TODAY   |  September 04, 2012

Jillian Michaels: Motherhood is ‘an incredible ride’

Health and fitness trainer Jillian Michaels has been a household name since first appearing on “The Biggest Loser” nearly a decade ago, and now she’s back on the show again after taking a year-long break. She chats about life as a new mom and her decision to return.

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>>> break into a sweat. she's tough, fit, called extreme. jillian michaels a household name as a trainer on the biggest loser before leaving the show in may of last year. jillian michaels is back. good morning.

>> good morning.

>> big announcement.

>> big announcement. yes. so there's been a lot of talk swirling around and the time is now to finally announce i will be returning to the show for the next season in january.

>> all right. fantastic. people are clapping out there. they are excited out there.

>> that's cute. oh my gosh. that's so cute.

>> what made you decide to come back?

>> the show has chosen to take on something very controversial. they are going to go after childhood obesity. there are going to be three teenagers on each team. they are not going to be on the ranch. they are not going to be competing, but it's obviously something that needs to be handled with kid gloves but something that needs to be handled. as a mom of two and a person who was an overweight kid, it's something i'm really passionate about and i want to be involved with.

>> the show is going to start in january, which is not the usual time. that's the time when people are -- a new year, people looking for new beginnings. was that part of the reasoning?

>> that is part of the reasoning, absolutely. let's capitalize on the momentum of a new year. but at the same time i think the show feels it has reached a huge level of success and feels a responsibility that comes with that and wants to make an impact on this enormous problem we're suffering as a nation.

>> look, this is a very tricky topic.

>> i know.

>> kids egos, their psyche. you can't do what you did with adults with children?

>> absolutely not. the producers of the show have been consulting some of the top experts, ped triatricians, psychologists. we won't be saying to kids, how much weight did you lose? it will be using words like healthy, not getting them on a scale. getting them on a softball team. we're cognizant how controversial and cognizant. that's exactly where i want to be, right in the sweet spot , right in the frying pan . i couldn't miss an opportunity to be a part of it.

>> speaking of jumping into the frying pan . so here you've got no kids, and now, lo and behold, you've got two kids.

>> two kids.

>> two and a half-year-old and a newborn.

>> he's four months now.

>> yes.

>> still got that new baby smell?

>> he does. it's been such an incredible -- there they are. it's been such an incredible ride. i'm still adjusting, obviously. i don't know that i'll ever be fully be adjusted to it but there's nothing like it. it brings a whole new level of meaning to your life.

>> you adopted, and then your partner had a baby.

>> yes.

>> how has it changed your life? has hasn't it?

>> we don't have enough time for -- in every way. but the one thing it really has given me is this incredible perspective about what matters and what disroesn't. you really understand what's important, what you get upset about when you have kids, little things mean nothing. they are everything to you. your life, everything you do, you do for them.

>> you are a bit of a control freak . how are you dealing with this?

>> it's a challenge. i'm not going to pretend like it's not a challenge. there are days when i'm definitely tearing out my hair. my daughter -- i was saying earlier my daughter, god has presented me with a 2-year-old mirror. she does everything, a mini me, no, no, no, no. get the hand, no. what do you mean no? what do you mean no? it's incredible, she's her own little person beaming through the universe.

>> kids struggling with this health issue, what would that be?

>> first, you are your child's primary role model. i'll put my kids on the battpaddle board, we go paddle boarding, in the side car biking. even though they are not exercising because they are little, they are seeing you do it.

>> lead by example.

>> lead by example.

>> jillian michaels , so great to see you. great news, fantastic.

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