NAME: Maria Kang
OCCUPATION: Business Owner/Nonprofit Founder/Freelance Writer
HOMETOWN: Elk Grove, CA
WHAT IS YOUR CLAIM TO FAME? Dubbed the “No Excuse Mom” from my Facebook photo that went viral.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TREAT/ CHEAT MEAL? HOW OFTEN DO YOU HAVE A CHEAT MEAL? I am a dessert/candy/chocolate person all the way. I will treat myself to red wine and dessert 1-2 times a week. I couple that with some sushi or Mexican food if I can find a babysitter.
HOW DO YOU EAT WELL AS A MOM ON THE GO? I keep a lot snacks on hand. I have almonds in my car. I have a constant batch of tuna or boiled eggs in my fridge. I also resort to healthy fast food options if I am totally unprepared and starving.
WHAT FOOD CAN’T YOU LIVE WITHOUT? I love my egg whites with sun-dried tomatoes every morning.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CLEAN MEAL? I really enjoy eating turkey meatballs. They are flavorful and great to couple with quinoa or brown rice.
WHAT’S YOU FAVORITE EXERCISE? I love any exercise for my rear end. After being pregnant for three years, I felt like my lower back became weaker and my hips wider. The ‘bubble butt’ I was used to having looked more like a flat pancake! I love squats, lunges, deadlifts, hip extensions and glute kickbacks.
HOW DO YOU STAY MOTIVATED? After training for several years, exercise has become a routine for me. However, taking my fitness to a different level of discipline requires me to set short term goals like a photoshoot, event or vacation that I can use as an accountability tool.
COFFEE OR TEA? I’m not really either. I didn’t drink coffee until my mid-twenties and that usually happened once a month. At night I may have some hot tea, but drinking either is a very conscious decision as my usual beverage of choice is water (or wine). LOL
DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE RECIPE TO SHARE? One of my favorite recipes is a healthy ice cream I overheard one of my moms in my Mom-Me Fit Club discuss one day. Basically you just take a few frozen bananas, add a little almond milk, some peanut butter (and whatever else you want – I like sliced almonds and dark chocolate chips) and mix it in a food processor. It tastes just like ice cream and it lactose free! (I’m intolerant)
My last words of wisdom? When I was trying to lose weight after three kids the biggest word that rung in my mind was “consistency”. Even when I was tired, depressed, frustrated, overwhelmed or stressed – I had to keep going. Whatever you do, don’t give up. Keep pushing and eventually you will arrive.