We’re off and running – some of us literally, some of us figuratively. We met Tuesday morning and shared what “Life without Limits” looks like for each of us. Craig Wilson interviewed Lu Herbeck to offer us aid how to begin living healthier. Lu currently teaches in the Medical Assisting program, but has spent several years teaching in the health Fitness Specialist Program.
She started out in the medical field but over thirty years ago she began “a personal journey into a healthier, more fit lifestyle which led to my current life passion-teaching others how to manage a healthier lifestyle through exercise and nutrition.”
Craig: I want to change my lifestyle so that I can give myself the greatest chance of an active, and fulfilling old age. What’s the best way to successfully do that?
Lu: First – Just Get Moving. Find something you enjoy doing and keep moving as much as you can. Second, just as important, is to start concentrating on eating only foods that are whole (unprocessed) like fruits, vegetables, lean means and whole grains and choose foods that have very little added sugar (in all its forms), salt and chemicals.
Craig: I’ve been successful in losing weight in the past, but over time old habits creep back in and the weight comes back. How do I make this change last?
Lu: You didn’t gain your weight overnight – you can’t lose it fast either. Small,
progressive lifestyle changes are what make the habits become part of your life versus a program to follow for x # of weeks. Look at weight loss as an
extension of just living a healthier lifestyle.
Craig: What are the first steps we should take?
Lu: Examine your current lifestyle and identify those habits that prevent you from achieving a healthier you. Gradually modify and minimize the negative behaviors and add activities to your daily living that keep you moving. You need to get moving in order to keep moving. Eat to fuel your body not your mood or your palate. You wouldn’t put something in your car’s gas tank that would make the engine run poorly – right?
Craig: Any other pointers as we get started?
Lu: Be kind to yourself. Minimize the negative self-talk. Buddy up with someone for accountability and be realistic with your goals. If you are older and have never really exercised take it slow and do things you think you would be able to maintain for life.
Thank you Lu!!!
“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” Lao Tzu
Story for the Week-It’s never too
One day Jack Foster had enough. 32, married with a family and full-time job as a clerk, Foster, like so many of us, was out of shape and wanted to do something about it. He told his wife Belle one day that he was going out for a run. After what seemed like an eternity, he turned around and walked home.
When Belle saw him in the house she said, “I thought you said you were going for a run.” Foster responded saying, “I did go for a run, why did you say that!” “Well you haven’t been gone 10 minutes, that’s all.” was her reply. Though hurting physically and emotionally, he didn’t quit. Over time it became easier and soon it became his joy.
By the time he was 37 he had burst on the scene as a world-class distance runner. I was very familiar with all the great distance runners at the time – Pre, Frank Shorter, Kenny Moore, Jim Ryun, and Dave Wottle from the US, Lasse Viren from Finland, Kip Keino from Kenya – but who was this old man from New Zealand? How could he suddenly appear? He placed 8th in 1972 Olympic Marathon at the age of 40! A year and half later he ran his personal best marathon of 2:11:38 (5:00 per mile!!!), setting the all-time record for those over 40. My old friend Steve Plasencia (current U of M Men’s CC & Track coach) couldn’t match it even being able to train full-time while sponsored by Nike. For Jack it was a joyful passion, done after his day job.
Jack died at 72 in a collision with a car while riding his racing bike. His story lives on as an example of what we can accomplish if we focus on starting today taking the first step
toward our goals and not allowing our initial pain and lack of success deter us. Along the way we may find the journey a joyful pleasure!