If you are looking for weight loss tips, try her other book instead. This one is about changing bad habits in general in order to become more successful in life in general. Fears? Insecurities? Getting in your own way? Some of her advice might have been written before, but it’s worth reading in her “voice.” That said, she shares quite a bit of information about body and muscle development and uses it as a way to explain overall personal improvement. She also uses weight loss in some of her explanations about how to shift self-destructive thinking. One of my favorite examples is her trick to overcoming negative emotional attachments by substituting them with positive ones: rather than thinking of the treadmill as a torture device (or referring to is as a “dread-mill,” like so many of us do!), think about it as a means to “looking awesome in skinny jeans, more energy, better sex life” or some such. If fast food feels like comfort and convenience to you, concentrate on thinking about it as a ticket to “muffin tops, lethargy, self-loathing, muumuus” to help you break the habit.
Some of the advice comes straight from The Secret, and is all about keeping our thoughts positive and enlisting help from the universe to reach our goals. I am actually pretty happy that she includes this – people who have no plans to read the more popular text will be able to benefit from this strategy for eliminating negativity because they are fans of Jillian Michaels. It is no secret how she has helped numerous contestants deal with years of poor self esteem and feelings of failure – this is our chance to share some of that experience without going on television to get it (well, she has moved on to greener pastures anyway).
This book majorly emphasizes psychotherapy. She suggests finding a good therapist to help you overcome various mental obstacles, and hints that many of our problems are caused by being mistreated by someone in the past. I am all for getting help from experts, but I don’t think all of our challenges are caused by other people at the root.
Some of this is boiler-plate self-help book, snarked up by Jillian Michaels to sound less “fluffy” and more like a tough but caring friend is sharing life experience to help pull you out of your rut. She also spends a great deal of time describing her own pathway to success, and suggests that we should find a mentor and, in the absence of a “real life” guru, to read all we can about successful people we admire and copy their career trajectory. This advice lends itself well to work success, but can certainly be applied to home life, hobbies and, yes, even weight loss.
A lot of the anecdotes she gives come from the Biggest Loser show, where she was always a straight-shooter who practically bullied her team into overcoming their mental obstacles and achieving victory. (I miss her on the Biggest Loser and, no offense to Anna K., I think she would have been much tougher on the older group and they would not have lost three people the first four weeks.)
The book mentions accompanying exercises on her website. I have not looked at those. There are little icons in the margins of some of the pages that direct you to interactive content. This might be helpful to some, but I was focused more on what I could learn from the book by itself. Overall I think it’s a useful read for those who want to be better at anything they try and who need a bit of a push in the right direction.
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