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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: 108,678

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 BECCABOO127
    Doc put me on a better med for my diabetes! I've lost seven pounds in the past 1.5 weeks! I had gained 15 from my lowest weight due to insulin.

    I am still on long acting insulin but off the rapid acting. Whew!
    16 days ago
  • v NEW-CAZ
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    Have a wonderful birthday Sonia, how are you celebrating this year?

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    18 days ago
  • v BECCABOO127
    emoticon Sending you hugs for today! emoticon

    Hope you feel better soon! I am battling the virus too. I feel better one day and then down the next, but I always try to do my best every day, even if that means napping most of the day like I did yesterday...lol!
    19 days ago
  • v NEW-CAZ
    Hi Sonia
    Sorry you're still rundown! This virus does take hold and makes any underlining health issue come to the fore and can make you miserable- I understand and sympathise emoticon
    I've got an appt booked now for Mar 24 at 16;40, if a cancellation comes up on line before that I'll grab it! emoticon Could have gone on 20th but I have my botox that day at roughly the same time as the doc could have seen me. Now I know I can move like a tornado when I want but even I can't be in two places at once emoticon
    Looking to go out in the sun for a walk with Pete after lunch, although we'll need to wrap up warm 6 degrees and tad windy.

    I think we have blue tits nesting in the box Pete made last year; lots of comings and goings from the food tables in the garden to the box!!

    Look after yourself hun and get properly well!!!!
    Hope you feel like taking advantage of any good weather your way today? Any plans?

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    20 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/5/2017 3:31:55 AM
  • v DEBRAJ61
    Sonia my friend, thank you so much for keeping up with me and on my progress with my condition. I am still fighting pain though the treatment is done. I hope it is a case of it has to get worse before it gets better. I hope you and your partner are doing well. Many hugs to you and good wishes. So thankful to have you as a friend. Keep sparking!!!!

    22 days ago
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