This statement and photo have been amongst a debate recently. I thought I'd weigh in on the debate....
This is Maria Kang. She is a business owner, fitness model & mother of 3. She looks unbelievable and when this photo went up on her FACEBOOK page, I thought to myself "Go Girl!" There have been others though, that haven't felt the same. People have called her names, claiming she is "Fat Shaming". 3 years ago, I would have been one of those people...hating this photo and the stupid tagline and her rockin' body...but today, here & now, I love everything about it.
My take on this is that, although the statement ends with a ?, I don't believe it's a question. I look at it as a statement. Maria has worked hard to get to where she is today...it's taken sacrifices, hard work, countless hours in the gym. What you don't know about her is that she struggled with Bulimia and has overcome the disease to get to where she is today. It's her journey, just like this is my journey...and you can't judge me until you've walked a mile in my shoes.
I don't know Maria personally, but I took this photo very seriously. All I ever did was put up excuses....why I couldn't eat right or work out...looking back, I made a hell of a lot of excuses. Do I now? Sure, but I recognize them and try to make better choices. If your taking offense to this photo, you probably are making excuses....just like I used too.
The point I think Maria was trying to make was that, whatever you have going on in your life shouldn't be your excuse. Use it as your motivation to come out on top & be a better you. It took me a long time to understand that what I was doing, even though at times very hard & left me out of family things, was only going to make my family stronger as a whole in the future.
Stop making excuses....and just go for it!