Saturday, April 06, 2013

Jillian Michaels - Maximize Your Life

I was really excited when I heard Jillian Michaels was coming to Winnipeg.  If you don't know who Jillian Michaels she is the trainer that is known for being on the Biggest Loser.  Jillian's contestants are often the winners of the Biggest Loser (as was the case this year with a contestant who had everything against her in the beginning.)  The reason I like Jillian is not because of her training skills.  It is because she has an ability to get to the heart of a contestant and figure out what it is that is getting in the way of their goals.

When she came on stage see was instantly endearing.  She swapped her high heels for flip flops saying that she felt like she had done her duty by coming out in them.  She broke down what she was going to talk about - nutrition, working out, mind.  She was real about the fact that many of the people who came to see her, wanted to know how to lose weight so she spent the first hour talking about it.  The second hour was all about how to meet your goals (whether it be weight loss or anything else.)

I took away two things that I have been thinking about since.  The first is the concept of clean eating.  I have heard about this for the past couple of years.  I have to admit that I have been quite skeptical.  But Jillian's simple, straight forward, method of explaining it, along with her approachability made me reconsider.  Perhaps there is something to this -- particularly for someone with a significant amount of weight to lose.

The second, probably most important, part is 'find your 'why''.  Find that thing that drives you to your goal.  Related is to find the things that hold you back, parts of your identity that you need to discard.  I didn't find my 'why' at the event.  But I started to want to find it.  I am hoping that the Faith and Fitness Conference will help me do that.