I want to “weigh in” (pun intended) on a topic that I actually feel qualified to address: Jillian Michaels.
In a recent blog from a woman who calls herself “Jeanette” and operates a blog identifying herself as “The Fat Chick” (I’m not going to give any links – if you care enough to find it, you can through a quick internet search) she took on Jillian and criticized her approach and her motives.
Jeanette stated, “In an epic moment…my Facebook feed threw up this little fact: ‘Jillian Michaels has published her ‘Top 3 Guidelines for Improving Body Image’ at EverydayHealth.com. This seems in line with her recent move to distance herself from Biggest Loser after she made untold millions screaming at fatties on the show.” She went on further to judge Jillian’s credibility and her intentions.
It’s clear that she has never met Jillian, nor has she been mentored by her. She’s never sweated through one workout with her. And she clearly has no personal insight into her motives. I, on the other hand, do. And seven years after she stopped being my trainer on “The Biggest Loser” I am still in contact with Jillian.
I will interject here that I know that people have varying opinions of the Show. Some have lost interest. Many contestants have come out with negative reports of their experience. I don’t discount anyone’s right to feel like they do.
But it’s particularly difficult to sit back and watch someone like “Jeanette” be so critical. Among the many things I objected to in her blog was the term “fatties” – which she used to describe the contestants on BL.
In response to her comments, I want to make my own:
I was one of those fatties that she yelled at on “The Biggest Loser” and I can tell you that never once did Jillian make me feel less-than or unaccepted. She empowered me to love myself enough to change. Change my thinking, my circumstances, my negativity, my self-doubt, my weakness. Weight comes in many forms and losing it doesn’t make you a better person, it makes you realize the person you were all along; the one God created you to be. Jillian was a catalyst for acceptance in my life, not from anyone else, but from me. That was life-changing.
That’s my opinion. I welcome yours’.