Monday, March 24, 2014

Jillian Michaels: Maximize Your Life Tips

Yesterday I saw Jillian Michaels.  She wasn't walking the street or at the coffee shop, she was on stage spilling all of her knowledge on how to "maximize your life."

It was pretty interesting.

I'm going to be a love and share with all of you what I learned in those two hours.  Although I'm not quite as exciting as Jillian, I will save you $49 and maybe help you get started loving yourself and your life more than you already do right now.

Because we all should be loving on ourselves.  

Jillian started the show with this.  Eat less, move more.  We all laughed as she explained how those four words have made her millions of dollars.  Such a simple concept, and yet we all chase this notion that there is an easier way.  If you are looking to lose, all you need to do is burn more than you ingest.  It's that simple.  

While the quality of food is important, it's the calories that determine if you lose weight.  That being said, how you eat will translate into how you feel and how your body stores fat.  The food industry has pumped hormones, antibiotics and tons of processed man made junk into our foods.  To hit this message home, Jillian invited a show-goer to the stage and asked her to open wide, while holding a can of bug spray to her mouth.

Eye opener.

The lesson?  READ LABELS.  Below is a screenshot of Jillian's site, with the chemicals/additives/crap we all need to avoid.  Her instructions?  Spend the next two weeks reading labels, and once you get an idea of what you can buy it will be easy.  

Jillian shared with us the Clean Fifteen, which are the fifteen foods you can buy if you can't afford organic. They have less chemicals and pesticides.  Next to the clean fifteen is the Dirty Dozen, which are the twelve foods you SHOULD NOT BUY unless they are organic.


Every little change counts, and as we make changes we'll feel better and see results.  I remember watching Denise Austin every morning on the Lifetime network (those were the days).  Denise was a huge advocate of 80/20, or eating well 80% of the time, and treating yourself 20% of the time.  Make good choices most of the day, but have your treats too.  Jillian said the exact same thing.  Don't deprive yourself.  Don't make yourself crazy cutting out bread or chocolate.

Just eat less of it.

Once we have the food down, we need to MOVE.  If you exercise hard, you don't need a ton of exercise.  How you move is just as important as how much you move.  Jillian exercises a half hour, four days a week.  Pretty amazing.  

To lose weight, you need to know how much you burn, and you need to eat LESS.  Here is a link to Jillian's page on Active Metabolic Rate.  Remember one pound of fat is 3500 calories, and until you burn 3500 calories more than you eat, you won't lose a pound.

It's that simple.

The last piece of Jillian's puzzle was to LOVE YOURSELF FIRST.  

As Lucille Ball said, "Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world."
In a nutshell, this was Jillian's message.  As women, we tend to worry about everyone around us and ourselves LAST.  It's okay to treat yourself, to spend time with yourself and to speak nicely to and about yourself.
Other people will treat us exactly how we treat ourselves.  If we radiate positive other people will see positive things.  If we project negative, we receive negative.  The key to loving life is loving ourselves, and taking chances even though we're afraid of failure.
Fear is paralyzing, which explains why so many of us stay in the same place.
And lastly, my favorite part of the show, "don't be a dick."
Cheers to that.  
Happy Monday everyone.  

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