The original “fit mom” has radically changed her controversial philosophy and we support it

Maria Kang, the mommy fitness blogger who gained fame for posting a photo that showed off her chiseled physique while surrounded by her three young children, and the headline “What’s Your Excuse” recently gained ten pounds, and is being vocal about the change.

She shared photos from a recent shoot in which her stretch marks are clearly visible, and her body slightly more curvy, and told People that she isn’t as hardcore about the “no excuses” lifestyle she used to preach.

Usually, before photoshoots, Kang would follow a strict 10-12 week diet, eliminate water weight, and spend weeks planning her outfits and beauty prep.

But for this photoshoot, she just went about her life until it was time to get in front of the camera.

"This is a raw photo with absolutely no retouching, no preparation and no shame. I'm finding my beauty again, I'm discovering my strength again and I'm relearning what it means to be brave, bold and unapologetic about where I am in my life's journey."

"I struggled with my reflection for some time," Kang reveals, "I stopped feeling beautiful. Like most moms, my hair is always in a bun, my life is always on the go and my fitness goals are always one of my last priorities. I struggled with motivation, I've gained some weight and am experiencing difficult marital challenges."

"I've gained 10 lbs. since my 'What's Your Excuse' photo and I'm not hiding from that fact. I want to empower others to step in front of the camera and be unapologetic, thankful and proud of where they are today. Beauty is in our minds and is reflected in the eyes of the people who truly love you."

"It doesn't matter if you are skinny, fit, overweight or obese, if you don't live in gratitude, you will never see what you truly have and who you truly are."

It seemed like Maria was starting to change her “no excuses” tune when she recently posted this caption on Instagram.

“I began struggling with being a ‘fitness person’ on social media as I don’t post workout videos, motivational quotes, clean meals and gym selfies. I don’t have a rock hard physique, I have several other priorities and sometimes I give into chocolate (esp when it feels like it cures everything). Fitness is not my life, it’s a part of my life.”

Not everyone can maintain the immense pressures put upon them by living a public Instagrammable life and tbh, WE LOVE this new philosophy. Some moms found Kang’s former “No Excuses” mantra to mean she was shaming mommies who don’t get in crazy great shape. But this new philosophy embraces one’s natural, beautiful flaws, and we’re all for it.