This really big but little word.. Success (poem)


If you want a thing bad enough,
To go out and fight for it,
Work day and night for it,
Give up your time and your peace and sleep for it

If only desire of it
Makes you quite mad enough
Never to tire of it,
makes you hold all other things tawdry and cheap for it.

If like seems all empty and useless without it.
And all that you scheme and dream is about it.

If gladly you’ll sweat for it.
Fret for it, Plan for it,
Lose all your terror of God for it.

If you simply go after that thing that you want.
With all your capacity,
Strength and sargacity,
Faith, hope and confidence, stern pertinacity.

If neither cold, famished and gaunt,
Nor sickness nor pain,
of body or brain,
Can turn you away from the thing that you want.

If dogged and grim you besiege and beset it,
You’ll get it!

– Burton Braley


“Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.” Bill Cosby.


When I saw this quote by Bill Cosby, I thought about how appropriate it was in so many things about life, love, and happiness. The focus on the taking of the chance, the risk and how we need to be willing to take that chance if we really want something badly enough, if we MUST change. What it didn’t get across was the point that we have to take this action NOW! I mean as soon as we know it is in front of our faces how we need to act on it. Set the momentum going and move in the direction we need to take.

Personally I can attach this to many areas of my life at this exact moment. I just finished week 4 of the Shaun T Focus T25.. (down 5lbs and 5.5″ in my waist and hips) but that had to start with something very small..the decision to take that chance and to focus on not just the workouts but the nutrition too. I know some people say this program doesn’t work and if they do say that I guarantee either they aren’t following the nutrition guide provided with this program, they aren’t putting the intensity into the workouts, or they aren’t doing the workouts 5 days a week…anyway you look at it, THEY AREN’T DOING THE PROGRAM!


Yes, “Everyone DOES have time for that” but do they also want to give it the energy vs sitting on their couch watching whatever show they “have to get home to watch!”? Do they want to make the changes to their food intake ( I stay away from the word “diet”) even though they’ve been told that doing so will provide them with more energy, clarity, regularity, and many more health benefits, but revert back to the old food items because it is “easier” or more fitting since they are back in their comfort zone of bad foods and excuses?

My goal with this blog is to help as many people I can with health, nutritional, and wellness information as well as provide you with the experiences I am going through while doing my workouts and fitness routines because guess what, It isn’t easy for me either!  Image  Sometimes you really do need to be your own hero. You need to put it in your head that this is something you aren’t going to negotiate anymore, something you’re not going to hide behind excuses anymore, something that you MUST do because if you don’t…think about it, what is the worst case scenario you can picture in your mind if you do not make the changes you need to make in your life to live the best quality, best health, best vitality, best adventurous or whatever the life if that you deserve to live… if you do not make these changes what are you doing to yourself RIGHT NOW?!



I write this blog for you…because I want you to have the most fulfilling life you can possibly have. Because without health, without love, without contribution…what are we?


Thank you for taking the time to read this today. I appreciate any suggestions about topics and welcome comments and feedback from you.

Live Life…


fire walk

In case you are one of the few who don’t know who Anthony Robbins is, or what he does…I have one word to describe him .. OUTSTANDING!

This past week I was blessed with being able to attend his “Unleash the Power Within” or “UPW” seminar in Chicago. A four day…total immersion, amazing experience! What happened there can’t be described with complete accuracy in a blog because it really is something that you need to FEEL and EXPERIENCE to understand. Although you may see pictures or video’s from one of his seminars, or even listen to the cd’s, it is most definitely NOT the same as being there in  person and going through the journey of the transformation.

"Is anyone hot?!"

 Now, I have to share with you , the money that was made by this event, Tony Robbins actually was able to feed 300,000 families with it here in the Chicagoland area..why was nothing mentioned about this in the news?! Because it isn’t “bad news”. For every single ticket that is sold, several families have food that may have not had it without his help. “In keeping with his philosophy that “the secret to living is giving” Robbins has  partnered with the Greater Chicago Food Depository to help feed local families  in need. For every ticket sold to Unleash the Power Within, the Anthony Robbins  Foundation will donate funds for 18 meals to be delivered to local families. With that in motion, lives will be changed before guests even set foot into the  event.”

