My New Home

It’s moving time!! My blog now has a new home….




Check out my new site:

Health in Real Life will still remain intact (for now) but all of my future postings will be on my new site.  I will still be discussing workouts, recipes and my life on my new site but I also plan on adding more informational posts on various health and wellness topics.  I hope that you will all follow me over to my new home!!

Big Announcement

I have been working really hard on a few different projects since passing my ACE personal trainer exam at the end of April.  My first project is a new website that will serve as the home for my new blog as well as a place for me to advertise the personal training services I will be providing.  The new site is not yet ready for a complete reveal but I am ready to give you a sneak peek of some of the design work!


My second “project” was getting some on-the-job experience as a personal trainer.  Well, I’m happy to report that I have been shadowing some experienced trainers at a local fitness studio for about a month.  It has been a fabulous experience working with two amazing trainers and I have already learned so much from them!

That leads me to my big announcement….today I resigned from my full-time job so that I can work as a personal trainer at the fitness studio!!  I also picked up a part-time accounting job to bring in a steady paycheck while I build up my experience and clients.  Once I get my new site up and running, I will also be offering online personal training services as well as in-person services to those in the Harrisburg area.

This opportunity is a dream come true for me!  I would not be able to take this huge leap of faith without the support of my husband, he has been so encouraging!  I am excited to see what the future holds!


What’s Beautiful?

Last week I mentioned that I was participating in Under Amour’s What’s Beautiful campaign that encourages women to challenge themselves in ways they never thought possible.  When thinking about the campaign and its name, I find it hard not to think about what I consider beautiful.


It’s easy to get wrapped up in the dictionary definition of beautiful:

1: having qualities of beauty: exciting aesthetic pleasure

2: generally pleasing: excellent

I’m drawn to the second definition, “generally pleasing” and its ability to be interpreted beyond “aesthetic pleasure”.  “Generally pleasing” can apply to so many different characteristics of a person beyond their physical appearance.

Being beautiful is not about only appealing to one’s eyes, it’s also about appealing to one’s mind.  There are so many human characteristics that make people beautiful.  Beautiful does not have to be synonymous with physically attractive.

I find myself thinking of the women in my life that I consider beautiful.  Sure they are all beautiful on the outside but there is so much more to these women on the inside that makes them even more beautiful to me.

Here is just a sampling of what I think is beautiful…

Strong is beautiful!

Determined is beautiful!

Smart is beautiful!

Funny is beautiful!

Happy is beautiful!

Kind is beautiful!

Caring is beautiful!

Confident is beautiful!

Adventurous is beautiful!

Patient is beautiful!

I could list so many more but I’d like to hear from you!  Fill in the blank: _______________ is beautiful!

Mother’s Day 2013

We had some home internet connectivity issues last week that resulted in a few days without blogging but luckily we are up and running again just in time for a quick re-cap of my fabulous Mother’s Day weekend.

We really had no formal plans for this weekend, other than a birthday party on Saturday afternoon.  I was looking forward to relaxing at home with my family and that’s exactly what my weekend entailed.

I started my weekend with a great run in the rain on Saturday morning.

A little rain didn't stop me from having a great run! #IWILL #whatsbeautiful #Fitfluential #runWhen I started out on my run there was no rain, then it started sprinkling and that turned into a very light steady rain, but nothing too bad.  It was a surprisingly humid morning so the rain was actually very refreshing. I had just sat down in my car when the rain really started come down – perfect timing!

My only other plans for Saturday involved taking the girls to a birthday party for a friend at school.  The party was at an indoor kids fitness center, My Gym, so the girls pretty much run around, eat cake, and act crazy for 90 minutes.


UntitledThe girls had a blast and were pretty tired after the party! The remainder of my Saturday included lots of relaxing!

For Mother’s Day the girls insisted on making me breakfast in bed! 

Enjoying breakfast in bed courtesy of my two amazing daughters!!! #mom #mothersday

This was the first year the girls really asked to make me breakfast in bed so I was more than willing to comply!  Kyle helped them out a little and I enjoyed a delicious bowl of Rice Krispy’s and strawberries.  It was quite the picnic!

The majority of my day was spent with my girls.  We had mini-makeovers that involved me curling their hair and putting make-up on them.  They wore some of my dresses for playing dress-up.  We made chocolate chip cookies and pretzels in the Easy Bake Oven.  I had a fabulous weekend with my family and could not be more thankful for my amazing daughters.

No Mother’s Day would be complete without acknowledging the beautiful woman that is my mother! 


She is a fabulous role model and inspiration to me!  I would not be the woman I am today if it were not for her.  I love her very much and wish her all the luck with her upcoming 70.3 Half-Ironman on Saturday!

Happy Mother’s Day!!

What I Ate Wednesday

Now that I’m back to blogging on a more regular basis I thought it would be fun to do a What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW) post again.  I can’t even remember the last time that I documented a day’s eats.

There have been some changes to my diet since the last time I documented my meals, mainly I’m now a vegan so my meals are a lot more veggie-centric!  Not such a bad thing if you ask me!

Breakfast: Baked Oatmeal, strawberries, and iced coffee.  For my Sunday food prep, I really wanted to try making baked oatmeal so I turned to Pinterest for a recipe.  I searched for “vegan baked oatmeal” and came across a recipe that sounded delicious.  I didn’t have all the spices the recipe called for so I just increased the cinnamon and it is amazing!  I’m the only one in the house eating it and I’ve only got one serving left for tomorrow.  I look forward to experimenting with different flavor combinations now that I know how convenient it is to make it on the weekend and have breakfast ready all week.

Breakfast 05.06.13

Lunch:  Burrito bowl featuring lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, black beans, rice, salsa, and guacamole.  Lately I can not get enough of my homemade burrito bowls,  I probably pack these for my lunches a few times per week! I’m a sucker for anything with guacamole!


Dinner: Pasta with a heaping pile of roasted broccoli and cauliflower.  Roasting veggies is my absolute favorite way to eat them, especially broccoli and cauliflower.  I piled them onto a portion of whole wheat rotini pasta to round out my meal.


Snacks: Apple with peanut butter and carrots and celery with buffalo spiced hummus.  I make this spicy practically every weekend and devour it during the week.  Not only am I a sucker for guacamole but also or buffalo sauce!!  Replacing deep fried buffalo wings with this spicy hummus satisfies my crazing for buffalo sauce.



I hope you enjoyed that little peak into some of my eats during a typical day and some of the recipes I have been enjoying lately!

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    Hi! My name is Karen and I'm a 30-something mother, wife, runner, fitness lover, food fanatic, Fitfluential Ambassador, and ACE-certified personal trainer. On my blog, I talk about the happenings in my everyday life!

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