Annoying or Inspiring? Maria Kang’s Fitness Photo

Don’t hate her because she’s beautiful.

Fitness blogger Maria Kang is just like the rest of us. The 32-year-old mother-of-three works full time, does not have a nanny, and loves the holidays with her family.

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But unlike some moms-of-three, Kang has a six pack — yes, of abs!

The California woman posted a Facebook photo of herself, looking fit as a fiddle, alongside her three sons ages 3, 2, and 8 months.

Donning a sports bra and short exercise shorts, Kang captions the photo: “What’s your excuse?”

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And let’s just say some people got annoyed.

After the photo went viral, Kang became the target of some serious backlash. While tens of thousands of comments came pouring in, many have been complimentary, praising the mother-of-three for inspiring them to get fit.

But others have accused her of mocking overweight moms.

Funny blogger Baby Sideburns put her own captions alongside Kang’s infamous photo.

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The California mom-of-three issued an apology on her Facebook timeline — but she’s not sorry if she offended you.

“I didn’t call you fat; I didn’t call you a bad mother; I didn’t say you were lazy,” she said. “I just asked, ‘What is your excuse?'”

Kang has a full time job and works out 5 days/week without a personal trainer. So how does she do it, you ask? She has an accountability poster in her home gym, motivating her to continue working out.

“I just make it a priority,” she tells Today Moms. “People are wondering, ‘How are you doing it? How are you holding up?’ You know, I built the stamina, I’ve given birth three years in a row, and I’m ready for this.”

Kang went back to Facebook and posted her “First and Final Apology.”

“I’ve been getting an influx of new followers, emails and comments (on my profile pic) recently. Some saying I’m a bully, I’m fat-shaming and I need to apologize for the hurt I’ve caused women. I get it. SO 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?”

What do you think of Kang’s photo? Annoying or inspiring?

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