Fitness: Looking For The Easy Out, by Sandra O’Brien

Life is busy for most, if not all of us. We have jobs, kids, family, friends, laundry, grocery shopping and activities we like to do on our “down” time. If you care about your health and fitness levels — which I’ll assume you do if you are reading this article — finding time to work out can be a challenge unless it becomes a commitment ingrained to routine, similar to brushing your teeth. You may, like many, seek ways to make the journey to good health a quick trip to the corner store versus the lifelong journey it truly is.

Often we search for the newest pill, exercise machine, or trainer to show us a short cut to dropping pounds of fat, gaining more muscle, increasing endurance and cheating the aging process. We may explore more invasive measures like liposuction to appear smooth, fat free and lean. Heaven knows these days, the multitude of surgical options that make liposuction look tame in comparison. Perhaps you’ve considered a trip down botox trail or similar injections in order to achieve more smooth, wrinkle-free, youthful looking skin despite aging. Do you claim to live a nutritionally “clean” lifestyle yet scarf down Jamoca Almond Fudge ice cream with wild abandonment in seclusion? How about chocolate chip cookies? Miss Vicki’s salt and vinegar chips? Gin and tonic? Why as a society, do we feel the need to put masks on to cover up our true selves to those we love, clients, family, and society at large? What do we need to prove?

I’m reminded of the movie Legally Blonde with Reese Witherspoon. Reese plays the lawyer Elle, who is tasked with defending Brooke Taylor-Windham-Brooke, a high profile, well known fitness trainer who preaches the benefits of exercise and clean eating. Brooke is charged with murdering her husband but refuses to give an alibi as she was having liposuction at the time the murder took place. Is being charged with murder a better scenario than people knowing who you really are? This may seem like a foolish question, but a little concentrated investigating in your own life may reveal just how often you let fear control you.

[Read on in Part 2 about me and the cinnamon roll…]

Sandra O'Brien

Sandra O’Brien is mother to the world’s three most fabulous children. She is also a Law of Attraction Life Coach, Personal Trainer, and Reiki healer. She is creator of the Bootcamp Goddess system, a female fitness program to blowtorch body fat, sculpt sexy lean muscle and empower women everywhere to be the best version of themselves, inside and out. She enjoys the ocean, fire walking, reading, long walks, meditation, men in linen shirts and a full moon.