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kella
11:41 AM on 05/30/2012
She doesn't have to apologize. She is entitled to her own opinion. Nicole Kidman doesn't have to apologize for having a second child thru a surrogate perhaps not to go thru the pregnancy. Motherhood is a privilege nowadays not an obligation. Ballerinas usually don't have kids or have no more than one because of their art. The opinion of that woman should not hurt the women that have babies. Yes, the body suffers sometimes and moms don't regret that.
In my opinion being a mom is not a crown, doesn't make me better or nicer. Is our performance as mothers that counts. Don't feel hurt mommys. A belly that you get because of a pregnancy is called a "momy belly". Our power as women and moms is in our choices. Hope they publish this post because the first one wasn't published because I was disagreeing with the author. Know people that when pregnant smoked two packs a day to not gain weight or have a small baby. Others starve. . These actions are not right but we are nobody to ask for apologies. Perhaps the reason she is adopting is a combination of her professional and health issues. And love those mommy bellies. I know, sometimes you get love handles too. But it's all about love. Just cut the calories. Mommys get too much food eating over the sink or the kids leftovers. ;)
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c8edid
11:38 AM on 05/30/2012
I think Jillian's comment about not having children because of her physique was really honest. Look how we criticize people in the public eye for every little flaw. Look how she is criticized for even uttering the ugly truth about her life as a famous trainer. We all know the pressure would be immense to get back to her old body ridiculously fast, and there are many who would be happy to see her struggle or even fail at that rather than have empathy. I don't blame her one little bit for saying "no" to that.
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kella
03:25 PM on 05/30/2012
Women aree very selfish and can be very vicious about other women.
11:19 AM on 05/30/2012
Hi Lisa,

Jillian actually did talk about her medical condition immediately after the Women's Health magazine dust-up happened. But not many people focused on it. She also spoke to me and MomLogic about her Women's Health mag interview as well and how her words were taken out of context. I believe her. Here's my interview with her soon after that piece if you want to look: http://alphamom.com/pregnancy/exclusive-jillian-michaels-explains-her-comments-on-pregnancy-adoption/ (if you want to delete this please, do. I'm not trying to spam/promote, i just think it's additive to this conversation).

Warmly,
Isabel
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Lisa Belkin
Life/Work/Family/Coffee
12:17 PM on 05/30/2012
Of course I won't delete it Isabel. Thanks for sending it and adding a piece to the puzzle.
11:13 AM on 05/30/2012
I'm not saying this because I like Jillian Michaels (I find her terribly irritating, tbh) -- but she doesn't owe anyone an apology for how she and her partner wants to create their family. She does not owe anyone a pregnancy, no matter how stupid her past statements and notions were about mothers and how they can and cannot get fit. No woman really knows what motherhood is like before she becomes a mother. She's no different. But the notion that a woman can be called fake and 'unapologetic' or whatever because she didn't become pregnant to please some public demand for authenticity? ... I find the very idea ridiculous and offensive.

I hope she and her family are happy and healthy. More power to them.
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Jeffrey Marks
10:59 AM on 05/30/2012
"It is not your most typical of families."

I had trouble reading past this, knowing that this author had a particularly narrow world-view. Two parents, one adopted child, one birth child. It's not that atypical these days.
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PowerPridePinstripes
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11:35 AM on 05/30/2012
totally agree with you!
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12:04 PM on 05/30/2012
Agreed! What most people think is "typical family" is now actually rare. Leave it to Beaver was 50 years ago... let's move on.
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beatstreet
10:58 AM on 05/30/2012
sounds like you are happy with it. bless you for accepting and moving forward!!!
10:58 AM on 05/30/2012
She's new at this, I tend to want to cut her a break. Maybe she won't be so quick to judge other new moms in the future.
10:53 AM on 05/30/2012
I agree with Amanda-- it's not exactly a heartfelt apology. What pregnancy does to a mother's body is both wondrous and beautiful and at least as amazing of an accomplishment as a person who loses a tremendous amount of weight for the sake of their health. I wish Michaels would acknowledge that.
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blaze
Nice day for somethin'
10:50 AM on 05/30/2012
Every time I see Jillian on a TV commercial, I notice that she stands cocked to one side - bent over one hip. I don't know if she thinks it looks sexy, or what, but if she would stand in an upright and balanced way, she will thank herself when she gets older.
Deirdre89
still searching for the Common Sense Party
10:39 AM on 05/30/2012
Agree the apology needs to be better than that. Also think Jillian Michaels, like many of these celebrities, will say anything for a buck and don't care about the consequences for others beyond themselves.
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LJohns1216
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10:37 AM on 05/30/2012
Snore.
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kella
03:29 PM on 05/30/2012
LOL
10:36 AM on 05/30/2012
I think it's true for everyone -- your outlook on life and all its components changes drastically once you have children. Like, "Oh, I'll just work eight hours a day at home while the baby's sleeping" -- then you discover the truth is that you can't find the time to shower, much less work. Or you say, "Fix separate meals for yourself and your children," when you're too tired to fix even one meal.

Anyway, Jillian Michaels is not perfect nor has she ever claimed to be. I admire many things about her and her new outlook is one of them.
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Bluesky555
Sometimes, ya just gotta SAY it...
10:30 AM on 05/30/2012
Sounds like an apology? Naah, sounds like an excuse to me....
instead of hard-body worries, now she claims it's all about endometriosis and being "unlikely" to have children naturally. Did she try to have children ? No. She jumped right into adoption. Kudos for adopting because ALL kids deserve a chance at a decent life; but seriously, her (probably fabricated) excuse is not an apology.
Deirdre89
still searching for the Common Sense Party
11:11 AM on 05/30/2012
agree - seems like more of her self-promoting, self-serving nonsense.
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Dakotadem
12:24 PM on 05/30/2012
It doesn't really matter - she has given a child a home and has learned that children have to come first. Those are the important things.
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bcamp
10:22 AM on 05/30/2012
I always felt sorry for the poor weight challenged on the show that had her as their trainer., She was very off-putting, unlike the other supportive, empathetic and emotionally warm trainer.
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RockiesRiter
Life is understood backwards, but lived forwards.
01:10 PM on 05/30/2012
I hear what you're saying, but I wonder if she was even really like that or played that part for good ratings. For whatever reason, there is a not so attractive aspect of the viewing public that likes to see people get treated poorly, a role Simon Cowell played so well on American Idol.
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bcamp
02:43 PM on 05/30/2012
True. Cowell was blunt, but he was usually correct. It meant something when he liked a singer's performance. For this reason, he was not as off-putting. To see people sweating and struggling(I feared seeing them having a stroke or heart attack), and her cold. and emotionless was not great. I think the two were very different.
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MacCraniac
Your micro-bio is empty
10:22 AM on 05/30/2012
My general rule of thumb is that you don't take your kids to any type of professional (doctor, dentist, etc) if they don't have kids.

People that don't have them just don't get it and never will.
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J Maness
My micro-bio is empty.
11:49 AM on 05/30/2012
Do they also have to be white and female and speak English in the MacCraniac dialect?
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12:02 PM on 05/30/2012
I also found that a teacher that my daughter had in second grade became a much better teacher after she had children of her own.