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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: 118,709

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 STR458II
    emoticon emoticon emoticon here's to a good week "cheers"!
    51 days ago
  • v BECCABOO127
    Wow! Look at all your exercise minutes! emoticon emoticon

    54 days ago
  • v BECCABOO127
    emoticon glad u joined us! I find these mini challenges to be so much more helpful for me. I get to pick what I do each day!

    55 days ago
  • v NEW-CAZ
    Hi Sonia. welcome back emoticon
    This weather is really challenging isn't it?! 3 inches of snow here although thankfully much has melted away since 6 am when I got up and, yes, fed the dicky birds even though it was -3 here emoticon well they need to eat after all.
    London went well, train wise and appt wise- we were in as soon as we arrived and were out by the original time of the appt! Had a walk around near Liverpool Street Station and headed for the usual eatery, lovely fish and chip dinner, amazing batter (haven't tasted anything so good for ages as our usual chippy is closed for renos).
    Counting ourselves lucky my appt originally set for THIS week was rescheduled to last week- can you imagine getting there and back in this weather?? Great Anglia Abellio have cancelled so many trains to and from Great Yarmouth emoticon

    Pete's got another dental appt later. The implant that original came loose and was mended about a month ago has come out AGAIN. Have a feeling our dentist will refer him to their implant specialist not too far from here. At least she tried to save him money repairing it.
    She did say if it didn't work she'd arrange for her charges to be taken off any bill the implant dentist charges. Great service or what?!!!! emoticon

    Glad you're safe and sound

    How's G doing?
    Have a break ............(have a kit-kat emoticon )

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    56 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/27/2018 7:59:59 AM
    Nice to meet you!! You can always add your fitness minutes after the day is over. I usually track a day after or more. I don't think you earn points for that but it isn't all about points anyway! Great work!
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    56 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/27/2018 7:16:31 AM
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