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The Local Angle: November 28, 2013

Getting Healthy Or Dieting That Is The Question

I never like to say I am on a diet because to me it sounds so temporary. I prefer saying “getting healthy” or “getting back on track.” This sounds more long term which is a realistic and practical approach for me. However, when life happens, getting off track is easy.   

After my treatments for breast cancer, I was prescribed Tamoxifen which I need to take daily for five years. On a routine doctor’s visit I was informed that Tamoxifen can make your weight fluctuate. I must have had a crazy look on my face as I thought, “WHAT! NO WAY!” I was feeling pretty good but I have to admit that I did put on a few extra pounds before I even started taking those pills.

After that appointment, or rude awakening, I knew I needed to regroup. I rejoined my local weightloss center. Yes, the one near Shoprite. After all, I am a lifetime member! On my weekly weigh-ins I would see so many women I knew from Robbins Lane and South Woods schools. We were all there for the same reason – to get healthy.  

Determined not to have to pay for my weekly weigh-ins, I shed the pounds needed to get to goal. I started to really feel good and so I began walking around my neighborhood. I do not consider myself lazy but I would rather do almost anything not to exercise. Luckily my kids are active and they keep me active whether I like it or not. When the kids ask to go bike riding or some other activity I, of course, say yes but sometimes hope they change their mind or forget. But they never do. So after the activity, I feel so good and I am very grateful my kids asked me (and didn’t forget!)   

What inspires me most is setting a good example for my children and feeling good for me. Getting healthy is not only eating the right foods most of the time but being as active as you can. With the holidays coming quick – going to parties and dinners out can become challenging. Finding the right restaurant is also helpful because they can prepare your entrée per your request. Recently, my husband and I went out to dinner with friends to Andrea’s 25 in Woodbury. The menu was varied with plenty of healthy choices.  We all ordered fish—mine was Sole Oreganata with sauteed Spinach (instead of potato). It was a good choice for me because it was prepared per my request, delicious, and satisfying without the guilt, and a great neighborhood restaurant that we just discovered.

I would love to hear your opinions and thoughts. You can email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .       

Thank you to everyone who responded to my last article regarding breast cancer. A special thank you to Brenda Wilensky, a Robbins Lane Mom, for emailing me a very kind note of support. Also, I would like to thank Bonnie J. Oringer for sharing her story with me. Bonnie lives in Syosset and is a breast cancer survivor and cancer exercise specialist. She helps patients and survivors regain control of their bodies after treatment and recovery. You can contact her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .