This month the from the From Left to Write Book Club is reading Maria Kang’s The No More Excuse Diet. As a member of the book club I have received a copy of this book for free for the purposes of this blog post.
Maria Kang is the founder of the not for profit Fitness Without Borders and the mom featured in the controversial photo entitled “What’s your excuse?”. The photo, featuring Kang in her workout gear and smokin hot body and her three children, went viral in 2013. Many saw her as an inspiration, others saw her as a “fat shamer”, making people feel bad because they don’t look like her.
Personally, I saw it as an inspiration. If she can do it, why can’t I? What’s my excuse? My excuse is that I am lazy and losing weight is the hardest thing in the world for me. I love food and I don’t want to stop eating the foods I love. And exercise is hard. It’s so much easier being lazy and staying fat.
In my new place, I have to climb stairs.
I have two kids that need to be everywhere at the same time.
Huff puff. Oh, my back!
I have a very energetic dog who needs exercise or he becomes destructive and annoying.
Huff puff. Oh, my back! Oh, my knees!
I assist my boss at the dance studio with a class of three year olds.
Huff Puff. Oh, my back! Oh my knees! Oh, my feet!
And then there’s this…
This is the costume that I will wear on stage in front of a couple hundred complete strangers (and a few not so strange) when those three year olds perform their dance for their recital in June.
Now, I know nobody is going to be looking at me. They’re all going to be looking at those adorable little girls in their sparkly tutus and bright pink bows. And those little girls are the ones they should be looking at.
But I have to look at me.
And I don’t like what I see.
And I intend to do something about it.
I’m already on my third day of eating under my calorie goal. The weather hasn’t been nice to me this week, so walking the dog or getting to the gym hasn’t happened yet, but it will. I’ve learned that my body needs to trust that it will be fed consistently so that it won’t go into starvation mode and store fat instead of burn it. I’ve learned that drinking all that water really wakes you up in the middle of the night.
This time five years ago I was twenty pounds lighter, what the hell happened? How do I get back there? How do I get past that?
I am NOT making excuses anymore.
Obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes and thyroid issues all run in my family. My kids need to see their mommy healthy and finally happy with the way she looks. And I need to teach them new eating habits and the importance of exercise.
I need to do this. They need to learn it from me.
So, what’s MY excuse? I don’t have any. Not anymore. Thanks Maria Kang.
This is an original ROSCMM post. This post was written for the From Left to Write Book Club and was inspired by The No Excuses Diet by Maria Kang, a copy of which I received for review purposes. All opinions are that of Jennifer herself unless otherwise noted. Copyright 2015 Mastermind Mommy