It finally arrived... the day I had been waiting for ever since I heard it announced (on my Birthday of all days) that one of my most favorite fitness hero's ever - Jillian Michaels was set to make her return to The Biggest Loser after a two season hiatus.
I had been so excited all through the holidays as it was getting closer and closer. Tick tock, tick, tick tock. Today when I woke up I felt like a kid on Christmas. You see not just for me, but for so many people who love fitness and working out and even those who have yet to make that change in their lives, Jillian is an inspiration.
Those of us who watched saw that she did not disappoint. She steamrolled back onto the show by throwing not one or two but three contestants out of the gym. She does not take any bull, and she does not want to hear excuses. Over 10,000 people submitted applications to be on this season, and I do not blame her. If a contestant is there they should be grateful for the spot and the opportunity to once and for all fix what is broken and change their lives forever. If they are giving her resistance, not doing what she says, whining, complaining, and still having a victim mentality then they should leave. They are taking up a good spot that one of those 10,000 would only love to have.
Yes it is hard, yes the people have health issues, yes it is going to hurt. The thing that Jillian whips into each and every contestant if they have the backbone to dig in and really grasp what she is there giving her time to show them is that - there is no "TRY" you either do something, or you don't. It's that simple. All the chatter in your head, if you do not tap into your will and find the why - you will not find out how strong you really are.
We have seen it season after season. Just when you think you have seen it all, in comes another heartbreaking story and inside my head at least I'm thinking, my gosh my heart is breaking for these people who have lost their will. Jillian has a way to break through all the crap and get to the heart of person and help them to find their "why" and push and push them to reach their goals. That is, if they can get past her tough exterior.
There are those that like to bash her in the media for this or that, methods, yada yada. Muckery I say. I used to be a little fat kid, just like she was. The kids picked on me, and I struggled with weight my entire life until I was an adult. (That is until I discovered my love for sneakers ;) ) Her methods - they work. Because I like to workout at home (as I'm not really into being ogled at the gym when my face is all red like a tomato head) I have every single DVD she has put out, and trust me I have every workout system you can think of just about. P90, p90x, insanity, slim in 6, tapout, turbofire, rev abs, urban rebounder, the firm, tae bo, Bob Harper, Jackie Warner, and on and on. I love them all, and I always no matter what I'm doing incorporate Jillian's workouts. Why? Because Jillian's workouts are effective and do not waste time. You do not have to be super coordinated or able to do a bazillion push ups in order to do them. You just have to keep going even when you do not "feel" like it. She has workouts as short as 20 minutes, from beginner on up to advanced, all give results you can see and feel.
Anyone can go buy any one of her DVD's or systems, put in the DVD, push play when the calendar says to and see the results for themselves. The best part, they do not cost a fortune. So literally anyone can workout at home and watch along with the Biggest Loser week after week and see her help people while they are getting in shape at the same time. I don't know about you, but for me, it is so inspiring. To see people with serious weight issues change their entire lives.
Some Awesome Jillian Quotes:
"Unless you puke, faint or die, keep going."
"Transformation isn't a future event, it's a presant activity."
"Pain is fear leaving the body."
"Your legs are not giving out, your head is giving out, keep going."
"When you have a Why, you can tolerate any amount of How."
So it's no surprise that this Greek Girl gives The Return of Jillian (also a Greek Girl) a great big Giamungo Thumbs up! Can't wait to see what this season has in store. Happy losing.
Blessings, Love & Music ~
Ava :D xox
Ava :D xox