Health and fitness … but without any Bullying

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Nobody would dare to bully Jillian Michaels these days, but the tough-as-nails health and fitness trainer from “The Biggest Loser” says the persecution she endured as a kid left some marks.

It also helped make her what she is today: Whip-smart and rawhide tough.

The 37-year-old Michaels — cofounder of multimillion-dollar Empowered Media, which administers her website, best-selling books, workout DVDs, video games, exercise equipment and her K-Swiss fitness-clothing line — tells CNNMoney that she was overweight as a child and was picked on mercilessly by other kids. That, along with her parents’ divorce, made for some rocky years early on.

Now she’s hoping the lessons she learned the hard way might help others achieve their fitness, business and life goals — but without putting up with what she went through.

Some of her tips:

  • Define your purpose.
  • Get a mentor.
  • Find meaning in setbacks.
  • Stop selling yourself short.

Her drill-sergeant approach isn’t the only way to get the results you’re looking for, though.

Exercise, nutrition and overall fitness plans come in as many sizes as the people they’re for.

And good health doesn’t have to mean someone like Jillian yelling “All right, let’s move it!” while you try to drag yourself back onto the treadmill for three more minutes.

It’s whatever works for you.

Really. Even Jillian would tell you that … once she catches her breath from her morning marathon.


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