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I talked in my first introduction about determination but I have lately been questioning just how determined I really am.I have a very energetic 9-yr old grandson who turns round when I'm struggling to keep up with him, puts his hands on his hips and shouts: 'Granny!!! Are you coming?' My other grandson is nearly five and I want to be able to keep up with both of them.
I have slipped and slithered here since September 2009 - eating well - eating badly. Exercising and walking intermittently or overdoing both. The thing that has kept me here is the connection with other peoples' struggles, inspiration from other peoples' successes and oceans of support and friendship. Being part of this community is the first thing to give me hope for a better life.

Member Since: 9/1/2009

Fitness Minutes: 96,177

My Goals:
I want to get my old energy and enthusiasm back - for myself and my health and for my family. My grandchilren are my greatest joy and I want to be able to run(!!!!) with them and see them grow and develop. My friends seem to acccept me for what I am but I would like to present them with a 'new me' - or rather ' the old me' - who doesn't give up before the evening is over.

My Program:

"The road to hell is paved with couches."

*I keep trying get OFF mine and walk 30 minutes every day plus 30 minutes on the exercise bike. Alongside this I plan gentle warm-ups followed by strength exercises and stretches.

*I will get out of bed immediately in the morning and DO something physical - vigorous house cleaning perhaps - my house would be delighted!

*Sadly I am pledging not to spend so much time on Spark for the moment - it's just another excuse to spend yet more time on my couch.

*I will stop using my car so much & WALK to shops and to visit friends within reasonable distances.

*I will keep my pedometer clipped to my belt to remind me to build up my daily steps.

I will plan all food and drink for the day ahead and develop better self discipline and consistency.

If I fail in any - or all - of these sometimes I will try not to give up and hide under my duvet

Personal Information:
My name is Sonia and I live by the sea in Brighton, UK. I always wanted to live by the sea and an opportunity fell in my lap with ridiculous time frames but I just flurried around and got everything sorted. So- done and dusted and I LOVE it here. I have two sons 43 and 39, a 4 yr-old grandson and now a new tiny one - just 13 months old - who is doubly precious because my son and his wife lost their middle child nearly 2 years ago in a cot death at 10 weeks. It has been very hard but little Eli is bigger and stronger and we can see the danger (which is how we inevitably see it) is past. A bad time but we seem to be getting through it despite the odd small- and large - stumble.

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I enjoy DIY and am currently renovating a tiny stone cottage in a favourite family spot in Dorset which is giving great pleasure to myself and my sons and families. I am starting a textile course - always an interest of mine. I have also been able to do quite a lot of travelling since I retired - the Emirates - Hong Kong (3 blissful months) - Mexico and most European countries. I want to do more but my life is suspended at the moment until the family troubles stabilise.

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  • v KDAVIS836
    Really trying hard but been bad since I cam back from vacation. After the 4th of July will get back hopefully. Feeling okay just need to get back on track.
    1 day ago
  • v 1ZIPPYC
    Thanks for the welcome back! Hope you have a safe trip to London. That would be cool if you got some pics for us...maybe a landmark you will be near. Like the London Bridge, Big Ben, the royal buildings, changing of the guard, etc. I would love to see London one day! But, seeing it through your eyes would be so nice! Caz is up there for surgery too. I will have to check out her status to see how she is, if she posted anything yet. Glad you liked all the pics I posted....thank you for the nice comments on them too. Take care....Big emoticon
    3 days ago
  • v DEBRAJ61
    Thanks always for the comment on my blog. Yes, busy with the strawberries. I love doing it but it is my son who really loves the jam!! Barry not so much, but he does like the shortcake. I love both!!! It loves me back too unfortunately so it sticks around on my belly, hips, etc! LOL The walks are going to be good and I cannot wait for the next one! My training I back to where it should be. It was hard being laid up. You get into a routine then you have to stop it to heal and that is hard because then it is hard to get back to that routine. But, I will tomorrow. Part of what keeps me going is I already paid for my entry to the race!!! LOL You do well on all your exercise I see. I need to be better about logging. I will do some but not log it. I could rack up more points if I did!! The pool is nice, but a lot of work and money to keep up. Barry's job!! Ha ha. I have enough other things around here. Keep up your work with your different things. Have a beautiful day!!
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    4 days ago
  • v DEBRAJ61
    Thanks for popping in to see how I am doing. I am doing sooooo much better this morning. I was doing some stretching exercises that were given to me by my physical therapist years ago for my hip last night and it helped so much. Got a good nights sleep. Woke up and I am moving better this morning. My plan is to run on Monday what I was supposed to run tomorrow to try and keep on schedule. We will see. I do hope you are getting some sunshine my dear and you can get out for a walk with your little buddy!!! Big emoticon to you and have a beautiful day!! emoticon
    6 days ago
    "AKELAZ Sad day as far as I'm concerned."
    * Sorry to hear.
    6 days ago
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