Another day, another thing the internet is up in arms about…
This week it’s a photo of fitness expert, and 32 yr old mother of three, Maria Kang.
Maria posted a photo on Facebook that went viral and it has since started a firestorm of controversy (because is there any other kind of controversy available on the internet?).
Here’s her picture which some accuse her of bordering on fat shaming:
I’ll be honest, when I first saw this photo, I laughed.
What’s so funny about it?
Well, the very first place I saw the photo was a post by my friend Karen at Baby Sideburns and of course it came with a hilarious retort.
Then I read several other posts on the photo, some from people that I knew and others I did not. I also read a response or two from Maria, and I let it all soak in before I drew my own opinion (which I plan on keeping to myself).
I will say this though, I think that we should remember Maria is in the business of fitness. I haven’t met any personal trainers or fitness folks that have ever said, “Well, Susan, you’re perfect the way you are, and if you’re happy on the inside that’s all that counts even if you’re squishy on the outside…”
Psssssst – There’s no money in that!
Also, whether or not I agree with her method, which truth be told I don’t personally feel it’s the best way to help someone achieve a healthier lifestyle, I’m still not going to judge her for her rock hard abs any more than I would judge anyone else for being “overweight.”
Because that was the other part of the firestorm – Maria is creating an unrealistic image of a woman’s body after motherhood!
I mean, maybe she’s being sort of a dick about it (at least that’s how I felt about the apology she gave), but why can’t women be fit after motherhood? I know plenty of Moms that are in better shape now then they were before they had kids…and plenty who aren’t (ahem, like me).
Maybe it’s because of genetics…
Maybe it’s because of health reasons…
Or maybe they’re like my friends and I who are not only totally okay with having plenty of excuses, but they’re embracing them…
I had 3 kids in just under 4yrs, I don’t make time to exercise, oh, and I love my bedtime snacks.
Frugalista Blog has the perfect number of excuses, and nipples, depending on who you ask.
I’ll have to remember this from Baby Sideburns next time I squirt salad dressing in my mouth.
649.133: Girls, the Care and Maintenance of does her excuses like a boss…or an employee. Either way…
Honest Mom wants you to think of the children!
It’s almost like Ellen from Sisterhood of the Sensible Moms is in my house.
I’m not sure how Suburban Snapshots could say no to that face…and I’m glad she didn’t even try.
Speaking of things I couldn’t say no to, I wouldn’t judge if Binkies and Briefcases had four…
Okay, one more sweet one from Kissing the Frog. Some excuses are legit.
Speaking of legit, if you know Nikki from Moms Who Drink and Swear, you know this is 100% real.
I wonder if Nicole Leigh Shaw, Tyop Artist knows that irony is high in calories?
HouseTalkN said it, we were all thinking it – Duh, Maria!
And hey, not all my friends make excuses – Bad Parenting Moments doesn’t! She’s an inspiration!
I’ll end on this note:
Remember, the whole it’s okay to be okay week? Let’s try to keep that rolling. Let’s not try to make other people feel bad about themselves (no matter the motive or reason even if it’s helping people get healthy), and let’s all try to be okay with what we’ve got.
Because at the end of the day, it’s not Maria’s opinion that counts…
Well, not mine, I meant yours…
Your own opinion about yourself…
The hell with her or anyone else that’s trying to make you feel bad about yourself is what I’m trying to say!
Rock what you got, Mamas!
Oh, and be sure to check out my excuse-ridden friends on their blogs here too:
How about you? Do you have excuses? Share them in the comments! You’re among friends here!