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Jillian Michaels & the Biggest Loser

Thursday, March 1, 2012

There are many, many quotes from Jillian floating around in cyber space and all of them are motivating and make sense, to me anyway, but recently I came across this one.........

"If you're not failing, you're not trying hard enough."  When I came across this quote, I didn't really understand it, but thought, it's Jillian, if she said it, there has to be something behind it.  The other day when I was catching up on some ironing and other housework TV I was lucky enough to witness the circumstances surrounding this quote.  It was between Jillian and one of her team members Amanda.  Check out this gorgeous former Biggest Loser Contestant.......

Jillian had her team doing treadmill intervals which were getting faster and faster.  Amanda had a mini breakdown and ended up walking out of the gym.  In the following episode Amanda apologised, but Jillian being Jillian, a simple apology just isn't good enough.  Jillian likes to get to the bottom of the problem and Amanda's was failing.  She didn't want to do the faster treadmill intervals because she thought she couldn't, she thought she would fail and that's where "If  you're not failing, you're not trying hard enough." came in. Jillian also told Amanda ~ 

"you have to redefine your view of failure.  It's not failure, it's a learning process.  You've got to fall down a few times, you've gotta make a few mistakes in order to learn, it's how you grow"

To me it means that it's not meant to be easy and you probably will fail a few times, but that's OK as long as you keep going and don't give up.  

I love watching the Biggest Loser, I always seem to learn things either from the trainers or the contestants.  I not only find the show extremely motivating, but also very entertaining.  I think it's hilarious how the white team (OZ Biggest Loser) have been banished to the bush for a week and poor Michelle is sleeping on eskys so she doesn't have to sleep on the ground "with bugs", at least they were given some foam mats to make beds :)

Even though the white team has been banished from the campus, they still get to train.

After training they get to enjoy a nice, cold bucket shower.  I don't think I could handle this for a whole week - the poor girls.

Here's a few other things I have learned from the Biggest Loser :
  • You have to let go of the past to be able to change
  • You have to make your own choices
  • You have to forgive yourself to move forward
  • You need to change on the inside, not just the outside
  • It can't just be about the weight 
    • One day it will be gone
    • You need to find other reasons to train

That seems to be it for now, but I can see a pattern there and mine is that it's more mental than physical. 

How do you feel about the Biggest Loser.......

  • Do you like it or loathe it?
  • Do you learn anything from the show?
  • Does the Biggest Loser motivate you?


  1. I love the Biggest Loser and I really miss Jillian! The US ersion is all drama this season, so it's kind of annoying.


    Yes, I also love The Biggest Loser, miss Jillian and am going nuts with all the drama in the US version this season.

    I do learn things from the show, namely things like you mentioned (letting the past go, etc.)

    Yes, TBLoser is very motivating to me. Many times when someone has an emotional breakdown I find them sharing issues that I struggle with emotionally and I'm so grateful to hear what the trainers tell them. Once a girl was frustrated and said she was sick of it all "the cameras, I can't do it every day in front of the cameras!!" To sum it up she said, "I'm not used to being able to do this." to which Jillian replied that this contestant was one of their strongest girls.

    I could relate to that so much..."I'm not used to being the one making good choices, running, etc."

    Plus, after watching a show I'm often ready to keep going and working on losing weight.

    Thanks for sharing the bit about failure..very interesting. Have a great weekend!

    We will get back up again, Ms. Jane!!

  3. I love loser, hubby hates it ... Jane I promise next time you come up to Sydney we will have an

  4. I love Jillian. Sometimes she seems so abrasive, but everything she says is true. Her tough love style is definitely motivating to me!


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