A few weeks ago, I was scanning Facebook when an interesting photo popped up in my newsfeed. It was of a woman in a coordinating workout sports bra and short shorts outfit with three darling children positioned around her. In the snapshot, she’s beaming from ear to ear and at the top reads: What’s your excuse?
My eyes quickly scanned through the truncated status and I was immediately intrigued. I saw that there was more to this woman’s latest Facebook post so I clicked “read more.” I won’t even attempt to summarize her status; instead, I’ve copied it below.
Here’s my First and Final Apology:
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’, have no nanny, am not naturally skinny and do not work as a personal trainer. 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.
With that said, obesity and those who struggle with health-related diseases is literally a ‘bigger’ issue than this photo. Maybe it’s time we stop tip-toeing around people’s feelings and get to the point. So What’s Your Excuse?
My first thought was, “Holy mack, this woman is awesome.” Then a second thought occurred, “This will be the equivalent of a spark around gunpowder in the social media world.”
Well, fast forward to today and what was one of the headline news stories? This woman’s. Her name? Maria Kang. Here’s the link to the CNN article.
The comments people left stemmed from either admiration or hatefulness. Men and women applauded her for challenging other overweight individuals. Likewise, other commenters hated on her approach and scolded her for invalidating their
Personally, I don’t believe Maria was flaunting her rockin’ body or her successful career. She was advocating for a healthy lifestyle and better choices. At least, that was my take away from her Facebook post.
In fact, a large majority of what she wrote, I completely agree with. Too many times, people make excuses and take the easy way out. We’ve all done it. Heck, I even published my latest excuse just a few weeks ago! I put on a few pounds because Max was getting ready to deploy and every meal was our “last.”
It took a reality check to realize the error of my ways. In essence, I stopped tip-toeing around the cold hard truth and decided to do something about it. I’ve started keeping food journals again to watch what I eat; I’ve been cooking more at home; I started posting fitness plans to hold myself accountable. Bottom line: I stopped making excuses and rededicated my pledge to living a healthy lifestyle.
Did Maria’s photo and Facebook post cross the line or was she inspiring women with a hard and fast challenge?