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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

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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:
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 Ė itís 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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1SURFWALKER
2/9/2015 3:00:08 PM

emoticon off vacation now, ready to get back at it. WE had one of the best vacations!! Glad to hear Pelicans can be seen in the UK. Just like in the pic of the flamingos you saw, that live in the wildlife park. Researched it and found out they once had a breeding colony in FL, like your Pelicans in London. Not native, but just happened to like it there. But, alas no longer there, but can be seen migrating off and on in the Everglades. Gorgeous birds, just like the pelicans.
Fabulous February--because it is one!! Feeling so much better and just know we are all going to have a great rest of the month!! Hope you are still feeling better! emoticon



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NEW-CAZ
2/5/2015 3:44:22 AM

Hi Sonia
just got your message.Aww bless- overdone it again emoticon
when will we learn LOL
Glad to hear you're feeling brighter- PACE YOURSELF TODAY OR THE WET LETTUCE LEAF WILL BE DEPLOYED *smack* emoticon

Sorry Gareth didn't get it, doesn't mean he wasn't up to it. It just means they did not recognise his talents and there is something FAR better out there for him. Nil desperandum!



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1SURFWALKER
2/4/2015 10:43:40 PM

Isn't that something, never knew there was no pelicans in the UK. Someone also told me they aren't in certain areas of the U.S. either. That is one of the things I love about FL...so many species we can see, including different birds we don't see anywhere else. Do you know that the county we live in is the only place in the world you can swim with the manatees? I just found out when you do, you can only swim next to them...do not touch or you will be fined! Cannot feed either...just like gators...jail time if you are caught feeding the critters. Having such a good time...one of our best vacations! Just checking in with a few tonight. Hope you are feeling better. emoticon



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NEW-CAZ
2/3/2015 2:43:39 PM

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3.30...............hhhhmm collecting the bike around then.
Well, I'll be in the car so crossing EVERYTHING "iS" possible emoticon

GOOD LUCK GARETH!!!! emoticon



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NEW-CAZ
2/3/2015 6:12:50 AM

emoticon Sonia
Great minds think alike, I've just had my walk emoticon emoticon but flippin' eck it was cold!!!

How's the room coming on?
Meant to ask when Gareth's next interview is...so I can plan crossing everything again INDOORS emoticon emoticon
I'm in a surprisingly good mood considering the ole brain went into overdrive last night and no sleep til gone 2am. Pete has been talking about decorating again, the bathroom project, and in my head I was choosing tiles/blinds/colours....whether to have a storage unit for loo rolls/towels.
Not content with that I moved on to what to do with the hallway, our ensuite, what desk to put in the lounge to house the computers.................................
..........I kept telling my brain to shut the *&(^ up and let me sleep, but she wasn't having it emoticon
Tried all the "tricks".............but NO! Finally drifted off through exhaustion I reckon emoticon

Anyway what energy I have will be used now on a thorough clean through........then I'll crash out.

Good luck with the decoration- dying to see some pics???????
Luv ya
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