Maximise your life – Jillian Michaels

Not only is this gig/event my first of the year, it’s also the first seminar/motivational thing I’ve been too and my first time at the indigo at O2. It’s actually a really lovely venue, quite small and any seat would be a good one. I bought my obligatory gig merchandise, a t-shirt and signed book.

Jillian Michaels Book & T
Signed Book & Tshirt

This show is split into 3 sections

Science – What does calories mean

Sweat – How we burn some of those calories

Self – Why not you!

The first two sections are all about calories and working out and we all know it’s not rocket science.  Eat less, move more… and by less she doesn’t mean air souffle and a speck of dust. You are going to want treats and burgers so Jillian says just follow the 80/20 rule and 20% of the time allow yourself those foods you enjoy.

It’s not about being perfect but about progressing… Not being stuck…

There were millions of quotes of saying’s she came out with one of the best for me was

Destiny is a matter of choice. Not a matter of chance

Also who knew Jillian hates working out! But she does it because of what she gains from it – being able to enjoy a cheese burger, wearing skinny jeans or a bikini and being able to run around and be a part of her kids lives, not a spectator.

The only rule she sets in the the Self section is ‘Don’t be a dick’, treat people nicely and be kind. She talks about living in your present, not your past and how if bad things have happen to you that’s in the past and you can’t change it, you can just change how you act in your present.

Trust your gut, Make new mistakes

What she explains is, it’s ok to fail to make mistakes because of the person you’ll be afterwards…

And who knew Jillian was so hilarious, she had the audience in stitches and it was so enjoyable to be a part of it…

So what did I take away from last night, well…

I won’t be eating air soufflé or a speck of dust for dinner.

I won’t use the thigh spreader at the gym – no one wants to see that

2 hours with Jillian Michaels did me more good than 10 months of antidepressants.

Today I’m gonna be fucking awesome…


First gig of the year – Maximise your life, Jillian Michaels

Well I don’t know if it counts as a gig, but tomorrow I will see Jillian Michaels of Biggest Loser fame as part of her Maximise Your Life Tour. I don’t know what to expect, but I imagine there won’t be any singing!

I am a huge Jillian fan, from Biggest Loser to her fitness DVDs I find her inspiring and am known to spout ‘unless you faint, puke or die, Keep Running!’ to anyone who joins me on a run! Once I saw she was coming to the UK I booked tickets immediately, I really believe that when American stars find their way across the pond to us that we should show our support and then hopefully they’ll come over more often

Its true I’ve fallen off the weight loss, healthy eating wagon of late and have a decent amount of weight to lose to feel healthy again.  Not thin or even slim, just healthy. Thing is I know what I need to do, eat less, move more! This diet malarky isn’t that hard, its just not always that fun!

I hope to leave inspired and energised to start this next chapter of healthy living

Keep Ya Head Up – Tupac

So most of my song lyrics posted have been Country songs.  However I do love most types of music.  I was talking to a friend at work about songs and Tupac came up and it just reminded me how much I loved him.  So for my 18 year old self, today’s Song Lyric Sunday is dedicated to Tupac.

But please don’t cry, dry your eyes, never let up
Forgive but don’t forget, girl keep your head up

2Pac - Keep Ya Head Up
2Pac – Keep Ya Head Up

It seems tha rain’ll never let up
I try to keep my head up, and still keep from gettin wet up
You know it’s funny when it rains it pours
They got money for wars, but can’t feed the poor

Because there’s too many things for you to deal with
Dying inside, but outside you’re looking fearless
While tears, is rollin down your cheeks
Ya steady hopin things don’t all down this week
Cause if it did, you couldn’t take it, and don’t blame me
I was given this world I didn’t make it

Let It Go – Song Lyric Sunday

I’ve been listening to Zac Brown Band all week, so this weeks Song Lyric Sunday is one of their songs, much like Trying To Drive, I heard one day and thought WOW what an amazing song.

Let It Go – Zac Brown Band

Keep your heart above your head and your eyes wide open
So this world can’t find a way to leave you cold
And know you’re not the only ship out on the ocean
Save your strength for things that you can change
Forgive the ones you can’t
You gotta let ’em go

Kelly Clarkson – I Love Her

Last week at the panto, they sang Breakaway by Kelly Clarkson.  The next day I added ALL the Kelly Clarkson songs I have to my iPhone.  It made me remember how much I love Kelly Clarkson.

I’ve seen her live I think at least 3 times. One time at Plymouth Pavillions I managed to get right at the front.  Like barrier pressing in your ribs close.  I turned to talk to my sister and when I went to stand straight again, I couldn’t… Someone had stood in that very small gap! We decided to move back so we could dance and jump around! Last time I saw her at Wembley Arena, there was a B Stage and we were of course close to it!

On stage, Kelly is just full of energy, jumping and singing, exactly how I’d be if I was a superstar.  Her songs are so honest and real. Her songs tell stories and resonate with my life. No matter what I’ve gone through there has been a Kelly Clarkson song to get me through it. Beautiful Disaster, Breakaway, Because of You, Dark Side, Since You’ve Been Gone, How I Feel & Stronger they all remind me of a time or a feeling I had, I am a super fan! And I’m not ashamed to say it. Yes she won American Idol, but she is so much more than that – a true star!

This week it was announced that Kelly Clarkson was releasing new music… Its not available in the UK yet, but I’ve had a listen online and I already love it! Plus rumour is she’s touring, and I really hope she comes to the UK because I’ll definitely be there!

Kelly Clarkson – Heartbeat

Finding a new favourite song

Whenever I get a new album, I usually start to listen in the car on my drive to work.  If the album has songs on it I already know then the first few listens are just flicking back and forwards to these songs.

After a few days, I start to listen from the first track, and let the album play…. mostly in the background and then suddenly a song you’ve never heard hits you and you have to listen again, and again…

With Taylor Swift 1989 that song on repeat was I Know Places, with Ed Sheeran X the song was Thinking out Loud,

This latest new album is a Zac Brown Band Live album, its not a new release, I stumbled across it when I was looking to see if their new single was on UK iTunes. I started my full album listen through on the drive to work this morning and it was song 9 that made me stop, listen and play the song on repeat… 4 times in total.

The lyrics are about a relationship and how a couple have to work together to make things work and if its always one way then it won’t. Its about give and take and not always having to be right.

But you’re not always right
(I’m not always wrong)
It’s not like I don’t try
This is where we belong

One way, everything’s gotta be your way
But darling, I’m on your side
Cause it’s one wheel, four hands
Two hearts trying to understand
How we’re gonna get there
When we’re both trying to drive

The song is called Trying to Drive.. its a duet and its beautiful, have a listen 

Song Lyric Sunday – A Mother Like Mine

As it’s my mums birthday tomorrow, today’s Song Lyric Sunday is dedicated to her.  There are many songs that remind me of my mum and songs that we share as our favourite, but this song I discovered around the same time my mum was diagnosed with cancer. We were very lucky and my mum is now back in good health.

A Mother Like Mine, The Band Perry

My Mum is the loveliest, strongest, bravest person I know and this song just makes me think of her.  There is a lyric later on in the song that says ‘We all need her, but no one more than me’  and it couldn’t be more true.

Happy Birthday Mum!