What’s Your Excuse? | Fil-Am mom Maria Kang flaunts abs in controversial photo

BY PAUL MICHAEL CAMANIA JARAMILLO
 
 
A 32-year-old Filipina has become one of the most controversial moms in America after she posted a photo on her Facebook page showing her fit body with her three boys around her. The words “What’s your excuse?” posted on top.
 
I've been getting an influx of new followers, emails and comments (on my profile pic) recently. Some saying I'm a bully, I'm fat-shaming and I need to apologize for the hurt I've caused women. I get it. SO here's my First and Final Apology:

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.

With that said, obesity and those who struggle with health-related diseases is literally a 'bigger' issue than this photo. Maybe it's time we stop tip-toeing around people's feelings and get to the point. So What's Your Excuse?
 
"I issued a non-apology on my Facebook page because I am not a bully. I just wanted to show others that it could be done,” she pointed out.
 
Kang only wanted to inspire people, she tells Yahoo! Shine: 
 
"I just hope that the person who feels completely overwhelmed can see they can control their own destiny. To know that there’s no excuse for not making time for yourself."

But the picture has gone viral and others have taken offense to it.
 
Fitness has always been an advocacy for Maria.

Maria, who was born in San Francisco, is the daughter of Caroline Aducayen from Cagayan, and the granddaughter of retired Philippine Ambassador George Aducayen Jr.

She is a beauty titlist, winning the Mutya ng Pilpinas U.S.A. in 2003 and the Miss Petite Teen International when she was 17.

She is now married to David Casler, a mother of three, and a businesswoman.

She also owns two residential care homes for the elderly and runs a fitness non-profit organization.
 
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