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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: 113,928

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
    Thanks for stopping by and the comments on the feed. I love that pic on my banner, it soothes me just looking at it. Our local beach area is where that is from. Glad you like it!
    Hope all went well today and you hear good results when they come in! Got through day 2 of no M&M's and that is making it easier each day that goes by. Have a good weekend! emoticon
    7 days ago
  • v NEW-CAZ
    emoticon always like a bit of Robbie emoticon emoticon

    have a restful weekend babe emoticon
    7 days ago
  • v BECCABOO127
    I hope everything goes well with your partner! Sending hugs and prayers! emoticon
    8 days ago
  • v 1ZIPPYC
    emoticon You're the emoticon Hang in there..... emoticon
    10 days ago
  • v NEW-CAZ

    emoticon glad it's going in the right direction and G is positive........half the battle!!!
    Fingers crossed for Thursday, hope the nerves don't kick in Wednesday night emoticon

    Been a SURPRISINGLY good day here! Got a workout done before brekkie, a 100 minute walk after and all the housework ( thunder/ lightening/rain so thought I'd get it done in the hope of sun tomorrow and not wasting it!.
    Aren't our bodies curious things emoticon you can have several REALLY GOOD days then it kicks you in the crown jewels and makes you realise you're not 20 anymore emoticon although truth be known I would not want to be 20 again..but you get my drift.

    Love to you and G, hope you have a cosy evening watching TV and relaxing after what has to have been stressful for you both. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    10 days ago
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