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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:

"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 its 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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7/11/2015 9:27:03 AM


will keep the emoticon in the fridge...handy. emoticon
Sun lounging morning and now it's clouded over might do a bit in the garden.
Pete's been hoisting boxes into loft and I'll probably do my sorting out up there and just bring down what needs to go. Already jumped on loads of empty boxes for recycling this morning. Progress.........of sorts.
MAN it would be nice to see that spare bedroom become a spare bedroom and not a storage hole!

Enjoy your decorating, makes sense to do it while you can.

Spoke to the fish-counter girl, Debbie in Tesco's, yesterday (remember we have dystonia in common?!) well, turns out she was on holiday in Tunisia in that hotel and unusually for them that day did not venture on to the beach! Stayed by the pool.
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7/10/2015 12:10:31 PM

You're lucky no wet lettuce leaves to hand to spank you with.
As long as you had fun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Glad to hear your friend has been in touch, hope it bears fruit and she can give you some pointers.
Talking of doctors,,,,,,,,,,,,,both John and Vicki are impressed with doc seeing to John at the moment at the same practice as ours and have appt next Tuesdsay- they are both changing to him!!!

Not going to beat you up, you'll do enough of that yourself LOL

Get some water down you and a good night's rest........tomorrow is another day. emoticon

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7/9/2015 7:34:31 AM

Good Morning to you too Sonia
I log my walks before I go out!
1 as motivation (hate the thought of deleting it..smacks of failure LOL, and ...........
2 ...well the brain cells ain't what they used to be and I'd hate to forget to log!
Hope you enjoy your walkabout too.
Good that you had a great practice, same here, just a shame that we clash with the personalities of the GP or that they have lousy bedside manner......or just aren't capable of filling us with confidence huh?? Vicki's in the same boat, same practice as ours, and she LOATHES her quack (doesn't listen yada yada) but fears if she asks to go on someone else's list he'll bad mouth her and her treatment there might suffer. I said as he's a man just say you'd prefer a woman for more intimate matters and he can't be offended by that.......surely. She still hasn't changed emoticon
I am rather pleased that our practice now offers a drop in and wait surgery for people unable to get an appointment. Might stop some idiots loitering in A&E for something that is NOT an accident or an emergency. why can't people comprehend what A&E is for? emoticon emoticon

Don't let the grass grow my friend, soonest sorted, soonest mended (hopefully) emoticon emoticon

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7/8/2015 1:11:21 PM

last message of the day.............a show of an error code could well indicate the need for a new battery........ie another op!
Not the full blown original one, the leads will always be in place- but certainly the battery pack in my chest.
So you can see why I need to keep the "pressure" on.
It'll need replacing in about 3--4 maybe 5 years from now...........at this rate it'll take them til then to sort it emoticon emoticon
Much happier now I've spoken to Jo.

Now............we just need to sort you out. Certainly doesn't sound like he is not up to it!!

See you tomorrow I'll leave you to your evening.
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7/8/2015 10:20:03 AM

emoticon RESULT!!! well, sort of.

Jo rang back from my GP surgey just as I was prepping lunch and said referral was first mentioned on my records in MARCH 2015!!!!!!!!!!! Too long, time for action! could not agree more sweetheat LOL

She's spoken to Nita ( joint secretary for both Dr Lee -botox and Dr Adam...guy I'm supposed to be seeing) and she spoke to Dr Adam. He said waiting to hear back about reason for referral and was under the impression Dr Lee was to refer me (eye rolls to the ceiling). emoticon

She said Nita would have to speak to Dr Lee who’s away til 20/7/2015 and get back to me!

Jo said she has a note of this and is confident Nita will follow it up but will check and get back to me but if I want to call on Thursday 20/7 to remind her or Gina (GP's usual secretary)that’s okay. Jo leaving a message for Gina as she was on leave.

It seems I may have to attend the Movement Disorder Clinic at the Norfolk and Norwich ( 40 min car journey) as there is no such clinic at present at the James Paget. That's still better than a 6 hour round trip back to the National.

Have been enthusiastically thanking her for getting to the bottom of it and she said " we don't want to drop the ball now- Nita, Gina and I will keep an eye on it"

We both agreed that consultants, being men, need to learn to communicate emoticon

I shall sleep better tonight- I have total confidence in the admin at the surgery- please Gawd they had better not let me down emoticon

Just thought I'd let you know

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