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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

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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 DEBRAJ61
    Sonia my friend, thank you so much for keeping up with me and on my progress with my condition. I am still fighting pain though the treatment is done. I hope it is a case of it has to get worse before it gets better. I hope you and your partner are doing well. Many hugs to you and good wishes. So thankful to have you as a friend. Keep sparking!!!!

    24 days ago
  • v NEW-CAZ
    Hi Sonia
    *Is there any indication of time for recovery? * trying to get another appt to see GP, so watch this space. She did say if no improvement after 2 weeks on the meds to go back, it's almost 3 now but it's proving hard to get an appt.
    I've only every tried Mexican once and spent the following day on the loo TMI sorry!.
    glad to hear your problems are sorted, now spend some time on YOU!!!!

    Happy weekend babe emoticon emoticon
    24 days ago
    Thank you for your sweet comment regarding my shattered wrist blog. I so appreciate you!
    29 days ago
  • v NEW-CAZ
    emoticon Sonia
    Hope the Birthday brunch went down a storm!

    Talking of storms....no damage here despite 60mph winds last evening. Everything okay there??

    Beautiful morning here, might take a short walk before shopping!

    Have a great weekend hun emoticon emoticon
    31 days ago
  • v NEW-CAZ
    emoticon Sonia

    *Didn't know it -*??????????????? emoticon emoticon it's a CLASSIC emoticon

    How are you doing today? gale force winds here, great day for my hair appt emoticon
    32 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/23/2017 6:47:36 AM
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