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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: 97,951

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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    "AKELAZ Sad day as far as I'm concerned."
    * Sorry to hear.
    29 days ago
  • v KDMD98
    Thanks keeping up with me! Have a great day!
    33 days ago
  • v KDAVIS836
    Hey was a little busy but still maintaining. Trying to get back on track this week. Vacation in wisconsin dells next week. Will try out hotel gym. Good luck to you and as always thanks for your support.
    38 days ago
  • v 1ZIPPYC
    emoticon Good to hear from you. Yes, my break is going well. Except for a toothache, which my nice dentist was able to take care of for me right away on Monday. The shots hurt worse than the tooth--- Had to have a filling. Geeze! One thing after another with me these days! emoticon Yes, sure do need a break with everything. It seems when it rains it pours! Or should I say Murphy's Law. Getting some things done at the house, before he gets off work for his 10 days off. Don't want the work piled up on me too much. You know me, I love to check in with you all or post photos. Looking forward to your blog...yes, those photos take time to load. Really appreciate when anyone posts them in blogs or on the feed. Sounds like you had a nice trip. We are planning on a trip to see a lighthouse we haven't seen yet-3 hour drive. Can't wait!
    Found out yesterday after the tropical storm that hit last week, the wildlife park was flooded really bad. Some areas were knee deep...since it is a low right at sea level area. None of the buildings got flooded and all animals and birds were ok. Some trees came down and crashed into some fencing. Took them 2 days to clean up and it was closed for that. Didn't get to see Yuma today...so disappointed. He was in his Air cond. enclosed building, due to yard maintenance in his area. emoticon But, got a nice walk in...despite getting a bit overheated. Had our waters, and I had my neck fan and wet rag, so that helped.
    I am glad you got to walk with your pub dog...that would be fun. I always liked walking my dogs when I had them.
    Well, better get to bed. Wanted to say hi and wish you a nice day. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    39 days ago
  • v DEBRAJ61
    Oh how fun!! And now you have to wait in line to walk him!! That is so funny but so nice that this dog is so loved by many. Gorgeous day here too!! Just got back from my run of 5 miles. Got a bunch of men on top of my house replacing my roof so it is so noisy and the reason I am inside. Don't want to risk getting hit by flying debris!! LOL So my running is going well and I plan to blog here soon. I have so much to catch up on here with Spark with blogging and then arranging a scheduled meet up for the team I co lead. I hope it works out. I think we have at least three of us meeting. You have a fabulous day my dear!!!!
    emoticon emoticon emoticon here I come!!!!
    40 days ago
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