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"I was 12 when my parents divorced. I had been a chubby kid anyway, but that was when I hit 175 pounds—and I was only 5 feet tall. Those were the
'80s and there was a lack of knowledge about diet. My mom thought juice was better than soda
and crackers were healthier than chips. Obesity wasn't on the radar the way it is now."
"My mother enrolled me in a martial arts class
, and I felt comfortable there right away. I was bullied at my school, but in karate I was surrounded by people who were accepting of me. My first big test was when I was 13; I had to break two boards with a side kick. I was sure I would fail, but the day of the test—bam!—
I snapped them right in half. From that day on, no one at school bothered me again."
"I give food a number on a scale from one to 10. Ones are superfoods
and will practically cure cancer
, like organic spinach. Tens are crap that could
kill you tomorrow, like a prepackaged cupcake. The highest I'll go is a five or six. For example, I adore Popchips
. They're 100 calories a bag—no preservatives, no trans fats, and no artificial sweeteners. Is it a superfood? No. But will it kill me? No!"
"I don't eat chicken or red meat, but not because I think they're unhealthy. I do believe we're omnivores and should have healthy meat once a week or so. But personally, I can't eat it because I'm such an animal lover
. I've been rescuing dogs since I was 17."
"I have a scale, but I don't use it. I don't even want to look at it. My jeans tell me when I'm off track
. If you're trying to lose or gain weight, the scale is a good compass but not necessarily an indication of how fit you are. Just because you're not overweight doesn't mean you're healthy."
"While filming Losing It
last year, I lived with these amazing kids. It was such a powerful experience for me. I recognized that I have a giant hole in my life, and it was the deciding factor for me to adopt a child."
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The Biggest Loser trainer Jillian Michaels talks openly about her own struggles with weight, body confidence, and motherhood.