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A Negative Mind Will Never Give You a Positive Life

brian tracy quoteI want you to take a minute and really think about this quote.  REALLY think about it.

I can tell you from experience – truer words were never spoken.  So, what does it mean?  Well, what does it mean to you?  To me, it means what you think, you become.  If you focus on negative things, you’re more likely to have a negative life.  If, on the other hand, you choose to focus on positive things, your life can become positive beyond your wildest imagination.  How do I know?  I’ve experienced this for myself.  This is the foundation for my life change.  Let me explain.

If someone were to ask you to describe yourself using three words, what would they be? For many of you, I’m guessing “fibromyalgia” would be in there somewhere.  I understand. That’s how I used to think.  Used to think.  What if you tried something new?  What if you replaced negative words with positive words?  What would happen then?  How long would it take for you to create a habit of positive self-talk?  How long would it take for that to change your entire way of thinking?

Not as long as you might think.

negative mind

When I started this incredible journey, my three words would have been: fibromyalgia, pain, disgusting.  Yes, really.  I was SO GOOD and negative self-talk. Years of practice, you understand.   Today? It’s tough to pick just 3.  Some of them would be: fit, fighter, determined, hilarious (seriously, I’m hilarious), positive, strong, compassionate, beautiful, and on and on.  So how did this happen?  I made a choice.  And I went through a little program called “The 30 Day Push” by Chalene Johnson. I HIGHLY recommend this if you’re ready to change your mindset and focus on positivity and goals, rather than negativity and obstacles.  Oh, and it’s FREE.


In all of my accomplishments –in completing the Ultimate Reset, Turbo Jam, Turbo Fire – in losing almost 30 pounds and countless inches – in gaining self-confidence and building a positive life – there is one thing I have yet to conquer – I WANT TO HELP YOU CHANGE YOUR MINDSET.   Now, I can’t do it for you, but one of my greatest frustrations is that so many of you STILL insist upon being negative, complaining, and dwelling in your problems.  Don’t you realize that I’VE done this?  Don’t you understand that I’m not any different than you?  Don’t you want to be free from your obstacles – whether it be fibromyalgia or obesity or something else?  Aren’t you tired of living like this?  Well then, why won’t you listen?  Why won’t you try?


Okay, I’m done with my rant now.  My point is this:  YOU ARE POWERFUL, but you don’t know it.  YOU ARE STRONG, but you don’t yet see it.  YOU CAN DO THIS, but you aren’t ready to believe it.  Aside from my goal of continuing my fitness journey with ChaLEAN Extreme, my goal over the next 90 days is to CONVINCE YOU TO TRY.  Change how you think.  Change your reality.  It’s up to you, BUT I’m here to help you get started.


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Aunt Pat and MommaI know we all have things or people that motivate us to work hard to achieve our goals.  People that push you.  People that inspire. I wanted to give you all a look into what it is that motivates me.  To be fair, there are many things and people that push me to work hard, but there is one situation in particular that I think of daily.  It involves 2 very special people and they, along with many others in my life, push me to be better and do more each day.  It just so happens that today happens to be the birthday of one of these people.


In 1989, both my mother and my aunt were diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.  And, let’s be honest, it’s really not a great situation for a family to be in.  My aunt is someone that I’ve always felt a special bond with.  Someone that understood me, gave me crap when she needed to, and always, always told me how much she loved me.  My mother is, well, she’s my mommy.  And this disease is super scary.  I won’t go into all the details, but suffice it to say MS works quickly and tends to destroy everything in its path. It takes resilience and fight to get through each day.  And that’s what these two women have always had.

My Health Scare

Fast forward many years – I began exhibiting symptoms of MS.  For several years, I ignored it, but I knew I had to take care of it.  I had every single test to diagnose MS – two MRIs, a million blood tests, a spinal tap, and a whole mess of other crap.  It was my worst nightmare.  The best day ever was the day my spinal tap results came back negative for MS.  It was just fibromyalgia.  And what a relief that was.  Now, FM is no picnic.  BUT, it’s no MS either.

Aunt Pat as Little GirlThe End

After more than 20 years of fighting and struggle, late last year, my aunt succumbed to the affects of MS.  She had fought for as long as she could.  She was finally at peace.  Finally free from the pain.  Every single day, she motivates me.  Every single day, I think of her.  I think of her struggle and I think of how hard she fought this horrible disease.  My mother is still fighting the fight.  She exercises daily, in spite of her obstacles.  That motivates me.  These two women—these sisters—make it obvious what I have to do.  I have to fight.  I have to overcome.  I have to think of my aunt each and every day and honor her memory by never giving up.

Today is my Aunt Pat’s.  She would be 71 years old.  I loved her tremendously and I hope, wherever she is, she knows that.  I hope she knows she is one of the main reasons I fight so hard.  I’ll never give up.  Mostly because I know if I did, she would kick my ass.