Sunday, January 20, 2008

An Inspiration

“Nutrition and exercise should be an important part of everyone’s life. Life should be a happy adventure, and to be happy you need to be healthy. Just take things one step at a time, and remember that everything you do takes energy to achieve. You need to plant the seeds and cultivate them well. Then you will reap the bountiful harvest of health and longevity!” Jack La Lanne

I’ve just been reading some articles about the fitness guru Jack LaLanne, known as the “Godfather of Fitness”. He is approaching his 94th birthday and still exercises for 90 minutes each day followed by a half hour of swimming.

He is an American Icon who has made fitness and nutrition his life’s work and passion and is an inspiration to all who hold fitness and healthy living one of the most important things in their lives.

I remember well, when I was a young stay at home Mom with 3 little ones running around as I tried to do my half hour workout to Jack La Lanne’s TV fitness shows. There were a few other TV exercise shows, Debbie Drake is one that comes to mind, but none have kept up the life work and accomplishments that Jack La Lanne has.
Here are just a few of his amazing feats taken from his biography

1976 Age 62: Commemorating the “Spirit of ‘76”, swam 1 mile in Long Beach Harbor, handcuffed, shackled and towing 13 boats (representing the 13 original colonies) containing 76 people.
1979 Age 65: Towed 65 boats filled with 6,500-pounds of Louisiana Pacific wood pulp while handcuffed and shackled in Lake Ashinoko, near Tokyo, Japan.
1980 Age 66: Towed 10 boats in North Miami, Florida filled with 77 people for over a mile in less than 1 hour.
1984 Age 70: Handcuffed, shackled and fighting strong winds and currents, towed 70 boats with 70 people from the Queen’s Way Bridge in the Long Beach Harbor to the Queen Mary, 1 ½ miles.

Also of interest to those practicing CRON is the following from the Wall Street Journal article “What’s Your Workout?”

Mr. LaLanne only eats two meals per day: One at 11 a.m. after his workout and one at 7 p.m. at a restaurant with his wife.
His 11 a.m. meal consists of three to four hard-boiled egg whites, a cup of broth-type soup, oatmeal with soy milk, raisins and a plate of seasonal fruit.
"Every restaurant we frequent has the 'Jack LaLanne salad' which is ten raw vegetables and four egg whites hardboiled," he says, "I make them throw the fat and cholesterol in the yolk away and you're left with the best protein known to man. Four egg whites have the same amount of protein as one pound of steak but only 60 calories compared to 1,000 calories." Mr. LaLanne eats fish nearly every night at dinner. The only other meat he eats is roast turkey. He doesn't snack between meals.

So in Jacks words “…plant the seeds and cultivate them well. Then you will reap the bountiful harvest of health and longevity!”

Gypsy Girl


gartenfische said...

This is an inspirational post, thank you. I was recently reading about him in the Costco freebie that comes in the mail. He said that it all boils down to eating healthy and exercise, and that's it, there's no need for all these fancy diets and stuff (my paraphrase, but it's the gist). Very common sense, but also hard to swallow, because it means WE are in control, WE have to make the right choices and follow through---spending money (on books, diet programs, fancy equipment, gym memberships) isn't going to fix it.

P.S. Did you recently change the way comments work on your blog? Or is it my imagination?

Gypsy Girl said...

Hi garten
You are so right about making the right choices. The only problem is most people don't take charge of themselves. They wait for the magic cure provided by government or divine intervention or something outside of themselves But when we put the responsiblility on ourselves and take charge it makes a difference.

No I have not changed anything about the way comments work on the blog. Have you had a problem?

gartenfische said...

No, I haven't had a problem, I thought you had it set up differently. My imagination!