Here's the photo that Maria Kang posted on her Facebook page that caused such a stir:
While many of the more than 12,000+ comments on the 32-year-old California fitness enthusiast's photo have been supportive, others attacked her with a range of accusations, including that she was fat-shaming women.
Kang told Yahoo! Shine that her intention was, quote, "to inspire people," explaining, "I wanted to say, 'I know you think you don't have time if you have kids. But if I can do it, you can do it too." King, a former beauty pageant queen and fitness competitor who's a recovering bulimic, posted an apology which Shine cites her as admitting is really a non-apology. She wrote, "I'm sorry you took an image and resonated with it in such a negative way. I won't go into details that I struggled with my genetics, had an eating disorder, work full time owning two businesses, have no nanny, am not naturally skinny and do not work as a personal trainer. What I WILL say is this. What you interpret is not MY fault. It's yours. The first step in owning your life, your body and your destiny is to OWN the thoughts that come out of your own head. I didn't create them. You created them. So if you want to continue 'hating' this image, get used to hating many other things for the rest of your life." That, of course, brought a slew of new negative responses.
If you stalk around her Facebook page, though, you'll also find shots like this...
...with the caption, Every now and then I notice my stretch marks. I often forget they are there! I believe it's because I focus on what I have versus what I don't. I have a strong midsection - proven even more by the stretch marks symbolizing the life that was created in me three times. Don't be embarrassed by the scars that make your life beautiful.
The reality is, if you want to find this woman inspring, you will. If you want to be upset with her, you will.