We clap for you

We clap for you

So I’ve been struggling with something for a while, and it has come to a peak now and pushed me to start a new movement #WeClapForYou


I was chatting to Natalie and Sarah on twitter last night and Natalie had just experienced the same thing. It makes you SO angry that people are so mean and can actually think this way.

When did it become ok to laugh and joke about other people at the gym?
When did it become ok to point and joke about the big girl working out?
When did it become ok to belittle them for being at the gym?
When did it become ok to question why they are there or even trying?
When did it become ok to judge someone when you have no idea about their life?
When did it become ok to laugh about that person and then post about it on social media?
When did it become ok to mock someone’s weight loss struggle and journey?
When did it become ok to be such a bitch?

I actually can’t believe the amount of people that will laugh, belittle, mock, point at and discourage overweight people at the gym, on the promenade and anywhere really. If someone is TRYING to change their life and their health, who are YOU to even question it? Leave the serious questions to us professionals who actually care about these people and their health. We actually ask deep questions that impact their psyche and health and why they are where they are. We don’t ask stupid questions like “Why are you even bothering?” Well they are bothering because they can, and they want to. People don’t ask you questions about why you can’t stop pulling duck face in pictures, so maybe its time for you to stop being a bitch.

The fact that someone has taken the time to drive to the gym, sit with the sales consultant, sign up, and then make the conscious decision to get up and get their ass to the gym, regardless of its size, is a feat in itself and commendable. 


Who are you to make a mockery of that? You don’t know if they have cried in their car in the parking lot too afraid to walk in there for fear of people like YOU. You don’t know if they lost a loved one and have no family left so they ate their feelings until they literally didn’t recognise themselves anymore. You don’t know if they have battled and SURVIVED cancer and the cortisone and meds made them balloon to triple their size. You don’t know if she was physically battered by her husband and then ate to make him not want her anymore so he would leave her alone.


Stop being THAT person. Stop hating on people. Stop being a bully!
Show some love. Show some encouragement. Show some support!

When did it become cool to be mean? This is not a movie, this is not Mean Girls. It was funny because it was a movie, not real life. Stop making it real life.

So this is me, as a health and fitness professional, standing up for all of those people who have been laughed at, spoken about, pointed at and belittled for trying! For trying to lose weight, for trying to go to the gym, for trying to be a better version of themselves! If you sign up for a 5k, I will clap for you. If you are running on the promenade, I will clap for you. If you get to the gym, I will clap for you.
I am in AWE of you!





I hope you will too….




*If you were offended by this because you are that bitch, sorry not sorry*



  1. Hazel
    March 24, 2016 / 11:30 am

    I’m doing the slow clap for this post.
    Thank you.

    • GI_Jane
      March 24, 2016 / 12:42 pm

      All claps are good claps. Thanks for reading!

  2. March 24, 2016 / 11:52 am

    Loved this piece. I saw the video that triggered this and I am appalled by the person who posted it – how dare you!? To be very honest, I am fat – I know I am fat. Let’s call a spade a spade. My husband is tall, my dogs are small – and me? I am fat. On Monday, I start a new series on my blog – a body positive bucket list challenge. It’s going to be a year-long commitment of doing things I always thought I couldn’t do because I thought I am too fat. One of those challenges is to go to a gym. After watching that video, I was despondent and didn’t really feel like going ahead with my series. But this is the very reason I AM going ahead with it. I have avoided gym because of mean girls all my life! I am petrified of looking stupid doing it. But here goes nothing – here goes conquering fears and learning to love my body. My thoughts on the video is that you don’t need to tell that man he is fat – he knows it. But he is also brave, courageous and flippen admirable for going into that gym and not giving up. You go boy! You will only grow from this experience and if anything – I will be your cheerleader and route for your success.

    • GI_Jane
      March 24, 2016 / 12:46 pm

      You are amazing. You take those steps and you do it! No one has the right to hold your happiness. You do everything for you. Put those head phones on and do your workout for YOU. Screw everyone else. I was shocked as well. It was so unnecessary. I only saw it after I posted this and now I feel like adding more! Her time will come. When you go to the gym, if you have any questions just ask the lifestyle consultants, it’s their job to show you how to do things. So no need to be nervous you’ll be just fine! You can always pop me a message if you need as well. I love that series, what a great idea! You’ve got this, it’s your life after all xxx

  3. March 24, 2016 / 1:00 pm

    Love the post. Definitely clapping for it. I’ve had to deal with this my whole life because I’ve been overweight since I was a kid. Really appreciate you standing up for people like me!

    • GI_Jane
      March 24, 2016 / 1:03 pm

      Ah I’m so sorry that people are a-holes! It’s really not on and I’m making it my mission to stop it! I will clap for you every day xxx

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