Moms are posting bathroom selfies as part of the viral '#JLoChallenge'
Last week, 50-year-old singer and actress Jennifer Lopez took to Instagram to share a steamy bikini selfie with her 114 million Instagram followers, and revealed that she is "relaxed and recharged" following her energetic Super Bowl Halftime Show performance.
J-Lo, who is mom to 11-year-old twins Emme Maribel Muñiz and Maximilian David Muñiz (whom she had with ex-husband Marc Anthony), left her fans in awe at her toned physique and was showered with compliments in the comments section.
However, in doing so, the mom also inspired moms around the world to share their own swimsuit selfies, in a movement that's been labeled the '#JLoChallenge'.
But these moms are not flaunting how toned and tight their bodies are; instead, they are embracing their different shapes and sizes as mothers, and encouraging others to champion their own personal fitness journeys.
The "JLoChallenge" was created by mother Maria Kang, who is also the founder of the parenting fitness community No Excuses Mom. Kang recently shared a mirror selfie to her own Instagram account, mimicking J-Lo by wearing her own white two-piece. The photo was accompanied with a caption that had an important message for all parents:
"Thank you @jlo for inspiring this spontaneous pic in a white bikini this morning. Not a celebrity. Not getting millions to look great in a movie (hello, Hustlers! or dating a hot athlete (although my hubby is kinda cute!) BUT, it doesn't matter... Own your story. Create your own accountability. Don't make excuses for your inaction."
Kang then encouraged other moms to share their own bathroom selfie - a challenge that moms all over the world obliged.
Instagram user and mom life.leggings.fitness wrote: "This is what 26 looks like. With three kids, two pregnancies, one csection, one natural. I'm still very much a work in progress. It's called a journey for a reason [sic]".
And shannonlink18 shared: "I was challenged by @mariakangfitness to join the bathroom selfie swimsuit #jlochallenge to show that motherhood can make you better. I am a 39 year old mother of 3 children (19, 13, & 11). The goal is to never strive to look like anyone else, but to embrace life, motherhood, and work for what you want. [sic]"
Another mom with the handle mel.lauren wrote: "This is 24 (going on 25). I am a FULL TIME MAMA! I’ve been happily married for almost 4 years and a mother of two silly little boys. Hairstylist by day. Also a track & field coach, dancer/dance instructor, fitness lover!! I stay busy all day long!! [sic]"
And laceycalkins posted: "This is 37 (in one month from today)!!! This is the body that gave birth to two beautiful girls (one completely natural). Despite the trials over the last couple years that lead me to make some hard decisions, I am the happiest I have been in a very long time. I am a full time working mom that gets up at 4:20 in the morning to work out, because regardless of my excuses, my girls deserve a happy/healthy mom (who also won’t say no to tacos!)."
And Instagram-user adelacarnaghi posted: " I am 36 year old mom of 10 and a grandmother of 1. I have been the No Excuse Mom leader in Sierra Vista, Az for about a year now. Excuses, yes, I have lots and yet I don't let them take control of my life. I make the decision to workout and be positive every single day, it's my way of life. I thank Maria Kang and all the No Excuse Moms for their support, encouragement, and inspiration. They have helped me change my life for the better. I would love to see your journey on how you crush your excuses. [sic]"
All incredibly powerful and inspiring! Is the J-Lo Challenge something you'd be up for taking part in? Let us know in the comments section...