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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: 115,203

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
    emoticon So sweet of you to check on us and offer prayers. And here you are going through what you are with Gerry. I think of you two often.
    Bob got gas this morning or do you call it petrol? This has been a nightmare and the worst has even begun! I hate to complain or vent so much, but it does help ease my anxiety a bit. It doesn't look good for our home to be here when we get back, or it could be flooded or damages at least.
    Back to packing and trying to get as much rest as I can. Sleeping in a hotel will not be fun-but will make the best of it. At least I will have my sweetie with me and he really helps keep me calm and is my Rock!
    Lots of Love and Big emoticon
    13 days ago
  • v 1ZIPPYC
    Thinking of you. Will be posting updates on my status concerning Hurricane when we can. This has been a LONG and stressful week, but we will get through it. Thankfully Bob is on vacation next week! Later gator, Love and emoticon

    Oh, and thank you for your wonderful comment on my blog. Meant a lot to me! emoticon
    14 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/6/2017 9:43:51 PM
    "AKELAZ is out all day at the local clinic with my partner. "
    * Hope that you/your partner (frankly, both) are OK.
    26 days ago
  • v 1ZIPPYC
    Thanks Sonia! I cannot believe after 6 weeks, he never caught it until now. I just hope I don't re catch it! emoticon
    How is Gerry doing...test results in yet? Have a good night and tomorrow! Will write more to you later on. Busy with catching up on all I have neglected while sick. I hope to blog soon too.
    Love and emoticon xx
    36 days ago
    "AKELAZ is trying to buck up and keep busy today."
    * THAT, as the kids would say, is WINNING (Assuming the kids are stuck in 2011)!!!
    37 days ago
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