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Defining moment

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

I have made such slow progress here – I am not consistent by nature – blown by the wind in directions that I shouldn’t really go, in so many respects and therefore not getting results I wish for. I am often ashamed not to do better – here on Spark and in other ways too. Fun is always my overriding motive and I don’t find it easy to reign in my wish to eat (not unhealthily – just too much) drink good wine (almost always more than I intend) in company. I need to convince myself - REALLY convince myself - that lighter, fitter and healthier is also fun. I am starting this New Year with the intention of doing much better – it won’t be perfect but I have joined the South Beach Team and the Boot Camp in the hopes that I will entrench myself in some new habits and find some solid consistency.

My Christmas was a bit of a disaster – following a weight gain at the end of the year, so I reset my ticker NINE POUNDS higher (!!!) Then my grandchildren came to visit and what a workout that was! Apart from the obvious energy needed for visitors and young children in particular, my 5-year old grandson took a very large box that had contained a present, drew wheels on the side and a steering wheel on the inside of the front flap and pushed his young brother up and down my extremely long hall making ‘vroom- vroom’ noises until he decided that they should both be in the ‘car’. “Come on Granny – push us” he shouted – obviously I did that but he turned round to ask his Daddy to take over: “he’s a better engine than you are Granny – you’re not fast enough!” Uh-oh – there’s motivation to get on with this thing!! The truly defining moment came when he looked me up and down and turned round and shouted to his father ‘Gran’ma’s a bit big and fat you know’ Out of the mouths of babes! I don’t know who was more horrified – me or my son!

So I committed to the South Beach Team and to the 28-Day Boot Camp on January 1st and so far it’s going well. It always amazes me how much brighter I feel if I stay away from refined carbs. Loads more energy and no cravings is my current blissful state. So – doing the Boot Camp workouts and eating carefully – even at my partner’s birthday lunch this week – within the South Beach food plan and so NO-O alcohol. Already I feel less bloated and I’m really banking on seeing the new regime out for the month and moving forward with South Beach principles. Watch this space.

Rather dark I'm afraid but I hope you get the idea.

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KERSTIN814 1/25/2011 10:17AM

    I love your honesty! Too funny. I too had a shock when I started measuring my wine. Who knew there were so many ounces in my wine glass!? I prefer the looser format of Spark People to South Beach. The whole idea here is that the changes you make fit into your life not vice versa. I think having a bit of wine, so long as you account for the calories, just makes life worth living. emoticon

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MEDDYPEDDY 1/25/2011 8:18AM

    I think it´s wonderful that your grandchildren obviously loves you and wants you to do things with them and although you are "too big and fat" that is just a fact, not a judgement, in their eyes. They want more spped!

I don´t mind at all being called fat by small children who has no judgement in their view. It is a fact and it does not change their love... or mine!

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ROSEWCI 1/8/2011 9:13PM

    emoticon Go for it!

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TRENTDREAMER 1/6/2011 6:58PM

    "Uh-oh – there’s motivation to get on with this thing!! The truly defining moment came when he looked me up and down and turned round and shouted to his father ‘Gran’ma’s a bit big and fat you know’ Out of the mouths of babes! I don’t know who was more ..."

* Ouch! They're your grandchildren so I will not speak ill of them but to say I hope that Daddy "inspires" an honest apology out of them to you.

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Best of fortune to you and thank you for your friendship. :)

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DOWNTOWNJEN 1/5/2011 6:20PM

    Out of the mouth of babes indeed! Keep it up! When you feel strong enough, add back in the "good stuff" (wine) so you don't feel deprived and give up. My "good stuff" is dark chocolate infused with chilies - I make sure I have room in my day to eat one quarter-sized piece. And I make it last 15 to 20 mins or longer. Some days I forget to eat it but I know it's always planned for and available. Feels pretty good!

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APPLEADAY2010 1/5/2011 6:45AM

    Your grandchildren are so cute! Well done on joining the boot camp and south beach team - I think I will look into those too. I think it would be impossible to be a spark hero everyday but what makes us great is the fact that we do come back and keep trying. We will get there and hopefully have some fun along the way. Well done for resetting your trackers too - that's my next task :-) xx emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 1/5/2011 6:36AM

    You're doing great Sonia, you've found your motivation and something that suits you- a sure fire success recipe.
I wish you luck this year getting fit and healthy and feeling amazing and if you need the occasional emoticon you know where to find it emoticon

You've made an emoticon starrt! Stick with it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Sunday, December 26, 2010

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APPLEADAY2010 1/5/2011 6:46AM

    haha this made me laugh - I was exactly the same! xx

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NPDSLEUTH 12/29/2010 10:54PM

    come on now -- The sooner you get back on, the better you'll feel. And it's NEVER too late!

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DOWNTOWNJEN 12/27/2010 8:45AM

    See that wagon? Get back on it, young lady! LOL!

