My New Motivation

Yesterday, Dan introduced me to a world that I had no previous knowledge of – podcasts. He was searching for a financially oriented session and stumbled upon Jillian Michaels’ podcast. He said (g-chatted, said … what’s the diff?) “You should listen to some of Jillian Michaels’ podcasts and review them for your blog!” Smart man I married. So, I happily downloaded a couple of episodes to listen to during my Monday evening commute. The following are my observations on her broadcasts.

1. Podcasts (at least for the time being) are a MUCH better distraction than music for a boring commute. I’ve been making the same drive, day after day, for the past two years while trying to amuse myself with various musical albums. Listening to Jillian made the time go by so quickly, I barely even realized when I arrived at home.

2. Jillian Michaels LOVES to talk about herself. She even told one of her callers during the show that this is how she got where she is. She focused on herself and no one else. Traditionally, a viewpoint like this might be considered selfish. After hearing her viewpoint, I am inspired. Her passion for what she does and her ability to focus on herself has led other people to her in a magnetic fashion. It turns out (at least from what I can ascertain from her life story and ruminations during a 30 minute podcast) that if you choose to focus on your needs and passions and desires, other people will follow. You can’t write a blog for others. You can’t work out to make other people think you look good. You can’t eat a certain way (vegetarian, vegan, HEALTHY!) because someone told you to. Those flight attendants were right: put on your own oxygen mask first or you will never be able to save anyone else.

3. This woman knows how to MOTIVATE people. Lots of folks called in, and sounded like they needed a bit of inspiration. Jillian was happy to oblige by providing whatever her fans asked for in spades. If someone asked for a way to work out without a gym, she offered ten ways. If someone told her they didn’t have a support system, she offered them three on the spot. Although I had gotten my workout out of the way early that morning (30 minute of Arc Trainer plus leg press!) I felt motivated to work out AGAIN by the time I arrived at my home after listening to her podcast. Unbelievable. Even listening to “Eye of the Tiger” on repeat can’t work that kind of magic on me.

The truth is, now I am a little hooked on podcasts. It’s a bit like books on tape, but I don’t feel like I’m cheating myself out of a reading experience. Although the format was more casual than I had expected it to be, I was pleasantly surprised with how entertaining, encouraging and informative this podcast was. There are many topics she discussed that inspired me to research them further and as such, I will do them justice on this here blog – never fear!

And now, I must head to bed. I’m reading a magnificent book that I must cram in somehow before my bedtime (which is early tonight so I can wake up for arm annihilation tomorrow morning). I just finished the following books:

-Rob Lowe’s autobiography, called “Stories I Only Tell My Friends.” I HIGHLY recommend this one, especially if you are at all into movies, actors or the Hollywood scene. It is so funny, down to Earth and insightful that after my mom and I read it, we rented “The Outsiders” to get a peek at Rob Lowe’s first role as Sodapop Curtis.

-Operation Mincemeat: How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory: This one is definitely a lot more slow-moving. It’s best suited for people who love to read about history, and World War II in general. It’s got plenty of names, details and historical perspective, which I loved. It’s all about how one effort of espionage changed the whole course of WWII in favor of the Allied forces, and I loved every last minute detail of it.

Right now, I’m reading “Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.” It was a recommendation from my sister in law and I am lovin’ it!

Good night!


7 thoughts on “My New Motivation

  1. Wow – I had NO IDEA about the podcasts! I will DEFINITELY have to check them out! Found you at #FitBlog and looking forward to following you! 🙂

  2. my car is sooooo early 2000s, can’t listen to podcasts in the car (boo!) but i know what you mean about listening during the communte. i like audio books – usually “how to” books i’d never read on my own. i also love the selection of seminar type CDs that my church library has.

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