Hi! I'm Karen

Finding the best version of myself


Fifty-something who finally figured out this weight loss journey stuff and along the way realized it’s really a health journey about more than weight. It’s about making over my body, mind and soul, improving what I can, working with what I’ve got, and making the best version of me possible. It’s about liking myself. Like the quote at the top says, “She believed she could, so she did.” I finally believed, and I did – and I’m still doing it.

I’ve been overweight my whole life, except at birth. At least that’s what I was told. I realize now, that in high school, being 5 ft 2in (62 cm for the rest of the world) weighing 120 lbs (54.5 kg) was not overweight. But that led to my mind being overweight and eventually the body caught up topping out at 248 lbs (112.7kg). To this day, I cannot looking in the mirror and see what others realistically see.  I tried all the typical ways to lose weight, some worked, some didn’t  but they all led to higher numbers on the scale.

Finally something clicked, still don’t know why. Like millions of people I made my New Year’s resolution to lose weight. That was 2013. It’s still working. And every day I’m amazed that I’m not 248 lbs again. It’s not been perfect, it’s not been easy, at times it’s been frustrating, but I’m still working on it and on making myself the best I can be. I realized how much I like exercise and moving. I got certified as both a Group Fitness Instructor and a Health Coach and hope to put them to use.

2020 wasn’t an easy year with Covid, a new job and selling and buying a home. Some of the weight crept back up. I had started this blog a few years ago and neglected it. I’m restarting it now in the hopes of igniting the passion to get back to where I was and to keep moving along this health journey. I hope to help others learn from my experiences and perhaps use some of this information in their own journeys. Or just to nod, laugh and realize they’re not alone. 

I invite you to join me.