Our health can sometimes prevent us from achieving our goals and living our best life. But it doesn’t always have to be this way as my next guest has proven.
In Episode 3 of Conversations with Women Living Well After 50, I’m delighted to welcome my guest, Christina Henry from Midlifestylist to discuss Staying Positive despite the setbacks in life. I’ve summarised the interview below and also included the link to the full YouTube interview below.
Christina is such an inspiration and I was blown away by her story and her honesty dealing with more health issues than many of us would have to deal with in a lifetime. I do hope you will take the time to listen to the interview in full and feel inspired by this courageous woman.
Christina and I discuss health issues, why we need to make health a priority and staying positive when life gets tough
Christina is a Registered Nurse who lives on the Gold Coast of Australia. She has a passion for health promotion and writing. Her website Midlifestylist.com combines both passions and aims to inspire other midlifers to live the healthiest version of themselves.
Having overcome several health issues herself, including a recent double mastectomy, she is able to use her knowledge of the issues people may need to overcome to achieve their goals.
Christina is married to her second husband, has two adult sons and a house full of pets. She enjoys cooking, gardening and traveling.
Here are some of the questions and answers from the video:
In your bio, you mention several health issues, how have these affected the way you approach Health and Wellness especially as a Woman Over 50?
My health issues include a congenital heart defect, chronic back pain and the BRCA2 gene mutation which gives me an increased risk of cancer. Rather than letting that hold me back, I’m being proactive with my health and I would rather avoid health issues rather than dealing with them later. That includes having prophylactic surgery to remove my ovaries and double mastectomies. I can’t run but I can walk and walk up flights of stairs and that is my form of exercising.
In life we all experience setbacks and you have certainly experienced more than many of us. What strategies did you use to overcome these setbacks during the difficult times?
The driving factor to strive to be healthy is that I want to be around for my son. I do what I can and walk with my dog most days and I use this time to relax. Getting outside into nature, gardening and just feeling the sunshine is such a positive experience and good for the soul.
What do you feel, we as Women Over 50 should make as a priority in order to live well?
Most women feel that they need to do it all but this approach can be overwhelming at times especially when life gets in the way.
- Taking time for self-care and learning to put boundaries in place.
- Make health your priority. Don’t neglect all those niggly symptoms – get them checked out. It’s easier to prevent disease rather than treat it.
- Women after 50 need to make sure they have regular health checks because we’re at more risk of certain diseases as we age.
Knowledge is power, so know your family’s health history and your own health status.
You have mentioned to me that you lost 18kg last year. What changes did you make in your lifestyle to achieve this weight losses especially with your health issues?
Last year I lost 18kg with regular light exercise and diet. I can’t do high intensity workouts because of my heart condition and chronic back pain, so I walked every day. Most of the weight loss came down to my diet, but regular exercise helped too. I walk every day for 30 minutes and take the stairs when I can. Consulting a dietitian to provide a personalised eating plan especially when we reach 50 who provided accountability.
Before we finish today, I want to ask you a question which I ask all of my guests What does Living Well After 50 mean to you?
My tip for living well after 50 is to not let health issues hold you back. Focus on what you can do rather than what you can’t. Living the best most healthy life you can.