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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: 102,134

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 NEW-CAZ
    Hi Sonia
    thanks for the much needed hug.
    Glad GS is bored.....good sign emoticon

    Have a good weekend hun emoticon emoticon
    26 days ago
    emoticon I'm glad you are back too. I sure hope your grandson makes out ok. That is scary to be bit like that.
    28 days ago
  • v NEW-CAZ
    La'ers emoticon
    29 days ago
  • v 1ZIPPYC
    emoticon You are the emoticon
    Hope you find a really good laptop...I would give up on the repair of that one too! emoticon
    Enjoy your week! We sure had fun at the beach yesterday!! Loved those big waves! emoticon emoticon
    30 days ago
  • v 1ZIPPYC
    Hope your laptop got fixed yesterday! Computers are such a pain sometimes, but we sure depend on them don't we?! You know my Mom and Dad never got to using one and several of my older relatives did either. They would be nice not to have to, but I sure would miss it!
    Going on vacation starting tomorrow, but will be a stay at home with day trips around the state, like usual. Will post pics when we go somewhere. Hope the weather is good for us, although, it is still HOT! Hope all is good with you otherwise...have a good day. emoticon
    34 days ago
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