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Say hello to America’s toughest trainer, Jillian Michaels. She’s known for her intense workouts and no-frills attitude that can whip anyone’s booty into serious shape. A personal trainer, reality TV star, talk show host, entrepreneur, and mom…we’re not sure this powerhouse can be stopped! If watching her work gets you totally psyched like us, read on for some of Jillian’s award-winning get fit tips from Self.

Focus on Your Endgame. “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.

Don’t Be a Baby. “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.”

Reframe Your Sucky Days. “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.” 

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