|Photo Credit : Maria Kang|
I’m amazed that Maria Kang’s, seemingly infamous, photo is still trending online. While I think she looks great, I totally get why people are upset. The thing that bothers me is that she is getting SO much fanfare. When I look at this picture, I see a fit mom who is blatantly telling me to stop being lazy. “Get your fat ass off the couch and go burn some calories.” That’s the unwritten message that I get. I appreciate the motivation, but I ultimately don’t think it’s that complicated. It just makes me want to punch her lights out. (Kidding) When I see this picture, I automatically roll my eyes. It’s an involuntary response. Sorry, Maria. I don’t want to be your friend. I think the approach is too snarky. In the end, I think you got what you wanted — more attention, so congrats on that.
As a mom, I think we lean on other moms for support and motivation. For the sake of this blog post, let’s just agree the message here is: Don’t Be Lazy. Maria Kang is obviously referring to health and fitness. I believe that staying healthy is really important, but it’s a challenge. Instead of posting a picture that simply displays her hot bod, I feel like we need more context. Maybe she could enlighten us with some tips on how to incorporate healthy living into pregnancy and motherhood. I would appreciate that.
Instead of focusing so much on something as superficial as a fit mom, I wish our society would take more notice of mothers like Jane Andraka. In her Ted talk, her message is the same as Maria’s: Don’t Be Lazy. The main difference is that Jane is referring to education. Her sons are brilliant and after hearing her speak, it’s not that surprising. She has taken an active role in their education and helped them reach their potential. It’s amazing what they have accomplished at such a young age. Check out her video and you’ll quickly see what I mean. Why does her video only have a little over 3,000 views? I don’t even want to know how many views Maria’s picture has at this point. It’s sad. Trying to do it all is extremely aggressive, but at the end of the day, I’d rather have a higher BMI and a daughter with a higher IQ than a six pack and a stupid kid. ha!
Seriously — watch this video