You won’t want to miss this at GATS!


I am so excited to share with you some new GATS  (The Great American Truck Show) information. I am honored to be speaking for the third year in a row at the Health Pavilion Stage this year. I will be presenting and sharing with you some life changing information titled, “Be Your Own Driver.

The new and exciting part is that I am also hosting a game show called “Do you have the guts?” You won’t want to miss this memorable event! There will be 4 teams of 2 with some fun, knee slapping questions AND you folks in the audience will win some GREAT prizes.

All this fun will happen on Friday August 24 from 12:30 to 1:30 pm on the Health Pavilion Stage at The Great American Truck Show. I can’t wait to meet you there! Y’all come on.

Be sure to go to my new page, “Be Your Own Driver” on Face Book and Twitter (Please like my page?) and Check out all the free info on my website and how to get my book, Gut Instinct.


Coach Carolyn

Spring Cleaning

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Does your mind need a good spring cleaning? Can it be done on the road?
We can clear out negative emotional clutter by changing our perspectives, creating good habits, and decluttering our surroundings.
Everything in our physical life stems from our emotional state, from the look on our face to the way we eat. By addressing the state of our mind, we can change our physical life and our surroundings.
So how do we do this? Having awareness of something that we want to change is the first step. Then we need to find out how to do that. We also have to decide it is worth it and commit to make changes, positive changes.
Perhaps you need to lose weight. What thoughts do you need to spring clean out of your mind? For instance, at one time in my life I didn’t realize what I was eating and my activity level had 100 percent to do with my being overweight. I had to get the old ways of thinking out of my mind, change my old bad eating habits, and change the kinds of food in my surroundings.
As soon as I did that, the weight started dropping off. I eventually lost 65 pounds.
Planning ahead reduces the risk of having a challenge overcome the situation. Think of your situation on the road, driver and make a plan that will work for you. Where there’s a will there’s a way.
Remember that it is just as easy to create a good habit as it is a bad one. Get in the habit of making good habits and not bad ones.
You have the power to make any change in your life that you want. You have everything you need to show yourself and the world what you can accomplish. I know you can do this and I am here to help you do it.
With Love,
Coach Carolyn
Carolyn O’Byrne, CHT

Extra Extra Read All About It!

news paper 2What happens when the circulation slows down or worse stops?

There is a good chance that if you are on the road a lot or you have an office job, there might be an issue with circulation.

Do you experience:

  • Cold feet and toes – even in the warm season
  • Cold hands and fingers
  • Numbness in certain parts of your body – generally extremities
  • Frequent dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Dry skin despite regular consumption of water
  • Hair loss
  • Lack of energy
  • Water retention in your feet
  • Varicose veins
  • Blemishes or spots on your skin
  • Memory loss
  • Difficulty catching your breath
  • Feelings of pins and needles in extremities


What can be done to support this?

Examine what is being eaten.  Get rid of processed foods, artificial anything, foods cooked in high heat oil, and add good fats, vegetables, and fruits (in moderation).  Pick high nutrition foods to eat.  Spices can support the thickness or thinness of the blood. Don’t worry, spices don’t have to be hot, such as ginger, ginkgo biloba, and garlic, but cayenne is a good one too.  So many highly nutritious foods can support good health.  Try them all they all have huge benefits.

Get moving.

I know that exercise is a challenge for drivers and office workers, but take advantage of every opportunity possible.  Even if it is just for 5 min.  Bounce, jump, walk around, find a walking trail, step up the pace and try brisk walking, take the stairs, stretch, use weight resistance, squats, and toe touches, anything that gets the blood pumping.

You know your body better than anyone else.  Do what you know you can do and IF you can increase it daily, build it up as much as you can.  Get that circulation pumping!  It is important to your health.

You’ve Been Hacked

You’ve Been Hacked…

How do I know this?  We have all been hacked.  We all have “something” we do that we wish we didn’t.  Whether it is eating foods that we know are not good for us, biting our nails, getting angry easily with family, trucking on the road or “something” else.  Everyone has “something” that we would like to improve or change.  

So if we don’t want to do this, why do we do it?

Somewhere along the line, the idea to do that “something” got into our mind and made itself at home.  Once that happens, it can be difficult to kick it to the curb.  BUT difficult does not mean impossible like we might think.  Just as strong as the habit is to do it, you can create the same kind of habit to not do it at all.  Repetition, repetition, repetition.  

Make the conscious effort to do what you want to do and put it as top priority every moment.  Tape up reminders, say the goal to yourself over and over, out loud or in your mind, and then visualize, which is the magic bullet.  Visualization is huge in helping to make changes to our habits.  Visualize yourself doing what you want to do.  The deeper you go into your mind and feel that it is real, the better it works.  Your subconscious mind doesn’t know the difference between real and not, and that is where the habit is stored anyway.  Your subconscious mind will think that you are really doing it the right way.  

