October 2, 2012
Fake Weight Loss Stories
I just woke up to a slew of comments on facebook after posting the Hannah POPstar of the Week story.
For those of you who did not read the story below, I just deleted it. Last night “Hannah” tweeted me a before and after pic of herself claiming that she lost over 120 lbs and tagging it #OMGOctober. I was running a little contest at the time for free fitness journals if anyone tweeted me a pic that could make me go OMG! Well, I was stunned, super happy, and direct messaged her back saying congrats and asking if she could send me her inspirational story.
I started instagramming the pics she sent me and collaged it for facebook. It was the wee hours of the morning when I began sifting through the comments and noticed that there was A LOT of controversy over whether this was even the same person or not. At the time, I was like, “Of course this was real! Hannah tweeted me herself, sent me pics, and we exchanged some very nice emails. No POPster would ever lie about a weight loss journey! That’s insane. Time for bed!”
When I opened my eyes today around 9am – it was a wake up call I will never forget.
You can’t trust everyone.
And I know most of you don’t know me on a super personal level, but I tend to trust what people tell me because I have faith in the fact that you’d act responsibly as would I. When people ask me a question, I give a straight answer. When I ask a question, I expect you to do the same. Unfortunately, not everyone works like that. I assumed that since we are a close-knit community of POPsters working out together all over the world that we’d have some kind of special relationship that would prevent matters like this. In fact, I never once even thought this could happen! EVER.
I really am sitting here in my bed with my laptop on my pillow pretty upset and overwhelmed.
Well firstly, I was tricked. I feel betrayed. Secondly, I take responsibility for sharing this “fake story” with thousands of you guys. Therefore also fooling thousands of you guys. So I’m sorry. Thirdly, the girl whose picture was used came forward and said she was hurt. Which made me feel horrible. Fourthly, reading all of the comments saying that I “knew” this was a fraud and that I should be ashamed of myself and that “whoever is running this website” shouldn’t be so “sloppy” with her work…omg…(sorry this is now turning into a feeling post)…I started crying. Because I put a lot of love and effort into everything I do. A lot.
Guys, I don’t really know what to say except that this is just me running this blog (that’s why I don’t sleep) and I have so much faith and love for you guys that I don’t question what you write to me. I take it as truth. I mean how can I not? Do I really just write back and be like “Oh and btw, this isn’t a fake weight loss story right? Just checking! 🙂 Congrats on your success if it’s true!”
I don’t have a team of people doing background checks and managing what I post – it is just me. And today I have learned that I have to be careful. As a blogger, I hold a lot of responsibility in my hands when I relay information and well, I didn’t see this coming. AT. ALL.
So I guess I need to quickly get out of this fantasy world of believing what everyone tells me and do more investigation before I post. Thanks to everyone who teamed up on facebook to bring the controversy to light. I really appreciate the effort to seek truth.
As of now, I do not know who “Hannah” really is. She did not email me back. She deleted her twitter account. And is now gone from the face of the interwebs as far as I know.
I really don’t understand why anyone would post a fake weight loss story. What does that do for you? I don’t know the girl (or guy?) behind the Hannah computer, but whoever you are, I want you to know that I don’t blame you for doing any of this because I believe everyone has a background story as to why they act they way they do, I just ask that you do not do this again. Especially because it not only hurts you, but it hurts A TON of other people. Best of luck to you.
And to the people in the collages I posted on facebook (now deleted) I am sorry your pics were used. I am happy that one of our POPsters noticed that one of the pics was a pic of her friend Melissa Marchetti. To Melissa, I apologize if any negative feelings were felt as a result of all this. I am so proud of you for your weight loss – I know it is a tough journey – but such a rewarding one. If any of you would like to read Melissa’s weight loss story, you can see it here on MyFitnessPal.
Yeah, so I am pretty shocked still. It’s sad that now I have to look at every tweet, comment, and email with a different eye. A cautious, investigating eye. But I guess it’s good that we all learned TOGETHER and saw TOGETHER what can happen here on the internet. No worries though, I totally love you, and have faith in all of you.
I have some inspirational stories lined up and will try to get those up this week for you. And I’ve actually met both of these POPsters in real life. HOW’S THAT FOR A BACKGROUND CHECK!!???
Hope you’re all having a fabulous day! If you would like to meet some members of the wonderful Blogilates Community, please take a look at the stories below:
REAL POPstars of the Week: