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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: 112,908

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 APPLEADAY2010
    Hey so lovely to hear from you! I was just looking for you 😀. Glad to see your still doing well. I have never been able to get back into it for years now haha. Am hoping the no smoking may be a turning point in it all. xx
    9 days ago
  • v NEW-CAZ
    Hi Sonia
    Sorry Gerry's not well. Get old is not for wimps huh?! Hope he feels better after some TLC from you.
    * have had a feeling for ages that you weren't 'quite right' *.........I've never been QUITE RIGHT emoticon . I couldn't put my finger on what was wrong, just felt nahhhhhhh.
    But all is well now.
    Shame you can't go to Prague, all that walking ..............
    Managed to get 7 hours in the garden done today and *drum roll* so far no aches or pains!! Just need another hour or so tomorrow and it's all shipshape again.. hopefully if there is sun this weekend as promised we might sit out there or go to the beach.

    OH and I have empty nest syndrome- our blue tit fledglings have flown the nest. We have seen any action around the nest box for 3 days and were getting worried- but Pete took a chance and opened it today- empty!

    Well gotta go, hope the scales are kind to you for your next weigh in emoticon

    Dinner! I've earned the pork roast tonight

    luv ya
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    10 days ago
  • v 1ZIPPYC
    No problem, we all have our slip ups, especially with me on weekends! I bet I won't lose any this week either! But, we keep on a going! I am here to help anyway I can. Glad to have your support too!



    Wanted to share this link with you about food alleges, etc.= Anaphylaxis (Severe Allergic Reaction) I have been doing research for my upcoming blog and something jumped out at me about food triggers=fainting! I remember you saying something to Caz about it and no resolution as to what causes it. Never heard of this before and I looked it up. When this happens, hopefully not, but IF if does, write down what you ate or drank and monitor it after that. I figured that out with my joint pain and muscle pains being due to food allergies/sensitivities! Since eliminating them, I am problem free for the most part. But, I do have arthritis and will always have issues, but it can be made worse by these foods-like a bad flare up. You never know...check it out.
    Have a good day! I am about to eat dinner and wanted to say hi and emoticon emoticon

    10 days ago
  • v NEW-CAZ
    You had a good time and that's what counts, you'll deal with the fallout emoticon

    HI Sonia
    Hissing it down here, glad I have that stationary bike to burn off some excess energy...yes I finally have my MOJO back!! Wasn't down in the dumps per say but I WAS going through the motions getting workouts done. Actually enjoyed it this morning emoticon emoticon
    I think I've been secretly worried I'd damage my poor old arthritic joints and pay dearly but .........as the guy who jumped out the skyscraper said as he passed the 9th floor........SO far so good emoticon

    I see you've been active too today on your feed emoticon emoticon

    gotta go " stuff" to do, emoticon emoticon
    11 days ago
  • v 1ZIPPYC
    Thanks Sonia....glad you liked that sunset...it was so gorgeous...couldn't take enough photos of it. Hated to not go over there tonight, but all the bands were cancelled due to bad weather and higher winds. I feel so tired tonight, so does Bob, so spending the evening home watching movies. So I guess we are tune, low energy this weekend! I could have done better last night, had a good walk, but have done longer ones before. We went to our fave Thai restaurant for a late lunch...so good! Do you like Pad Thai? emoticon One of our faves there! They just told us they are going to go to Thailand (visit family) for a few weeks in July and go to Japan on the way back for another week. I said good for you, bad for us--no good Thai food for a month! emoticon We have gone there for about 5 years probably every week or so and they know us by name. Really, really nice people! Stay strong..... emoticon
    Later gator, Big emoticon

    12 days ago
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