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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: 108,678

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 NEW-CAZ
    You are such a good friend- where would I be without you emoticon emoticon
    thanks for accolade...LOL........totally undeserved emoticon
    2 days ago
  • v NEW-CAZ

    hope you enjoyed your "hike" yesterday. We had a walk out but had to keep stopping *bloody hips*. Just going to mow the lawns and I've done that workout already so well warmed up for it. Other than that............oh yeah. John Vicki Pete and I are off to an Adele Tribute thingy Sunday with a dinner at the local Cliff Hotel. emoticon

    Needless to say Pete still wants his FLIPPIN roast........so having that Monday. I suppose it's testament to my great roast dinners emoticon emoticon

    It's Pete's birthday on 5th April and Vicki's on the 6th- the Adele do is her birthday bash, Pete still has no idea what he wants to do emoticon

    Have a good one, hope it's sunny there- rain due here later so I'd best go and get the mowing done.! emoticon emoticon
    2 days ago
  • v NEW-CAZ
    Yeah sun here too!!!
    Not that active today, 30 mins cycling and some housework but I have tracked a workout I'm doing tomorrow for a challenge!!

    Botox doc listened (for once!) so good to go til June *crossing my fingers* emoticon
    He agreed with me that the Amitripyline I'm taking for the sciatica could well have had a positive knock on affect for my dystonia - so something else to discuss with my GP on Friday afternoon.
    I take it you've been walkies....isn't it a glorious day- albeit cold and windy!!

    hoping to get out for a short walk after dinner - hips allowing- with him indoors.

    Meant to ask how G was doing now and M??

    luv and leave you for now, himself is begging for lunch!! emoticon emoticon
    3 days ago
  • v NEW-CAZ
    Have you recovered from the celebrations yet emoticon emoticon

    Catch up soon- off for a walk in glorious sun- hope it's good there too emoticon emoticon emoticon
    8 days ago
  • v BECCABOO127
    Doc put me on a better med for my diabetes! I've lost seven pounds in the past 1.5 weeks! I had gained 15 from my lowest weight due to insulin.

    I am still on long acting insulin but off the rapid acting. Whew!
    16 days ago
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