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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 1ZIPPYC
    Have a nice weekend! emoticon
    12 days ago
  • v NEW-CAZ
    I overslept and and am playing catch-up........hate that feeling!

    How are YOU doing babes?.............

    It went very well yesterday;the trains were on time, my little battery pack is doing so well no need to see Prof Limousine for 9 months. emoticon
    Pete and I have a £5 bet on when the paperwork confirming the new appt comes through. I said it'll be here by Wednesday and that it will be mid- late February... they work fast so here's hoping I win that fiver LOL

    Take some time to yourself today,sounds like you're rushing emoticon
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    12 days ago
  • v 1ZIPPYC
    How you doing today? I saw you had Chinese take out -why do you think that is bad? As long as it wasn't fried or you had too much, or it had msg in it, We have thai food off and on, which is similar. Mostly veggies and I know it is stir fired, but not deep fried. Avoid the egg rolls and things like that or the appetizers, you should be ok.
    Drum roll........I lost another pound!! emoticon emoticon emoticon Back down to my lowest now, haven't been there since Jan. 1! So, now the harder work begins! I will be so excited to see the next pound and then 2 pounds later the big 100 pounds loss! I will have fireworks displayed on my page on that day! emoticon
    Have a successful day! Keep going! emoticon emoticon
    14 days ago
  • v NEW-CAZ
    No more fainting turns but also no answers despite a battery of tests

    Glad the fainting has stopped but I'm sorry you didn't get to the bottom of the problem.

    Let's just hope they don't return..............feel free to wear out the yoga mat LOL emoticon

    14 days ago
  • v 1ZIPPYC
    What you had a fainting problem? I just saw Caz's comment below! Hope you aren't doing that now!
    I swear I don't know what is going on with this knee, it will feel okay, then I exercise (tonight-35 min.) and it hurts again! The only thing I can think of was I did something to it, trying to do those leg lifts (both) on the chair and some of the other things Denise Austin has on a couple videos...been hurting ever since then. It is paining me from behind the knee, like a tendon issue. Sigh!
    I did the Paul Eugene Latin video tonight and did my leg bike with a video of riding of path in Indonesia and some other chair and stretching. Also, did some yard work this afternoon...was it ever hot (93)...only managed 20 min. pulling weeds! emoticon That didn't help the knee either...so didn't go for a walk.
    I am hoping for some weight loss this week...we will see. I am trying to behave with eats...so far so good! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

    14 days ago
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