My personal theme for this year is Make It Happen. I haven’t done everything that I’ve wanted to do but I am making some changes and things are surely happening in my house. Of course, weight loss is on that list so when I was offered the chance to review The No More Excuses Diet by Maria Kang as part of the From Left to Write virtual book club, I did it right away. Like my wordplay there?
Maria Kang might be best known as the mom that people loved to hate last year because of her post on Facebook last year and what people perceived as her fat shaming of other moms or people with curvier bodies. If you don’t remember the controversy, I’m pretty sure you’ll at least remember this picture.
Yep, her. She has since apologized for what people perceived as her fatshaming them and posted on her own blog ,
While I speak strongly about making one’s health a priority, they very last thing I intended to express was any level of shame. No one should be ashamed of who they are, at the same time, in order to desire something greater, you have to – at some level – be uncomfortable with where you are at. When we normalize being unhealthy we create complacency to positively change.
Here’s my perspective. She’s right. I’m a plumper than I want to be mom and I feel that we have normalized being unhealthy. I know very clearly exactly what I’m doing wrong and how I got to where I am now. And it is not as healthy as I could be. I would argue that most people do but somehow along the way, things just happened and we looked up 20 pounds heavier. Heck, I came back from BeachesMoms five pounds heavier alone (and yes, it was worth everything I ate and drank.)
When I read her book, I realized that I do need to stop making excuses and she actually spurred me into action. It’s not been a long time but I’ve been going to the gym on a regular basis. I’ve been monitoring my eating and adding in exercise, even if it’s not running a 10:00 mile, is a good start for me. Overtime, I’ve came to understand that my lifestyle will always need movement in it but that’s not a bad thing, it’s just something I HAVE to make a priority.
What’s your perspective? Do you think she’s right to say we need to change our attitudes towards excess weight or do we need to embrace all body sizes, even if they’re not healthy? For the record, my husband is one of those overweight but healthy people. All his numbers suggest that he’s fit but he’s not, it just has been detected yet.
This post was inspired by The No More Excuses Diet by Maria Kang who shares her no excuses philosophy that motivated her to become more fit. Join From Left to Write on March 12th as we discuss The No More Excuses Diet. As a member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.