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'Purple' Wedding in Istanbul July 2011

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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: 100,413

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 1ZIPPYC
    Hope your weekend proves to be sunny and fun! emoticon
    37 days ago
  • v DEBRAJ61
    Just checking in with you my friend!!! Love that picture of the 12th century church. So beautiful. Hope the painting is going good and gonna want to see pictures of that kitchen when it is done. Have a SPARKling day!!!
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    38 days ago
  • v APPLEADAY2010
    Hey thanks for your comment on my blog. I didn't think you was on here anymore! I only come back last week and am using the app so it's taking a bit of getting used to. Hope all is good with you 😊 xx
    43 days ago
  • v NEW-CAZ
    Hi hun,
    it's doing it's best to be hot......but clouds are ruining it LOL

    Happy painting emoticon
    43 days ago
  • v NEW-CAZ
    glad to hear your shoulder is okay, I was worried you might be pushing your luck!
    Your place will look like a palace when you've done, any private pics gratefully received emoticon

    Sounds like you have the next few days scheduled and organised... what have you done with my Sonia. The Sonia who does things at the last minute in a rush emoticon emoticon kidding!!
    Good to see you stuck into something you clearly relish and has a final result as a reward system.
    Yeah the original op was 8 hours and I took my time coming around- scaring the beejeezus out of him indoors and the surgeon. Now I come around quicker and catch the recovery suite nurses off guard LOL........although I do make a show of myself crying ( didn't do that with the original op..........kept asking for a cuppa, as I recall).
    Anyway, pleased you're getting something you enjoy done!.
    Thanks for the good wishes for Pete, blood test and pee test first then going for the full check up Friday week! Meanwhile he's being an absolute angel as far as eating and exercise is concerneed emoticon

    Peeing down here, UGH,,,,,,,,,,,garden needs it. I see you've looked at the latest pics and enjoyed them. Thanks for the visit babe emoticon

    Better go and catch up on Team GB!! emoticon
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    45 days ago
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