My husband tells me I have an unnatural obsession with another woman’s abs. He may be right. If you’ve worked out to BeachBody’s Power90, P90X+, or [intlink id=”29″ type=”page”]P90X2[/intlink] programs, you know who I’m talking about. It’s Traci Morrow, who I had the pleasure of meeting in person last month. Almost as much as The Tony himself, Traci is my idol. For those of us who think that motherhood is an automatic death sentence for your midsection, Traci will blow your misconceptions away. Even superstar trainer Jillian Michaels, who reportedly stated that she does not plan to have any children because pregnancy would mess up her body, can’t compete in the same league.
Traci shows that chiseled abs are not just for teenage girls who have never gone through childbirth. A mother of six can have them too. You read that right: MOTHER OF SIX (two are through adoption but who’s quibbling?)
That’s why Traci is my hero. Not because she has awesome abs. You can be fit and healthy without ripped abs. But because she proves the naysayers wrong. She breaks the false conventions which we impose upon ourselves. She shows that an ordinary suburban wife and mother in her forties(!) can attain the same level of fitness as Hollywood stars with their entourage of personal chefs, assistants, and trainers (I’m talking about you Madonna, Jennifer Anniston, and Jennifer Lopez). She does it all in her home while at the same time running a Brady Bunch-sized household. She doesn’t have any more time than you or me, so the usual excuses don’t apply. Everytime I don’t feel like pressing play, I think about what Traci has accomplished. If she can do it, there’s no reason why I can’t, too.
Before, I only knew of Traci through P90X+ and thought of her as The Tony’s sidekick, but it turns out she is a very funny person herself. Speaking to a group of fitness converts, she had me rolling with her account of an aerobics class gone horribly wrong after the birth of her last child. It involved a runaway nursing pad. This humiliating episode prompted her first purchase of a BeachBody fitness program so she could workout at home. The rest is history.
Thanks to Traci’s example, I’m not going to settle for anything less than my full potential. Nobody can tell me otherwise.