Okay...I usually don't jump on the headline wagon, but this definitely got my attention.
I read the thousands of comments, in response to her fitness ad, some calling her "selfish" and a "bully"....while others praised her.
So, how do I feel about this and what's the point of putting this on my blog?
Weight has always been an issue for me. I was chubby being born, "sturdy" growing up and just plain FAT as an adult. I hated (sometimes STILL hate) the *RAH RAH--I'm ALL POSITIVE - ALL THE TIME* stuff...And I have to admit that 2 yrs ago, I would have looked at this ad, and rolled my eyes, at yet ANOTHER health nut, rubbing it in, that I was just another lazy mom, who didn't care about her body. (I was) My journey was too long. I was too tired and angry at life, to feel good about ANYTHING! And ANYONE who tried to tell me "If I can do it...You can do it" was just another thorn in my side.
I had my wake up call. And it was a scary one...A year and a half ago, while Bailey was still going through chemotherapy, I stepped on the scale. My "excuses" had gotten the best of me and I was shocked into reality, when those numbers showed up. Not shocked really. More like shamed. I had done this to myself. And I was the only one who could do something about it.
Today, looking at this ad...Maria Kang is a champ. A woman who took control of an eating disorder...And worked HARD to get where she's at. No where in her story or website did I see a "bully" or a "fat shamer"...
I see a motivator and an inspiration. ...I see a NO EXCUSES WOMAN.
My ENTIRE LIFE has been filled with excuses. Those EXCUSES got me to almost 240 pounds and I was living a life that was depressing and shameful. I was killing myself, right before my children's eyes...and I was setting an example that was saying it was okay to let "life's stuff", get in the way of what I wanted.
I am a mom of SIX children...All my excuses are legitimate and sound good. I have a disorder that causes tumors and extreme pain. I have hydrocephalus and a brain tumor...I have every reason, to just give up and let life do what its going to do to me....
I was/am dying in 10 different ways.
BUT...I have ONE THING I have control over...The ONE thing I could do something about...My Weight!
Forget genetics for a second....because - in MY opinion, that's just another excuse. I know I will NEVER EVER look like Maria Kang....But that isn't the point. She NEVER says, that women need to LOOK like her or BE like her to be healthy....She DOES say that YOUR LIFE is in YOUR HANDS.
My wake up call, was my second chance--
Over the last year and a half...The weight didn't magically fall off me. I've been working really hard! I FIND the time. I FIND the energy. I FIND the willpower....Even when I feel that there is nothing left to give...I dig deeper...And guess what I find? MORE!
Finding the time to exercise with my son holding my feet..
with unfolded laundry on the couch, 'cause that's just the way life is
There are truly NO EXCUSES to find a way to get what you want. That may sound harsh to some, but it's true. If you want something bad enough...You have to find a way to get it.