Even though The Biggest Loser has been around for awhile, I had never actually watched an episode until this current season.  Now… I’m completely hooked.  Every time I watch an episode I leave feeling more inspired to take care of myself and push the limits of what I think I’m capable of.

Along with my obsessiveness over the show, I found Jillian’s – one of the trainers – website, JillianMichaels.com.  She has a lot of really great tips and solid motivation to remind me to continue pursuing my fitness/wellness goals.  I want to print this picture of Jillian – from her homepage – and put it on my fridge or somewhere in my kitchen to remind me that she’d kick my butt if I ate that whole bag of chocolates, especially in one sitting.  It’s also a good reminder that her recommended lifestyle choices really do work… cuz she looks freaking fantastic.  However, even with Jillian staring me down in my home, I still have felt like I need something more to help me stay motivated and make great choices.

Thank heavens for Jillian’s creativity to make a fitness/wellness program on her site.  I signed up for the free week and loved it.  You get a weekly meal plan that includes breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner.  I was in a big rut on what to fix my family for mealtimes and this resource has been invaluable.  I love how the recipes are really simple and quick to pull together.  They’re also not made with a bunch of crazy and expensive ingredients, so most of it can be made from food I have on hand anyways.  My family’s favorite recipe is the cottage cheese pancakes.  Yes, I know, it sounds kinda nasty, but they are AMAZING.

In the program you also receive a daily fitness plan that’s tailored to your weight loss goals and lifestyle.  Let me give you fair warning, though: it kicks your butt… seriously.  Her whole system is built to be able to do everything in your home – no gym needed.  My husband is a really tough guy who is generally really fit and muscular (yes, I’m bragging a bit – he is a hottie and I love him like crazy because he’s amazing inside and out).  He looked at the recommended workouts and thought it would be a piece of cake to do it with me.  Not only was it not easy, but afterwards he said, “I haven’t struggled with a workout so much since football practice in high school.”  At that time I was on the medium level of fitness and have since moved it down to the easier, just to stay motivated.  Easy level ain’t so easy either, but it’s not as difficult for me to do on a regular basis.  It’s so cool to have a program every day to follow to know exactly what exercise I should do that day.  I love how I don’t have to leave my house and how the workout she recommends burns more calories (like double the calories, in fact) than running for 30+ minutes, cycling and many other hard-core, popular exercises.

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I may sound like a spokesperson for the program, but I haven’t been paid to say any of this, I’m not an affiliate and I’ve paid for my membership fee into her program (VERY affordable, by the way, especially when compared to a gym and a trainer).  Honestly, I truly do appreciate Jillian’s ingenuity in making a way for work-at-home moms like me to be able to effectively manage their exercise, diet and wellness.  I’ve only scratched the surface, but the whole program is seriously awesome.  I’ve been so excited to share this that I thought it was definitely appropriate to feature her and her program here.  Being well helps us all to be more able to create.  Wellness breeds creativity.

And what better time to get going with our wellness/fitness/diet goals than right as the holidays are starting?  In a way that seems kind of painful, but truly all that tempting crap really is momentary pleasure that we then spend the rest of the year working on removing from our rear end.  I bet you’re thinking that I’m some crazy exercise nut, but the truth is that exercise and wellness have never been easy for me.  I’ve never been physically fit.  It’s hard for me to see myself really making these big lifestyle changes, but I am confident that with Jillian’s help through her program, it really will happen.  Her program helps me see how my goals are attainable and the methods are manageable.  {insert *sigh* of relief here}

Are you a Biggest Loser fan?  Have you tried Jillian’s program?  Do you believe “wellness breeds creativity?”