On Tuesday, I posted my thoughts regarding Maria Kang’s recent controversy. I tried to be as objective as possible while throwing in some of my own opinions too — I wanted to open up the conversation, because I do think that topics like this should be an open conversation. We all see things differently and have our own opinions, after all, and we should be able to discuss them.
On Wednesday, a popular fitness blogger, one who I look up to — I even recently took one of her webinar classes — tweeted me, telling me that she couldn’t read past my first paragraph because it was judgmental and she couldn’t stomach it.
In my first paragraph, I did state that Maria Kang is half-naked in her photo. I would describe myself in the same way if I posted a picture of myself in spandex shorts and a sports bra. I thought it was a fair observation.
While I was disappointed this blogger’s reaction (although also thrilled that my posts are reaching “bigger” bloggers — controversy creates conversation), it made me realize one thing — we will NEVER be able to please everyone. Ever.
Maria Kang thought she was inspiring people with her post, and I thought that I was inspiring people with mine. We have different philosophies, and that’s okay.
The thing is, I wasn’t really writing my post for moms — that’s not my main audience. I was writing my post for the teenage girls who are critical of their newly developed hips. I was writing my post for the college girls who exercise seven days a week, joints aching and muscles fatigued, simply because they feel the need to look a certain way or weigh a certain amount (I was one of those girls). I was writing it for the twenty-somethings who need to make up for their college days, desperately trying to add fat to their bodies and regulate their hormones so they can someday have a baby. Those are the realities of the world that we live in, and those are the women who will be most influenced by that photo.
With all of the societal pressures, eating disorders and exercise addictions that are in this world (especially this blog world) today, I didn’t think that we needed one more person to compare ourselves to.
We need to embrace our bodies, imperfections and all.
Katy Widrick’s recent Exposed post is a great example of this.
She is my definition of inspiring.
I want to hear your thoughts. Let’s keep the conversation going.