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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: 106,353

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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    Thank you for the goodie - just about any time I get to myself, with no phone calls or emails or anything - that nothing is a big hug to me just now.
    13 days ago
  • v 1ZIPPYC
    Thanks Sonia! emoticon I tell you nothing better than getting into smaller pants like I did this morning! Never thought I would see the day I would get into a size 16! That is what keeps me going, knowing that it will work, if I keep my eye on that prize! Eliminating caffeine from my diet has really helped with my inflammation/pain. I went off of it for a week-even chocolate and tried it again and boom, I could barely stand. Isn't that something how food, drink can make a person feel that bad!
    I have been reading up on Dr. Axe again...did you ever see this?

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend sweet friend! Glad you liked the pic of Yuma on the top of my page...I just love to see him each time I go there! It turned out good! emoticon

    14 days ago
  • v KDAVIS836
    Hi thanks for your encouragement. Been trying this again so to say. This week has been hard. Thank you for your comments they are much appreciated????
    14 days ago
  • v BECCABOO127
    I wish I lived where u live! I lived in CA for 27 years so I am not used to this either.
    17 days ago
  • v 1ZIPPYC
    emoticon emoticon One day at a time! Mindful eating! I am really trying to do more of that...don't eat unless I am starving! I Need to cut down on the carbs for one thing...doing better though. emoticon Big emoticon
    17 days ago
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