REALLY, Jillian?

Let it be known up front that I love Jillian Michaels.

I think she is an amazing inspiration — given her own past history with weight issues and her ability to kick the crap out of anyone on The Biggest Loser — all the while empowering the show’s contestants to recognize that the potential for change is within them if they’re willing to tap into it.

I’ve learned a lot from her, read lots of things she’s written, and am a loyal30-Day Shred fan.

And whether you love or loathe her persona, Jillian is no doubt excellent at what she does.

Shas cultivated an entire brand identity and become synonymous with health/wellness, serving as the Oprah (if you will) of the health/wellness sphere.

(I often wonder if she’s gotten too big/has been straying from her brand, what with the marketing of her weight loss supplements, which just seems counter-intuitive to what Jillian often preaches … JMO).

Anyway, when I read her cover story in Women’s Health at the gym this morning, I couldn’t help but feel a little uncomfortable at what I heard her say towards the end of the piece. Continue reading “REALLY, Jillian?”

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Rant: Content, Schmontent

stack-of-magazinesI love to read fitness magazines. I subscribe to SELF, Shape, Women’s Health, and Fitness. I used to also get Health, and sometimes I read Oxygen if someone left a copy at the gym.

But as a consumer, I have to say, I’m really getting annoyed with the predictable, formulaic content in each and every issue, regardless of the publication.

There’s seriously nothing new out there, and they’re all the same!

True, sometimes we hear about new health/fitness studies. But they’re usually bullets or side-bars, not full-on analyses. Nothing in-depth.

Each of these magazines dish the same topics about beauty, fashion, fitness, food, sex … just rehashed in different ways. Continue reading “Rant: Content, Schmontent”

Sad Stat

nineteen1I read a really sad stat in the April issue of Women’s Health at the gym this weekend that I want to share today, at the beginning of a new week. It was buried on the lower left corner of page 22 in one of those By The Numbers sections.

“19: Percentage of women who say they’re happy with their bodies.”–
Source: Survey by the American Dental Association, Crest and Oral-B.

WHOA. This gave me pause. It was a little teensy newsflash that has legs, will travel … if only anyone else picked up on what a telling stat it was.

My first thought: THIS should be an investigative report in and of itself, Women’s Health, not a miniscule blurb! (And mind you, WH is probably my fave of all the fitness/health mags to which I subscribe).

Don’t you think? I mean, I imagined the numbers to be maybe 50, maybe 60 percent … but only a mere 19 percent? of the women sampled were happy with their bodies?!!

We all know surveys are a sampling and not the be-all, end-all… but how does that translate to the general popuplation? Are you saddened or surprised by that stat, or did you think it spoke the truth? Continue reading “Sad Stat”

Soar With Your Strengths

Soar with your strengths in 2009
When my husband began working at his current employer (a large global company), he was given this book for required “newbie” reading called Soar With Your Strengths.

… Which I’ll be honest, I thought sounded totally cheesy and ridiculous at first glance.

But after a brief perusal of the little pocket-sized book, I realized just how on to something the author was.

The book spoke reality: all too often in school or at work, we’re encouraged to fix the things that are “wrong” with us. To get better at this or improve that. Well, this book’s premise is the exact opposite.

If a student isn’t good at math, the book argues, don’t try to make her love it. Rather, let her flourish in her passion for British lit or pyschology.

If an employee is really good at Excel and administrative tasks, don’t put him on the phone making cold calls to new business prospects.

Sure, every corporate executive can benefit from media training. But that doesn’t mean that shy executive X should necessarily be the face of your company in a live interview on CNN to the world … especially not if he’s better at the written word or telephone interrogations.

If we strengthen the things we’re good at, the book proposes, instead of spending energy and money trying to fix what’s “wrong” with us, won’t we be better students and more productive employees? Better friends, better lovers, better partners? YES! Continue reading “Soar With Your Strengths”

Women’s Health: This is Your Body on Exercise

I’m all about sharing interesting articles today. I read this one tonight at the gym in the November issue of Women’s Health.

For all you fitness fiends, this great article explains, in layman’s terms, what’s actually happening to our bodies when we push ourselves — and why it feels so damn good to do it!