A bit about me

Welcome to French Inspiration !

A 40 something American from Maine, I have lived in France for almost 25 years. I came to Europe because I wanted to work internationally and ended up marrying a Frenchman. Living in France has taught me the importance of enjoying life, not sweating the small stuff, moderation, family time, great food, wine, the value of vacation and that life is not black or white.

Fitness and healthy living became more important to me as I got older. Once I hit 35 I had a wake up call about my health and the importance of taking care of body and mind.

I am currently training for my first marathon, the Paris Marathon on April 3, 2016, and am loving the experience of the journey.

Besides running, I do yoga, lift weights and occasionally swim. I follow the 80/20 rule when it comes to eating clean. The 20% is mostly chocolate or wine!

I wanted to start a blog to keep myself accountable for my (generally) healthy lifestyle, and possibly inspire others with ideas, tips and tricks I have learned over the years of living in France.

Thanks for your visit !

Let me know what you think.

Karen @ Fit in France




Disclaimer : I am not a medical doctor, an exercise specialist / trainer nor a registered dietitian. This is my personal blog, with my personal opinions, based on my personal experience and what works for me. Always consult a doctor before starting any exercise program or major dietary modifications.


Comments : I would love to  hear from you ! However, any comments which are rude or mean will be moderated. Thank you for your understanding.

Comments: 6

  1. Lindi mogale February 19, 2016 at 8:15 pm Reply

    I admire you for taking charge of your life and making the neccessary changes in order to train for a marathon. i am enjoying reading your blog posts through the blog hop

    • Karen - Fit in France February 20, 2016 at 7:35 am Reply

      Thanks for stopping by, reading and commenting !

  2. Jamie Ferrugiaro April 2, 2016 at 4:50 pm Reply

    Yay! Nice blog. Found you from Judy in Chocolaterunsjudy in her post https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/35818254/posts/981974872 post who I also follow. Also that is so awesome you live in Maine and lived in France for so long. My grandparents use to have a house in Maine when I was a little girl. I live in NJ, and they moved here a while back (they’re sadly gone now), but I am definitely visiting Maine again one day in the future. I’d love to visit France too if possible! I have some cousins who live in Poland so hoping one day I’ll take a big Europe trip.

    I love your blog intro. Will have to dive into some posts. I’m (trying) to start trail running, was a casual runner for a while, and have a blue belt in jiu jitsu. I also just bought a hybrid bike (like literally I’m staring at my email because it’s supposed to arrive today).

    I agree with your chocolate and wine stance. I think we’ll get along just fine! 😉

    • Karen - Fit in France April 2, 2016 at 6:44 pm Reply

      Thanks so much for your thoughtful comments ! I hope you can make it to Europe, there is so much to see and do here.
      Let me know what you think & thanks again for reading.

  3. Barrie May 7, 2016 at 8:51 pm Reply

    So glad to have connected with you- your blog is so interesting! I will follow on IG since your pics are so fun!
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    • Karen - Fit in France May 8, 2016 at 7:24 am Reply

      Thanks for reading and commenting… welcome to my world here in France 🙂

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