Thursday, October 06, 2016


Maria kang\

Fitness enthusiast, Diet book author and "no excuse mum" Maria Kang suffered the wrath of over tired and over stretched mums around the world three years ago when she, of her crop tops and toned abs, posed in a photo with her three children and the caption 'What's your excuse?"
The 'fit mum', whose youngest child was 8 months old and who worked out for 30 to 60 minutes per day, six days a week, was accused of fat shaming because of her insinuation that if your body didn't look like hers post baby you weren't trying hard enough.
Now, Kang has had, what detractors might call her comeuppance. 
The 36-year-old has shared new bikini photos of herself on Instagram and admitted she has gained weight since the viral photos and battled with low self esteem.

I usually have several rituals before I do a photoshoot: - If I'm not within my desired weight range I would diet 10-12 weeks prior - Two weeks before I shoot I would up my cardio and decrease my carbs - A week prior I would start prepping my clothes, applying facial masks and doing a manicure - The day of I would try to eliminate extra water from my body, ensure I was shooting in the morning (before I ate and was refreshed). HOWEVER - in the last several months I've been over-traveling, over-stressed and over "it" as I'm undergoing many life challenges and changes. While my sister n law, @brittenphoto  in town, I decided just a couple hours before she had to leave on a plane to do an impromptu photoshoot. It's been over a year since I could get in front of a professional camera because I never felt 'ready enough'. There were constantly events, children, stress and even some depression, that prevented me from following through on my quarterly goals.  Despite how 'unready' I felt, I thought about all the women I encourage to be proud of how far they've come and to celebrate their body at every stage of progression. I am in no way out of shape, but I am definitely and admittedly hard on myself because I rarely see extra skin, cellulite, muscles or a size greater than a 2 on a magazine cover.  I rarely see Asians in the media! (that's a different topic!) So I have all those things. I shot this in the afternoon after eating a donut (thanks to my bff who owns a shop!) I didn't exercise for 4 days prior and was tired after a day working and being with my kids. AND I am 10lbs up since I shot that "What's Your Excuse" photo!  So here I am.  This is a raw photo with absolutely no retouching, no preparation and no shame. I'm finding my beauty again, I'm discovering my strength again and I'm relearning what it means to be brave, bold and unapologetic about where I am in my life's journey. #noexcusemom #mariakang #brittenphoto
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"I struggled with my reflection for some time," Kang told People magazine. "I stopped feeling beautiful. Like most mums, my hair is always in a bun, my life is always on the go and my fitness goals are always one of my last priorities.
Kang's original photos received more than 16 million hits on Facebook and tens of thousands of comments. Many comments were angry.
"You, as a woman, should be ashamed that you are furthering the downward spiral of how society views women, and how we women view ourselves," wrote one commenter.
Kang however, refused to back down.
"I did it because I knew it would wake people up," Kang told CNN at the time. "My intention was to inspire and motivate people to get healthy.
"It takes a lot of time to raise kids, but you have to also make time to take care of yourself." 
The author of a diet book said her latest shoot was an act of self love. 
"It was important for me because I always tell women to celebrate their bodies," Kang said. "Regardless if we have some cellulite, extra weight, extra skin or extra scars – be proud because we are constantly progressing, transforming and aging! This is our temple so take care of it!"
"I've gained 10 lbs. since my 'What's Your Excuse' photo and I'm not hiding from that fact. I want to empower others to step in front of the camera and be unapologetic, thankful and proud of where they are today.
"Beauty is in our minds and is reflected in the eyes of the people who truly love you. It doesn't matter if you are skinny, fit, overweight or obese, if you don't live in gratitude, you will never see what you truly have and who you truly are."

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