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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: 94,324

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 DEBRAJ61
    Hi Sonia! Thanks for popping by my page. I do like your new photo!! It inspired me to update mine. One that was more recent. And thanks for the compliments on it. One of the better photos I have taken. And believe it or not, I took it myself with my tablet!! New drugs are taking time to get used to and they haven't done the trick yet. But, it has only been a couple days. I do love gardening like you so I did enjoy it the other day. I do some most every day. I have a huge backyard and front yard, many flower beds and veggies growing all over!! Glad you are back on the grid here. Sure did miss you. Big emoticon from me to you too!
    6 days ago
  • v NEW-CAZ
    We sent him away in the end.......some people just don't understand " bugger off" LOL
    We don't employ any cold callers- we always research ourselves or go on trusted recommendations.
    Having been here a year we feel there are just a few tweaks needed- they seem large projects ( well the loft is) but the others are just for icing on the cake and maintenance.
    Just back from shopping and intend reading in the newly decked out conservatory while it still retains the heat of the day, and I can watch the world go by too.
    Tomorrow if it's sunny I'll be sunning myself- if not I'll give Pete a hand.

    How's the family doing, and how are you now? I see you've been walking a lot.

    Luv and sloppy stuff emoticon emoticon emoticon
    6 days ago
  • v NEW-CAZ
    emoticon Sonia
    thanks for your comment on my blog today, will do some thinking between now and when the date comes through!!
    It was lovely here first thing, then clouded over, fine again now so I'm back working on the path. emoticon
    Have a good one hun, hope all is well with you-if not I'm never too busy if you need "moi" emoticon
    8 days ago
  • v NEW-CAZ
    I sense you're busy so will keep this short.
    No date as yet, getting on with de-mossing the path emoticon
    Nice to see you back on line, we'll catch up soon dearest

    slushy stuff emoticon
    9 days ago
  • v 1ZIPPYC
    Stopping by to say hi. Sorry about your computer issues. I saw you on my feed, appreciate your being there. Always good to hear from you my friend. Hope you are feeling ok. I am down with a cold....hate that. Take care and hope to hear from you more when computer is fixed. emoticon
    10 days ago
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