I only eat healthy food, and I only want healthy love! In a perfect world I'd like to get to that place where I walk away from everything. "It has given me the confidence to pursue the things I love." Michaels' parents divorced when she was 12 years old.
I want to turn around and be like, 'I cured smallpox. "I was a really disturbed kid," Michaels remembers. I couldn't sleep at night, every night, waiting for aliens to come. "I still try to go to therapy at least twice a week," she says.
But she hated her job and soon quit to become a personal trainer.
Then, in 2002, at the age of 28, Michaels opened her own gym, Sky Sport & Spa, with fellow fitness expert Jackie Warner (who went on to star in the Bravo reality show .
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She stopped speaking to her father after he moved out of their home, and they remain estranged to this date.
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But despite her tough-as-nails TV persona, Michaels insists, "I really don't have a mean bone in my body!
Do you know how easy it would be to tell people what they want to hear? But, unfortunately, it doesn't get the job done." The .
By the time she was in the eighth grade, Michaels was 5'2" and 175 pounds, and kids teased her frequently about her weight and appearance.
The breakup of the family took a heavy emotional toll on Michaels, one manifestation of which was weight gain.