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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: 117,209

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 1ZIPPYC
    So sorry things are going backwards for Gerry....and things are so stressful for you and him. Please take care of yourself during all of this and thanks for thinking of me. Yes, food poisoning again- I think and was so sick for about a couple days. Then it took a couple more days to get back to the swing of the things slowly. I swear I am not going to eat out for awhile anymore. This is the same restaurant that Bob got sick at in GA during our last vacation. One we have went to for years and years! But, you can't really report them, since you never really know what it was or if it was, but it seemed to happen not too long after that.
    Have missed you, but do understand. Big Hugs and Love coming your way...... emoticon xx
    76 days ago
  • v NEW-CAZ
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    84 days ago
  • v 1ZIPPYC
    Thanks for your super nice comment on my blog! I sure hope to not neglect Yuma anymore like we did. I have to get a grip if I want to lose the next 35 pounds! But, like you said, I have gotten this far and nothing is going to stop me! Thanks for your faith in me!

    Hope you don't get too bad of weather from Hurricane Ophelia! It is due to hit Ireland on Monday and England being on the front right quadrant of that storm, you may get it worse with the winds, rain and possible tree damage and power outages. Be prepared. So sick of Hurricanes. There is another system out there near us now, but supposedly will pass us by and keep going north - may not effect land right away anyway. Will be so glad when Nov 30 hits-that is when Hurricane season is over! And then the weather will be cooler! emoticon
    Have a good weekend. Take care. emoticon
    94 days ago
  • v 1ZIPPYC
    emoticon Just wanted to say I am thinking of you. Appreciate seeing your comments on the feed off and on. Hope Gerry is feeling better and better! emoticon
    96 days ago
  • v NEW-CAZ
    I'll risk being risque any day LOL emoticon emoticon
    103 days ago
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