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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: 115,203

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 1ZIPPYC
    Did you read my last two goodie notes? I didn't want you to think I forgot about you. Sometimes ones on here don't get notified when a goodie is sent and they don't see it. I am feeling a bit better. It goes up and down with me this past couple weeks. I have been here before with bad allergies and coughing (asthma) so I had to drag out my rescue inhaler a few times recently. Had such a bad headache last night-was in bed for 12 hours...not much sparking at all. Maybe I just overdid it the other day, and got the headache from that.
    Anyway, no pressure, just wanted you to know I was thinking about you. emoticon
    61 days ago
  • v NEW-CAZ
    Hi ya

    Thanks for the goodie; much better!!
    Have to be brief this morning as hoping to go collect a second hand Dyson for spare parts. (on Ebay £1,20.bargain) but DH fell and hurt his ankle badly last night so he's hoping he can drive........I have my doubts. Will see what he's like when he's up and moving.
    Have a good one babe emoticon
    62 days ago
  • v NEW-CAZ
    Hi Sonia
    just got your message and glad to hear things are changing for you even marginally, def time for you to enjoy life a bit more me thinks. Amazing how his legs work when he needs them to........convenient mobility must be like convenient deafness emoticon
    Got most of the "stuff" done already...........I am so attuned to simplifying thinks I can whizz through now...........scary huh emoticon
    Looks like the clouds are coming over so it''ll be a read this arvo while DH is painting the lounge skirting boards. We kept looking at a tatty section and it's led to him sanding down the whole lot and painting. Looks like the last owner wallpapered before doing the boards and it's meant the paint didn't adhere properly (wallpaper paste not cleaned off enough!!). He's having to be extra careful so as not to ruin the wallpaper or it'll mean that will have to be replaced. NNNNNNNNNNNoooooo, not decorating emoticon emoticon

    sleeping better for sure, thanks for asking.
    Just wondering if G has got a "gig" this weekend you can go to emoticon

    Well must away and get lunch....living the dream emoticon

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    64 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/22/2017 8:16:08 AM
  • v NEW-CAZ
    Glad you're enjoying the music Sonia, feeds the soul for the day huh? emoticon

    Free Leckie day starts at 9am ..........better get a wiggle on.
    Enjoy your weekend babe emoticon
    64 days ago
  • v NEW-CAZ
    good to see you've been out for a walk today and taking in the evening sun..............ans Robbie emoticon emoticon

    Nighty night hun, I'm crashing out on the sofa til I;m sleepy then off to my pit! emoticon emoticon
    66 days ago
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