Jillian Michaels On Leaving The Biggest LoserPosted on Apr 8th 2011 11:00AM by Ilyssa Panitz
At the end of this season, the tough talking personal trainer, who has helped dozens of people shed thousands of unwanted pounds on national TV, is saying farewell.
"While I am incredibly grateful for the platform the program has given me, I knew back in season 10 it was time to leave. I am at a point where I want to grow, evolve and spread my wings," Michaels told That's Fit.
Michaels is setting her sights on doing charity work, motivational speaking, a talk show and promoting her new book, "Unlimited," but the main reason for leaving is because the 37-year-old wants to start a family.
In fact, Michaels is so serious about becoming a mom she is currently knee deep in the process of adopting a child from Africa.
"I am not going to kid you, I am scared, very scared," Michaels told That's Fit. "It is a tremendous responsibility taking care of another human being and it's also intimidating. But I also know my kid is going to force me to unplug and prioritize my life and to be quite honest I am really excited and look forward to it."
Yet despite the hard-hitting persona Michael portrays on the hit series, off-screen she's a big softy who confesses, "When I see the end of my life I see family around me and that is where my heart is right now."
So much so, that while Michaels is busy preparing to enter the sorority of motherhood, she is already thinking about adopting a second child from the United States.
Now, if you watch Michaels on The Biggest Loser than you know she is super strict in terms of what the participants are allowed to eat.
However, when it comes to feeding her own kids Michaels tells That's Fit, "My kid will have coconut organic ice-cream. They will eat nothing with hormones and antibiotics. I am not going to let my kid eat poison, but yeah, they can have high-calorie snacks too."
Although Michaels is focusing a lot of her attention on becoming a parent, she expresses great sadness in her voice when she thinks about her big departure from the show.
"Bob Harper is one of my closest friends," Michaels told That's Fit, "We are like husband and wife. I come to work every day and see his little face. Not seeing him all of the time is something I will miss dearly.
Even though Michaels was hired to be a teacher and educate the show's contestants how to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle, Michaels admits The Biggest Loser helped her learn an invaluable lesson too.
"The show has taught be so much about the fabric of resilience within humanity. We have so much strength and so much unlimited potential that we aren't aware of and that has helped me guide people into realizing their potential."