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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: 100,413

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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    And yes, I am definitely happy with my progress over the past 3 months
    48 days ago
    Thanks for your encouragement on my blog :) emoticon emoticon

    omg, I hate carrots too. I own one of those personal blenders. With it, I either use them in smoothies with high-vitamin C foods (oranges/lemons) or I blend them into pasta sauce.

    Those seem to be the only two foods that burn out the taste.

    You know, I've never tried them together in a smoothie .....#hmmmmmm #wheelsturning

    Tomorrow for breakfast I'm going to try a smoothie consisting of:
    - carrots
    - cucumber
    - spinach
    - coconut water
    - ginger
    (I might add a banana if it's too earthy)

    Either way glad to hear that you are eating carrots and cucumbers

    again emoticon emoticon
    48 days ago
  • v DEBRAJ61
    My running does motivate me, but with an injury it is hard to do what is needed. I love to run and when I went out yesterday morning to do a short run, I couldn't even run one block without being in pain. emoticon I don't know what has caused this to happen to me other than older now than 3 years ago. I think I tried to go to fast back into running. I read that can cause this also. So, I may just have to let myself heal, then get back out but go very slooooow. Work myself up. Devise a new plan. I am going to start a new challenge, or rather, redo the last challenge I did, and hopefully I will get my motivation back in my strength training. Thanks for being there for me!! emoticon

    48 days ago
  • v 1ZIPPYC
    You sound like me lately and throw the internet issues in and can barely get on here. Trying to catch up. Thinking of you and wanted to say emoticon emoticon
    50 days ago
  • v NEW-CAZ
    I'll live emoticon emoticon
    Just going to potter today, in the house and some light gardening if it stays fine, get some fresh air. Hopefully I'll sleep better tonight.
    Last night scared Pete as a couple of times I literally could not breathe!!!
    But I'm here to tell the tale emoticon

    What plans for you today babe emoticon emoticon
    53 days ago
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