Hanging out with Jillian Michaels

afigWell, we weren’t really hanging out, but in an intimate setting such as the Hanover Theater, it feels like your hanging out.  Especially when so much of what she said hit home for me, it was like we were talking one on one. Last night, my friend Karen and I took in Jillian’s one man show “Maximizing Your Life”.  I thought I’d share with you a few key points that resonated with me…

Now, you either love her or hate her.  I, personally, appreciate her no nonsense delivery style.  This was most evident when she shared with everyone the secret to weight loss…the keys to the kingdom….Eat Less, Move More.  Well, I guess we should already know that.  And if it was as easy as that, she’s be out of a job, so what’s the catch?  Well, like most things, it’s about balance.  The right amount to calories coming and the right amount being used up.  And more than anything else, the mental part of weight loss is the most challenging.  So, how do we set ourselves up for success?

You need to have key people in your life that will support you.  If you don’t have any currently, find some.  Make friends at the gym or in a healthy cooking class, or join health minded groups on social media.  People that want you to succeed are out there! I mean, look at Worcester Fitness…every single person you see walking around in a blue WF team shirt wants you to be successful.  Instructors, Trainers and fellow members are all here to live more healthfully.  Harness that energy and make your success happen!

Gain knowledge. Hook up with a trainer, ask questions and do research. Jillian did a big spiel on nutrition, which got me super jazzed about our upcoming Eating at Worcester Fitness program! There is so much information and mis-information out there.  Knowledge is power!

Identify your WHY.  Why do I want to be healthier? Why do I want to lose weight? Why do I want to be stronger.  I actually Facebooked about this the other day.  I know my why and that makes staying on track easier.

Face your fears.  Fears are what will hold us back.  By avoiding our fears, they will eventually manifest themselves.  Take for example, a job you may want.  If you don’t go after it because you are afraid you will be rejected and not get the job offer, the very thing you are afraid (not getting that job) will come true! If you don’t try, you won’t get it. Your fear is manifesting itself.  It took me a second to get what she was saying but it makes perfect sense now.

And lastly, redefine your story.  You don’t have to be the person you don’t want to be.  Destiny is a series of choices, not chances. The path may be bumpier for some of us, but you deserve your best version of you! We get one shot at this life.  Make it count!

 

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