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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: 115,203

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
    Thanks Sonia. Glad I went to the Dr. -these meds are helping already! Guess what?! Although it took being sick, but I got to my 100 pound loss! emoticon
    Come see my page...I did put up the fireworks! emoticon
    Write when you can. Hope all is ok? emoticon
    85 days ago
  • v NEW-CAZ

    *breathes sigh of relief* thank God it wasn't anything to serious to be fixed!!
    I didn't get the lawns mowed in the end........rain and plenty of it...tomorrow hopefully before rain that's due around lunch time here.
    Examination on the 13th............ emoticon oohh that's ominous!!! hope all goes well.
    Sickness comes and goes- not saying hello to God on the big white telephone but just an uneasy tummy feeling straight after eating and when I lay down- I know , sleep sitting up then LOL........might just do that tonight if I can't drop off.
    Got the kettle bells done before the walk this morning as DH was late rising.
    He's V.busy painting and refreshing the skirting boards in the lounge and kitchen - looks much fresher already.
    Gotta go finish off dinner,,,,,,,,,,chicken salad!
    Have a good evening babe emoticon emoticon
    87 days ago
  • v NEW-CAZ
    *Love these musical starts to my day. *
    Meeee tooooo.
    I end up boogieing on my Swiss ball while typing away and listening - one day I'll bounce too hard and it'll burst like bubble gum emoticon

    Just had a great walk along the front (I'm late today) needless to say the kids have broken up and were running riot.............so much for serene saunter!!!!
    Got to the Pier Head and the wind was gusting so much I felt my feet lift! emoticon turned back sharpish!

    Hope you get you outing today, looks like rain here now and I was going to do the lawns emoticon hey ho.

    Hope G's getting better, won't be long to his next appt.....or have I got that wrong??!!!

    Anyway enjoy Wednesday Sonia
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    88 days ago
  • v 1ZIPPYC
    Did you read my last two goodie notes? I didn't want you to think I forgot about you. Sometimes ones on here don't get notified when a goodie is sent and they don't see it. I am feeling a bit better. It goes up and down with me this past couple weeks. I have been here before with bad allergies and coughing (asthma) so I had to drag out my rescue inhaler a few times recently. Had such a bad headache last night-was in bed for 12 hours...not much sparking at all. Maybe I just overdid it the other day, and got the headache from that.
    Anyway, no pressure, just wanted you to know I was thinking about you. emoticon
    88 days ago
  • v NEW-CAZ
    Hi ya

    Thanks for the goodie; much better!!
    Have to be brief this morning as hoping to go collect a second hand Dyson for spare parts. (on Ebay £1,20.bargain) but DH fell and hurt his ankle badly last night so he's hoping he can drive........I have my doubts. Will see what he's like when he's up and moving.
    Have a good one babe emoticon
    90 days ago
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