Over 50s Lifestyle

Overcoming Life’s Challenges & an Update on the Podcast

August 28, 2023

How do you cope with life’s challenges?

We all have them and sometimes they can come out of left field.

Last week was my birthday. I have been 66 years around the Sun – Wow! After a few months of health issues, my birthday gift was spending time at the cardiologist’s rooms for a Stress Test. I received some great news from my stress test, the results were good, however, I won’t be able to rely on just living a healthy lifestyle thanks to genetics. I am allowed to start running again which I’m very happy about.

Where has the Women Living Well After 50 Podcast been?

I’ve not published any new podcasts for a few weeks due to ill health. My scheduled interviewees were very supportive and understanding as I explained I was having to ‘press the pause button’ on the Women Living Well After 50 Podcast for a time.

In this Episode I provide an update on where I have been, where I’m at now and where I’m going. I discuss:

  • the frustration of not being allowed to run or do any strenuous exercise for about 8 weeks.
  • the frustration of being diagnosed with heart disease despite living a very healthy lifestyle
  • how daily walks have helped my mental health as well as keeping physically fit.
  • how a positive mindset is vital when facing life’s challenges – whether big or small.

Life is difficult for everyone and we all face challenges. The key to coping is our mindset and how we look at things. For me, keeping a positive mindset is vital. It’s how you look at things. For me it was accepting the health results but also realising that they could have been so much worse if I hadn’t been living a healthy lifestyle.

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How do you cope with life’s struggles? Do you exercise or move daily to help your mental and physical health? Why not start today? Just start with small steps, build your confidence and go!

Remember to Live Well, Enjoy Life and most of all be a woman living life your way!

Have a fabulous day!

Sue Loncaric

Women Living Well After 50

Living Life Your Way


  • Reply marsha57 August 28, 2023 at 08:16

    It is very frustrating when you know you’ve done it all right and still end up with something. I hope you continue to feel better and better! Happy belated birthday! My 66th is coming up, too!


    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 30, 2023 at 13:26

      Yes it is frustrating, Marsha but it is what it is, I suppose. Thanks for the birthday wishes and we are obviously born in the same year. xx

  • Reply leannelc August 28, 2023 at 09:50

    Hi Sue – aging bodies are part of life aren’t they? We can do our utmost to keep them in the best shape possible, but 60+ years of living will ultimately cause some wear and tear. With your family history I think you’ve done amazingly well to be as strong and healthy as you are. I’m glad that you’re going to be able to continue that lifestyle so your mental health stays strong too.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 30, 2023 at 13:27

      I think I have done pretty well, Leanne but it is still a wake up call. I am so happy I can run again and my healthy lifestyle combined with medication will hopefully see me doing things I love for some time to come. x

  • Reply Bernie August 28, 2023 at 15:10

    I will be listening to your new podcast in the morning as i work on my painting project. My mom, a month away from 97, says that growing old is not for sissy’s. It’s true that we have to learn to live with the things that happen. I am glad that walking has helped provide that mental balance you needed, my walks are so much more than just walks. Take care. Bernie

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 30, 2023 at 13:29

      Oh Bernie, you are fortunate to have your Mum still and what a wonderful attitude she has. You are right about walks being much more than just walks and I look forward to mine each day. Take care xx

      • Reply Bernie August 30, 2023 at 13:49

        Mine are always an adventure with the dogs, cattle, snow and trails but I love them. Bernie

  • Reply Retirement Reflections August 29, 2023 at 13:22

    Hi, Sue – I am so relieved that you received this great news on your birthday and can run again. You arae incredibly inspirational!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 30, 2023 at 13:31

      Thanks, Donna it was a welcomed birthday present indeed. x

  • Reply Toni Pike August 29, 2023 at 19:51

    Hugs, Sue – I’m pleased you’ve made the right decision. Your health is by far the most important thing. Toni x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 30, 2023 at 13:32

      Thanks, Toni, I’m feeling pretty good now that I know what I’m dealing with. Take care xx

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee August 30, 2023 at 07:14

    Genetics is often cruel and very unfair….but can’t be avoided. Hopefully you can do enough of what you love to stay happy. I’m very pleased you can run again. The first post of yours I ever read was about running (a marathon maybe, or a half?), So I always think of you that way….running! #WWandP

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 30, 2023 at 13:33

      Hi Lydia, yes it wasn’t the news I wanted but I look at it from the point of view, that I would be a lot worse if I hadn’t been living a healthy lifestyle. That first run back after 8 weeks was tiring but felt great! xx

  • Reply Min Write of the Middle August 30, 2023 at 09:33

    Hi Sue, I’m so sorry you’ve been sick for so long and it’s a big fat poo that genetics has landed you with a health condition despite your healthy living and habits. Isn’t it great though that the virus is what lead you to discover it?! Knowledge is power and now you’ll be on the right medication and can get on with life better informed with regards to your health and wellbeing. I think it is very wise to press pause on the podcast for a while to lighten your load while you get back on your feet. Take care! xo

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 30, 2023 at 13:35

      Hi Min, it hasn’t been a great few months but I’m bouncing back and being able to run again was a great birthday present. We are off to Europe in November, so yes, pausing the podcast is something I need to do although I did enjoy it immensely. I may come back to it in the New Year. xx

  • Reply Debbie August 30, 2023 at 12:16

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us Sue, I know it’s personal stuff but the more we hear these messages we can help ourselves as we age. You’re an inspiration in so many ways and a lovely friend!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 30, 2023 at 13:36

      Hi Deb, it is my personal story but I feel called to help and encourage others through my experiences and hopefully they can learn how to remain healthy and enjoy life. x

  • Reply OnceUponaTimeHappilyEverAfter.com August 30, 2023 at 12:22

    I am afraid we can’t escape genetics and heredity. I am thankful that my mom, although overweight for most of her life, was very healthy. My father, thin and fit, was very unhealthy. My brother, sister and I so far take after mom. And she lived 95 years. We can do our best to be healthy, eat well, exercise, avoid stresses, but we can’t do better than our best. And I know that’s what you have done. Glad you are finding your daily walks enjoyable. I am sure you will soon be back to running regularly (was happy to see you running with the Saturday Sisters recently).

    • Reply Sue Loncaric August 30, 2023 at 13:37

      Yes you can’t beat genetics and I look at it from the perspective that it could have been much worse if I hadn’t been living a healthy lifestyle. My first run back was tiring and obviously short but I loved it. xx

  • Reply Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid August 31, 2023 at 04:13

    So pleased you got the all clear and can run again. I remember how frustrated I was when I got my cancer diagnosis and how limited I was after surgery but I had to remind myself that although I coudn’t control what had happened/was happening, I could definitely control how I responded to it. Like you say, your healthy lifestyle is a silver lining. This isn’t necessarily a change of course, it’s just a readjustment of the sails!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 3, 2023 at 08:57

      Hi Sammie, it is a matter of which lense we use to view our life isn’t it? The natural tendency is to feel sorry for ourselves but then we are missing out on the life that we still have. Hope you are keeping well and sending hugs your way. xx

  • Reply Christie Hawkes August 31, 2023 at 06:05

    It is frustrating when you do everything “right” and still have to deal with health issues. The good news is your healthy living puts you in a better position to manage your health issues. I am happy that you were given the all-clear to run again. I know how you love that. Also, happy belated birthday Sue!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric September 3, 2023 at 09:15

      It is very frustrating Christie but it was a great life lesson. Thanks for the birthday greetings and have a beautiful week. x

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