It’s very easy to rationalize, however, and say, “What the hell. I didn’t get enough sleep” or “I’m too busy” or “I’ve got this little ache or pain.”
That’s all bullcrap. You do it. It’s tough. It’s hard. I’d rather take a beating sometimes than get in that gym every morning. Anyone who gets up that early and says he likes it is a goddamned liar.
The only good thing about it is that when I’m finished, I look at myself in the mirror and say, “Jack, you’ve done it again!” I’ve won another battle over myself, and that’s what it’s all about: conquering me.
If I didn’t do it, I’d be lying to myself. If I lie to me, I lie to you and wreck everything that Jack LaLanne stands for. If I’m not an example of my philosophy, it sure isn’t going to turn anyone else on. – Jack LaLanne