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'Purple' Wedding in Istanbul July 2011

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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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    "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)!!!
    40 days ago
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    40 days ago
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    Evening pal of mine.
    Glad the weather improved there, I was gardening for all of 510 minutes in the end!.
    I am creamy crackered for sure will sleep well tonight.
    Sorry you have a mission of mercy to see your relative before it's too late, I hope you make it.
    Surely if the hospital is taking care of G he can let you go- although that said I presume you want/need to be around for results/prognosis/ what needs to done after.
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    My heart is with you and I'll hope things fall into place for you and your relative.

    It's hissing it down now and it's supposed to be pouring all day tomorrow so I'm glad I got all the weeding done and most of the deadheading.
    Just got the lawns to mow/edges trimmed and then I can tend to my bushes!
    Pete got waylaid doing stuff indoors so I've got my work cut out for me on Wednesday.
    Going to settle down to Corries and then hitting the sack early.......and no .......that's not a emoticon

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    47 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/7/2017 3:19:18 PM
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    Hi Sonia
    Just chilling out today, looking at soft furnishings on line and for some bits and pieces for the hallway and a tVcabinet. Amazed at what's around.
    Got to narrow the choices down or Pete will give up on the search to make a decision LOL

    Thanks for the goodie, got a walk in earlier but Yeah miserable now. way too cloudy.

    Hope you get some me time today away from G LOL emoticon
    48 days ago
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    Hi Sonia
    feeling much better hun, ready for the medical come 15;15 today.
    Sounds to me like your body has been worn to a frazzle by G's exploits and medical concerns.

    Take the rest and sleep while you can- you obviously need it.

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    51 days ago
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