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June 28, 2016

Fitness Journey Continued

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A couple months ago, close to my 47th birthday, I decided to mark a milestone in this fitness journey which I began in earnest in November of 2013. I’ve journaled here and there along the way about my progress. In March of last year, my fitness guru friend who has helped me all along the way, changed my primary mode of training to weight lifting. My personal weight and size has maintained at about the same level but I’ve really started to notice the changes to my physique now that I’ve been working this way. So in honor of training this way for a year and for feeling the fittest I ever have in my life as that birthday approached, I went to a photographer friend to have a few portraits taken.

I’ve been uncertain about sharing these pictures for a while now. I’ve always been self conscious being in front of a camera rather than being behind it. As a step in the direction of gaining self-confidence in the person I feel I am meant to become, I decided to share a few of the shots here today. I recently endured a big setback at work after the school year came to a close, a moment that temporarily rocked my belief in myself, but I’ve recovered, and I’m ready to move on and put that setback behind me. I present these pictures today as another step forward in my journey to me.

Karen 4b

me wall

me look

Karen flex

me sit

It sounds so cliche to say life is journey not a destination, but cliches come from somewhere – and that somewhere in this case is truth.  This is a journey of meaning that I will continue as long as I am able.  Improving my body deepens my mind and spirit connection, my desire to live in and enjoy the moment, to feel present in my own life.






  1. These are wonderful! I love the flexing picture!

    Comment by Renae — June 28, 2016 @ 3:37 pm | Reply

  2. I admire your perseverance – the proof is in the pudding, and you look great!

    Comment by Carol — June 28, 2016 @ 3:45 pm | Reply

  3. Sorry to hear about a setback at work. If it is any consolation your confidence in yourself is very evident in your pictures. As you say, it may be cliche but the journey is the important focus. I think we all find ourselves on different paths than we envisioned when we were younger. The trick is to find the new one through the forest rather than struggle to return to the old one. Change may be hard but I believe it is also an awakening. I look forward to seeing the new path you will find… Wishing you the best.

    Comment by Mike — June 28, 2016 @ 7:50 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Mike. It is interesting that you say the trick is to find the new one – I agree whole-heartedly. That has been a big part of my transformation in many ways.

      Comment by Karma — June 29, 2016 @ 7:54 am | Reply

  4. I love it!!! I started weight training in March and I love it!!!

    Comment by Andrea — June 28, 2016 @ 8:01 pm | Reply

    • Thank you Andrea, Glad you’re enjoying the weight training – I find it invigorating!

      Comment by Karma — June 29, 2016 @ 7:56 am | Reply

  5. This is such an inspirational post, Karma. Your last sentence summed up what’s so wonderful about sticking with a goal and following through–into a most beautiful you! I am glad you had the courage to post these pictures because those little steps help us gain self-confidence. Sorry to hear about your setback at work, but I know that what you’ve learned on this journey will aid you in following through any hurdles. So happy for you! Truly delighted…

    Comment by Kathy — July 2, 2016 @ 10:58 am | Reply

    • You are so very kind Kathy. Your comment is equally inspirational! Thank you.

      Comment by Karma — July 6, 2016 @ 6:24 pm | Reply

  6. Look at you glow! Nothing going to stop you now!

    Comment by dawnkinster — July 4, 2016 @ 8:05 am | Reply

    • From your lips, Dawn!! Thank you 🙂

      Comment by Karma — July 6, 2016 @ 6:25 pm | Reply

  7. Strong is good. Resilient is good. I’m looking forward to hearing about the next adventure.

    Comment by Gerry — July 7, 2016 @ 4:39 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Gerry. I’ve come to think of it all as a continuous adventure 🙂

      Comment by Karma — July 8, 2016 @ 9:52 am | Reply

  8. I’m 66 and been thinking for a while about working out in some way or other: Yoga, Tai Chi, etc … you’ve inspired me to stop thinking and start DOING. You look great.

    Comment by Sybil N — July 17, 2016 @ 8:42 am | Reply

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