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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: 94,637

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
    Those skies were so gorgeous yesterday. Glad you liked the pic I posted. I loved Elvis Presley in my youth and it was so cool to be right there where he was 51 years ago. If you watch the movie you will see all the area they filmed...looks a lot different, not as many tall trees. The beach the homesteaded was right next to the bridge close by...all grown up now, but you can still see the palm trees that were there. I want to go to the courthouse next month on vacation to see where he filmed the court scene. It was refurbished not to long ago. Also, has a museum in the building. Good things to do when it is so HOT outside! Have a good day Sonia. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    19 hours ago
    Thanks for your support and friendship over the past 6-7 years.

    Tomorrow I am probably going to hit a major milestone and just wanted to let you know that I appreciate you being there for me.

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    3 days ago
  • v DEBRAJ61
    Hey Sonia!!

    Thanks for the good wishes for my weekend!! It is a big deal in my husbands family. We do it every year and have for the last 6 years and has grown in a huge proportion of people it now takes planning to pull it off, unlike the first year where we all (just 10 of us) showed up and it was easy. Now with over 20 people, well, the food mostly has to be planned out and where everyone will sleep. My SIL and I have been in charge of the food and organizing it and this has taken up the better part of my month. Today, I do some cooking an baking. Wow, I cannot believe what you must go through to wash the car!! Yikes!! But good for you and extra calorie burning for sure. Yay you!!! Have a splendid weekend also. Big, big hugs back to you my friend!!!
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    4 days ago
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    5 days ago
  • v 1ZIPPYC
    Thanks Sonia. I will look into that Spark TV more. My foot is being aggravated (Achilles tendon) from my shoes I think...need new ones. First thing I will do when I feel better is shoe shopping. Glad you found a new exercise buddy with SP stuff. They sure have a bunch of good ones on here! Good to see you back on SP. No worries...I am behind too on my sparking. But, I love it and look forward to it when I do get on! I just reached a milestone today-90 pounds total lost!! emoticon
    Have a great day. Keep moving!! emoticon emoticon
    7 days ago
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