Wow! This recent news story affects me greatly because it reminds of just how powerful a photograph and a message can be. Maria Kang, the mom of 3 very young boys, found herself under fire recently after updating her Facebook profile photo.
The super fit mom posed in a tight pair of short shorts and sports bra alongside her children with the caption, “What’s your excuse?” The message resonated with many and stirred up controversy within a social media mommy war with some calling Kang a “bully.” Really?
Maria Kang believes that she is just like any other mom, taking care of her kids, working full time and trying to balance it all. One difference might be that she never makes excuses when it comes to working out. Even though Kang may miss a workout here and there because she’s only human and life sometimes gets in the way, she maintains her commitment and is sure to get back to it the next day.
After over 12,000 Facebook shares and 16,000 comments about the “What’s your excuse” photo on Maria Kang’s Facebook pages, in addition to receiving what she calls a “deep and hurtful” email saying that she is “a shame to women” she decided to post her “First and Final Apology. What do you think of this response?
“I’m sorry you took an image and resonated with it in such a negative way. I won’t go into details that I struggled with my genetics, had an eating disorder, work full time owning two business’s, have no nanny, am not naturally skinny and do not work as a personal trainer.
“Kang went onto say, “I won’t even mention how I didn’t give into cravings for ice cream, French fries or chocolate while pregnant or use my growing belly as an excuse to be inactive. What I WILL say is this. What you interpret is not MY fault. It’s Yours. The first step in owning your life, your body and your destiny is to OWN the thoughts that come out of your own head.”
“I didn’t create them. You created them. So if you want to continue ‘hating’ this image, get used to hating many other things for the rest of your life. You can either blame, complain or obtain a new level of thought by challenging the negative words that come out of your own brain.”
What are your thoughts? Does the Maria Kang photo inspire or bother you?
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