Event Schedule:
Day 1: Turning Fear into Power – The Fire Walk Experience – Annihilate fears. Participants will have the opportunity to walk across a bed of hot coals between 1,200 and 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit to learn that there is absolutely nothing they cannot overcome.

My daughter was supposed to go with me but couldn’t because she started a new job and had to work, so right off the bat, I was facing TWO of my fears…going to a place I have never been to before by myself ( I always worry I’ll get lost), and, being around a large crowd of people who were going to be with others they knew with myself being alone (I was very uncomfortable being around groups of people who are talking and eating together with friends and family and I am by myself)..and this event had 5000 attendees!! That’s me, when I jump in, I jump in deep! Right away though I was able to connect with others though, the excitement and anticipation while waiting for the doors to open for seating was incredible as we all talked about who we were and began making connections with each other. Immediately, I began to understand that this was not going to be like anything I had ever anticipated…it was going to be MUCH better than I could have ever imagined. And in case you were wondering, YES! I did do the Firewalk and my feet were just fine!

Jen's a Firewalker

Day 2: Turn Dreams into Reality – The Power of Success Conditioning
Participants get the clarity and power needed to accomplish whatever they set out to do.

Here is an excerpt from my journal about day 2 tony retweeted my tweetAnd he messaged me” Another AMAZING day about business growth, changing your state with physiology. Holy how, we went from 4 increasing levels of being Angry (my partner in this exercise I think scared several people around us with his angry yelling and physical behavior) to a very happy “Celebrate” with party music, dancing, and jumping up and down.”

It was at this time I took advantage of having a coaching session with one of TR’s coaches there and just in that amount of time, I was able to see what I need to do to make my dreams and goals a reality!

Day 3: Breakthrough Day – Transformation Day
Designed to integrate attendees’ key decisions to ensure they move forward with so much strength and verve that they never look back.

“The breakthrough that transforms everything—from your
finances, to your relationships, to your health—is closer than you think.  All you need is within you now. Connect with the people, the passion and the environment that will make it happen!”

A very emotional, very difficult day. This is the day the transformation is made ( if you decide to allow it) and you get your “Breakthrough”. Now I am the Voice I have several pages written in my journal about this day, obviously very personal. What was holding me back, what happens if I continue to not go for my dreams, what my big dreams and goals are, what could happen if I go for those and the life that I could be living in 5 or 10 years. This was the day I decided that I MUST get the money to get to “Life and Wealth Mastery”  and then “Date With Destiny

Day 4: Power of Pure Energy – 12 Master Principles of a Vital Life
Finally, it’s all about stepping into a fresh new life with vitality and inexorable energy. By learning how to care for their bodies—life’s most precious gift—they enable themselves to prosper and live life to the absolute fullest

Unfortunately I had to leave a little early during this days events but I found it interesting how many people didn’t know very much about health, fitness, and wellness. How the foods we eat affect so many things from the health of our body systems, to our appearance, energy levels, and our moods. I found that I need to stop “considering” doing a cleanse and really do it. We have been asked to accept a 10 day Challenge of eating no meat for 10 days. This is something I am still considering. It was refreshing to hear Tony talk about his passion, the vitality of life.

Unleash_The_Power_Within water fight


If you are ready, this is the name and contact info for MY Personal Results Specialist:

Debbie Kosta

Robbins Research International

an Anthony Robbins Company

New York, NY 10280

P: +1.858.535.6283  (EST)


Unleash The Power Within

Here is a list of the music that was played at this event. Some great things happened during the time these songs were played.

Beliefs = Your Control Factory

Someone said to have an “effective blog” you should keep your posts short because no one wants to read on and on no matter how interesting your post is…this is a BELIEF. It  may or may not be your belief. But, it’s “someone’s”.

