Saturday, June 1, 2013
Holy shit. I met Jillian Michaels!
Every year for my birthday, I try to do something special for myself. Sometimes I get a new car, or go on a trip. One time I chopped all my hair off and donated it, but this year? I found out that Jillian Michaels was coming to Ottawa on her Maximize Your Life tour.
On. My. Birthday.
Since she is on my Bucket List, I was pretty much obligated to go.
Thank God for best friends who support you in your mission to meet Jillian someday, because we each paid $160 each to have front row, VIP tickets.
Prior to her show, I started a campaign of energy to the tune of "Yes, I will meet Jillian. For my 36th birthday, I will get my picture taken with her."
I made my intentions very. clear. to the universe.
And then I took things a step further... I emailed the NAC, Live Nation, and a local radio station to plead my case. "I would love to meet Jillian, and will do whatever I have to in order to make that happen, including submit myself to her to torture at a gym for a few hours and write about it later when I have full use of my arms again."
Only 2 of the three wrote me back, and basically said they couldn't help me.
So I went at it a different way....tweeting repeatedly at Jillian herself.
(twitter handle: 1qtnewf)
"@jillianmichaels Fess up, you're stoked to meet me on May 18th in #ottawa!! It's okay to admit it."
"@jillianmichaels 3 sleeps till we meet and hug and become friends! Excited!? #ottawa #maximizeyourlife #needakickinthearse"
"@jillianmichaels Psst....2 sleeps! #ottawa #maximizeyourlife Front row VIP baby! Imma meet you! Promise! :)"
"@jillianmichaels Tomorrow is my birthday! All I want is a #picturewithjillian"
"Less than 4 hours till @jillianmichaels hits the stage in #ottawa. To rush the stage, or not to rush the stage? That is the question."
Not even so much as a retweet from Miss. Jillian. But I am not giving up. That isn't in my DNA, and I truly believed with my whole heart that I was going to make this happen. Why? Because I am the kind of girl who makes shit happen.
Also, before anyone starts throwing words around like 'crazy stalker' or 'stage five clinger' it is only considered stalking if there is a restraining order.
When she came bounding out onto the stage, I was the first person she high fived! And then I tweeted "I shit you not, @jillianmichaels is so cute and tiny, I could pick her up and put her in my purse!!!"
The first part of her show was about food, nutrition and exercise. Lots of which I already knew, some of which I had been tuning out for a long time, and a few things were very eye opening.
I had no idea - not a clue! - that food manufacturers have 50+ different words that they can use to describe sugar.
So if you look at a label, and the first three ingredients are supposed to make up the bulk of what is contained within that product, they can list sugar as 'fructose, dextrose, dextrin, glucose, sucrose, syrup, maltose, high-fructose corn syrup, etc...'
This way, if they break up the sugar contained within the product, they can hide it further down the list of ingredients, and we are never the wiser as to how much sugar really is in what you are eating.
Till now. Now we are.
The steak on the left is from a genetically modified cow like the one shown above. One that is fed corn, and grows to slaughter age in approximately 6 months.
It is marbled, bigger, and contains more fat.
The steak on the left came from a cow that was grass fed, and never injected with growth hormones, steroids, poison, and chemicals.
It is smaller, less marbled and less fatty.
It takes about 4 years for this cow to grow to slaughter.
It is all based on economics for these companies. The sooner the cows are big enough to kill, the sooner they can make money off of us. Never mind what this food is doing to us and our bodies.
Jillian says that you are what you eat.
For the first time ever, this makes me want to make an effort to eat organic meat whenever possible.
And maybe it won't always be possible, but I can try.
Which is more than I was doing before.
The second part of the Maximize Your Life show was about how we humans really can get in our own way of success. Weighed down by self doubt, limiting beliefs and our pasts; so many of us hold on to pain and fear, never realizing our full potential.
This part of her show made me sad. And hopeful.
Sad, because I do have so many painful things that I have worked on, but just when I think I am done and good-to-go, more stuff comes up and I let it get in the way.
And hopeful because one thing I can say for sure about myself, is that no matter how hard it is sometimes, no matter how scary, no matter if I slip backwards a bit, or if I feel defeated and overwhelmed, I am not a girl who gives up.
I will not ever give up on trying to be my best self.
After the show ended, some VIP questions that we submitted before the show were chosen for Jillian to answer.
This is it!
Please Jesus let them have picked my question!
What will I do if they didn't pick mine?
We go through one question, then another. And another! Fuck! Another one!
Panic sets in.
I'll have no choice but to rush the stage and risk getting hauled away by security.
After about 6 questions from other guests, I hear my name!!!
THANK YOU UNIVERSE!!!
And then I am standing right in front of Jillian, asking her first if I could please have my picture with her because it is my birthday and one of my goals that night was to get a picture with her, and she is one of my heroes, and I love her because she is smart, strong, well spoken and driven.
She thanks me and says yes to my request.
My knees are now knocking uncontrollably.
And then I ask her if she believes it is possible to be overweight and healthy?
Her answer: "Yes, if all tests are coming back normal with with good numbers for blood pressure, cholesterol, sugars. But the truth of it is, being overweight is still taxing on your heart and your joints. If you were truly doing everything you could for yourself, and you were doing everything right, the weight would just come off."
Touché, Jillian. Touché.
Sweet honourable fuck. I did it!!!
Isn't she gorgeous!?
I have such a girl crush on her.
Next on my list of people I have been stalking for years!? Liz, from One Twenty Five, then Jann Arden. Then Ellen.
And you know I'll make it happen.