.
Even though the body shamer has a problem with her shape, Swift, of Barnsley in South Yorkshire, said she's proud of her figure. “My fat body has been swimming in crystal clear Thai seas that you have probably only ever seen on TV. It has lived in countries you wouldn't dream of visiting and been a part of cultures you are too small minded to appreciate,” she wrote.
— People magazine (@people) August 14, 2015
After major news outlets, including People magazine, picked up the letter, her post received nearly 25,000 likes on Facebook. “Wow! Just wanted to say how humbled I am by the reaction I have received to my open letter. I apologize if I miss any messages,” Swift wrote Friday. There are so many I can't get through them all, and uni work calls. Thanks so much for all the positivity! Go get those goals, people!”
Despite what some might think, Swift exercises because she loves her body, not because she is unhappy with it. "I'm more inspired than ever to reach my goal,” she told People magazine Friday. “I can't wait to get my fitness to a level high enough to run 10K, even if it takes me a little while to get there."
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