Push Forward

Our common humanity is often best expressed through the struggle to maintain or regain our health. Below is an excerpt from an interview with Madalaine, as well as an audio recording of our full conversation. Click here to submit your own healing story.

 

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I’m here at the AARP Annual Meeting, and I have a chance to talk with Madalaine who is from the Las Vegas area. Madalaine, what interests you the most about good health and wellness? What ideas capture you most, and make you the most excited?

Eating healthy, eating nutritious meals and my personal interest, portion control.

What caused you to start being attentive to that?

I’ve gained a lot of weight since I’ve been here, about 40 pounds. Although I’m basically in good health, I don’t have issues of diabetes yet, it’s something that I’m concerned about.

Where do you get your information when you want to try to do better? Do you rely on information or just your own common sense?

I try to use common sense first of all, but I also try to read a lot about health issues. I watch Dr. Oz a lot. In fact, I’ve been on his show twice. I read a lot of magazines, health magazines, Prevention.

Do you have friends that are also into thinking about health?

Yes, I do. I have a very close friend who is very health conscious and that encourages me to be health conscious as well.

Do you exercise at all?

Yes, I exercise every morning. I get up at 5:30 a.m. and I go to the park and I walk for an hour.

Is it a chore to get up or do you wake up excited?

I look forward to it now. At first it was a bit of a chore. I had to pretty much force myself because it’s so much easier to just stay in bed. Then I just started going out and I look forward to it now because it’s also a way for me to pray, to connect with the elements, and I really feel very good about it now.

You’re the second person that I’ve talked to today that has mentioned that by going out and walking is a way to connect with the spiritual side of their life.

Yes. Oh, yes. I notice that when I’m not exercising, I’m more depressed. It’s just really because I live alone, and I don’t really get a chance to speak to a lot of people. But when I go out in the mornings and I have a very strong relationship with God, I feel so much better. I feel so rejuvenated once I’m done. I get home and I feel so good.

That is terrific. Now the other thing I like about your story is that even though you are committed to walking every morning now, it was hard. When people start out and it’s difficult, I guess your advice is to keep pushing forward.

That’s true, because once you get out there, and once you get started, you feel so happy that you did it. From the beginning I did pretty much force myself, but now I look forward to it. Now I just can’t wait to get up and get started. It’s just another way of starting my day in a positive way.

Madalaine, thank you so much for sharing this with us, I am very grateful to you.

Thank you.