I Feel Like I'm Pregnant Again!

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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“Good Lord,” I lamented to my husband last month as I attempted to get out of bed early one morning. Clearly, sitting straight up wasn’t going to work, so I rolled over on my side and pushed myself up to a sitting position. “This is not funny. I feel like I’m nine months pregnant again and can’t get out of bed. At least I can still see my feet this time.”

My abs were on fire. I was getting ready to attend Day 3 (yes, only day 3!) of a FOUR WEEK fitness boot camp I had committed myself to in the New Year to get my lazy butt (apparently my abs too) back into shape. Although my abs were screaming the loudest this particular morning, there wasn’t one part of me that didn’t hurt…badly I might add.

I’ve known for the past year that I was letting myself go. I wasn’t running anymore. I enjoyed my nightly glass or two of red wine. I ate whatever I wanted. I enjoyed my nightly Ben & Jerry’s Cherry Garcia ice cream. (I miss you, by the way.)

I had my blood work tested last Summer and discovered my cholesterol was through the roof. I had no discernible waist any longer and I felt sluggish. I knew I had to do something if I wanted to live a long, healthy life. Guess the realization was hitting me that my kids are almost out of the house (sad face) and that my husband and I will be moving into a new independent phase of our lives (happy dance!).

But, procrastination, laziness, and not knowing how best to get started on my fitness journey, held me back from getting started for a LONG TIME.

Until, that is, I heard about a boot camp every morning near my house. Yes, it’s at 5:45am but it’s only four weeks I told myself. I can do ANYTHING for four weeks (even if it is at an ungodly hour), right? Plus, with a boot camp where they take roll, I’d have some accountability which I clearly needed, lazy slug that I’d become.

My estate planning clients tell me that they too have procrastinated getting their affairs in order because they either just didn’t want to think about it or they didn’t know how to get started. They all agree, however, that the estate planning process was not "as bad" as they thought it would be and that my office held their hand and encouraged them each step of the way.

Plus, when they finally made their estate plan official, my clients tell me they felt a sense of relief knowing they were getting their act together to protect their assets and loved ones.

Well, I did make it through my first boot camp and enjoyed my week off before starting my second session this week. As with estate planning, staying in shape is an ongoing work in progress. I am starting to see my waist again and I actually WANT to eat healthy. Heck, I’m not busting my tail every morning when it’s still dark outside just to blow the effort on wine and ice cream every night!

I just hope I’ll be able to get out of bed tomorrow morning.

I Feel Like I'm Pregnant Again!

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