This past Saturday night I went with Ashley, and her mom to the Calgary stop on Jillian Michaels Maximize Your Life tour. If you’ve never seen Jillian Michaels in person I’ll tell you this… Jillian is HUMAN, she is down to earth, calm, and she shows a soft and even sensitive side all while still projecting that “Hardass” and no BS persona that has made her famous or as she puts it at times infamous on T.V.’s “The Biggest Loser”.
During her 3 hour minus 15 minute intermission show, Jillian talked about topics such as diet, fitness, emotions, food shopping tips. But one of my favorite parts were the points where she drew on her personal life and some of the experiences she has encountered in her personal and professional lives. She shared with us how as a child she suffered from weight problems, eating problems, failed relationships which have led her to a happy fulfilled life with her life partner Heidi Rhoades and there two children, to jobs she hated so much she tried to get herself fired from.
What I found most fascinating and helpful in addition to really truly seeing that even Jillian Michaels isn’t perfect, was learing about some of the ways that food manufactures disguise items such as added sugar and how there are over 40 different names for added sugar products according to the US FDA. This fact both scared and disgusted me. Also having it reminded to me the age-old thought that if you can’t pronounce the ingredient you probably shouldn’t be eating it.
Another fascinating point that had never really donned on me prior is that even items that according to their nutritional label have 0 calories, they still probably have a caloric value greater than zero depending on how much of that product your consuming. This is all based on what the ingredients of the product are, and if the caloric value of a serving is .4 calories/serving or less the food manufacturer is by law allowed to round the total caloric value down to zero, (be aware of this misleading fact).
Also Jillian drew on some of her big topics from her books and workout DVD’s.
I am saying this not only cause she’s my second/back up wife, haha, I am also saying this as someone who’s very interested and up to date on nutrition, fitness, and overall health; this was the best live speaking event I’ve ever seen, and I highly recommend seeing her if you have the opportunity on this current tour of hers, and if not at least reading her books. Tickets and tour dates can be found on her website at http://www.jillianmichaels.com .
Allow Jillian Michaels to help you Maximize Your Life!