When I first became interested in the power of a person’s belief or beliefs, I was astonished at how much information was out there about how incredibly powerful beliefs are! They truly control every persons actions. Obviously there is way too much info to get into on this one post about just how crazy powerful your beliefs are in the fact of where you are right now in your life and where you will be in terms of successes and failures in your future.

“So dream a dream you’d want to live, For everything could be yours, If only you believe.”

BOOM! Do you get the power in that statement?! How amazing is it that we have the absolute power to direct our lives by there sheer means of what we chose belief or what we are willing to change our beliefs to?!

I got permission from Randy Gage to share with a video he made which I BELIEVE came to me (and many others who needed the information) because it was time for me to see it, and if you are reading this, I’m sure it is your time to see it too on how to turn HOPE into BELIEF!

Are you hearing what he is saying? You can’t just say you want something and hope it comes along, can you? No! You have to believe it, REALLY believe it that whatever it is you want WILL come along…and it will! Take some of his tips and put them to work today! Find someone who has the life you want. TIP: Make sure you know EVERYTHING you possibly can about their real lives before you chose that mentor or you may end up with..oh..”be careful what you wish for” tugging on your shirt!

Now, here is ANOTHER video I want you to watch by Bob Proctor about beliefs and how they helped him and how he changed his beliefs to obtain the lifestyle he wanted and DESERVED to live:

“Our belief system is based on our evaluation of something. And frequently if we re-evaluate a situation, our belief about that situation will change.”

Read that again…are hearing this? If you aren’t getting what you want in your life it’s time you start re-evaluating your beliefs and let go of the labels that you believe are holding you back from the life you DESERVE, (whether it’s Autism, ADHD, ODD, Stupid, ugly,lazy..ANY negative or destructive label)  you have placed upon yourself or allowed others to place on you and in return have CHOSEN to believe them and replace them with POSITIVE ones (Intelligent, creative, successful, attractive, funny, likable, desirable, sexy,smart) do you get this?! Listen to what Scott Wimberly has to say about this:

As far back as I can remember I have believed that I was meant to help people. I had no idea how I was going to help them, no way at all. I was a kid, on my own, and left to my own resources most of my developmental years. Helped me become who I am today! There came a time when I was in a very serious auto accident which happened to start my path toward helping others on a very personal level. Although my path of helping others has changed in the way I was able to issue it but, I still stand by my belief that I am on this Earth to help people in a positive way which will empower them to put their thoughts into actions and change their beliefs ( if they need to) or enhance their beliefs ( if they need to) in order for them to live this ever so wonderful life they are meant to be living!

I close out this blog with a very short video that was created for the Major League Soccer team RSL (Real Salt Lake ) by Branden Steineckert, but I choose to say “RSL” for me stands for “Real Successful Life”! Everyday you are faced with what some see as a battle, some choose to view it as a blessing. It is YOUR life no matter how you choose to see it. 

“If you believe then just stand up on your feet, and shout it loud, REAL!”



I’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback.


Special thanks to Randy Gage, Bob Proctor, Scott Wimberly, and Branden Steineckert, and YOU for taking the time to read this blog post that went “on and on” 😉


“YOLO”? Bull-O!


I decided to write about this because A) this is MY blog and I can write about whatever I decide to have fun with and B) because my daughter inspired me to write about this when I picked up a keychain with the letters vertically stacked on top of each other Y.O.L.O. “What is Yolo?” I asked her. Her response was nonchalant, “Y.O.L.O…YOLO..You Only Live Once.” and she walked away from me.


As she walked away I stood there with he keychain in my hand looking it at. “YOLO”? Really? I jotted this down in my Evernote notes as something to think about blogging about. For a few days I would notice people with YOLO phrases on shirts and hats. They weren’t anything that I personally would advertise. Things I consider to be pretty dumb. Stuff about drinking, living dangerously, having sex, smoking and stuff like that and I wondered, If you knew you only lived once, if that was your true belief, why would you waste it on such stupid things?



