Jillian Michaels in Self January 2014: Every Journey Begins With A First Step

Posted Friday December 20, 2013 3:23 PM GMT

Currently in the midst of a very intense season of "The Biggest Loser," Jillian Michaels garnered herself a little added exposure by covering the January 2014 issue of Self magazine.

While showing off her flawless figure for the Chris Craymer photo shoot, the 39-year-old fitness guru revealed some helpful tips about how stay motivated when it comes to losing weight.

Highlights from Miss Michaels are as follows. For more, be sure to pay a visit to Self!

On getting in shape:
"Ask yourself, 'Why do I want to be in shape?' and write all those reasons down. Be specific. I don't know what 'I want to be healthy' means, but I do know what wearing a bikini or fitting into your wedding dress means. Put your list everywhere to constantly remind yourself why you're doing what you're doing and how your life will improve by becoming fitter."

On making goals for yourself:
"Let's say you want to lose 20 pounds in three months. When you reach your weekly goal, get a manicure or pedicure. When you reach your monthly goal, get a massage. When you reach your ultimate goal, give yourself $500 for new clothes. Just make sure the reward is positive and life-affirming and not 'Now I get a night on the town to get s---faced drunk!' No. Never reward yourself with self-destructive things."

On pushing through the pain:
"It's very easy to fall into a victim mentality, where everything that's hard feels like a punishment. But when it comes to your body, it's worth it. I don't love to work out, but I love what it does in my life. I'm not excited about chicken and broccoli again, or the treadmill, but I'm excited about my skinny jeans. Everybody who tries something new starts out crappy, awkward and uncomfortable. Don't look at a struggle as a failure or validation that you're not as good as other people. Every journey begins with a first step."

Photo Credit: Chris Craymer for Self

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