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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: 114,113

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
    Good to see you lurking on spark pages and leaving comments again Sonia, I love your wit.

    Are you walking with your "group" today - I'll get a beach walk in before Tesco's - back feels a lot easier today.
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    Have a great weekend hun, hope G is still okay and allowing you your freedom emoticon
    18 days ago
  • v 1ZIPPYC
    Good for you getting out there and going for a walk! It is 98 degrees here right now or i would be out there myself! emoticon Glad things are doing better for you two. Keep me posted for sure as time goes on.
    My knee has improved each day after what I did to it, so that is good! I keep up my chair exercise most days, but have slacked off the ST. Not good! Have to get back at that. I may try the resistance bands again with some videos to follow along with.
    Have a great evening and Thursday! You're the emoticon emoticon
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    19 days ago
  • v 1ZIPPYC
    emoticon It always feels good to be back on track. Although my knees are not cooperating right now...I hyper-extended the left one on a stretch I did a few days ago...BAD me. Don't know why I did that, but it happened and have to rest it up more, at least I am not limping, just get really stiff and hard to stretch out the tendon at times now. UGH.
    Always appreciate your pep talks and encouragement! Hope all is good with you two. We've had a lot of rain and no more drought now, so that is good. Take care..... emoticon
    21 days ago
  • v -POOKIE-
    I am really glad my blog inspired you to find ways to help with food banks.
    21 days ago
  • v DEBRAJ61
    Hello my friend!!! How are you doing? I took a break from Spark but I am back now. Missed all my friends on here. Just needed to regroup here at home. Vacation was great and once I got back I just got so busy with other things. I am pain free now for 2 months and they are starting to decrease my meds!! yay!! So far, so good!! So, how has life been treating you? Hope things are going well and we can keep in touch more now that I am back. Take good care.
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    22 days ago
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