And then I thought, if I believed in my heart that “YOLO” I wouldn’t waste a single day. I would go after my dreams! I would accomplish great feats! I would not put off the things and people I love and I would embrace life!

Perhaps that is a keychain I would buy. One that said, “Embrace Life”.



You can get an “Embrace Life” keychain on BTW 😉

Where did this journey begin…in a land not so far away…

  So here we are. This is my husband Scott and Myself dressed up as The Wondertwins. This was before I realized how much weight I had put on. Even when I saw this picture I just thought to myself, “Wow…that really is a bad picture! I look so big!” Well guess what sweetie! Pics don’t lie! I was actually forced into facing reality after I went to Florida to visit my old High School friend and didn’t have a bathing suit to wear….ah yes, the fun of trying on bathing suits in front of someone who only remembers you as being thin and a former model!

I would like to say it wasn’t so bad. But it was. It was horrible! Went though so many suits that finally I think she just gave up and said I looked good in one just because we both knew how difficult was for me. My “normal” weight of 107-110 was gone…I was up to 146 and had never been that weight before except when I was pregnant and then I weighed 148!

I know many of you may be thinking that 146 isn’t so bad, but, I am small boned, have always been active in sports, formerly worked out and was even an instructor at Women’s Workout World (a women’s exclusive workout club) so going from being small and having a hyper thyroid where they tried placing me on a 3000 cal/day “diet”, then finding out I had Hashimoto’s (thyroid disease) and that I was going to put on weight and would be on thyroid meds for the rest of my lift…sorry, but that is a pretty big blow!

Then one day when I watching a bunch of nothing on TV, and infomercial came on..there, was the famous Tony Horton promoting the Beachbody Power 90…and boy oh boy did I want that system!

I bought the system, didn’t jump into it right away because there was so much to read! So much to learn! That, was back in 2005 when they only offered support with their online forums. But that right there was where my journey to the new me began! This is also, in case you wanted to know, why I had decided to join Team Beachbody! I know their products work!

So from there I started getting into shape, started thinking I was looking pretty darned good! Bought a few Oxygen Magazines ( No not Oprah’s O mag) and found the wonderful world of Competition. I had no idea what separated the different categories, had doubts that I could be on that stage seeing that at the time I was 35 years old and a mother of 3 kids. I began talking to other competitors through message boards and found someone VERY knowledgable who was able to help me get my butt up on that stage! The one, the only Cathy Savage!! Wooooo, lol!. “Momma Savage” as I still refer to her today. LOVE that woman! Anyway, I was fortunate enough to be able to attend one of her fitness camps in January 2006.

That is me in the top row, about 9 people in (between the girl in black and the shorter blonde on my other side.

I tell you what, I met some GREAT ladies at that Camp! Some of which are still my friends today. Some don’t compete anymore, some do, some have had kids, got married…I mean life goes on!

I went on to compete in in Figure competitions, placed well in the ones I did. But decided that I wanted more to compete in Natural Bodybuilding..and so..I did..and..I do! This level of commitment isn’t for everyone. My goal isn’t to go out and try to train others to workout like I do, to eat as strictly as I eat, or do ANYTHING like I do. But, what I do try to do is to help those who REALLY want help, who have decided that they want to get  more fit, more healthy, or to push themselves to the next level..whatever it is, THAT is why I do what I do with Team Beachbody. Say what you will about the company but I can tell you that I believe in the products with my whole heart and that is why I decided to be a Coach with them. I still compete in Natural Bodybuilding, still place fairly well. Used Beachbody’s Insanity to help with my cardio last year and then started doing the P90X muscle building program (P90X can be utilized as a leaning, toning, or building program), and will be doing a Hybrid of P90X /Insanity for getting ready for my next comps!

This pic was taken last May 2011….where will my journey take me in 2012? It’s all good baby!! It’s all good!