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Staying Positive despite the setbacks in life

July 3, 2020
Staying positive

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.

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33 Comments

  • Reply Christina Henry July 3, 2020 at 11:40

    Thanks so much for having me as your guest Sue. You made me feel completely at ease for my debut on YouTube! It was more like a chat with a friend. Best of luck with the rest of the series,
    Regards Christina

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 3, 2020 at 13:09

      My pleasure Christina. You are such an inspiration to me and I felt like we had known each other for years.Take care and thanks again for being my guest. x

  • Reply Donna Connolly July 3, 2020 at 12:54

    Hi, Sue and Christina – What an inspiring video. You both speak so well with such a positive attitude. Thank you for this essential reminder to make our health a priority NOW. So many of us defer this until we are forced to be reactive instead of proactive. Being proactive is always are best defense!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 3, 2020 at 13:08

      Thanks Donna! Christina is so lovely and such an inspiration. I hadn’t really chatted to her before the interview but it was like talking to a friend. She certainly has been through some tough times. xx

    • Reply Christina Henry July 3, 2020 at 14:52

      Hi Donna, yes that’s so true. I see it all the time in my work as a nurse. It’s especially true of carers – they’re so bogged down looking after their loved one that they neglect their own health, often not finding out they have advanced disease until it’s too late. Thanks so much for commenting, regards Christina

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au July 3, 2020 at 15:57

    Great interview ladies – and so much to learn about and from Christina. Very inspiring to listen to.

    • Reply Christina Henry July 3, 2020 at 17:07

      Thank you Leanne. It was nice listening to yours too – hearing someone speak after reading their blog for a while is great! It’s easier to picture you and Sue when I read your blogs now

      • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au July 8, 2020 at 14:57

        I always enjoy hearing other bloggers and seeing them “IRL” because it gives a more personal feel to their blogs. I’m just back for #MLSTL and I’ve shared this on my SM x

  • Reply Toni Pike July 5, 2020 at 12:22

    So inspiring, Sue and Christina – such excellent advice. I My favourite tip was to never let health issues hold you back. It can be so easy to let them take over. Thank you both. Toni x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric July 5, 2020 at 16:54

      Thanks Toni, Christina certainly had some good advice and is so inspiring. x

    • Reply Christina Henry July 9, 2020 at 12:10

      Thank you so much Toni, I’m glad it resonated with you. Regards, Christina

  • Reply Debbie Harris July 5, 2020 at 18:17

    I really enjoyed hearing more about Christina’s story Sue and I am in awe of all that’s she’s overcome. I always enjoy hearing the ‘voices’ of bloggers and you both did a very professional job! You’re a natural Sue :). Thanks to you both for being so open and honest.

    • Reply Christina Henry July 6, 2020 at 09:00

      Thank you Debbie, It’s lovely to get positive feedback. Sue really is a natural and she made me feel so at ease. Regards, Christina

      • Reply Debbie Harris July 8, 2020 at 08:32

        Thanks again for the video and the chat! Sharing for #mlstl

  • Reply Christie Hawkes July 6, 2020 at 06:53

    I really enjoyed watching this video. There is something so much more personal hearing your voices and seeing your facial expressions. Thank you for the good advice. Sending love and healing energy to you both. XO

    • Reply Christina Henry July 6, 2020 at 09:01

      Hi Christie, I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Thanks so much for your good wishes, much appreciated, regards Christina

  • Reply Deborah July 8, 2020 at 06:58

    Thanks for sharing Sue and Christina. I love the suggestion about getting those ‘niggles’ checked out. I’m finally doing that with a few things. My GP (doctor) is a minimal interventionist so tends not to pursue testing or treatment if not dire so I’ve had to push for a few things.

    And on the exercise front I’ve finally started some low impact classes this week. I’d be happy if I walked every day but trying to organise that logistically (drive somewhere I can go for a walk) is weirdly too much of an effort at the moment.

