Weight Loss Case Study: Kara McMahon- I Don’t Like to Waste a Workout. I Am Not Going to Do it Half

Here is another Case Study. Kara was a personal trainer and now she works as a physical therapist at our local hospital. When Kara signed up with us, her marriage was ending. If you have been in a divorce, you know how hard it is. It is not only a legal battle, but more than anything, an emotional fight. I have been there and I know how hard it can be, all the time, money, emotions and effort that someone invests into a marriage just to walk away from it, grinds our soul.

Nevertheless, Kara found the way to overcome such painful times and even get her body transformed. Here is her story:


Welcome to another interview. We have Kara today with us. She is seeing great results. She has been with us for months now. She is going to tell us her story and tips, so you know what to do and start losing weight.


Sandro, “Welcome Kara.”

Kara, “Thank you.”


Sandro, “It is great to see you here.”


Kara, “It is great to be here.”


Sandro, “I am excited about your results and your interview. How did everything start?”


Kara, “Back in the fall, I was going through some life changes. I have two daughters and the youngest went to college across the country and it is hard when you are very close to your kids and spend a lot of time with them and then they are gone. I was dealing with that. Unfortunately, about the same time my marriage was coming to an end, so those two huge things really made me realize what I wanted for me and realizing that I was not focusing on myself for several years.


I knew that I was not in control of a lot of things, but I have control of my body...


There are conditions, but other than that it is all you. So I decided to make a decision to exercise. I always exercise on and off, but I fall emotionally. I was not getting any kind of results, so I decided that I needed some help to get fitter and get healthier and be more confident of myself. I Google fitness center and Custom Body Fitness came up and I read the information on the website and testimonials and it sounded like that is what I really wanted. I loved it since the first day and I still love it.”

Sandro, “Thank you for those words. Something that stands up about what you are saying- I think a lot of people would relate to this. I have been in the same situation you have been and I can relate to you and thank you for disclosing your marriage.

Sometimes that pain makes us do something different. For example you noticed that you needed to take care of yourself. That is very powerful. That is that motivation for you to do something for yourself. Now that you found that place where to workout, tell me about the changes you have made in your diet.


Not eating fast foods is a change anyone can make...


Kara, “I feel like I was a healthy eater and feeling good about the food I was putting into my body. I think I was eating good, 70% of the time. When I made the commitment to workout at CBF and reduce my body fat, I committed to eating cleaner. I am eating whole foods and healthy foods. I still go out and eat in restaurants. I enjoy my life, but most of the time I eat clean because I feel good because I like the results that I get.”


Sandro, “That is important that you don’t have to be obsessed about eating. Tell me about the small changes you have made. What is healthier?”

Kara, “Eating whole foods, not package foods , not processed foods, eating more fruits and vegetables. I still eat crabs, but if I have the urge of eating chips in the cafeteria, I bring fruits and vegetables or nuts instead.”


Sandro, “Let’s talk about your exercise. What are you doing? You said before you were exercising and not getting results. What is the difference now?”


Kara, “I was going to the gym by myself. I would say at the beginning of the week that I would go three times this week. I planned my workouts. I would not always go. By the end of the day I would be tired and sad or not in a good mood. I would just go home. It was easy because nobody was waiting for me. The other thing was that I was not able to push myself on increasing weights and reps the whole concept of periodization.


I was not being effective in doing that. I was a personal trainer before for whatever reason I have been able to push. I really think that difference [of me getting results], a) I have an appointment. I have it on my schedule. I am coming to meet the group at CBF. Even the small thing of signing up is very helpful. Plus it is more fun than working out on my own. I also think the workouts here are so well planned and balanced. There is a different exercise every week. I also love that you keep track of the weights that you are lifting and when you