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NEW-CAZ 12/27/2010 2:58AM

    I should think you're in the same boat as many Sparkers Sonia.
No worries, it is Crimbo, just get back on track after all your partying's done. emoticon

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TWOTIMESS 12/27/2010 1:47AM

It doesn't matter! As long as you've had a good time!

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Christmas - happy after all

Friday, December 24, 2010

Never thought I'd be as free to enjoy a happy Christmas time in my own home this year but my DIL - with true Scottish grit - has pulled herself back from the edge of a nervous breakdown and is determined that she will be the one who makes a good Christmas for her little boys and for my son. I am full of admiration for her - she's been having a really bad time

My partner spent all day in the hospital yesterday and although he has to wait for the final report until after Christmas he has been told informally that the worst that can happen is that they will put a stent into one of his arteries – so basically all’s well.

For the moment I’m happy that everyone is OK and that we’re all in our own homes with our own families for Christmas.

Happy Christmas everyone - have a great time

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TRENTDREAMER 12/24/2010 2:25PM

    Merry Christmas to you as well. Thank you for your friendship this year. I really appreciate it.

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ROSEWCI 12/24/2010 8:53AM

    emoticon that all is well for the moment!
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TWOTIMESS 12/24/2010 4:01AM

Peace on earth to you and your family, Sonia.

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DALEJR_FAN_TINA 12/24/2010 3:44AM

    Thank God all is well. Have a Merry Christmas!

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TENACIOUSTRISH 12/24/2010 3:43AM

    emoticonHappy Holidays and many blessings being sent your way!

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NEW-CAZ 12/24/2010 3:36AM

    Sonia that is BRILLIANT news. I am so happy for all your family, now you can relax and enjoy the Crimbo.
I am so relieved for you all you don't know! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Well . . .

Thursday, December 23, 2010

. . . I wasn't expecting to be back home before Christmas but DIL seems to be on the mend and in any case I have to take my partner to the hospital for a day of testing his heart function. My son is 'working from home' until after Christmas though I'm not sure how much work he'll actually get done with two energetic little boys running around emoticon emoticon Seemed like four - or even six to me!!

Thank you all for your goodies and supportive messages - I will get round to personal thanks but wanted everyone to know how grateful I am.

Right now I have to go off to the hospital and then do some final Christmas shopping. See you all later.

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DOWNTOWNJEN 12/23/2010 10:46AM

    Peace and Joy for you and your loved ones. I laughed at your description of the two boys - I can see it in my mind!

Merry Christmas!

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NEW-CAZ 12/23/2010 3:58AM

    Morning Sonia nice to see things have calmed down a bit now, hopefully you and your partner can have a peaceful and joyful Crimbo.
Hope all goes well at the hospital today, I shall be thinking about you both.

Lovely to see you posting, take care babes
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TWOTIMESS 12/23/2010 3:38AM

So glad eveything is more or less back to normal again. Glad to have you back.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

I feel I've been neglecting most of my Spark friends recently and I can't see that changing before next year. I have too much to do - and too many family problems - to give much time here at the moment. I regret that and I hope everyone will forgive me. .

I wish you all a Happy Christmas and New Year - have a great time - see you after - I hope. emoticon emoticon

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ROSEWCI 12/22/2010 7:19AM

    I hope all problems resolve soon! Until then, you take care of what you need to & don't worry! We'll all be here for you when you return! Until then...

Take special care! emoticon Rose

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APPLEADAY2010 12/15/2010 11:53AM

    Sending hugs and defo no apologies needed. xxxxxxxxxx

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NEW-CAZ 12/14/2010 10:37AM

    Apologies aren't necessary Sonia, it's hard juggling everything and I know how busy you've been hun.
We'll all be hear as and when you can touch base or if you need us.
Have an amazing Crimbo and New Year with your family and friends.
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LKWQUILTER 12/14/2010 9:54AM

    That is all right. I feel that everyone knows that life happens and we can't always have "computer time." Take care of yourself and try to stay on track.

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THEWINNER33 12/14/2010 9:19AM

    Have a Blessed Christmas. I will miss you but I will be here for you when you return in the New Year. Blessings, Peace to you and yours. Hugs, Marcia emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MANDERSON19 12/14/2010 9:07AM

    You DO NOT have to feel bad about neglecting anything here! Your SparkFriends will be here for you any time you need us. I do hope for your sake that everyone can get their issues worked out and that you can enjoy a very Merry Christmas!
With Love and Blessings,

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TWOTIMESS 12/14/2010 9:06AM

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We all understand. You do what you have to do... we'll be here, waiting for you!

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CIVIAV 12/14/2010 9:05AM

    You know there are times when this happens and you can come to Spark People if you need something. We have big shoulders and from your note I can see you will return the favor.

Come here when you need the strength for what you are living. It doesn't tend to be that time of the year!


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