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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

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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:

"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 NEW-CAZ
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    24 days ago
  • v DEBRAJ61
    Sonia, thanks for your encouraging words always. It has been a rough few months and the last few weeks the worst. Just waiting for the call now to go in for the procedure that will hopefully rid me of this awful thing. Thank you again for all your kindness and for being such a good friend.
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    26 days ago
  • v NEW-CAZ
    *Seems to build up and then subside -*

    YEP! It catches you out.

    Take care hun, I can see your hands are full, glad you got a walk in at least today and breathed some fresh air emoticon emoticon
    26 days ago
  • v 1ZIPPYC
    Hope your partner is doing much better now! Good to see you are out walking. We are sure having a cold snap over here in FL! Brrrrrrrr Can't seem to get warm! Windy and 50's during the day! I think my thyroid must be causing me to feel colder. I bet I will have to take medicine of some sort for it. Going for the test on 14th and 15th. Shouldn't be too big of a deal...just want it over with. Thanks for all your concern and caring. Such a sweet lady. Wishing you a wonderful week ahead. Hope to go see Yuma again this week, if not too cold! Down to the 30's at night! Bet it is making him frisky though! emoticon
    26 days ago
  • v NEW-CAZ
    Thanks hun, will do, in fact I'm just prepping dinner then going back to bed. At least then if I sleep late it's half done and won't take long emoticon emoticon
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    30 days ago
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