Exercise-loving mom defends 'What's Your Excuse?' photo - New York News

Exercise-loving mom defends 'What's Your Excuse?' photo

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Maria Kang and her three sons in a photo posted on Facebook. Maria Kang and her three sons in a photo posted on Facebook.

(WJBK) -- A fitness-loving mother of three from Los Angeles is defending herself against Facebook users bashing a photograph of her toned body captioned 'What's your excuse?'

Maria Kang, 32, originally posted the photo of her dressed in a workout bra and micro shorts alongside her three young sons last year. But she decided to re-post last month after she noticed it was being shared on the social media site with a slew of hate-filled comments, accusing her of being 'insulting,' 'obnoxious' and a 'fat shaming bully.'

Kang, who runs a fitness-focused non-profit called Fitness without Borders, says her intent was to inspire people with the picture. In her non-apology she says in part, "What you interpret is not my fault. It's yours."

To her credit, many of the 20,000-plus comments are positive and praise her dedication, which includes up to 60 minutes of weight training and cardio five to six times a week.

Here is more of what Kang posted on Facebook:

"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."

SOUND OFF: What is your to reaction to Kang's photo?

-- myFOXDC.com contributed to this report

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