Friday, 22 June 2007

Rappin' Granny

You go, girl...

Tuesday, 12 June 2007

Jack LaLanne

Pat in America is finding me some great inspiration for this site. Meet Jack LaLanne, who at nearly 93 is still working out, and could pass for many years younger. Visit the Washington Post website for a video of an interview with this irrepressible man (who frequently serenades his wife Elaine), and some fabulous photographs of his years as a fitness guru.

Comments I particularly relish include:
  • "Ninety-three years young, and I still keep my wife smiling occasionally..."
  • "You want to feel better, look better, live longer?.. you've got to earn the right to it."
  • "Do something for the most important person on this earth. You."
  • One of the first people to advocate avoiding processed foods, LaLanne is known to say,"If man made it, don't eat it."
  • Considered one of the first modern health evangelists, LaLanne... likes to say "Billy Graham is for the hereafter, I'm for the here and now."
  • LaLanne began advocating weight training in the 1930s even though doctors at the time thought the new practice would give people heart attacks and lower their sex drives. Science has since proved LaLanne was right.
There's also some interesting data about him on Wikipedia.

Friday, 1 June 2007

Forgetting to get older

I just had a great parcel from my friend Pat in America, who, much to my delight, takes inspiration from this blog and my Rector's Wife Revamp blog. We had a discussion a few weeks back on the "too old to run" theme, and yesterday I received a parcel including this newscutting (click on it for a closer look):

My favourite phrase is "I forgot to get older". That's one bit of absent-mindedness we could all use.

A bit of googling produces Fan's website, and dozens of other press references to her achievements. What an excellent lady. Thanks loads, Pat.