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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:
EXERCISE

"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 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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NEW-CAZ
11/7/2014 3:29:21 AM

HI ya
I know you're away but dropped by to wish you luck.
Hope the resentment to have to go has gone and you're finding some joy in it.
Pissing down here so I think when we did the fireworks last night it was the ideal opportunity between showers. It's expected to be pouring here all over the weekend!

Hope you get some time to yourself for walkies!!

Luv ya
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11/4/2014 10:29:54 PM

Thank you Sonia so much for your super sweet comment on my page and blog. It has not been easy trying to do what is best and keep going back to bad habits. I am really going to be working harder this month on behaving myself and so far the No-No-November is working out. emoticon I have made so many strides and should look more to the positive, like I did lose 6 pounds last month and got back to my all time low!! So, with those setbacks like last week, I may have stumbled, but did not get too derailed. Only gained a pound...so last few days have done really good! Thanks to all the awesome comments and encouragement from all of you!! I have the quote on my page about taking 21 days of working out and eating healthy to become a habit. Just like the ST and exercise. I used to HATE going outside...bugs, sweat, UGH...And I still don't like that, but manage to do it anyway...taking bug repellent and wiping towels and my necklace fans, that blow nice cool air in my face and neck. ST for some reason grew on me...feel good swinging those weights, makes me feel stronger!
So like the quote says below, just put on a smile when you are exercising, laugh, put on some good music and next thing you know...you will love it!!! Having an exercise partner helps too. Or the grandkids. My chiropractor told me yesterday her 5 year old daughter wanted to stretch with her. Too cute...she said why not it will help her to keep doing it. emoticon
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“Enthusiasm is the electricity of life. How do you get it? You act enthusiastic until you make it a habit.”
― Gordon Parks

Here is a link to show you my fave show...Gator Boys..watch as he goes in the water for one.
There are tons of video...amazing guys! They are based in south FL. Now you will see why I love to see the gators so much...this guy even kisses them on the nose when he is done catching them!

www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/gator-boys

Copy and paste to go Best moments season 2 and down the list to Paul saves one angry 11 foot alligator. Enjoy!

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NEW-CAZ
11/3/2014 9:13:32 AM

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I had a walk in dreary overcast skies today but met some interesting people so it perked the morning up. Got a workout in and now doing a batch of speg-bol....some for tonight, the rest I'll freeze in portions!
Wednesdays local weather forecast looks good! emoticon



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NEW-CAZ
11/2/2014 9:33:55 AM

messages recieved and understood LOL

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NEW-CAZ
11/2/2014 6:57:57 AM

Hi Babe
It's pretty darn crappy weatherwise here too!
Windy and dark YUK!
I've battled on and got my walk in though and workout now going chill out.

So....planning a new exercise regime!! emoticon
I mix and match mine according to my mood LOL, have been thinking about getting an exercise bike for Crimbo for when it's truly foul out- but that said I did without one last winter and walked most days..........hmmmm.....will ponder more; if I get one I might not want to venture out then I'd miss all the action at the pier and my almost daily run ins with the locals- great to chat and be nosey LOL

I'm interested to see what you'll come up with for your ST!
Feeling any better about "R"?

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