But get ready, because it might rebel.  It has been doing it the old way for so long it will pull you back in that direction as hard as it can.  Keep up the good work and eventually, sooner than later, if you keep on track, that pull to do the old thing will be gone and you will have developed a new habit that is exactly in the direction that you want to go.  

So, don’t let being hacked control your life.  You have a choice


Get Moving

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Wouldn’t it be nice if you could switch up sitting and standing while cruising down the road? Well, since standing is NOT an option, here are some ways to get moving.

Truck driving poses a challenge when it comes to physical activity. Lack of movement negatively affects your health more than you might think. So what can you do to improve this phenomenon?

What about when you are going down the road? You can get moving then, too. Move your arms and tap your feet (one at a time of course. LOL). Get some hand weights. Tense up your muscles one at a time, hold that position, and release. You might find some muscles that you didn’t know you had.

Here are some other ideas:

To help tone your stomach, pull in your stomach muscles as far as possible and hold, then release.

Put your arms in the upper or lower hulk position, tense, hold, then release.

Stretch (you know, the way we used to do every morning when we were kids).

Firm those glutes. Anywhere, anytime you can tighten up your gluteal muscles, hold them and then release.

Sit up straight. Pull your shoulders back, lift your head up, and take a deep breath.

When you get out of the truck to fuel, eat, drop, or unload, make the most of it. If you don’t have to help with the load, ask if you can walk around their lot. Who cares what people think! Another idea is to exercise or just walk around right outside the truck. Find stairs, or even just a step (all you need is one). Start off with the right leg, using it first to go up then down, then after a repetition of 10 or 20, switch legs.

If you are sitting on the bunk, get a pillow, or use your coat balled up, place it between your knees and press toward each other as hard as you can, hold, and release.

Breathing exercises are so beneficial, too. Many of us take very shallow breaths and are not getting the oxygen load that we need. Using your diaphragm, breathe in slowly and deeply, until you can’t get another breath, then let it out slowly.

By no means is this everything you can do to increase your activity level, but it sure is a good start.

Get moving, get healthy!

This is not in any way to be medical advice. It is up to you to do what you are capable of doing and stay safe.

Health Improvements Today with this one Thing…..


There are many ways to gain true health and there are many things available today that claim better health but actually do not.  One good rule of thumb is to go back a few hundred years and look at how they did it.  Because of the huge impact technology has had on our food industry, our health is suffering.  Processed food is, well, processed.  And in this unfolding, we are not getting the components that we need for thriving health.  These foods are stripped of fiber and many nutrients, which usually means a lack of flavor.  This is why they add sugars, salt, artificial flavors, colors, and fats.

One health improving component is fiber.  The lack of fiber can lead to a multitude of health issues and diseases, such as weight gain, bloating, constipation, high blood sugar, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, cancer, having a toxic body, and more. 

Fiber acts like a scrub brush or a mop cleaning up and regulating all of the excess remains that our body doesn’t need.  This is a VERY important part of the digestive process that is needed for proper health.

The average American eats about 10 grams of fiber per day.  Truck drivers don’t have the conveniences that the average American does.  They have a much greater challenge to get quality foods than practically any other profession.  Could it even be less?  It takes a minimum of 35 grams of fiber to support good health.  WOW! That is a whopping difference. 

Imagine: weight loss, no digestive issues, normal blood sugar, cholesterol, and normal blood pressure, ridding yourself of toxins, and feeling great!

For lasting results there must be lasting change.  I urge you to ditch the processed foods and become fiber aware.  It will make the difference you’ve been looking for.

Some ideas to get you started with high fiber foods:                                    

Peas                                                                              Berries

Okra                                                                              Nuts

Acorn squash                                                             Chia

Brussels sprouts                                                       Flax

Black beans                                                                Quinoa

Chick peas                                                                  Avocadoes

Lima beans                                                                 Lentils

Split peas                                                                    Coconut

Some of these you can simply add on top of the food that you are already eating.  CREATE!

Here are some links for added ideas to help out with better health.

Hemp                                                                               Chia

Salt                                                                                    Kombucha



A Look into New Year’s Resolutions


New Year’s resolutions are funny things.  The beginning of the year is like this magical time that we wait for, to do what we have been wanting to do for a long time.  Some of us ponder all year about what we want to do in the New Year.  Then we finally narrow down what is really necessary to be done and make a pact.  I am going to ______________ as soon as the New Year gets here.

Some common resolutions are: to lose weight, get fit, eat right, quit smoking, make more money, get out of debt, learn something new, spend more time with loved ones, and travel.

Do we REALLY want these things?  Of course we do.  Then why do so many resolutions never come to fruition?  Why don’t we always follow through with the plans that we make?

