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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.

My Program:
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"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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2/3/2015 6:12:50 AM

emoticon Sonia
Great minds think alike, I've just had my walk emoticon emoticon but flippin' eck it was cold!!!

How's the room coming on?
Meant to ask when Gareth's next interview is...so I can plan crossing everything again INDOORS emoticon emoticon
I'm in a surprisingly good mood considering the ole brain went into overdrive last night and no sleep til gone 2am. Pete has been talking about decorating again, the bathroom project, and in my head I was choosing tiles/blinds/colours....whether to have a storage unit for loo rolls/towels.
Not content with that I moved on to what to do with the hallway, our ensuite, what desk to put in the lounge to house the computers.................................
..........I kept telling my brain to shut the *&(^ up and let me sleep, but she wasn't having it emoticon
Tried all the "tricks".............but NO! Finally drifted off through exhaustion I reckon emoticon

Anyway what energy I have will be used now on a thorough clean through........then I'll crash out.

Good luck with the decoration- dying to see some pics???????
Luv ya
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2/2/2015 9:30:42 AM

emoticon to Gareth..good luck for the next round!! emoticon



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2/2/2015 3:43:34 AM

Hi Sonia
Bitterly cold here too minus 2!!!!
Waiting for it to warm up before I wrap up and dare to venture out.
Good luck with your decorating today, would love to know the colour scheme (and maybe email some pics?).
All best wishes for Gareth, everything will be crossed..............I shall look silly when I'm walking along the promenade but hey...........anything for a friend emoticon

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2/1/2015 7:18:26 AM

emoticon honest..HAIR CUTTING was NOT a euphemism emoticon




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2/1/2015 3:18:32 AM

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Hope you're remembering to eat in-between the plastering and whatever else you're turning your hand to.

The weather is horrendous here. 0.3 degrees, hissing it down and windy like you would not believe, I swear one of my conifers may have to be dug up..........it's leaning over so far now! emoticon

Anyway...pace yourself emoticon emoticon



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