Counter Intuitive

Exercise-loving mother-of-three branded a ‘fat shaming bully’ after showing her flat abs and asking ‘what’s your excuse?

By  Sadie Whitelocks

PUBLISHED: 16:54 EST, 15  October 2013 |  UPDATED: 17:43 EST, 15 October 2013

An exercise-loving, mother-of-three has come  under fire after posting a photograph of her toned body to Facebook, captioned  ‘What’s your excuse?’

Maria Kang, 32, from Los Angeles, California,  who runs an fitness-focused non-profit organization from home, appears knelt  alongside her three young sons in the image, dressed in a workout bra and  matching micro shorts.

While many of the 17,000-plus commentators  cite her as an ‘inspiration’ some have also accused her of being ‘insulting’,  ‘obnoxious’ and a ‘fat shaming bully’.

Source of controversy: Exercise-loving, mother-of-three, Maria Kang, posted this photograph to FacebookSource of controversy: Exercise-loving, mother-of-three,  Maria Kang, posted this photograph to Facebook – while many commentators cite  her as an ‘inspiration’ some have also accused her of being ”insulting’

Indeed, one woman wrote: ‘You are . . .  hurtful to women and think way too much of yourself. Disgusting is what you  are!’

And a mother-of-two named Sarah added on Ms  Kang’s website, mariakang.com: ‘I hope you realize why some people are not just  offended, but also hurt by your post as well.

‘First: many of us end up with stretch marks  after kids…. A LOT OF THEM! I have two kids and both have caused my skin to  stretch soo bad my stomach, from my rib cage straight down the the middle of my  vaginal area, look like the U.S. road atlas.

‘Second: I am an avid runner. I run my two  kids in a double jogger. Do I look like a runner? Nope. As a matter of fact,  unless people know me, they don’t believe me. I do half and full marathons.

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Keeping fit and healthy: Ms Kang  said that she  didn’t intend to upset people and she hoped the photo would inspire others to  feel better about themselves

Starting from a young age: The mother-of-three runs a fitness-focused non-profit called Fitness without Borders, which promotes fitness education in schools and local communitiesStarting from a young age: The mother-of-three runs a  fitness-focused non-profit called Fitness without Borders, which promotes  fitness education in schools and local communities

She concludes: ‘People like you who post  pictures like this make people like me cry because I know that without surgery  to lose the extra skin I will never look like you.

‘So what’s my excuse? I do not have the same  great genetics you do.’

However, Ms Kang says that she did not intend  to upset people and she hoped the photo would inspire others to feel better  about themselves.

‘People like you who  post pictures like  this makeme cry because I know  that without surgery I will never look like you

Responding to critics, she wrote on Facebook:  ‘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.

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Bouncing back: Ms Kang documents how she lost her  pregnancy weight through a series of selfies

Breaking a sweat: The pretty brunette says that she likes to do 30 to 60 minutes of strength training and cardio every morning, five to six days a weekBreaking a sweat: The pretty brunette says that she  likes to do 30 to 60 minutes of strength training and cardio every morning, five  to six days a week

‘Maybe it’s time we stop tip-toeing around  people’s feelings and get to the point.’

She notes that she does have stretchmarks and  excess skin from three pregnancies but these ‘scars’ encourage her to ‘keep  striving’ and ‘never stop’.

‘Motherhood is beautiful AND it can make you  better!’ she adds.

‘I wanted to say, “I  know you think you dont have time if you have  kids. But if I can do it, you can do it, too’”

The pretty brunette says that she likes to do  30 to 60 minutes of strength  training and cardio every morning, five to six  days a week.

On a typical day she tries to get to the gym  by 6.30am and then returns home to ‘feed, clean and play’ with her  sons.

She then focuses attention on the non-profit  business she runs, Fitness without Borders, which promotes fitness education in  schools and local communities.

According to Yahoo, her ‘what’s your excuse?’  image has received over 16 million views  on Facebook, since it was posted a year ago.

She decided to re-post it to her 80,000-plus  followers last month, tacking on an apology, after she noticed it was attracting  dozens of negative comments.

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Lots of hard work: Ms Kang says that it took years for  her to get into shape after battling an eating disorder, struggling with her  genetics and having three children

‘I wanted to inspire people. I wanted to say,  “I know you think you don’t have time if you have kids. But if I can do it, you  can do it, too,’” she said.

It’s not the first time a fitness-oriented  mom has sparked controversy.

Just last month, eight-and-a-half-month  pregnant Lea-Anne Ellison received a barrage of criticism after posting a photo  of herself lifting weights during a CrossFit workout

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