The answer to this question is a simple one, but not always an easy one.  As we live in this world, all kinds of ideas and beliefs enter our minds from many different sources, some that we accept and some that we don’t.  Some of these ideas turn into beliefs.  When we accept them they become habits that are replayed in our minds as facts.


Everyone in my family has a weight problem.  I’ll always have one.

I’ll never be able to make that much money.

I don’t deserve to be happy.

It always has been this way and it always will.


Where these beliefs came from doesn’t matter.  What matters is that you don’t believe them.  It is VERY likely that they are just not true. So the answer to the question is, if you will change your beliefs you will change your world.  If you believe you can do it, you can.  Don’t limit yourself because of false ideas that you have accepted as true.  You can make that New Year’s resolution come true.  Start adding positive true statements to your belief system.  Think of them several times a day.  Visualize them as reality.  Figure out what it is going to take to make it happen.

If you want to find out just what it is going to take to make it happen, I can help.

Let’s figure out how to get from your starting point to your destination.

What is your destination?

Where do you want to be this year?

Do you feel the challenges of life can’t be fixed?

Are you ready to do what it takes?

What are you waiting for?

It is right here and can you have it.

Carolyn O’Byrne, CHT

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Stuff on the Road

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Most of us have much more “stuff” than we need.  Christmas is a time for giving, but many times we just get more “stuff.”  Think outside the box.  What if we gave the gift of time, a massage, or an outing?  What about something life changing, like the gift of inner peace, health, optimal weight, or personal success?  These gifts will never be forgotten (unlike that smell-good soap or those fuzzy socks) and will never expire or need fixing.

Everyone is at a different place in their lives.  Study where your loved ones are, think of what a Truck driver’s spouse might appreciate while the other one is on the road.  What would a driver benefit from that is not something material that takes up space, but very useful to life in the truck.  Consider an eBook or audio book with self-help on an issue that they are having, or about a hobby that they enjoy.  Perhaps taking some time to chat about anything, or just let them talk and be a good listener (sometimes the dash is the only listener for days on end).  What about gift cards for the necessities of being on the road?  Often nutrition is a concern, which creates the need for nutritional supplements.  Ask them; it’s OK to do that too.  You just never know what would make their life so much easier.   Maybe get them something that they might not be able to get on their route or that they would enjoy as a treat, but wouldn’t get for themselves.

Share these ideas with others.  Our drivers deserve it!!!


Thank you drivers.  Merry Christmas!!!    

Carolyn O’Byrne, CHT  


What am I thankful for?                     thankful  

You Driver!

My family and all others would not have their home, food on the table, and the supplies needed without you.

You sacrifice yourself and possibly your family for the conveniences of others. Pushing that truck down the road can be so rewarding by seeing different places and letting the windshield be your office window, but it is not always fun and games.  It is hard physically and emotionally.

Truck driving can take a toll on your health.  Hours and hours of sitting, limited choices of healthy food, and the stress of being on the road, puts your health at risk.  But there are ways to make driving optimal. 

  • Walk around as much as possible when you’re stopped. 
  • Become the master planner of meals.  When you can stop at a store, stock up on healthy choices, so that you don’t end up needing to get only what is available at truck stops or fast food places. 
  • Keep a positive attitude.  Over and over again science is proving how important our emotional outlook is on our physical health.  Be thankful.

My hope for you this Thanksgiving and years to come is that you have optimal health for your highest good and the good of all.

THANK YOU DRIVERS, you are so special to me and to us all.

Carolyn O’Byrne, CHT

Life Coach Service, LLC


Flash Drive


Drivers, we all know that the only thing on a flash drive is what you put on it, right?

Well other than the fact that we are MUCH more complicated than a simple flash drive, the same goes for us.

What we or someone else, put into our minds is ultimately what shows up in our life.  In addition to that, what we put into our mouths, is what will show up in our health In my experience, show me someone with emotional issues, and I will show you someone with gut issues and vice versa.

Do we see the importance here?  If we want to be our best self, we must be in control of everything that goes into our self and no one else..   No we can’t control going to a truck stop and seeing or hearing way too much ________.  But we can control how we respond to it.  There is so much that we can control about ourselves.

Most of us don’t want something or someone to control us, yet we are very likely submitting ourselves to something or someone.  Such as, letting unhealthy foods determine our health or letting someone else’s negative attitude control how we act upon situations.

I want to let you know that you have the power to control yourself, no matter what the setting.  No matter if it is emotional or physical, such as what you eat.

Become aware of your triggers, educate yourself, and find someone that can help you to become accountable, whether it is a family member, or friend.  Some don’t have that person to go to or some just want a neutral party with experience.  Either way I want to empower you to be the best that you can be.

Blessings on your health,

Carolyn O’Byrne, CHT