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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: 100,551

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 APPLEADAY2010
    Hey thanks for your comment on my blog. I didn't think you was on here anymore! I only come back last week and am using the app so it's taking a bit of getting used to. Hope all is good with you 😊 xx
    47 days ago
  • v NEW-CAZ
    Hi hun,
    it's doing it's best to be hot......but clouds are ruining it LOL

    Happy painting emoticon
    47 days ago
  • v NEW-CAZ
    glad to hear your shoulder is okay, I was worried you might be pushing your luck!
    Your place will look like a palace when you've done, any private pics gratefully received emoticon

    Sounds like you have the next few days scheduled and organised... what have you done with my Sonia. The Sonia who does things at the last minute in a rush emoticon emoticon kidding!!
    Good to see you stuck into something you clearly relish and has a final result as a reward system.
    Yeah the original op was 8 hours and I took my time coming around- scaring the beejeezus out of him indoors and the surgeon. Now I come around quicker and catch the recovery suite nurses off guard LOL........although I do make a show of myself crying ( didn't do that with the original op..........kept asking for a cuppa, as I recall).
    Anyway, pleased you're getting something you enjoy done!.
    Thanks for the good wishes for Pete, blood test and pee test first then going for the full check up Friday week! Meanwhile he's being an absolute angel as far as eating and exercise is concerneed emoticon

    Peeing down here, UGH,,,,,,,,,,,garden needs it. I see you've looked at the latest pics and enjoyed them. Thanks for the visit babe emoticon

    Better go and catch up on Team GB!! emoticon
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    49 days ago
  • v NEW-CAZ
    glad to hear you've got the kitchen done and still ploughing through but at a gentler pace.
    SO Gerry is not a dog lover- that surprises me for some reason! emoticon

    I have a feeling the sweats are connected to a low glucose level- I Googled it!.....dangerous to rely on t'internet but will check with properly with the quack on Friday!!

    Yeah doing REALLY well myself right now, even the eating problem is almost sorted!! emoticon
    Maybe these little stimulators are for everyone to boost their energy levels emoticon ..... kidding, would not wish going through an 8 hour op just to maintain an exercise program

    emoticon if needed but I reckon with all the decorating and yoga you do you're doing more than enough emoticon

    Gotta go and get some gardening done!
    Lovely to hear from you and good to see you back on here emoticon emoticon
    didn't want to interfere with your work flow emoticon
    51 days ago
  • v 1ZIPPYC
    Yeah, going up and downstairs with a dog from the 4th floor would not be easy! I admire that you can even do stairs like that! My darn knees won't allow much of that, let alone 4 flights! Maybe these new glucosamine capsuples will help me! By the way, speaking of that- you have arthritis right-maybe you should look into them. They have worked really quickly for me-less pain and stiffness. Dr. Joel Wallach says they can restore the cartilage and improve arthritis over time. I have never seen a supplement work this fast before. All the Youngevity products we have tried so far are fantastic! The product is called Gluco-gel and we bought it from Amazon, if you want to check it out. He is on Youtube and talks about many ailments and what he has done for people with them. Even helped President Jimmy Carter NOT have to have Knee Replacement with them!!! Beyond Tangy Tangerine is the multi-vitamins we are on.
    Have a fun, productive weekend. Good to hear from you. I know how being busy is, so no worries if you don't check back in right away. I enjoy your status updates thought. Shows you care about us! Thank you. Big emoticon
    55 days ago
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