Jillian Michaels Covers REDBOOK October 2012

Posted Wednesday September 5, 2012 12:09 AM GMT

Fresh off of the announcement that she's returning to television on "The Biggest Loser," Jillian Michaels also happens to have been chosen to grace the cover of REDBOOK magazine's October 2012 issue.

Set to hit newsstands September 11th, the 38-year-old personal trainer posed solo for the Andrew Macpherson shot front page while joined by her two cute children, Lukensia and Phoenix Michaels Rhoades, for the spread accompanying Jillian's motherhood-focused feature.

A few of the highlights from Miss Michaels' interview are as follows. For more, be sure to pay a visit to REDBOOK!

On gaining weight after becoming a mom:
"I definitely did. I went to interview Suze Orman for The Insider, and her wife said, 'You’re chubby!.' And Suze said, “You look like a mommy now.” I look at my body and I go: 'five pounds heavier.' But part of me really likes it."

On listening to her own voice when working out to her DVDs:
“I haaate it. It’s relentless! I never shut up! And it never stops! I’m working you till you’re out of breath, I give you no break, and I’m screaming at you! I found myself screaming back at the TV, “Shut up!” I had to mute it.

On what she’s learned as a mother:
“You can’t have it all, and you have to make some tough decisions. I used to think you could, but you can’t. I didn’t understand that something has to give. Now friends will go to Vegas for the weekend and we’re like, “Take pictures.” When Lu looks at me and goes, “Mama, I love you!” I go, “Fft. Who needs Vegas?”

On her parenting philosophy:
"Kids are accident-prone; they're going to tumble. As long as I know she's not going to die or get badly hurt, it's okay. We'd rather her be adventurous, and fall and get back up, than helicopter around her and make her feel fragile."

On fostering a healthy body image:
"We talk about role models for her, like Beyoncé, who has a more curvaceous figure. My taste has changed. I prefer that look. For now, I want to look a little softer."

On being open about her relationship with Heidi Rhoades:
"…when we were having kids, I thought, How am I supposed to hide a newborn? So we thought, Let's talk about it. It wasn't so much about coming out. It was more about, okay, this is my family."

Photo Credit: Andrew Macpherson for REDBOOK

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