Maria Kang — aka “Fit Mom,” aka “No Excuses Mom” — made waves in 2013 when she posted a photo featuring her toned body surrounded by her three young children with the caption “What’s Your Excuse?”
It’s no surprise the internet did not take lightly her proclamation, with many bloggers and critics citing the stresses moms deal with daily and the unrealistic expectations reinforced by photos like Kang’s.
Three years later, Kang is having a change of heart.
In a recent interview with People, Kang opened up about how she has gained weight due to the stresses and priorities of being a mom, saying: “Like most moms, 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. I struggled with motivation, I’ve gained some weight and am experiencing difficult marital challenges. I let the world consume me this last year. I let events, people and things influence my perception of myself, and I literally felt broken.”
Kang’s words are heartbreaking and representative of the struggle many moms constantly face. Even though she started out with little empathy for others’ unique struggles, Kang has learned from her own experience of weight gain. She even issued an apology following the 2013 backlash, but her recent posts show how she’s truly turning over a new leaf.
Regardless of the journey that got her here, Fit Mom is now using her influence to promote body positivity with posts of her new, fuller body — proudly sporting a bikini on her Instagram (and looking fantastic doing it).
Kang explained to People: “It was important for me because I always tell women to celebrate their bodies. 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!”
While Fit Mom’s change of tune when it comes to body positivity may seem convenient or out of the blue, the more body positivity and awareness for the hardships of being a mom, the better. So count us in!