Imagine having to call your husband to pick you up from a wedding because other women there had bullied you. Well, in what could have been a potentially devastating experience, one woman turned this negative, horrible incident into something great.
Liz Krueger is a fitness enthusiast from Minneapolis. She’s married to Dan, and together the couple run DK Fitness, a personal training business. Unsurprisingly, she’s in great shape.
Krueger has nearly 20,000 followers on Instagram, where she shares snaps of her incredible physique, along with healthy living advice. She promotes proper nutrition and a balanced lifestyle, admitting that she too has “squishy bits.”
However, one day Krueger unfortunately fell victim to a nasty body shaming incident at a wedding. In fact, it was so bad that she actually rang Dan and asked him to come and collect her.
Actually, Krueger was a good friend of the bride: the pair were roommates at college. However, some other female guests took an apparent disliking to her after the wedding dinner. Indeed, while drinking coffee, Krueger suddenly felt a slap on her behind.
Allegedly, it was from another female guest. Moreover, the woman, who seemed drunk, then proceeded to spill beer on Krueger before telling her, “You’re a target.’’ Krueger was shocked to have become the victim of an immature game of dare between a group of judgmental women.
However, in an effort to remain dignified, Krueger simply told the woman, “You’re lucky that I’m not usually offended very easily. But that was really rude.” She then called Dan, asking him to collect her, and the pair left the wedding.
Krueger was so affected by the incident that she took to Instagram to share a photo of the dress she wore to the wedding. She wrote, “If only I knew that choosing this dress for a wedding on a 90 ºF day meant so many women would be outright rude to me.”
However, the shaming continued on social media. In fact, the women then slated Krueger’s outfit online. It turns out that they had deemed it inappropriate for a wedding. Furthermore, they even made incorrect accusations about her intentions behind the outfit, saying that she was trying to boost a modeling career.
Finally, Krueger chose not to stand for their nonsense any longer. In retaliation, she decided to do something positive. So, she ended up creating her own movement to show solidarity with other “targets” of bullies.
In fact, as a response to her traumatic experience, she vowed to do nice things for other women every day. Next, Krueger encouraged her followers to join her in completing everyday acts of kindness, such as complimenting others or making time to talk to someone who’s having a difficult day.
In a TODAY article from July 2016, Krueger is quoted as calling her new initiative a “kindness movement.” She added, “I’m a strong person and I want to use this for the greater good. Harassment and bullying take place against all ages.”
Explaining further on Instagram, she said, “A movement for women, by women, and it’s starting by me! Let’s kill all the mean girls with kindness.” Next, Krueger created her own hashtag for the movement: #KruegerKindness.
Then, she encouraged her followers to share their own stories of kindness on social media, including the all-important hashtag, #KruegerKindness. The response was overwhelmingly positive.
And, although she was hurt by the shaming incident, Krueger made a point of not combating hate with hate. Posting a strong message on her Instagram recently, she wrote, “The mean, ugly-hearted and cruelest of people are the ones in need of the most love.”
“Keep exuding and radiating love and positivity, and eventually they will have no choice but to choose love as well,” she continued. Having fallen victim to haters at the wedding, Krueger is clearly not willing to become a hater herself. Her message is only one of respect and kindness.
Krueger has an incredible physique which she’s built through hard work and discipline. And she was actually the target of bullies long before the wedding incident. Her mom, Patty Neubert, told TODAY that Krueger had acne as a child and “used to come home crying.”
Which is likely why Krueger has expressed a desire to work with anti-bullying groups in her area. After all, her own experience of bullying shows that unfortunately it can happen at any stage of life; and the wedding incident proves that even the strongest of adults can be victims, too.
Luckily for Krueger, she had the right attitude from the start. On Instagram, next to the photo of the now-famous dress, she wrote, “Good thing for thick skin, being able to laugh at things and not take it personally, and good friends/hubby by my side.” There was no way she was going to let the bullies get her down.
And Krueger’s defiant attitude is an incredible example of turning a negative experience into something positive. And not only for her, but for many others, too. As her loyal Instagram followers have said, “You go, girl!”