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California fitness trainer, mother of 3 comes under fire on Facebook for provocative photo

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California fitness instructor and mother of three, Maria Kang, has been the target of criticism on Facebook for this photo she posted recently on her wall. (Maria Kang/Mike Byerly Photo) California fitness instructor and mother of three, Maria Kang, has been the target of criticism on Facebook for this photo she posted recently on her wall. (Maria Kang/Mike Byerly Photo)

A California fitness instructor and mother of three has been the target of criticism on social media for a photo she posted to her Facebook page.

Maria Kang, 32, posted a photo of herself wearing a revealing, two-piece workout outfit with her three young boys, all under the age of 3, surrounding her and with a caption that reads:  "What's your excuse?"

For Kang, the photo was meant to be an inspiration to people, mainly mothers, struggling to stay fit under the difficult circumstances that typically comes with being a full-time mom. But to many on social media. the picture came as an exploitative jab at out-of-shape mothers and women alike.

The former beauty pageant queen Kang, who openly admits past struggles with an eating disorder, responded to her detractors in an apology note posted on her Facebook wall. It reads as followed:

"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? - Maria Kang"

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