I know you’ve seen it. There’s been a thing going around the past few days. No, not the flu (although it might make you feel sickish) but rather a picture, of a mom and her kids. It was supercute until the mom, a fitness blogger, tried to turn it into “fitspiration” by adding text to it:
What’s your excuse? Huh??
And it all went downhill from there. (Or uphill, depending on your feelings about fame for the sake of fame.) People hated her. People loved her. People attacked her from every possible angle. People defended her. She jumped in the fray and issued a “sorry not sorry” apology which only upped the ante until it reached the apex of all Internet memes: a spot on the Today show.
Which is why I wasn’t going to say anything about this. It’s mostly all been said and I honestly couldn’t think of a way to discuss it without sounding judge-y. (Which I’m trying hard to do less of!) I don’t know this lady from any other woman sexily posing in spandex in flattering light. If you want my personal opinion, sure, this rubbed me the wrong way. But I found it no more offensive than the majority of fitspo. And hey, it even has a redeeming feature that most fitspo lacks: props made of adorable kiddos! One of which even looks as if he is exploding from his mom’s womb rightthisverysecond! It’s not quite as cool as the birthing barn at the fair (oh yes, that’s a thing) but still, babies are fun. And if she’s going to use sex to sell then I think it was very forthright of her to remind us of the end result of sexy times. Truth in advertising!
Plus, you see the face of the little dude on the right? To heck with her, I want to do whatever workout he’s doing because he looks awesome! All of which got me thinking: If you move the “What’s your excuse?” line over his head, the picture takes on a whole new meaning. What’s your excuse for not being awesome today? I love it.
Last week I had so much fun doing my “anti-fitspiration” (lifespiration?) that I decided to take this one and run with it. Maybe I’ll make it a weekly thing? Happy (anti)Fitspo Friday!
Sure the fit mommy is adorbs but If I’m going to pick a model to inspire me, it’s going to be this lady! I don’t work out for flat abs or diet for a bikini – I live healthfully so I can not only make it to my 100th birthday but so I can do the Cha Cha Slide with my grandkids! Wearing a feather boa, naturally. (This is Gym Buddy Megan’s grandma, who I was privileged to include in an article for Shape.)
What about you – If you could put ANY lady (or gent!) on your inspiration board, who would it be?? What do you think of the whole “What’s your excuse” controversy?
P.S. If you’re wondering what a Singapore Sling is (like I was), it’s a cocktail that was popular around World War I made with gin, cherry brandy, grenadine syrup and club soda!