Friday, February 10, 2012

Well hello there! My name is Karen. I have 3 girls 16, 15, and 9. I've been married to my hubby for almost 20 years. I work part time as an accountant at an industrial supply company. In my spare time I like to craft,sew, draw, and play basketball! I have my own craft pattern company which keeps my busy when I'm not at my 'real' job. ;)

I'm tired of being "blobby." I was always fit as a teen and into my 20's.....then the children came! lol! It was easy loosing the weight with the first 2. But with my last child, well, I just got lazy. I let myself get up to 210 pounds. I did the HCG diet....ya I lost 30 pounds real fast, but I HATED the diet and I just didn't feel healthy after each round. Plus as soon as I finished a round I would slowly creep back up to around 190.

I went on a cruise in January 2012 with my mom, oldest brother and his wife and daughter, and my sister (who is 110 pounds!) and her husband. Every night we would go to the dance club on ship. At first I had full confidence and was out there dancing along side my family. Not really caring what I looked like....until I decided to take a break for a bit. I watched as my sister, niece and sister in law all dance around with so much energy and confidence. Looking around all I could see were fit people having fun and dancing the night away. Then.... I saw some people walk onto the dance floor who were about the same size and shape as I was. I watched them dance for a while and thought, "is THAT what I look like when I dance??" I was embarrassed! . I didn't go back out on the dance floor after that. The last night on board, I was in tears thinking about what I was missing out on.

Me, my brother and sister

While on board, I was also able to be in the "Carnival Legends" performance on the last day of our cruise. My sister was Brittany Spears, my brother was Elton John, and my niece was Madonna. I was Gloria Estefan and got to sing LIVE "Rhythm is Gonna Get Ya." When we all went back stage to try on the costumes, my sister's and my niece's costumes flooded their tiny bodies! With my costume, they had to take all the pins out so that it would fit me...thank goodness it was somewhat stretchy material!

My brother Dave, Me, my niece Jess (Dave's daughter), and my sister Deb

Once I got home and looked at the video and pictures that were taken on my trip, I was more disgusted than ever. With the vision and feelings of that last night in the dance club etched in my mind, I was determined to change my life, get fit, and be healthy!

Sister, her hubby Ty, and me

I signed up as a Beachbody coach under my sister-in-law, Kelly (who has been trying to get me to get healthy for a while now!!) and am on my way to a more healthy and fit ME!!!


  1. Yay!!! Making that first step is the hardest! Can't wait to see your smokin hot beach body!! Keep step at a time...I tell myself "it didn't get there overnight, and its not going to go away overnight either!" Joining your insane journey Monday!! <3

  2. Well, I am totally excited about you blogging about your journey. I, for one, need inspiration! I've never been a work-out-a-holic, and have just recently gotten into exercising 30min a day for about 4 days a week. I know it isn't going to get me where I want to be, though. I will be cheering for you!!! Post lots!