Life Extension Magazine March 2013
Virginia Waitley: Embracing Health, Embracing Happiness
By Jon Finkel
Virginia Waitley shows her day’s catch.
A generation or two ago, if someone had the energy and enthusiasm to get up at three o’clock in the morning to begin the first of two jobs – not out of necessity, mind you, but out of enjoyment – you would assume that person was in their twenties or thirties. Likewise, if you mentioned the age ‘73’ to someone in 1950 or so, it might conjure up the image of an elderly person, whittling away the last years of their life in a rocking chair or quietly sipping tea while playing cards.
The times, they are a-changing.
These days with the advances in health and nutrition, the very notion of being retired, even for 73-year-olds, is well, being retired. Case in point, Life Extension member, Virginia Waitley.
Turning Retirement on Its Head
Virginia Waitley, 73, is a commercial real estate broker in Rancho Santa Fe, California. That is, when she’s not selling solar panels six mornings a week throughout the city of San Diego.
“I get up at three o’clock in the morning every day,” Ms. Waitley says, proudly. “I’m on my computer and I check in on other real estate brokers from San Diego to San Francisco. I’ve just always had high energy levels, but lately it’s been incredible.”
What has she been doing lately? Taking supplements - lots of them.
“I read as many health books as I can find,” she says. “I particularly like Suzanne Somers. I read all of her books, and in one of them, she mentioned that she couldn’t wait for her Life Extension Magazine® to arrive every month. I thought to myself, ‘If that’s how she feels, I might feel the same way’”.
With that in mind, Ms. Waitley ordered the magazine and waited for the first issue to arrive.
“When it finally came, I thought it was wonderful,” she says. “I probably got the magazine about a year before I became a member, which wasn’t too long ago. But once I joined and started ordering the products like Two-Per-Day, Super Bio Curcumin, Krill Healthy Joint Formula, Super Ubiquinol CoQ10, and so many more, I began feeling fantastic.”
In all, Ms. Waitley takes about a dozen products from Life Extension on a regular basis. In addition to the supplements mentioned above, her regimen includes astaxanthin, magnesium, Bone Restore, Optimized Cran Max with UTIRose™, Endothelial Defense, Resveratrol, Super Omega-3, and folic acid.
Prior to her discovery of Life Extension, however, she was hardly taking any supplements.
Knowledge is Power
“I always took calcium,” she says. “And a friend gave me a multivitamin a while ago to try, but that was it. About five years ago I was diagnosed as being almost pre-diabetic, and that scared me, so I immediately took care of that with exercise and eating right. I corrected that problem, but ever since I started reading about what I should be taking, I have noticed such a difference. It has totally changed my life.”
Ms. Waitley says that about a month after she started her supplement regimen, she noticed that her energy level had nearly doubled - this from a woman who spent two years hiking in Aspen and Telluride.
“I had a bad business experience and I needed to get away,” she says of her time in the mountains.
These days, back in Southern California, Ms. Waitley hikes the Torrey Pines reserves for an hour or an hour-and-a-half whenever she can to stay fit and energized.
Another part of her plan for endless vitality is to make sure her diet is nourishing her body. She does this by starting every day with the same breakfast, which is a high-fiber cereal with wheat germ, walnuts, and blueberries sprinkled in. After breakfast she takes all her morning vitamins to ensure optimal absorption.
“I try to eat as healthy as I can,” she says. “I eat lots of broccoli because I know it has anti-cancer benefits. I eat lots of eggplant, too.”
Living A Full Life
Perhaps the reason Ms. Waitley takes such excellent care of herself as she ages is because she knows what a gift life can be. She grew up very poor and her father passed away when she was young. Her mother didn’t have any money at all, which meant she spent much of her youth hiking in the woods around their small farm house in Clinton, New York.
“I got my first job when I was twelve,” she says. “I sold Christmas cards around my neighborhood. Five years later I became the youngest person hired by Eastern Airlines in New York City. I worked for them and eventually moved to United Airlines, where I was the top salesman in terms of conventions and reservations for eight years.”
Along the way she got married, had a daughter who recently graduated with honors at the University of Southern California, and is the proud grandparent to three grandkids.
“I have a lot to be happy about,” she says. “We only go through life once, so we might as well try to be happy. Part of being happy is being healthy, which is why I started learning about health and nutrition. Life Extension has really opened my eyes to what I should be doing to live for a long time. I really intend to live to be 110. I’ve been planning on that for about 5 years now or more.”
Hopefully, the pages of this magazine will help her exceed even her own longevity expectations.
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