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    ‘What’s your excuse?’ Mom accused of fat-shaming after posting baby-weight loss photo - National | Globalnews.ca Do you consider this fat shaming of mothers? Offensive, motivational, inspiring? Discuss.

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    I'm not offended or inspired. I think it has a negative tone to it. Like, "I did it and everyone else should be able to as well"

    But it's not always that easy. I've struggled with weight for years and while I thought I had a thyroid issue I'm just getting a diagnosis now...but I could have told you that I had this issue 10 years ago.

    I also don't always make exercise my priority every day and I should. That's on me..but her picture isn't going to change that for me. Maybe if she could come put my ASD kiddo to sleep and make her sleep a full night without coming into my room...I wouldn't be so tired! lol.

    There are plenty of ways to inspire people to eat better and motivate them to exercise without a comment like "what's your excuse?"
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    I think she's awesome and I find fitness stories inspiring but there is something about the catch phrase that is prickly. I suppose it is meant to be. It's maybe not the best way to teach but, sheesh there is a lot of that tone out there! I work a little with fitness and sustainable weightloss after pregnancy and while I am amazed at some of the real-life-transformations that people go through, I think there is a ton of guilt-pressure that gets applied.

    At the end of the day, people are motivated by their own personal cocktail of triggers. I am motivated by information, results and a physical sense of well being that has very little to do with comparing myself to others. But that wasn't always the case and for me, that is the biggest benefit that I have received from practicing a regular fitness regimen.
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    Honestly, I want to print out this picture and tape it to the wall! I feel like I always have an excuse, and I am trying really hard to not let my 'excuses' get the best of me. I find this picture really inspiring.
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    It doesn't offend me at all.

    The first thing that came to mind was 'Oh, I have plenty!' - of excuses that is haha. I think kudos to her for being able to get fit, I WISH I had her motivation and determination.

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    It doesn't offend me nor does it inspire me. I think she's a bit annoying with the whole "what's your excuse" bit. I like to look to be inspired not have it thrown in my face. She does look great, I will give her that but it's not like she's the first woman on earth with kids to exercise.

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    I find that many people have that attitude. "Well I am skinny so you should be too" or there is no excuses to be overweight. I do not see this as any different.

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    I will be honest: when I see someone with 3 kids that age in that kind of shape showing it off, I start to wonder if she ever reads a book. It's my own snobbery, but that is the body of someone who is obsessed with working out and fitness to a level that I am not actually interested in, because it excludes other activities that feed the mind and the spirit.

    I think exercise and fitness are great, I think eating well is terrific, I think being so focused on it that all of your self-esteem is tied up in it is not even remotely appealing to me.

    And yeah, the "what's your excuse" puts me off. I don't need an excuse, and I actually do other things in my life besides work out.

    That said, one of the things I'm doing with my time off is going to yoga every single day, and walking a lot more. It feels great. I went to two yoga classes yesterday alone!
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    make it so
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    I agree that the tagline is a little 'in your face' rude. I mean if someone ever came up to me and said that in real life? I'd probably want to punch them.

    I get wanting to be motivational...and i do believe a lot of people do make excuses, but i don't know....can't help but feel negatively about someone who would actually make those points in that manner I guess.
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