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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: 112,908

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
    emoticon About to go out for date night...I will be good! emoticon Hope to get in lots of walking this evening! That new core workout I did made me sore...the one on SP...Wow-really didn't realize how bad of shape I really am in the core area! Hope you find the information informative and whether you do any of it, is up to you of course. I was tired last night too, didn't do much sparking. Did about an hour of housework last night, then watched a good movie, went to bed. Have a wonderful weekend! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    22 days ago
  • v NEW-CAZ

    I love Rosemary Conley, rarely do her videos now as no room to manoeuvre but she IS excellent!. emoticon emoticon

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    22 days ago
  • v 1ZIPPYC
    emoticon I just noticed that ending Jack Lalanne lift from the chair at that Denise Austin link I gave you in my sparkmail...Yeah, right! Sorry, no way I can do that...YET. emoticon emoticon There are better Denise Austin core chair exercise on there, so I did one. Hard for me to pull both legs up to my gut, like Coach Nicole and Denise did, but by the end I was able to get about a few inches off the ground with both legs! emoticon emoticon Will keep trying and hopefully it won't pull my back out! emoticon
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    Did 41 min. just now! emoticon
    23 days ago
  • v 1ZIPPYC
    www.sparkpeople.tv/video.asp?id=623 12-Minute Seated Core Workout
    Did you check out the link I gave you in the sparkmail I sent yet? I am going to incorporate all of these in my routine this week. emoticon
    I got my stability ball out too and this will be me too. emoticon
    I don't know about men...I swear most can be eating machines and it doesn't even phase them. Although Bob has cut down quite a bit, and lost weight, he has his moments and it is so frustrating to me! He will start back on the bottle of wine on the weekend and his peanuts and the weight starts coming back on. Glad you are staying off the wine...it has been proven to cause weight gain and from what Caz said, going off it has other benefits! I think it dehydrates a person too. I don't like the stuff myself, makes me feel weird. emoticon Glad you enjoyed seeing famous Yuma. After 2 years of visiting him and working with him, I guess that proved, even to me ( I still cannot get over it each time he does that), he knows us and listens. Thanks for the comment and all your encouragement. I is really appreciated.
    Sending you a goodie next to answer more of your questions. Have a wonderful day my sweet friend. emoticon
    23 days ago
  • v NEW-CAZ
    emoticon Sonia
    don't you just hate when your message is lost in the ether for good, kudos to you for redoing it all, so frustrating.
    So are you going total Alcohol free for a streak or just cutting it down? Either way your innards will thank you for it and your skin- have a friend on here (BEFITSPIRITED - Helene) who had gone alcohol free for over 100 days and you tell even in photos the improvement to her general well-being and her skin was so much clearer- she "radiated" good health.


    As for keeping going with ST etc, yep it takes a while to make a difference but it's got to be worth it huh?!!!!

    Don't forget to vote today!!.

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    23 days ago
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