Sunday, December 2, 2012
Dear Jillian. // Jen J.
Dear Jillian –
I want to tell you about something amazing that was inspired in part by your work. In July 2012, I was motivated to start a group on Facebook for women who read the inspirational blog, Mama Laughlin. Mama describes her weight loss journey, in a humorous and sometimes blunt and crass way. It was through her blog that I was first introduced to the 30DS as she documented her success with it.
Mama Laughlin has over 9,000 readers, which results in copious amounts of weight-loss and fitness related comments and questions being posted to her blog and Facebook page. It dawned on me that what all these ladies needed was a forum to connect, discuss, encourage, and motivate amongst themselves. So I started a Facebook group to help readers communicate as they pursued their own fitness goals.
The Facebook group has spread like wild fire and now has over 7,000 amazing women as members. Shortly after the groups creation, I realized the women needed another way to “tell their stories” so I created this blog, Fitness Unscripted, to accommodate that need. These forums are non-judgmental sanctuaries for women; a place they can come for motivation, friendship, to give and receive praise, and accept challenges.
The challenges have been both fitness and weight-loss related and the ladies have had awesome results. Literally thousands of miles have been run and thousands of pounds and inches lost.
One of our most popular and successful challenges was the 31 days of being Jillian Michaels's biotch challenge we hosted back in October. The ladies were required to do any one of your videos for 31 consecutive days. To prove it, they courageously succumbed to before and after pictures and tracked their progress by placing stickers for each workout on our “Jillian” calendar. I am still awestruck by the effort put in by these women and their results. The outcome of the challenge caused a ripple effect within the group. Members who were not part of the initial challenge have been encouraged by the results and are now giving your workouts a try, all in supportive groups, across the country and even abroad, connected by only the Facebook group and blog. So even though the official Jillian challenge is over, the acronyms 30DS and RI30 are still common place in the group.
In addition to seeing the results of the group, I can speak from experience. I graduated as a Shred Head after doing the 30DS for a month straight and immediately taking on RI30. I am here to say that it works – my hard work paired with your instruction has me in jeans I have not been able to wear for three years.
Myself and the ladies thank you for putting out a legit and easy-to-follow fitness program. This group and all it stands for means so much to us that we are hosting a retreat June 20 -23, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. On behalf of all these wonderful ladies, I’d like to extend an invitation to you and welcome you to lead us in a little heart gargling. We know you are busy and must get requests all the time, but felt that you might be inspired by what started as a small effort and has grown into a movement! I look forward to hearing back about whether you might be available on any of the dates in June to kick our asses with a little workout.
In your words, not ours – don’t phone this one in!
Thank you for taking the time to read our letter to Jillian. On behalf of these amazing women and their journeys to wellness, I would appreciate a comment of support below.