Should a mom feel guilty for being in shape?
If you have any social media engagement, you may have heard about the controversy on Facebook with Maria Kang and her photo image with the caption, "What's your excuse?" showing her in a small bra top and shorts with her three happy children in front of her.
Maria Kang's Facebook Photo Controversy
When I first saw the photo and caption (left), I thought her excuse for staying in shape and taking care of herself was her three children. No excuses, she puts herself first and eats right, exercises, and can be a better mom and wife because of her dedication.
But, the viral Facebook picture brought about comments that didn't hold my same thoughts of, "Good for you Maria, you're an inspiration." Nope, many felt she was doing the wrong thing and pointing fingers at other moms for being lazy and out of shape after having a baby.
The Facebook comments included mean accusations, which led to her apologize and take down the post that was shared more than 15,000 times. The negative comments that came from this post were amazing. The women bloggers that I saw with posts about excuses why they didn't plan to have their body back in shape after babies was ridiculous, which included, "I like donuts" to "Women should have curves."
On her Facebook page, she wrote an apology and the following comment regarding the picture:
"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. "
Maria's plan to be healthy started well before her pregnancies. She says she "didn’t decide to be a fit mother after giving birth, I made the decision years ago and planned my body and brain for the fight of its life after giving birth 3 times in 3 years." In a society where obesity is skyrocketing in numbers, why do we put down someone who is doing the right thing and taking the steps to be a fit healthy role model.
I think Maria Kang is a wonderful inspiration, and I know many women like her who have children and keep their bodies in shape. From celebrities to everyday women, staying in shape is a choice. You make yourself a priority or you live a less joyous life.
Check out her picture and see if you believe it's something you can do. Can you eat healthy, exercise regularly, and be a great mom? Let me know how much weight you gained and your success stories about being fit even 8 months after baby on my website.
Photo Credit: Maria Kang Facebook