My name is Karen, and I live in Vermont. In a few short words, I am a mom, a wife, a daughter, a sister, a co-worker who loves her job, a person who wants to be truly fit, and someone who is striving to find the perfect balance of all these things in my life.
Yup, that’s me!
My 30’s were a challenging and busy time. I changed jobs to help start a new adventure travel company (which I am still doing, and I LOVE it). My husband and I had two kids. We spent several years renovating our house, doing everything but the electrical work ourselves (we are almost done, hooray!!). Finally, in the fall of 2009 when I was 38 years old, my father died quite suddenly of a heart attack while on vacation. It was devastating.
My dad and my kids. This was about three weeks before he died. I am so grateful to have this picture… the only one I have of the three of them together.
With a 6 month old and a 4 year old when my father died, I was exhausted and depressed. I spent the next six months living in a sort of fog. Actually, it felt a bit more like a tunnel. As time passed and spring came, I started to see the light at the end of the tunnel. With the kids a bit older and the house not weighing so heavily on us, I was able to start getting some of the fitness back that I had started to let slip away. By the time I turned 40 in June, 2011, I actually felt great. But I have still been struggling with a final 15 lbs to lose.
In so many ways, I am incredibly fortunate. I have two healthy, rambunctious kids. I have a great husband who is an amazing father (and he loves to ski powder…)
I love my job. I get to travel to interesting places every so often. I have my mother nearby, and I have my health.
To top it all off, we have the world’s best dog.
The amazing Max.
For all of these things I am deeply grateful.
If I am being honest, this blog was started in a effort to help keep my motivation up to lose weight and get fit. For the moment I am still on that journey, and while I’ve never been really overweight, I have struggled with food issues and they have gotten in the way of acheiving the level of fitness I would like to have. But no more. I hope you’ll join me in exploring fitness, diet, dealing with the stress of normal life, and continuing to grow into a better person every day.