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Jillian Michaels's Top Get-Fit Tips

Jillian Michaels. Photo: Stewart Shining.

If there's one person who can get you psyched, it's Jillian Michaels, America's coach (and The Biggest Loser badass). Here, she shares tricks to help you get the body you want. Sign up for the 14-Day Slimdown to see her get-fit moves! 

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."

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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."

Build a goal pyramid.

"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."

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Take care of yourself.

Her trick for soft skin: coconut oil. "It's a good body moisturizer because it's antimicrobial and antifungal," she says. 

Have a golden rule.

Her eating rule: "Make the healthier choice 80 percent of the time." Her go-to snacks: hummus, Popchips (she liked them so much, she became an investor) or goat cheese and crackers.

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