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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: 98,356

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:
EXERCISE

"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 DEBRAJ61
    Thank you so much for the vote of confidence and responding to my blog!! I was SO pleased when I started running and there was almost no pain. I think with what I have been doing, it has been helping so I feel it is taking so long to heal!!! But, it does the older a person gets. I keep telling my 'inpatient' sister this after she fell and sprained her ankle. Though I know her and she is probably not doing what she should be doing to let it heal. Anyhow, I am excited to try my 2 miles tomorrow but more excited for Sunday to see if I can do the 14 miles. Thank you so much again for your wonderful friendship. Very big emoticon to you!!
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    12 days ago
  • v BECCABOO127
    My nephew loves crackers, too. My sis can't keep them in the house, as he eats them all. I
    My trigger is ice cream. :)
    16 days ago
  • v DEBRAJ61
    Sonia, thank you so so much for the kind words on my blog. But, as you can see, I am not giving up quite yet!! I may have to, but for now I am going to keep trying a bit longer. But, if I can't, I do have a plan. I will get there, if not this year, then next year. I found that those challenges are what keeps me motivated. So, I rejoined the one I liked the most. It works my whole body. Thank you dear friend for all your support!!! Big emoticon to you!!!
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    16 days ago
  • v TRENTDREAMER
    And yes, I am definitely happy with my progress over the past 3 months
    17 days ago
  • v TRENTDREAMER
    Thanks for your encouragement on my blog :) emoticon emoticon

    omg, I hate carrots too. I own one of those personal blenders. With it, I either use them in smoothies with high-vitamin C foods (oranges/lemons) or I blend them into pasta sauce.

    Those seem to be the only two foods that burn out the taste.

    You know, I've never tried them together in a smoothie .....#hmmmmmm #wheelsturning

    Tomorrow for breakfast I'm going to try a smoothie consisting of:
    - carrots
    - cucumber
    - spinach
    - coconut water
    - ginger
    (I might add a banana if it's too earthy)

    Either way glad to hear that you are eating carrots and cucumbers

    again emoticon emoticon
    17 days ago
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