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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.

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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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TRENTDREAMER
6/8/2014 7:03:07 AM

"AKELAZ is off to get food for a picnic. This day is too beautiful to miss. Have a good Sunday everyone. ((XXX))"
* You as well!



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NEW-CAZ
5/29/2014 12:26:27 PM

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NEW-CAZ
5/29/2014 7:07:35 AM

Hi Sonia
Welcome back. emoticon emoticon
Gardening certainly does burn calories, is great for the legs (bending) and arms (work those biceps) emoticon

Hey I'm a fan of good food! Nowt wrong with good cooking, it's crappy food that's got no nutritional value I'm against............and not working it off -not so much for squeezing into skinny jeans more taking care of heart and body emoticon

Eat drink and be merry, then work your nuts off
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Acutally believe in moderation but had to use the quote!!

You did well to get on with those nuisance neighbours of yours, when I think of all the hassle they've given you emoticon

Unfortunately it's been pissing down here and I've been getting cabin fever. If you see my last but one blog you'll see we missed getting a bargain conservatory suite for £75- just didn't like the shape or colour of the cushions and to make and cover some ourselves.......well, we might as well buy NEW.
Thank heavens for finding Ryan Shannahan (Kettle bell/personal trainer) on You Tube. My new hero!! I am loving his fun way with the bell and come out of my workouts with a huge smile..........I think Pete's worried I'm ENJOYING IT TOO MUCH emoticon emoticon There are some moves that I won't attempt as having tried with a light dumb bell I could feel the shoulder shouting "nah! not doing this". But otherwise I'm finding it challenging and fun. Also incorporating some yoga moves for stretching after. I do some stretching before bed but down dog etc are excellent for after a workout.
Got my injections next Tuesday (another reason for not pushing my luck) and I've felt the familiar and annoying pulling the last few days (who needs a calendar to remind you of a botox appt? LOL).
Yesterday I got back into some genealogy research, such was the weather, and found my paternal father's war records!
We also got our roof TV aeriel sorted- had a local company come as Pete was nervous about getting up there. He tried, bless him! But I could see it was a step too far and said "get someone in, I'd rather pay than have you stuck up there or worse falling because you're so nervous you can't concentrate to work up there" He's too precious to me!!!
Well that's about it! Hope I've not bored you to death LOL

Looks like the weather IS improving.......walkies emoticon

Lovely having you back, and even better- pleased your scales have rewarded you for working off the meals ECA served up!

At least he cooks for you, Pete's not used the stove since we moved in............8 months ago!!!!

Enjoy being back emoticon



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NEW-CAZ
5/21/2014 7:42:19 AM

okay, we'll speek when we can.
Don't forget to vote tomorrow....................boring but gotta be done! emoticon emoticon



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NEW-CAZ
5/20/2014 1:17:50 PM

Evening hun, thanks for the sun, it's been brilliant here all day and I am getting lovely and brown- I swear the sea air is making my tan deeper faster emoticon

Decided as it was clouding over to mow the lawns and just got it done as it started to rain!!! Perfeck timing LOL.

Sorry it's not been so good there, I hope it picks up for 2moro.

Keep that yoga mat handy if not and keep occupied LOL

Just about to start din-dins then going to have a pamper session as zero on the box............what's new? emoticon

Have a good evening emoticon emoticon



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