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Unlimited: How to Build an Exceptional Life Hardcover – April 5, 2011

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Guest Reviewer: Rita Wilson on Unlimited
Rita Wilson is an actress, producer, writer and lover of life. She has appeared in numerous films and television shows, produced the most successful independent movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding, is a contributing editor to Harper's Bazaar magazine, has appeared on The Oprah Show discussing fashion and style, and is writing her first screenplay for Fox called Terms of Embarrassment. She is married, has two sons and is thankful for every day of her life.

We all know how to lose weight. There is no mystery. Eat less. Exercise more. Sounds simple enough, right? What about losing the habits that keep you locked into a mindset that doesn’t work for you anymore? Simple, yes. Easy, not so much. Jillian Michaels’ Unlimited helps one lose the excess baggage that one carries while trying to live a full life, a life that uses one’s God given gifts. Unlimited gives you the tools to accomplish letting go of bad habits, unsuccessful mindsets, and stifling fears. Jillian’s experience with people from all walks of life, her own experiences, combined with her keen insight about human nature has allowed her to decipher what it is that really keeps someone from reaching their true potential. But she makes it simple. Notice I didn’t say “easy.” She gives you assignments to start you on a path of articulating the things that keep you stuck. How many times do we dare ask ourselves why we aren’t doing we want to do when it is so “easy” to blame someone, or find an excuse. Jillian teaches us that we have it within us to make changes now. And then she shows you how to do it. When someone has had success altering the patterns of people’s lives for the better, as Jillian has, we can consider it a gift that this book has come along. We get the benefits of all her years of experience, trials and errors. Why shouldn’t we live life without limits to our happiness? Unlimited can help you on your journey. Pick up a copy. It’s that simple.


"Like a friend patting the reader on the back before kicking them in the rear...offers inspiration for people who are taking those first rocky steps on the road to self-improvement."--Kirkus

“From the first page, readers will feel her enthusiasm; a winning mix of humor, contestant case studies, personal experience, and motivation (she demands that readers wake up; "Screw surviving," she says, "It's time to THRIVE") never feels platitudinous”--Publisher's Weekly

"Unlimited is a very candid and thorough book that aims to help people lead more fulfilling lives."-- Chicago Sun-Times 

"Michaels  offers a three-pronged approach to changing your trajectory: imagine, believe and achieve. Using examples from her own life, and those from "Biggest Loser" contestants, she shows how to shake off the fears holding you back and embrace the future."--Washington Post Express

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; First Edition edition (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307588300
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307588302
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #724,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am shocked by the fact that I actually loved this book! Shocked! Look at my other reviews and you'll see that I have in the past reviewed another one of Jillian's books ("Master your Metabolism") and I didn't love it. I wasn't going to even bother reading another one of Jillian's books, but I picked up a copy at the book store just out of curiosity. Imagine my surprise when half an hour later I was well in to the book and couldn't wait to read more. I bought the book and finished it in one day, it was that good!
You should note that most other reviews posted so far are from the people who received advanced copes and were thus "compelled" to be more favorable about reviewing it. Don't get me wrong, I'm not belittling the "advanced reviewer's" efforts. But I have seen it more than once where these types of reviews are not entirely objective. I haven't received an advanced copy and as I mentioned above, I'm not one of Jillian's rabid fans.
About the book - if I had to describe it in a couple of words, I would say it's a sort of "shrink-in-a-box". You know, like Jack-in-a-box, but with a side of psychology instead of fries. If I had to describe it in more than a few words I would say this:
Jillian had written a book about the most important part of any endeavor, whether it's weight loss, fulfilling career or finding love. The book is about the "Head stuff" as opposed to the "Body stuff". It addresses the things that keep us from reaching our full potential.
Anyone who had tried dieting or starting a new exercise program or getting a dream job knows on some level that the mindset with which you approach these things is more important than anything else. So many people set off on these "journeys" without having their head in the right place. That's why so many diets fail!
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This book is fantastic. It's Jillian's first self help book but you would think she has been writing them for years. "Unlimited" isn't your ordinary live in the now, forget the past, smile, just be happy yada, yada, yada kind of self help book. Being happy, healthy and in control doesn't just happen overnight or gets delivered to you from a genie on a magic carpet. You have to take steps and do the work it takes to achieve the goals you want in your life which are provided in the book. There is no nonsense mumbo jumbo to read or words that you have to Google to figure out what the author is talking about and it's not sugar coated. I found this to be an easy read and didn't want to put it down. Jillian writes, "I can't promise you it's going to be easy... But what I can promise you is that I will cut out the crap and tell you what works. Come with me on this journey, and your life will change dramatically, for the better."

There are three steps in the book called Imagine, Believe and Achieve. My suggestion is to read the book from beginning to end and not just open a certain part of the book that might interest you more at first. Of course after you read it there will be many sections of the book you will probably want to go back to. You're going to read everything from identifying your passion, forgiving and accepting responsibility, strengthening your will power and taming emotions to getting organized. Jillian also shares personal stories about herself, family members, close friends and past Biggest Loser contestants. Reading their stories and what they did to overcome different obstacles throughout their lives is very inspiring. And I am pretty sure there will be at least one story you will relate to if not more.
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I received a preliminary copy last month and this is Jillian's Best Book thus far. It's an easy read like her first book Winning By Losing. Jillian explains how one can Live their Dreams through three in depth approaches * IMAGINE * BELIEVE * ACHIEVE * . Jillian uses personal stories and analogies expressing how one can accomplish their own personal Dreams as others have done and are doing so today. She is very precise about how just reading this book will not make ones Dreams come true, that work is involved to achieve such. She has questions at the end of each chapter to help one figure out how to get to where they want to be with their goals & Dreams. She also has an Unlimited mini site on her website which has quizzes, workbooks, message boards, journals, photos, music downloads that all go along with Unlimited. This is a book that I can always use as a resource. She teaches you how to get to where you want to go if you're ready to get there and do the work. It takes a lot to grasp my attention when it comes to reading and this book definitely got my attention. It is Beautifully written!

Thanks Jillian for dropping another seed into the Universe!
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I enjoyed Jullian Michael's book as it was an easy read and she included a lot of personal stories to back up her points which reinforces her credibility. She obviously is someone who has overcome a lot in life and has moved on to great success and she is to be commended. She also points out her sources of help-- friends, mentors, God, that she depended upon to help her which is important to note, no one accomplishes success all by themselves.

Without giving away the book, she points to several good themes to help one improve their lot in life and I agree with all of them, but they are not especially new insights. 75% of the points she makes I have read in other books. She does have an excellent point re forgiveness and understanding others who have been/are detrimental to your life.

It's worth the purchase and the read as a summary brushup on alot of great points to remember, but don't be expecting alot of new revelations.
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