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Quotes in a Different Light

I’m definitely seeing things in a different light.  Someone posted some of their favorite quotes form Jack Lalanne.  They included:

“The only way you can hurt the body is not use it.”

“I do it as a therapy. I do it as something to keep me alive. We all need a little discipline. Exercise is my discipline.”

“Remember this: your body is your slave; it works for you.”

“The only way you get that fat off is to eat less and exercise more.”

I love what Jack stood for, but these quotes are an example of what others also believe that drove me to adrenal exhaustion and fighting to regain my health.  Health should stand for moderation and balance in every part of our lives.  The above quotes do not speak “balance” to me.

I used to use my exercise as my therapy too.  And boy did I have the discipline down, but now my discipline is in healing so that I can achieve the health that I began seeking in the first place, before I lost sight of what I really wanted.  My body was definitely a slave. As I exercised more and ate less my body was kicking and screaming from the inside.  I beat it into submission until it had almost nothing left for me.  The problem is a lot of the people I trusted to help me get “healthy” had these same ideas.

I don’t think Jack would have wanted this for anyone.

I will definitely remember this quote by Jack.

“If you want to change somebody, don’t preach to him. Set an example and shut up.”


Tara, you are so right. I think these words were made for a different audience–people with no motivation who would use any excuse not to exercise. Also, he started out in a different era, before working out was a part of popular culture. Maybe these words would have meant something different (and more positive) to you back at the start of your journey?

On the other hand, when we cross the line from healthy to extreme, slogans like these can be poison. When we consider every ache and pain as a “weakness” that we should push through, we need someone to tell us to listen to our bodies rather than working them to death like slaves.

Of course, one of the quotes you have here referes to a “little” discipline. Maybe that is where the balance comes in!

Love ya!

Agreed Coco.
Love you too.

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