Getting My Arse Kicked at Orange Theory

Kristen Marks

by Kristen Marks

Kristen Marks is a travel enthusiast, empty-nest mom to two young adult children, athlete, attorney, author, speaker, proud wife of almost three decades (to the same wonderful man!), and the founder of My Pink Lawyer®, Florida Estate & Legacy Planning attorneys. Kristen has been crafting professional estate plans for Floridians and their families for over 28 years.

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“This woman is a machine,” I thought to myself. (At least I think I said it to myself. I sometimes have a habit of speaking out loud the running commentary that takes place in my head.)


I was still on my first set of shoulder raises and the woman next to me at Orange Theory had already moved onto her burpees (with perfect form I might add), two exercises past me in the rotation.


Sure, she was younger than me but I can usually hold my own at OT, especially in the weight room.


This woman, however, was running circles around me.


It’s not like I’m the best in class by any means. But I do take kind of a secret, gleeful pride being able to hang with women half my age.


Alas, hang I did not today. Today it was a joke. Why, oh why, did I have to pick the rower next to hers when class started?


It didn’t help matters when we moved to the treadmill and I happened to glance over and she was a solid 2 mph ahead of me throughout the entire interval workout. Guess that’s not too surprising, though, since I am a slow runner. (Yes, I can go far apparently; just not very fast.)


I know. Everyone always tells you never to compare yourself to others because you’ll tend to compare your weaknesses to their strengths.


Folks also tell me when they learn that I am an estate planning lawyer that they do not need to plan yet because they “don’t have an estate” ha ha.


Phooey, I say. Everyone has an estate.


Your estate may not be equivalent to Bill Gates or Mark Cuban, but you have one.


You may be in your building/working years as most of my clients are, but you have an estate.


Do not compare yourself to your neighbors thinking that they need to plan and you don’t because they are richer, more educated, or have a higher income than you.


Regardless of your station in life, you plan so that you can protect what you do have from unnecessary taxes, legal fees, and government interference.


You plan to protect your loved ones and to ensure that your children are raised by the people you choose, not those chosen by the courts.


You plan because it’s the honorable thing to do for your family, whether it’s a simple written plan or a complex one.


Whether you’re a “planning virgin” or already have an existing plan, our exclusive Family Succession Strategy Sessions are a hit with Florida residents. You can reserve yours online here.


Despite my discouraging workout this morning (it was actually pretty good with 21 splat points), I managed to shake it off and remember that I am not competing with anyone but myself.


So too it is with your Family Succession Planning. You are not competing with your neighbor.


Notwithstanding, tomorrow is another day and now that I know what this woman looks like, I’ll be sure to choose a treadmill far away from hers next time!


Kristen “Getting My Arse Kicked at OT” Marks


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