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Fitness Mom Maria Kang Gets Ripped on for her What’s your excuse Photo

           With the prevalence of the internet and social media in this day and age, it’s no surprise that one post on a Facebook page could go from a regular update to a full-blown controversy in just one click of a button. The recent debate over Maria Kang’s photo of herself wearing a sports bra and our mini fit shorts with her young children has people up in arms over the post.

            From one side of the spectrum, there are fellow mothers and other women disgusted by the “gall” of a woman to expose herself and her children. Women are commenting that it is tasteless to upload a photo wearing “skimpy” clothing and “fat shaming” women that aren’t as “naturally skinny” as Maria. Women are stating that not all mothers, entrepreneurs and women have the time, money as well as the ability to workout, hire or become a personal trainer, buy organic foods, etc…

            Life gets incredibly busy and no matter what your routine looks like, there is always time to take care of yourself and your family. You may not have two hours to spend at a gym, but you do have time to fill your home with fresh foods and incorporate some type of physical activity in your day (walking your dog, playing catch with your child outside on a nice day, a short workout video to complete when your kids are sleeping, etc.). You can blame genetics for a slow metabolic rate, but you can’t blame genetics or Maria Kang for your decision to eat a bacon cheeseburger and fries several days a week.

            We don’t believe that Maria was trying to hurt anyones feelings rather, she was trying to be an inspiration.  Maria Kang is being labeled “a fat-shaming bully, conceited, etc.” for her recent post. As a society, we have to stop putting the blame on everyone and everything else for our own shortcomings. Everyone is beautiful in their own way, no matter what size they are, but it doesn’t mean they are healthy. Every day, we hear women express their newest health and fitness goals, all of whom are at different points in their fitness journey. Whether the mom of four is starting on her weight loss path to lose the 50lbs she has gained over the years or the single 20-something-year-old who is trying to lose those last ten pounds, Maria Kang knows that you can be the “…woman [you] were meant to become” (Maria Kang 2013).

       Maria is a 32-year-old, mother-of-three, entrepreneur, non-profit organization founder, wife, daughter, etc. Her “No Excuse” approach to fitness is the tough love that a lot of us women need to hear. On her website, you will find a before and after photo that shows women she wasn’t always the “naturally skinny” size she is being scrutinized for having now. Maria never intended to offend anyone as she has conveyed through her response of the situation on her Facebook page. She isn’t promoting a six-pack for vanity, but to show women everywhere that you can achieve the body of your dreams. Her photograph was to show women that no matter what life you’re living, you can live it fit and healthy. Maria should be an inspiration to all women. We should be embracing her health and fitness success as well as use it as motivation to achieve our own.

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