A 28-stone runner who spent up to £700 a month on takeaways said hateful posts from ‘trolls jealous of sharing his running success’ helped motivate him to drop seven stone. Jaime Walker, 39, has been running up to four times a week since January and has been documenting his progress online to his supportive followers – sharing snaps of himself in running gear and his accomplishments.
However, some didn’t appreciate his new found passion and bombarded Jaime with nasty messages accusing him of bragging about his success, calling him “fat” and even ordering him to “get off a bridge”. The director of the recruiting firm says the cruel comments are not limited to social media and people regularly hurl insults at him in the street during a morning run.
Jaime, who is also president of an athletics club, says online hatred is rooted in jealousy, as trolls don’t like to see a “confident” person succeed. Enthusiastic runner Jaime says hateful comments help him get up in the morning, as he often responds to trolls by saying “comments like this get me going”.
While weighing 28 stone at his peak, Jaime had already started losing weight last year before dropping another four and a half stone since he started running in January.
Jaime, from Derby, Derbyshire, said: “I’ve had these troll comments for a number of years now. My social media is open, I’m quite an active person, I’m quite successful in my career, I get accused of being accused sometimes. to brag or boast.
“‘Nobody wants to see you running’, ‘nobody wants to see a fat person running’, I get it all the time. To me, that’s water off a duck’s back. To be honest, I am pretty glad it happened to me because I have pretty thick skin about it.
“If this abuse was inflicted on someone who isn’t thick-skinned, it could really affect them. I thought some of these comments were a joke at first. I’ve had it all my life because I I’ve always been a bigger person.
“I’ve always been a confident person, the leader of the group, quite an outgoing person. Sometimes it’s not seen as a good thing to be confident, I guess a bit of jealousy creeps in.
“I’ve always had a good career, I’ve always had a lot of money. No matter what I’ve done, whether it’s my athletics club or the athletes I’ve coached, I’ve Sometimes people just don’t like successful people. I don’t know what it is, but for me, I like to see people succeed.
“I post a lot on Instagram and Facebook. I’ll go respond to some of these random posts and comments, and their accounts will be deleted or I’ll be blocked. It’s like they’re trying to get a reaction, trying to get me make me feel bad about myself. And for me, it has the opposite effect.
The abuse is even moving from social media to real life as 6ft 4 Jaime claims to be heckled every week as he goes shopping.
Jaime said: “At first I was running so early because I didn’t want people to see me running. I had a bit of a complex, I didn’t like people watching me run. I do it everywhere now. – in parks, on public roads, everywhere, I trust.
“It probably happens once a week when someone rolls down their car window and yells a ‘big’ comment. I laugh about it now. It just makes me want to keep going, I think about those comments and I think” get out”.
“Every time I get up on the weekend and want to lay down, I think of those comments and think ‘go ahead. Keep going.” People who try to put me down and put me down are the people who motivate me more to run.
“I don’t know the people who post the negative comments, so I don’t take it to heart. If they do this to me rather than to someone who may not have the mental stability, do it. me all day.”
Jaime says he first took up running to lose weight so he could feel healthier and “look good” in his clothes. is where I really took it to the next level.
“I ran my first 10k in April, I’m booked for the Derby half marathon. To do this from scratch in January, especially for someone taller, is quite the feat.
“I started running to lose weight. I have always had a constant battle with weight, losing it and gaining it back. This time I was trying to do things a little differently by adopting a lifestyle asset.
“I want to go down to around 16 or 17 stone, but it’s not really about the weight, I was obsessed with the scale. I’ve given up the scale now, I eat what I want, I eat healthy, it’s all looks good in clothes to me.
“I love shopping, I love buying nice things. It’s about looking better and feeling healthier, and having clothes that fit you rather than going into a clothing store and thinking, “They’ll never have anything in my size.
“I’m 40 this year. Once you get past that, your body starts to fail if you’re bigger. I’m a pretty competitive person, so I like to beat my times and hit goals. at 4 a.m. it’s a bit of hard work, but it gives you the mental toughness to do it.”