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HVP February 2016

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6 Hudson Valley Parent n February 2016 Publisher/Editor TERRIE GOLDSTEIN Executive Assistant to the Publisher BRITTANY L. MORGAN Media Advisor MARY ZAK Community Liaison PAMELA PERRY Web Ad Designer LESLIE CORTES Advertising Assistant PAM SOSCIA Intern COLLEEN THORNTON Layout & Design ENGLE PRINTING also publishers of MY family MY family baby The HUDSON VALLEY G U I D E Hudson Valley Parent is published monthly by: The Professional Image Marketing & Public Relations Inc. 174 South Street • Newburgh, NY 12550 Phone: 845-562-3606 • Fax: 845-562-3681 This publication is copyrighted by the publisher. Reproduction without written permission of the publisher is prohibited. Hudson Valley Parent welcomes submissions, although we cannot accept responsibility for work submitted nor guarantee publication. A MEMBER OF M any of us talk about making resolutions for 2016. I will lose 20 pounds. I will exercise at least 4 times a week. I will be nicer to people and not be so critical. Stop and think...what are your resolutions? The real question is how long do those resolutions last? The local gyms love us because we sign up for annual memberships. We go for about a month, maybe two before things get in the way. Kids' activities, our husband or partners want us to attend company gath- erings or it's your friend's birthday celebration that you just can't miss. You know the routine. Before you know it we are feel- ing guilty. The excuses become: It is just too difficult to give up my Mounds Bar; I will go to the gym tomorrow but tomorrow comes and I can barely open my eyes; In terms of not being critical of others, that has never been my strong suit. This is my struggle... what is yours? I decided that 2015 was just too difficult for me. I am a diabetic who should be able to control my sugar through diet. Instead, I decided that rather than change my eating habits I would take Metformin, a medica- tion my doctor suggested. Does this ring a bell for any of you? I was okay for a while, but I just wouldn't give up my Mounds Bar. Also I was getting stomach cramps. Not a lot, but enough so that I couldn't go to the gym because I was never sure when I really had to go to the bathroom. Off I go to the gastro- enterologist. He finds nothing wrong, but makes some suggestions. Nothing works and I go back again. Still no concrete solutions. My doctor increases my Metformin pills because I am not keeping my sugar under control. (I really love my comfort food.) Then I really get sick. So bad that I decide to take myself off all medica- tions. Three days later I am feeling better. But what now? Taking responsibilty I determined that it was time to take responsibility for my body. My doctor recommended working with an endocrinologist to get my sugar under control. Now I only eat protein and green vegetables. My sugar is coming down. I have lost 9 pounds in 3 weeks. And, most importantly, I am feeling better. If you stop by the Newburgh Mall at 7:30am you may find me walking the mall. I have no long-term resolutions I start the day in a happy mood by writing in my journal. I list three things I am grateful for that day. You would be surprised how much that helps. Tell me your story. What are you doing to be good to yourself? Email me at In 2016 I will be good to myself. I am worth it! TERRIE GOLDSTEIN Publisher's Journal

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