Jillian Michaels, personal trainer and best known for her appearances on NBC’s The Biggest Loser and Losing It With Jillian, will be returning to The Biggest Loser when it returns to NBC for it’s eighteen season. As a personal trainer, Jillian not only appears on television, she also trains her clients in kickboxing, yoga, Pilates, plyometrics and weight training. Earlier this year Jillian even released a 90-day weight loss program titled Body Revolution. All that amazing hard work and dedication could not have prepared Jillian for what she had in store when she decided to become a mother. Jillian first adopted her 2-year old daughter Lukensia “Lu” early this year, then shortly after her partner Heidi Rhoades delivered a son, Phoenix on May 3rd, 2012.
In a recent interview with PEOPLE, Jillian shared just exactly how she was not prepared, “It’s been hectic, chaotic, confrontational – all the things you imagine it would be, but it’s also been magical, meaningful, and rewarding. I like to take Phoenix hiking in a Björn, or Lu for a bike ride in the sidecar or out with me on the paddle board. I take them for jogs with my jogging stroller, and we love to play on the beach. I do everything I can to be active with my kids.”
There’s no doubt that parenting is hard work, it leaves you haggard and most times with dark circles under your eyes. But, like all things, after time you just kind of fall into a routine and to be honest, the benefits and rewards outweigh the hard work with this job. The toughest part about parenthood is that we don’t know what we are getting ourselves into; there are no sick days for us, no breaks and it requires an incredible amount of sacrifice and patience. You would think that parents would enjoy and look forward to a break now and then, but just like most parents, Jillian also hates to be away from her children.
“I hate being away from them, especially overnight. We travel as a little brood and the new executive producer on The Biggest Loser is a woman, so she is particularly sympathetic and very open to the kids being on set.”