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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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NEW-CAZ
9/29/2014 10:20:44 AM

Hi ya
We may yet do the rafters anyway so we can "make it useful" up there. Might be an idea to do that while the loft is clear............I feel an Autumn Project formulating emoticon
Lovely that you've ditched 4 pounds emoticon you must be pleased considering all you did to earn it LOL
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TRENTDREAMER
9/28/2014 4:29:12 PM

emoticon Sorry to hear.

You have a good week as well

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NEW-CAZ
9/28/2014 6:35:19 AM

emoticon Sonia,
I was just saying to him this morning- extend the garage space the length of the garden and we'll have half each.

Him for the bikes, me for all the gardening tools and furniture in winter (at the moment the garden shed is a tight squeeze

I feel a project coming on....get him working emoticon emoticon

I hope you're back is in better shape this morning and you had the best sleep.

have a great Sunday babe emoticon

p.s I'm not a biker- stationary bike yes, tandem...nah don't fancy it!



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NEW-CAZ
9/27/2014 12:26:31 PM

emoticon MAN you've earned that hot soak!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon

See you tomorrow after a lie in!!!!!



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TRENTDREAMER
9/27/2014 12:16:08 PM

"for fear of making the any of the above-mentioned potential gaffes."

* Great to hear from you! emoticon emoticon

The platitudes I refer to are the ones that SparkPeople use to deflect addressing negative emotions:
- "Don't beat yourself up" (When a person expresses mild frustration)
- "Tomorrow is another day" (with nothing indicating that it will be)
- "You Can Do it!!!" (When it's crystal clear that the person can't)
- "We all have bad days. Just move on" ("let's not address frustration. It's a 'negative' emotion")

These are the arch-typical dismissive sabotaging/self-sabotaging statements used to make the person feel bad about feeling frustrated with their progress or lack thereof.

**It's not about what's said, it's the spirit and motive in/with which it's said.**
SparkPeople is an extremely safe and fun place to be on when things are going well. I will continue to post victories here for that reason.

As a really good SparkFriend, you should never feel the need to watch what you say when commenting on my blog. If you really feel that I am doing a hatchet job on myself, tell me to stop beating myself up (I likely need to hear it). If I've been doing really well and have demonstrated and expressed confidence in my ability to accomplish my goals, then say "You can do it!" when I'm starting to doubt.

It's the general religious weight-loss culture that I was referring to. I've taken a lot of time to sort SparkPeople out and realize that it is a great place to share victories.

Those are the platitudes of which I speak. All that said, you should never feel the need to walk on egg-shells when talking to a friend.

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