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Jack's girl

Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 9:27 PM filed under Weight Loss postings
I am happy to report that I found the wonder, wisdom and wit in Jack LaLanne today! Yup, he's been around for years, and I clearly remember visiting my aunt Helen as a little tot, exercising with her on her very big B&W TV set doing scissors and leg lifts with Jack. (gotta love those ballet slippers).
I received an email newsletter today, asking us if we'd like to look like Jack LaLanne if we lived until 93. After clicking on a few 3 minute snippets of his show, I realized he was not only ahead of his time, which is was and still is, in fact, but may have been the first Motivational Life Coach. The way he reaches out to you - us, is heartwarming at best. He calls us his "students", and might I add, I felt like one. He touched on subjects on sugar intake, being a worrier, being unhappy and being 'soft'. His solution to all of this, was first FITNESS and exercise every single day, and NUTRITION.

He says that Exercise is King, Nutrition is Queen, and together, they create the perfect Kingdom.

So, I had to write him........but first, I had to make sure he was still alive. Yes, there is a site for that, too. Yes, proud to say, he is ALIVE AND WELL...
For his 95th birthday, his smart and tenacious wife said she'd divorce him if he attempted to swim Alcatraz or some San Francisco shark-infested water, tugging a boat handcuffed or something like that. Good thing good wives exist! He may just be swimming in his pool, but I think we can assume he'd complete it if he did swim. I can't even swim the length of a regular pool without worrying my ears will clog, or that I will swallow my fair share of water.

Okay, I wrote him and told him that I was a new "student", planned to begin training to become a Personal Fitness Instructor and that I was motivated by his ahead of his time wisdom.
I got a response back and was assured my email would be printed out and handed to the guru himself.

Maybe, I need someone I can really listen and learn from. I haven't been around a strong, insightful teacher for many years, and we all had at least one person in our lives that may have positively altered our view of things. Maybe we forgot those lessons, but someone like Jack, just may be the type of leader teacher than can clunk us on the head with simple truths, and remind us to pay attention to those lessons that are collecting dust in our minds and hearts. However, Jack has this strong, yet soft, caring manner, which motivates me. I am in awe of his positive attitude, and he is not a hype machine, nor is he a farce. He is the genuine, good-old-fashioned real deal of a teacher! It's about balance - body, mind and spirit.
I guess if you can live that truth for a career that spans over 70 years, I suppose we can all learn and take his words to the bank..........or at least, buy his juicer!

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