Kara Barnes Success Story
I love how people come in your life and just simply amaze you! I think it is so incredible how complete strangers can truly motivate you in more ways than one. I met Kara by chance, through a friend, and I am so happy I did. She is a mom, wife and completely changed her life. She shows up daily and hopes to inspire everyone around her and she absolutely does.
What have your results been so far?
Since I have started my journey I have lost 58 pounds, I have dropped four pant sizes, and have gone from wearing XL tops and leggings to now mediums!
What has been your biggest struggle?
My biggest struggle has been breaking out of my shell. I have always been the “bigger girl”. I have always felt like I had to keep attention away from me. I grew up in a household where we did not talk about our feelings, so I have never been comfortable with speaking up or being vulnerable with people.
How did you overcome that struggle?
I remember going to my first retreat last February and almost having a panic attack right before I left. The thought of leaving my toddler for the first time, to go spend the weekend with a house full of women…. That scared me! But as I got to know them and hear their stories, it hit me. Every single one of them opened up and shared things that they were probably, at one point, super vulnerable about. So what was I so afraid of? I opened up that night and made some of the best friends that I have ever had! Friends who don’t make me feel like I need to hide in the corner. Friends who listen. Friends who push me to be better each and every day.
What did you do to get to your goals?
To get to my goals, I really had to look in the mirror and tell myself “This is it. You are not giving up this time. You deserve this!!” I started with a small goal.. just to lose five pounds. Then my next goal was to start fitting into my pre-pregnancy clothes. I hit that one and started adding bigger nutrition goals into the mix. This led to a goal of completing a 21-day body reset (which I have done twice now!). Now, I am in the best shape of my life and I am still setting small, achievable goals for myself!
What is your favorite personal development book and why?
I have just recently started reading personal development books regularly. My favorite so far has definitely been The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson. Not only was it hilarious, but it also helped me to be more aware of the things (and people) that are worthy of my time and energy.
What is your goal right now?
My wellness goal right now is to continue improving my nutrition and to continue toning up this mom bod!!! My coaching goal is to get to Diamond before the retreat in May, and to continue helping as many people as possible!!!
What is your advice for someone who is just starting out?
For someone just starting, I would say to be patient with the process. We live in such an instant gratification world that it is so easy to give up when we don’t see the results that we want right away.
What is your favorite Disney movie and why?
My favorite Disney movie has always been Aladdin! I remember having the dolls, the shirts, the posters, and going to see Aladdin Disney on Ice! I cannot even tell you how many times I have watched it! I have always loved the idea of how all Aladdin had to do was stay true to who he was in order to find happiness. I find this so relatable in my own life. I have done many things to try and fit in with people… but those were NOT my people! Being true to who I am and to what I believe in has brought me those “real deal” relationships!
What made you want to be a coach?
Honestly, I just joined as a coach for the discount. Then, I really wanted to go on a vacation to South Carolina, so I started signing my closest friends and family up. After having my son, I kind of lost who I was and that trip definitely reminded me of how passionate I am about helping others! At that point, it became my mission to start helping as many people as I could while on my own journey.
How has coaching changed you?
Coaching has helped me become the best version of myself! Knowing that I have other women counting on me to show up has been the biggest motivation for me! I never knew the impact that I could have on other women, just from sharing my journey. This whole experience has changed the way that I interact with people and has given me the confidence boost that I so desperately needed.
Kara has crushed her journey and all it took for her was to say that she was going to do something that she needed just for herself!
As you read this and you see her results and you think “could I actually do this?”
The answer is 100% YES! You CAN!
But it won’t happen until you commit and do this for you!