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A California mom posted a picture of herself in workout clothes and the caption “What’s Your Excuse?” The photo also included her three young sons. The youngest in the photo is 8 months and Maria Kang, the mother, is sporting a flat tummy.

People. Were. Mad. Many who commented on the photo felt that Kang was passing judgement on mothers who aren’t fit and who don’t have time to work out daily.

The photo with her sons, now ages 1, 3 and 4, has garnered more than 12,000 Facebook shares and 16,000 comments, largely coming from critics accusing her of intentionally trying to shame overweight mothers.

“I grew up with an overweight mother and saw her struggles and that’s what inspired me to stay fit,” she said. “My mother was admitted into the ER for health related reasons on my wedding day. She really inspired me to take care of myself.”

Many Facebook users called her a “bully,” saying she’s “fat-shaming,” and told her she needs “to apologize for the hurt” she’s caused women.

Kang did issue an apology of sorts:

“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 business’, have no nanny, am not naturally skinny and do not work as a personal trainer. I won’t even mention how I didn’t give into cravings for ice cream, french fries or chocolate while pregnant or use my growing belly as an excuse to be inactive. 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. You can either blame, complain or obtain a new level of thought by challenging the negative words that come out of your own brain.”