I definitely raised more than an eyebrow at Jillian Michaels' comments regarding not wanting to ruin her body with pregnancy.
Truth be told, I'd be willing to bet that she's not the first celebrity to make the decision to not physically birth children due to body worries. Aside from a few folks with extremely amazing genetics (and let's face it, personal chefs and trainers), pregnancy can be pretty rough on the bod, and if tight abs, a slender ass, and gorgeous skin are your personal and financial livelihood, then maybe it's not worth messing with.
But then we're talking about a personal trainer, one who happened to inspire me to lose about 40lbs after my third kid and have the tightest stomach and most slender ass I've ever had in my adult life.
And one who teaches others and trains others to do the same.
Now really, I have no issues with vanity, because in a way, I figure that those folks are completely wrapped up in all that business might have a rude awakening when they have kids, so let them enjoy the company of their teeny dogs.
And there's nothing wrong with knowing your limits.
But most people who decide to not get pregnant strictly for vanity reasons usually know to keep their mouths shut or at least stop talking. But on went Jillian, after her somewhat questionable comments about pregnancy weight gain (which she later attempted to clarify on her Facebook page as being related to her own personal body issues that wouldn't allow her to emotionally deal with it) to add that she was instead going to "rescue something."
Not "think hard and long about possible adoption if I feel that being a parent is an important priority in my life."
Now I'm not at all surprised that someone so entrenched and successful in the fitness business would have latent body issues. You don't need to be a psychotherapist to figure that out.
And sure, being an adoptive parent is heroic and admirable.
It's also not something to be taken lightly, as we have seen with the Tennessee mom who sent her young adopted son back to Russia alone on a plane.
Maybe you're not pushing the kid out of your vagina.
But that's about all you're not doing as an adoptive parent. And that part is a teeny tiny (or I guess not so much, literally anyway) part of raising a kid.
And it's certainly not something you tag onto a statement about not wanting to wreck your precious six-pack with a big pregnant belly.
I think what saddens me the most about her comments is that she doesn't practice what she preaches. As my friend pointed out, she pushes people with obvious emotional, mental, and physical issues to reach their potential by telling them there are no excuses. But when it comes to her own body, she seems to be able to pull plenty of excuses right out her ass.
Really, this is a missed opportunity for Jillian Michaels to continue to inspire the masses, as well as take on and tackle her own demons.
And part of me wonders if she can't deal with being pregnant, how the hell is she going to be able to deal with having a kid.