Mariah is back on stage this summer on her "Adventures with Mimi" tour and the diva says she's in a positive place nowadays.
"You go through life and you have your own ups and downs and ins and outs and times that feel different but if you don't take the ride, you don't experience it."
The Grammy winner's career has seen its own ups and downs but "The Emancipation of Mimi" has brought her back in full force. Not only is her music back on track, she's made a physical transformation as well and Mariah gives "EXTRA" the inside scoop on how she got in shape.
Mimi's secret: A trainer/chef/aerobics instructor named Patricia. "If I want a little snack, I know if Patricia's in the kitchen, she's going to give me something really bleak to eat, so I don't even bother going downstairs," says Carey. Mariah's a tricky one though and has found a way around her strict trainer -- "I just send somebody else to get something for me and sneak it up!"