    • Reply Christina Henry July 9, 2020 at 12:14

      Hi Deborah, I’m glad you kept pushing your doctor. We’re the best advocates for our own health. Exercise should be enjoyable so doing low impact classes are great if you enjoy them. Best of luck with getting your health problems sorted, regards Christina

  • Reply Joanne Tracey July 8, 2020 at 08:12

    I found Christina’s approach to be sensible & practical – as is her advice to concentrate on what you can do rather than letting what you can’t hold you back. The perfect excuse-breaker.

    • Reply Christina Henry July 9, 2020 at 12:53

      Hi Joanne, thank you for your lovely comment. That’s exactly where I’m coming from – that, even with disabilities or chronic conditions, there is almost always something you can do. It may take professional help to get to that point, for example a physiotherapist to teach you exercises, but there is always something you can do to improve your health, regards Christina

  • Reply Michele July 8, 2020 at 10:43

    Christina, kudos to you for staying positive and being proactive through your many health challenges!

    Sue, It is always nice to hear your voice. I always love an Australian accent. To me you sound just like Olivia Newton John. Kudos to you for moving forward with videos!

    • Reply Christina Henry July 9, 2020 at 12:56

      Hi Michele, thank you so much for your lovely comment. I admit I’m not always positive and do have hard days but I can usually pick myself up and keep going. Olivia Newton John! What a great complement for Sue – Olivia has the most beautiful voice!, regards Christina

  • Reply Natalie July 8, 2020 at 11:36

    Hi Sue and Christina: Good interview and very sound advice to make health our priority. I love the positive thinking i.e. focus on what you can do. #MLSTL

    • Reply Christina Henry July 9, 2020 at 12:57

      Hi Natalie, thank you so much for your comment. I’m glad those points resonated with you, regards Christina

  • Reply Enda Sheppard July 8, 2020 at 18:49

    A really nice video chat … and a n important message: prevention is always better! MLSTL

    • Reply Christina Henry July 9, 2020 at 12:58

      Hi Enda, I’m so glad you enjoyed it. And you’re right, prevention is definitely better, and treating something in it’s early stages is really important too. Thanks for your feedback, regards Christina

  • Reply Denyse Whelan July 8, 2020 at 19:41

    You are nailing this interviewing Sue. I am most impressed with your kindness, care and approach. I think Christina had so much to share. Her story IS made for telling.

    Denyse #mlstl

    • Reply Christina Henry July 9, 2020 at 13:01

      Hi Denyse, Sue was so lovely to talk to – she made me feel at ease, like we were just having a chat and a coffee together! I’m glad you enjoyed listening to my story – I could write a book but it would sound fictional because it’s so full of drama! Maybe one day, regards Christina

  • Reply Nancy Andres July 9, 2020 at 01:35

    Thanks Sue and Christina for this post and video. Appreciate the #MLSTL party where I meet such cool women. I agree. Prevention is a smart way to create a healthy lifestyle and positive mindset is powerful!

    • Reply Christina Henry July 9, 2020 at 13:04

      Hi Nancy, thank you for your comment. I love these link-ups too and have “met”so many inspiring people through them. Reading other people’s stories has always inspired me – if they can overcome challenges, then I can too. I also find that people are great writers and, because they’re in the same age group and stage of life as me, I can relate really well to their blogs. Regards Christina

  • Reply Candi Randolph July 9, 2020 at 06:28

    Thank you, Christina, for sharing your experiences with us. You certainly are an inspiration and an example of being proactive with your life and your health. And, a wise reminder to make sure we listen to our body and respond to what it is telling us. Thanks, Sue, for this series!

  • Reply Christina Henry July 9, 2020 at 13:06

    Hi Candi, thank you for your lovely comment. I’m so glad it resonated with you, and my messages came across in the way I intended. I appreciate your feedback, regards Christina

  • Reply Corinne Rodrigues July 9, 2020 at 17:05

    What a great interview. Christina is so inspirational.

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