Saturday, September 26, 2009

Happy Birthday, Jack

Okay, this has nothing to do with crochet or mysteries, but Thursday night I went to Jack LaLanne’s 95th birthday party. He is peppy, sharp as a tack, and as authentic as they come. He is also living proof that exercise and eating right pay off big time.

I love to go to the gym, so it’s nice to see what it can do for you in the long run. Though I’m afraid my eating isn’t as disciplined as his. As a friend of mine said, if you can’t have an occasional creme brulee, what’s the point?

It was a fun evening. The party was held at the Beverly Wilshire, an elegant hotel in the heart of Beverly Hills. It started with cocktails, followed by a delicious dinner - and no it wasn’t steamed vegetable and egg whites. I guess even Jack takes a night off from his austere eating. Though when he and his wife Elaine were on the stage with his giant birthday cake, he reminded the crowd that a second on the lips, a lifetime on the hips.

I’m pretty sure the birthday cake on the stage was fake, but the cake they served us was very real. It was also delicious even if it might still be on my hips. During all the birthday good wishes, Arnold Scwhwarzenegger made a special visit, both in his position as governor to give Jack a special proclamation, and as a friend and fellow workout enthusiast to offer his good wishes.

I think this week we were supposed to be writing about charities. Well, Jack’s party was also a fund raiser for ovarian cancer research.

In the end the we left with Jack’s good wishes and reminder that our bodies are one of our most prized possessions and we should take care of them, along with a special edition juicer to help us do it.


Camille Minichino said...

It's a measure of my fitness level that I didn't know who Jack LaLanne was ... but I enjoyed your post, Betty and glad it was all for a worthy cause.

Betty Hechtman said...

I wondered if everyone would recognize his name, Camille. Since they referred to him as the "godfather of fitness," I was hoping so.

Terri Thayer said...

What a LA kind of life you lead, Betty! Out with celebrities. How fun. Although at 95, I hope to eating what I want.

I was just thinking about getting up and going to the gym, so I guess I will. Thanks for the kick in the pants.

Betty Hechtman said...

I'm with you, Terri. By the time you're 95, it's time to throw caution to the wind.

signlady217 said...

I remember my mom watching Jack's show on TV when I was really little (I'm 44 now). Confession: I hate to exercise! He would not be happy with me. I knew he had done the juicer infomerical a while back, but wasn't sure if he was still alive. Good to know he's enjoying his life!