Nothing Like Having Someone Threaten to Eat Your Fingers!

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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“If you really loved me, you’d give me your dessert.”


“I am so hungry. If I can’t eat my soup RIGHT NOW, I’m gonna eat your fingers.”


“This fast isn’t fair. I weigh more than you and I get the same amount of food.”


The morning of Day 3 of 5 (the hardest fasting day by far): “Your shitty little jokes ain’t gonna fly tonight, I can tell you that.” This after I quipped that he gets more water additive today than me based on his weight which is supposed to help curb his hunger.


After dinner on Day 3: “So, what’s for dinner?”


Me: “Guess I can put your bowl in the dishwasher now since I know you won’t be reusing it tonight.


Him: Silence


Me: “Not funny?”


Him: “I’m laughing on the inside.”


Last day of the fast: “I might set my alarm at midnight so I can get up and eat.”


“I wake up 10x a night dreaming about food.”


After making my son a snack: “Pigs in a fricking blanket. I never thought I’d ever want to eat one. I guess pigs CAN fly.”


Me from bed about 9:00pm after my husband suddenly woke up after sleeping for an hour, got out of bed, started stumbling towards the door (you go to bed super early when you can’t eat anything): “Where you going?”


Him: Silence


Me: “You can’t eat anything yet.”


Him: “Dammit.” He shuffles back to bed, defeated.


A couple days after the fast: “That wasn’t so bad. It’s amazing the mental effects following the fast. I actually think about what I’m gonna eat now.”


These are verbatim quotes from my dear husband during our last 5 day fast together. I’ve written about it before. This was my fifth fast and my husband’s third fast.


Bay to Breakfast 2019I am huge proponent of the fasting kit we order through our doctor (though you can also order it online) called ProLon FMD (which stands for “fast mimicking diet”). It is a pre-proportioned five day low calorie fast. [And no, I receive no benefit in promoting the company other than a girl’s natural tendency to tell everyone they know about products and services they love.]


I’ve lost fifteen pounds and kept it off for six months and my husband has lost 25 pounds and also kept it off for four months.


I surreptitiously transcribed my husband’s quips on my phone after he said them because I knew they would make a fun blog post.


God, that man can make me laugh.


Although I’m keeping my weight at a new “normal,” continuing the periodic fasts are a good “reset” for both my body and my mental state around food. Fasting reminds me that I really won’t starve to death if I miss a meal and that junk food should remain “treats” rather than a staple in my diet.


So too with periodic reviews of your family’s Estate Plan.


You may have a killer plan in place when you execute your plan initially. But over time, your circumstances change, you may get complacent in monitoring your beneficiary designations and titling of assets, and there may be changes in the law which adversely affect your planning goals, so a fresh review and possible “reset” of your plan will maximize and renew the benefits for you and your family.


We offer cost effective reviews of existing estate plans for both our past clients and new ones which can be scheduled online here or by calling our office.


I’m not sure if Andrew will join me on my next fast. I know he’s mostly forgotten how hard the fast was for him so I figure if I wait another month or two before broaching the subject, that he’s more likely to acquiesce.


After all, misery loves company!


Kristen “Still Has All of Her Fingers” Marks


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