Jillian Michaels: Don't Always Suck It UpPosted on Jun 30th 2010 10:00AM by Lisa Johnson
You can get fit whenever you want. Mark has had heart problems for the past year and recently underwent his eleventh procedure to try to stabilize him. He has been restricted only to walking for exercise. "You can get fit and healthy under any and every circumstance," Jillian told him at the first family workout. The rest of the Vivios were getting busy with cement blocks, truck tires and sledgehammers -- and even 14-year-old, 330-pound Elijah was pulling a tractor with Jillian along for a ride across the field. Jillian was impressed with the workout. "Most families don't make it five minutes," she said. "I'm killing them and they're taking it. They're rockstars."
You can leave obesity behind. Jillian sits down with Elijah for a heart-to-heart and talks about her own struggles with weight. "I was a fat kid, too. Did you know that?" she asked. "It was right about your age that I got help. My mom got me into martial arts and I had people that I could turn to that would support me." Elijah said that his mom would help him and Jillian encouraged him to open up more with both parents, especially his dad.
Suck it up. Mark was forced to close his roofing business due to his medical problems. He is now driving a school bus to help pay tuition for his older boys in college. Jillian has a sit-down with him about his past sporting glory. "Football has some really good life lessons," said Mark. "If you're tired during the day, you suck it up and keep going. I got that from my father, too." Jillian asked if his father ever said I love you to him. "To this day he still can't do that," Mark said. "I don't think this suck it up thing is working so well," said Jillian. Jillian is as tough as they get, but she also shows that tough doesn't have to come at the expense of sharing emotions.
The fall of man. A bridge on the property washed away three months after it was built by Mark. This coincided with his heart problems and the family has since started referring to the remains of the bridge as "The Fall of Man." The Vivios come together in the field to demolish the bridge's remains and begin to build a new one. They also begin to set their goals for the eight weeks that Jillian will be away. Find a way, even a small one, to take back control of your life and your health may follow.
They all set weight goals, and Elijah tells his Dad that one of his goals should be to stop saying, "Suck it up." Eight weeks later, the family reconvenes at a brand new bridge and walks across one by one to show off their results. Laverne has lost 31 pounds, Elijah is down 50, and Mark has dropped 56 pounds and his heart has stabilized. They christen the bridge and get the requisite $50,000 to help them get back on their feet.
"Reclaiming your life, being an inspiration to yourself and your community, and paying it forward is so important," said Jillian. Amen to that.
See how Jillian has helped other families reach their weight, and life, goals.