A Brief Introduction; Scratching the Surface

Hi, there. I’m Karen.


Some of you might know me by my instagram handle @kiwithetattooedlady. Some of you might not know me at all. That’s OK, too. So for everyone… a genuine welcome. Forgive the lack of balloons and confetti.. I don’t want to clean that shit up.

A couple quick facts: (I promise, eventually you will know waaaaaay too much about me.)
I’m 30! (1 June in case you wanted to send me something nice)
I live in Portland, OR with my amazing husband!
I have two rescue dogs
I had a vertical sleeve gastrectomy on 16 June, 2014
HW: ~280lbs SW: 266lbs LW: 134lbs GW: 150lbs CW: 174lbs
I’m a huge nerd and I love everything that has to do with Harry Potter, Doctor Who, tattoos, body modification, vintage fashion, weird music and deepening my yoga practice (that I’ve been slacking with…)
I sing and do stuff

Some personal, not too widely known, though sometimes vaguley mentioned tidbits:
I struggle with binge eating disorder (BED), depression and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).
^^I do NOT let the above mentioned “disorders” define me.^^ They are only a small portion of the amazing grandness that is myself.

So now that’s out of the way…

I’ve decided to start my own blog to document my weight loss journey in an  attempt to help others on their own paths to wellness. However you may be finding it! Having such a huge community of people to share my story with has been a great part of my overall success and I think this blog-slash-journal-slash-whatever you want to call it will allow me to expand on my crazy insta-rants and maybe help to expand my reach… ::insert maniacal laughter here::

Don’t get crazy, I’m not looking to become some internet rockstar… or am I…? But seriously, you never know who you might be helping by starting up some cheesy blog and ranting or raving about some new recipe you’ve tried… or some outfit you just scored an epic deal on.. or some money saving gift idea… or just the random feeeeeels that this journey makes us have. And also meet cool people! Because I hate assholes!

OK, OK.. I hate everyone, but thats not the point.

Finding balance in your life is hard. I’m just trying to make sense of it all.

I plan to include lots of things on this page, aside from documenting my weight loss progress; healthy recipes that I’ve tried and love, tips for mindful (tr)eating, ootd braggings, DIY craft projects and other art/music projects and whatever else I feel like throwing at you that day. Its going to be great. I promise.



I am in no way, shape or form paid, sponsored, endorsed or otherwise compensated for any mention of ANY of the products, companies or services that I may use in my food/clothing/general craziness experiments (I mean, unless someone wanted to pay me to be crazy.. but then I would tell you otherwise!)


4 thoughts on “A Brief Introduction; Scratching the Surface

  1. Never knew you had GAD! Not that I know much of anything about you. I’m looking forward to following your gabblings and seeing how my own experience has me relate (or not) to yours


  2. So glad to see you started a blog! I follow you on Instagram. I too love Harry Potter (maybe more than I should as a grown ass woman, but I don’t care), and I also hate people, (not all the people, but most of ’em). Looking forward to see what you have to say!!

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