Jillian Michaels' New Balancing Act
More Fitness Lessons from JillianYes, my kids eat sweets.
Lu knows that Sunday is her treat day, so she can eat ice cream or french fries or something. I don't deprive her the rest of the week, I just stick to healthier options like sweet potato fries or graham crackers. I'll make whole-wheat pizza with mozzarella, onions, and butternut squash, and to her that's pizza. I am a genius, a [bleeping] genius. I am so proud of myself because I have fooled her into eating healthy, and let me tell you, that kid is smart!Be active without being all preachy about it.
It's about finding things your kids love to do. Lu loves horses, so I take her to the stables, and she loves dancing, so I put music on and she dances around the house. We run on the beach with the dogs and take her out to ride her tricycle. We just have a healthy lifestyle -- we play! The baby is too young, but I have visions of our doing Brazilian jujitsu and capoeira together. Or maybe he'll want to take ballet, and that's OK, too. Either way, I'm going to expose them both to a bunch of different activities, and whatever they love, they love.Take a time-out.
Everything right now is "Lu do, Lu do." She wants to do everything herself, but it means you have to sit there for 20 minutes while she tries to put on a shirt. It kills me because I've got to go to work. Heidi gets mad at me: "How else is she going to learn how to put on her shirt?" or "Don't rush her -- you're rushing her!" Ugh, it makes me crazy, so I'll just sit on the floor of the closet checking e-mails while Lu tries to figure out how to put on her shirt. It's brutal, but I'm really trying. I guarantee it's going to be their number one issue in therapy.You can't control it all.
Usually everything on my to-do list still gets done, just not as perfectly as I wanted it to. In the past I'd carefully read and look through everything before approving it. Now I'll say, "Sure, looks great!" without paying close attention, because I don't have time or I'm too tired. One of these days I'm going to see a video of myself with a booger hanging out of my nose. You cut those corners and sometimes you pay, but something's gotta give.Jillian's Favorite Things
"I feel most confident in my old Sid Vicious vintage concert muscle T-shirt from like 1970 and a 1930s vintage motorcycle jacket. I love vintage, it's my favorite thing ever."
What you might not expect to find in my fridge
We always have a great bottle of Champagne, Ace of Spades, in case there's something to celebrate. In the freezer there are eight different kinds of ice cream for Heidi. I hate her guts because she's one of those people who can't gain weight.
My gotta-have-it tech gadget
I'm addicted to the BodyMedia armband. It's not cheap; it's like 150 bucks, but it's worth it. It tells you exactly how many calories you're burning all day long and can track everything from the steps you take to your temperature and sleep efficiency. It's pretty awesome.
The secret weapon in my gym bag
Spearmint oil. You put it on your wrist, and when you sniff, it helps improve performance. I'm superstitious, and I buy into it.
My go-to snack
Depends on the day I'm having. If I'm in a good mood and everything is going great, I'll eat vanilla Oikos organic Greek yogurt and berries. If I'm in a [bleep] mood, Popchips.
Even tough trainers get hurt
I keep a pack of frozen peas on hand for when I injure myself, which is often now that I'm 39.
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