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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: 112,908

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
    emoticon again

    *I sat and contemplated the beauty – rushing away from it was definitely not on the cards. *

    I intend to do just that sometime today. Pete's now said he'll "give me a hand" so will finish sooner, then he wants to do more work in the loft (yes that's still a work in progress!!) so I shall take myself off and beach watch and people watch.

    It's only a check up on Thursday so I doubt much to report, but I will. Did you ever get your fainting problem sorted?
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    17 days ago
  • v NEW-CAZ
    emoticon Sonia
    I loved the picture on your feed earlier, I swear I could sense the peacefulness.
    Did you sit and contemplate life's mysteries and just enjoy the moment or was it on the way home from a walk and you were having to rush back?
    I remember well the red sky on the day we travelled up when moving here, it seemed to go on forever and unfortunately was not captured on one of our phones. But I saw it as an omen of good things to come...it was almost scarlet in places and deep purple in others. I haven't forgotten the pleasure it gave me and hope I never will.

    Hope you have a great walk planned today, I'm getting stuff done today, travelling down to London again on Thursday. Very naughty last night.....Chinese take out emoticon emoticon

    Hope all is well with everyone there emoticon emoticon
    17 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/9/2017 3:29:40 AM
  • v 1ZIPPYC
    emoticon I need you too!! It sure makes it easier to have that support - keeps us going! That is why I love SP....wouldn't have been able to do this without it or my spf's over the years! I dusted off the Wii game system tonight...I am going to keep up with that also. It is fun too! Did some bowling, rowing, windsurfing and bicycle race (using the arms)-all really good for upper body strength! I sure do need it! I am going to try new things each day. My knee is somewhat better, not sure about a walk today, but we will see. Have a good day! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    17 days ago
    Thanks so much for your nice comments on my blog! I appreciated it so much! Yes I think I could actually out-hike that ranger in a long distance hike!!! I'm not speedy but I can keep on going
    19 days ago
  • v NEW-CAZ
    enjoy the open houses today!

    p.s meant to say the ST routines Rosemary does I've got off packed, so tend to use them to invent my own. emoticon
    20 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/6/2017 6:05:39 AM
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