Elk Grove mom Maria Kang asked the question in 2012, “What’s Your Excuse?” after posting a picture of her sculpted figure, eight months after giving birth to her third child.
Some called the picture flattering and inspiring, others insulting and overly revealing, but Kang’s photo went viral. Media outlets from California to London have covered the controversy. She endured and founded the No Excuse Mom movement and became a nationally known fitness advocate and blogger.
Is her message changing?
In a series of Instagram posts this week, Kang delves into recent challenges in her life, including separating from her husband, a slight weight gain, and dealing with depression. In one post she, says: “I know we all strive to be “ready” for events, vacations or just feel good enough to wear a swimsuit or take a photo! Sometimes we will mentally never be where we think we should be, so just show up! Just do it! Just be proud of where you are in your life’s journey!”
“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,” she writes in another post.
Earlier this year, Kang survived four episodes on Fox’s “American Grit” reality show before being eliminated. The show featured men and women facing a variety of military-based and survival-themed challenges in the wilderness. The show featured WWE star John Cena. Contestants attempted to win $1 million.