"To live the life of your dreams, you have to know what those dreams are." - Jillian Michaels
I recently received an early copy of Jillian Michaels book Unlimited from a dear male friend of mine. He read some of the early reviews on Amazon and thought that this book would be perfect for me. Don't you just hate when people know exactly what you need when you have no clue. The last few years, I have been unhappy. I have been trying to find the confidence within to admit that I was not happy with my work, my personal life and myself. From the outside I look like I have it all together when in fact I have nestled myself in the comfort of being uncomfortable.
When I first opened Jillian's book, I went directly to the table of contents. I needed to know the subject matter before I invested my time. I had no use for useless self-help jargon. The second item I read was so bold that I put her book down and cried. It simply stated, "What the Hell Do You Want to Do With Your Life?" What, did I want to do? I had no clue....well not one that I could verbalize. After a few hours and some chocolate I went back to Chapter One- Identify Your Passion, which is under the heading of Imagine and found myself thinking back about my relationships with people and with myself. I discovered the moment when I started hiding my true gifts and talents to make others comfortable around me. I found what Jillian calls the big lie- that if we are not happy then "that's just the way things are."
Life is to be lived and there are no rules to achievement. "The truth is, there are no rules. Period. Anything is possible if you have the knowledge and do the work." You mean that, it's okay to follow my passions? It is okay to be selfish in pursuit of my dreams....all of this is the first few pages of the book. Boy, did my friend know what I needed to hear (read).
Although the first heading is called Imagine, I would rename it Dismantle! As I turned the pages of this book, I found bits of my philosophy of living being dismantled. I found freedom in the words. It had been so long since someone told me that it was okay to take all my knowledge and gifts and demand the very best from the universe.
I have not completed Unlimited, but I am well on my way. There are so many points that have made me stop in my tracks and reflect that, I find myself revisiting the material I just read with a notepad of personal reflection notes. I strongly recommend Unlimited by Jillian Michaels if you are looking for some inner peace, and even if you are afraid of the journey....take it, your life will be forever changed.
One of our favorite fit actresses has a birthday today: Reese Witherspoon is turning 35! And by the sound of things, it looks like Reese's best present may be arriving this weekend — the star's wedding to Jim Toth is said to be taking place on Saturday. Reese, like many brides-to-be, has been amping up her workouts; in the last week she's been seen running and leaving yoga class. It's inspiring to see that she lives such a healthy lifestyle. To celebrate her birthday, we're taking a look back at all the ways Reese keeps her life fit and fab.
Weight loss is hard work, so when a celeb reaches their ideal weight, congratulations are in order, followed by lots of questions about how they did it and what diet and exercise routine they followed. Can you identify the celeb who recently got fit had to say about it? Take the quiz to see!
The benefit of exercise stretches way beyond the ability to fit into our "skinny jeans." It reduces stress, combats fatigue, and is good for the brain. It also helps with depression. Having dealt with PMDD for most of my adult life, exercise became my natural form of Prozac. It's good to remember this for times when you might be feeling down and out.
Out of rehab for less than a week, Lindsay Lohan has been turning to the gym, no doubt to release stress and keep her endorphin levels up. Working out can be a good distraction when you're trying to kick any sort of addiction, as the young actress is. Adding to the evidence that exercise has healing powers is an interview with Gwyneth Paltrow in the latest issue of Good Housekeeping. Gwyneth admits that exercise helped her overcome postpartum depression.
The next time you are upset, worried, angry, or sad, exercise. Take your stress out on the treadmill, which will manifest itself into the production of mood-enhancing endorphins. I personally find that yoga is an amazing mood lifter, and science agrees with me. For times that I am extremely sad, I turn to Mandy Ingber's pose for heartbreak. What exercises do you like to do when feeling down?
Nicole Richie is definitely keeping up with her fitness regimen in 2011. After a workout in Studio City, the busy mom toughened up her gym outfit by throwing a leather biker jacket over her Free City sweatshirt ($185), which matched perfectly to the bright blue Nike Air Max sneaks ($80) she was sporting. Always finding a way to represent her own line, Nicole finished off the look with a pair of House of Harlow sunglasses ($139). To find out more about any item, just click on the image.
Weight loss stories are inspiring — especially when there's photographic proof. Even though a good majority of Hollywood stars are already in great shape, there were quite a few weight loss reveals in 2010. If you're looking for some motivation to lose a few pounds or add a little definition to your arms, keep reading! And don't forget to take a look at the picture to your left — since appearing on DWTS, Kelly Osbourne has dropped five dress sizes. Inspiring, right?
There is a reason I follow celebrity trainers who tweet: it's often the best place to find the latest breaking news in their lives. And, it's often uncensored, honest, and timely. If you follow trainer Jillian Michaels on Twitter, then I'm sure you've been glued to all her recent developments:
She's having a baby! Jillian is taking the next year off to focus on becoming a "mommy." The trainer is looking to adopt — not one, but two children! — and she's currently in a home study process with an adoption agency. While she says that it "doesn't matter to me" if they're boys or girls, she is planning to adopt from Africa. This decision has nothing to do with the Women's Health article from earlier this year, which quoted the trainer as saying she, "can't handle doing that [pregnancy] to my body." Jillian told the Los Angeles Times that she was misquoted and that she can't have children because of medical issues.
Season 11 of The Biggest Loser will be her last. We've got one more season to see Jillian whip individuals into shape, since next year's season will be her last. FitSugar favorite Bob Harper will stay on the show, and will be joined by two new trainers. NBC is keeping the new trainers' identity a secret, but we do know from Jillian that one is definitely a female. Contestants on season 11 will have the option of working out with Jillian and Bob or the newbies.
She slams her kettlebell critics for good. Jillian has taken a lot of flak for her kettlebell techniques, which reached a climax in a controversial LA Times op-ed piece calling her a fraud. Via Twitter, Jillian's bud Bob Harper tweeted: "we're officially kettlebell certified. Tell all those A$$&$@"@ to suck it." Both Bob and Jillian worked with "kettlebell master" Paul Katami, who is affiliated with the Kettlebell Concepts certification program.
"I do yoga at night with my husband after we put the baby down. I say, a family that namastes together, stays together."
— Reality star and SkinnyGirl Bethenny Frankel on how her family stays connected and fit together. The natural foods chef, 40, is on the January cover of Redbook and inside discusses her pregnancy, past battles with eating, and her latest successes. Bethenny is one of three cover models for the magazine; Padma Lakshmi and Alison Sweeney also share honors.