How to use failure as information to overcome work- life balance obstacles and crush you health goals: Karuna’s Member of the Month Story.

How to use failure as information to overcome work- life balance obstacles and crush you health goals: Karuna’s Member of the Month Story.

How to use failure as information to overcome work- life balance obstacles and crush you health goals: Karuna’s Member of the Month Story.


Here’s what KORE Trainer Kristen Simon has to say about Karuna’s journey:

  • Why do you think Karuna earned K.O.R.E. MOM?

I began working with Karuna in January. Since then she's made huge strides toward improving her health. We changed her schedule around so that she was coming to three personal training sessions a week, instead of two, and that really helped to jumpstart things.  She comes in for each session ready to work, with a positive attitude. She remains curious, which I think is key - she's constantly thinking about and looking for ways to grow and better herself. Now, she's at a place where fitness and wellness are a part of her every day, a part of her life. I've seen it become so much less of a struggle, and I've seen her get stronger. She's gained muscle and decreased fat over the past few months, and I imagine she'll only continue to improve

  • What did she excel at over the past few months here at K.O.R.E.?

Her commitment and curiosity blow me away. And her positive attitude. Really... everything! She is genuinely dedicated to self-improvement. I think one of the most important things with any habit you're starting is consistency. Something done occasionally will not yield results. Something done regularly, well then you end up where Karuna is now - meeting goals, gaining strength, sleeping better, and feeling great overall! She also takes a holistic approach to health, which I appreciate. We're constantly discussing sleep, stress, nutrition, and the role they play in her life and on her health. She's got a firm grasp on where she wants to be and how she wants to feel, and she's taking care to make sure she's addressing any problem areas.

  • What is one of your favorite accomplishments/goals you have seen him complete? How did this make you feel as his trainer?

I think the biggest thing has been her consistency with training. Before we began working together, she was struggling to balance work and life; often a workout session was sacrificed for the sake of an extended workday or business travels. Now, she's in the gym four or five days a week and she's getting some movement in on her off days. Recently, she was out for a week, traveling for work overseas, and she still made movement a priority, getting in three workouts. That's not something that's happened before. I'm so proud to work with her, and to be a part of her journey.

Want to find out more about Karuna’s journey from her own words?  Check out her responses below!


  • How did you originally hear about us?

Via Internet when I googled for boxing!!

  • What prompted you to seek us out once hearing about us?

I actually only wanted to join boxing, but after my meeting with Todd and hearing the description of  other training opportunities I decided to give personal training a try… initially joined in a semi-private group and then moved on to personal training with Mike. Followed by meeting Kristen and hitting the first goal post.

  • What was your initial goal when you signed up with us?

Just to learn boxing and then things changed……..

  • What was holding you back from achieving this goal (before you joined)?

My goal was and is to lead a healthy, disciplined, happy life and not be dependent on anyone or anything

My constant travel almost being out for half the month and then of course once you lose discipline and perseverance of doing things the goal becomes a moving target.  Things have changed since Mar/Apr of this year….. Even though I travel now (not as often) I still do some amount of exercise - thanks to the constant encouragement and reading various blogs from Kore Wellness

  • Has this goal changed since you joined KORE Wellness?  If yes, what is your new goal?

Goal remains the same; just want to up my targets - be healthy, eat healthy, stay disciplined with my exercise and keep smiling

  • Now that you’re working on/have achieved this goal, has your view of yourself changed?

It has given me a different kind of confidence and sense of happiness that “I CAN DO, ACHIEVE & BE DISCIPLINED”

  • How do you feel about your future health?

I am on the right path… and though the journey is tough it is achievable

  • What have you liked best about working with us?

Kristen…..her encouragement and guidance…..other team members - Kylie and Elise too.  I like the fact that we don’t have to train on machines and are actually doing activities where you feel close to natural flow of your own strength and capability and know areas where you have to improve upon….

  • What would you say to someone who is struggling with the same goal(s)?

Discipline, Perseverance and patience with self and team working with your trainer will make your goals happen.

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