Hank Uhlaender (pictured above) sent me an email yesterday:
"The latest Club Fearless audio program reminded me of Jack & Elaine LaLanne, Jack is 96 years old and still lift weights with his wife Elaine every morning... amazing!
Jack has a great track record, have a look: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_lalane
p.s. Jack had just turned 95 when he autographed a poster for me, he even spelled my last name correctly!"
Hank is totally devoted to helping people get fit and strong and healthy. Visit him here: Hank Uhlaender: http://hanksfitness.com/
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For those who live in ARIZONA
Or those who would like to fly in, I am doing a two-hour talk on "100 Ways to Create Wealth" for a $50 donation to the Food Bank you can see and hear me November 17th. Email my friend Jeff Jones at www.100Ways.EventBrite.com to get more information and claim your seat.
My good friend Monica Chaney, the best Mom’s Coach on the planet, is launching the Four Burners Cafe on January 1st, 2011.
Are you a mom? I know what it's like. No, really. For many years I had sole custody of four children and made a wild, vain attempt to raise them well. I really could have used Monica back then to help me with my mothering and fathering.
The Four Burners Cafe is an online community for Moms who want to fully express all of their creative passions, create amazing lives, and break free from worry, fear, and guilt FOREVER. Whether you are an expectant mom, working mom, stay-at-home mom, or even a grandmother, you will benefit from this powerful, supportive community. You’ll get coaching directly from Monica in the Cafe Forum, a monthly webinar with Monica that is guaranteed to change your life, plus daily words of wisdom, gourmet podcasts sprinkled throughout the year, and visits from some of the most life-changing teachers alive today. Your first month’s membership is absolutely FREE. You can cancel at any time so there is no risk. Visit http://fourburnerscafe.com or http://themomauthority.com/cafe.
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Now back to Jack LaLanne and fitness.
Today, health rules, for the most part. One of my heroes was Paul Bragg who pioneered the health food movement in the United States and inspired Jack LaLanne.
Bragg lived to be 95, dying from a surfboarding accident while frolicking like a 20-year-old in rough ocean waters. He claimed we could all live to 120 if we exercised and ate right, and it looked like he was headed there despite having been a very sick child. (He prayed that if they could cure him he would devote his life to health. They did...and he did.) Today many people who are way past 60 but don't look it---people like Clint Eastwood----attribute their eating and exercise programs to Paul Bragg.
Although I grew up in Michigan, I moved to Arizona after high school and have pretty much remained there. (I've lived briefly, since then, in California, Germany, North Carolina, and northern Michigan, but Arizona is my home.) Neil Young's lyric applies: "All my changes were there." Young's album, "Prairie Wind," is a good album and many say it's as good as it is because he was facing death when he wrote it. He had a serious brain disorder and didn't know if he would survive so he went to Nashville to record his last album, in case he didn't.
This calls to mind the Samurai concept of "Dying before you go into battle" so you will battle with full and fearless abandon. Or like in the Kevin Costner baseball movie, "For Love of the Game", wherein his Detroit Tigers pitcher character learns again to pitch well by learning to "clear the mechanism" on the mound before pitching. In other words, to go to the state that the Samurai warriors call "no mind."
Alan Watts said we should not fear death because we were there before we were born and it caused us no problem back then. I love the Watts book The Wisdom of Insecurity. To Watts, death is a part of life, the tails to the heads of life on an ever-tossing coin.
All my changes occurred for me after I suffered the living death of active alcoholism. Alcoholism is a form of ongoing and relative (but not absolute) suicide. After that recovery, through the 12-Step method, I encountered other expanding levels of recovery and indeed even personal and accelerated evolution toward the spirit that knows no death. And I've devoted my life to helping others do the same. All my books and all my seminars and consulting are part of showing others what has happened for me.
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"Would you get your dog up every day, give him a cup of coffee,
a donut, and a cigarette? Hell, no. You'd kill the damn dog."
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"I can't afford to die. It'll wreck my image."
~ Jack LaLanne