Insider Interview – Kara McMurray

Jan 21, 2019All Stages, Goal Setting

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Let’s do this journey together!


Each and every one of us is learning things, overcoming things, and finding little ways that things work better or don’t work better when it comes to food, eating and our relationship with our body. All of those lessons are helpful – which is why today we’re sharing insights from your fellow Zestie Kara McMurray!

Kara joined Zest in September 2019 and has worked her way steadily through the 10 module Zest programme, she also has a really interesting background that has both created hurdles for her to overcome and challenged her to find new and better ways to live. All of that has helped her take leaps and bounds forward in her relationship with food and eating.

ACTION: Watch the video above and see what points you can pick up that might help you.



  • Our relationship with food is much more complicated than calories in and calories out – in Kara’s case there were hurdles such as PTSD and learning how to cope with difficult emotions that were bubbling below the surface.
  • Kara realised that keeping up with her Zest coaching came down to changing priorities – instead of sitting and watching Netflix Kara made the conscious decision to watch the Zest videos and therefore to prioritise her long-term wellbeing rather than enjoying some short-term entertainment with Netflix.
  • Kara sets her own goals and makes herself accountable each week. For example, one week she might focus on “quality over quantity” when it comes to food.
  • Kara regularly returns back to Module 3 – Success Path to check her progress. She marks off the actions and checks her progress against the milestones in each stage’s journal. Then Kara sees first-hand her own clear progress.
  • Kara had a strong negative reaction to the Self-Compassion Module when she first reached it. However, returning to it later she was able to work through it without the strong negative feelings later. She wonders if the “strong reaction” was a sign that she really needed to fix this area of her life, but she just wasn’t quite ready to go there at that point. So if you have a similar reaction to any modules, try coming back to them a bit later as your thinking may be slowly changing and preparing you to work on that next step.
  • Kara has felt in January that she’s “recovering from Christmas,” in a sense, but she’s not beating herself up about it this year.
  • Kara has learnt to choose the foods that she enjoys eating, she asked herself the question, “I don’t love it, so why am I eating it?”
  • Kara now values her own time more, and values her own food choices more than she did before – she sees clearly now that she’s worthy as a person, full-stop. Honouring her own satisfaction and happiness is now a priority with food, eating and in life in general.


Does any of this sound familiar to you on your journey?