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Somehow I HAVE to find a way to do this!

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 ...
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.

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Member Since: 9/1/2009

SparkPoints: 100,822

Fitness Minutes: 87,163

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 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.

Other Information:
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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NEW-CAZ
1/16/2016 7:43:08 AM

Hi Sonia
the hip is doing well, don't get me wrong, just wary of jumping up and down with a rope or doing jumping jacks for fear of "jarring it" emoticon
Confidence will come I'm sure.
Enjoy the party, sounds wonderful, just dance a lot after to work it off hahahaa.
I've managed another 30 mins cycling and hoping to DRAG Pete to Jayjay's for a gentle stroll after lunch.

Lovely sun here but freezing cold.
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1ZIPPYC
1/15/2016 3:30:14 PM

As long as you keep moving, that is the important part...yes, I know you do that...so what you do is fine from what I have seen. I don' t really like weights or resistance bands, but they keep going on about how important it is for us as we age. If I do more than 2# I get a headache/neckache. I was up to 8# before my bike accident 2 1/2 years ago, but since then, feel like a weakling...can never get to heavier weights without suffering. So, just one day, one step and weight at a time. Thank you for the nice note and goodie/note. You are always so nice. I am so happy I have helped you....that is what SP and friends are for. Paying it forward! emoticon emoticon emoticon
Have a wonderful weekend, enjoy that sea air! So nice you live right there! We have to go through at least a half hours worth of traffic to get there...you just walk out your door! emoticon



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NEW-CAZ
1/15/2016 11:43:18 AM

HI yer party animal!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Of course, tax thing is a pain, and you're a "last minuter"!!!!
So pleased I don't need to do this, I did years ago when we were renting out and that was bad enough.
Get it done Sonia- don't incur a penalty!!!!!!

Would love to jump rope but I'll not chance it just now if you don't mind....................still getting my confidence back. emoticon

We've had everything today, sun to start with, rain and snow from about 9am onward, hailstones coming back from Sainsbury's......................the four horsemen are due around 8pm emoticon



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NEW-CAZ
1/13/2016 6:31:18 AM

emoticon for trying Sonia, just heard back from coach Jen.........apparently resetting it is no longer and option emoticon



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BECCABOO127
1/12/2016 6:44:07 PM

Hope u had a nice visit with your friend. So sorry to hear she is ill.



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