Jillian Michaels: “Mazimize Your Life” Tour

Jillian Michaels is super cool.

Going to see her live made me realize how awkward and naïve I am and how I really need to start standing up for myself and being honest with myself. Maybe it was all the wine I drank during the show, but I swear that she totally inspired me to follow my heart and do what makes me happy and what is best for me, rather than just going through the motions of my life and taking each day as it is: the same.


I went to the show with one of my best friends, Erica, and her mom. We had an absolute blast. We went to a super cute little Italian restaurant first where we got some red wine, Caesar salads, and margherita pizza. Obviously started the night off on a healthy foot (just kidding). But hey, that’s fine. We’re all in good shape and into health and fitness, so it worked Smile with tongue out

Then we ended up getting super lucky and getting our seats upgraded from the 40ish row to the 3rd row. SCORE. Still not sure why, but I’m sure not mad about it at all. I will tell you that I was surprised at the crowd of people that was there. I had this notion in my mind that it was going to be all health and fitness professionals or all obese people, but it was seriously a mixture of every person and gender you could get. I thought that was fantastic, because it really made me realize that a lot of people want to be informed about their own health and success in life and are taking steps to get there.


I didn’t take any notes during the show, since it was really dark and I would have rather held my glass of wine than a pen, but here are the main things that I took out of the night:

  • If you want something, do it now. Right now. Don’t wait any longer.
  • You can do absolutely anything you want in the whole world, and the only thing stopping you is whether you will do it or not.
  • As long as you’re not an ass, you’re doing something right in life.
  • People need other people to thrive, and you need others that lift you up in order to succeed and be happy in life.
  • You are completely, 100% responsible for where you are at in your life right now.
  • If you are a cynical person, you are setting yourself up for failure. You are going into a situation with a negative attitude and have a much lower chance at coming out on top and/or successful.
  • It is totally okay to fail in things in life, and in fact, it is a good thing. That means that you are doing something right by taking chances and risks and trying different things.
  • Find the source of the problem rather than trying to cover it up or make excuses for yourself or someone else.

I am surprised at how long I could go on with this! I am also quite surprised at how I was able to pull all this out of my head at 11:40 p.m. at night when I am exhausted. Jillian just inspires me like that apparently. Bottom line is that she is adorable and brilliant. She tells you stuff that you already know, but preaches it in such a way that makes you want to go after all your dreams and be happy and run around in the flowers forever.


I am determined to get up with a positive attitude, put myself out there, and take steps towards leading a happy, productive life that I am proud of. I work all day nannying my girls and then am going to a Tigers baseball game; yay! Hope you all enjoy this last day before the wonderful weekend <3

What is one of the best motivational quotes you know?


  1. Hey Allison! Just came across your blog :) I’ve heard a lot of good things about the JM tour… sounds like you enjoyed yourself as well!

  2. I’ve never heard of the tour. Wow. Seems like just the right time for you to go to it…considering your CA/life change goals right now. Good luck with it all!

  3. She sounds like a really inspiring speaker! I think you are taking great strides towards your goal and good things will come soon! :)

  4. I am so freakin’ jealous of this!!! Jillian Michaels is my biggest idol and I’d love to work for her/meet her/workout with her!!! I guess it is similar to your love for Ellen ;) From what I’ve heard, she makes some awesome points about how to live your life for you and take ownership for your future. I’m so glad you had fun and had great takeaways!!

    • allison.hayes91 says:

      Isn’t she great!? I think I said ‘she is so pretty’ a million times that night haha

  5. I had no idea she was doing a tour, so thank you for sharing your mental “notes” from the show. My favorite quote of the moment came from last week’s episode of The Office. Jim said, “Go all in for what’s most important. That’s my new thing.” I love it, and I’ve been trying to keep it in mind whenever I make decisions. Happy Friday!

  6. I looooove Jillian Michaels. I listen to her podcasts whenever I walk to/from school, which is five days per week! Thanks for sharing :) .

  7. Those are some great things to take away from her girl! More than a little jealous that you got to see her…she has quickly become a fav of mine, too! Have a great weekend, love :)

  8. Good for you on all the realizations you’ve made. I think it’s so important to just be yourself. If someone doesn’t like you, we’ll than hunnie they were never good enough to be in your life in the first place. Continue doing YOU because YOU are the person that makes your dreams come true… No one else :)

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