Korin Barnes is a clean eater. She loads her plate with quinoa, asparagus and a whole lot of chicken. "I just barbecued about a week's worth of chicken or so; three-and-a-half or four pounds." Korin has not always been so disciplined in the kitchen, however. "I was 258 pounds," she shared as she showed me a picture of her trying on wedding dress gowns in 2010. "It was the heaviest I've ever been in my life." While shopping for a wedding dress is supposed to be a fun and exciting time, Korin says she has sad memories of that experience. "A size 22 dress and looking at pictures and not recognizing the person in them; it was such an eye opener."
The weight just crept up over time. The former high school and collegiate swimmer says she started gaining weight after finishing school, when work took her on the road. Plus, when family members started battling complications from diabetes, Korin realized the time is now to make changes.
Korin started working out and logging her food. She dropped nearly 90 pounds all on her own in less than two years. "I hit 170 pounds in August of last year. I made my goal and I didn't know what to do with myself." So, she teamed up with local athlete and International Federation of Body Builders Pro, Jessie Hilgenberg to take her training to the next level. Korin now lifts weights six days a week, on top of working full time as a geologist. "It's getting up at 4 a.m. every day, getting to the gym by 5:30, working out, going to work, coming home, prepping food, doing another cardio workout."
Korin's dedication, discipline and determination have paid off! After roughly six months of intense training, Korin took center stage in her first fitness competition – the Governor's Cup in Sacramento in March. She competed in the Figure category and placed third in her class. She now qualifies for a national-qualifying competition happening this coming weekend. When she looks at her fitness pictures now, healthier than ever before, "I can't even believe it's me. I look at the other girl and I don't know who she is. I look at this and still haven't realized 'that's you! That's what you've done!'"
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Written by Kristen Remington