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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

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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 1ZIPPYC
    That was so terrible what happened in Manchester the other night! I just saw too where Roger Moore passed away yesterday, just loved him as James Bond! Hope you are having a good day so far. We are getting much needed rain, but storms are kind of bad here and there, even have a tornado watch out for us. Hope we don't lose power or get one of those...scary!
    Send you a goodie note yesterday...hope to hear from you soon. Take care. emoticon
    1 day ago
  • v 1ZIPPYC
    Hi There....I ended up with a headache tonight...think it is my sinuses again. Such a busy weekend and day today...just really need to go to bed. I appreciate your goodie notes and will get back with you soon. Hang in there! It wasn't a good weekend for my eating either! I have done worse, but should start behaving more! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3 days ago
  • v NEW-CAZ
    Looks like it's going to be a smasher of a day there as it is here Sonia, hope you get out and enjoy it.
    5 days ago
  • v BECCABOO127
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    5 days ago
  • v 1ZIPPYC
    Hi Sonia...this was interesting about one spf's comment on my blog was:

    "One thing that isn't on your list...artificial sweeteners. Some of us...very few of us!...have a sensitivity to any of them and we faint. Not good. People suddenly lose fluids, their blood pressure drops and they pass out. If this is a problem for anyone, try avoiding artificial sweeteners. "

    Though that might be something you would look into also. My niece's mother in law started having seizures years ago and they figured it out was the aspartame she was using! She stopped using it and the seizures went away. That is something, huh? emoticon

    7 days ago
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