About Me

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.


My mom.

To top it all off, we have the world’s best dog.

the amazing max

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.


All opinions shared on StriveBalance are my own. I am not a doctor or nutritionist. My blog posts are based upon my personal views and experiences. If you decide to follow any suggestions on this site, use common sense, listen to your body, and if in doubt, consult your doctor.

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