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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
    emoticon Sonia
    Hope the Birthday brunch went down a storm!

    Talking of storms....no damage here despite 60mph winds last evening. Everything okay there??

    Beautiful morning here, might take a short walk before shopping!

    Have a great weekend hun emoticon emoticon
    18 hours ago
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    emoticon Sonia

    *Didn't know it -*??????????????? emoticon emoticon it's a CLASSIC emoticon

    How are you doing today? gale force winds here, great day for my hair appt emoticon
    1 day ago

    Comment edited on: 2/23/2017 6:47:36 AM
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    3 days ago
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    Hiya back
    SO pleased you have relief from those mouth ulcers!!! I know from Pete's experience how demoralising they can be-so GOOD!!!! I'm glad.
    Glad all are well- it gives you some peace of mind and rest for once, although G's Googling could be detrimental.........gotta know which sites to "trust" with medical knowledge. I totally agree he should get medical advice and a referral but you try telling ANY man he needs to go!!!
    I've had a walk down to Jayjay's this morning before embarking on cleaning- needed some sun in case it clouds over later.
    Going in the garden after lunch for sure- won't do too much but it'll great to tidy a little!

    Hoping something good transpires out of your "non planned" day, a little lunch and vino out somewhere emoticon

    Right. lunch then garden. have a good one babes emoticon emoticon

    3 days ago
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    Hi there Sonia
    I hope you got all your chores done yesterday leaving you time today for a walk. If it's as nice there as it is here you'll LOVE it.
    Getting better daily and getting more done but can feel it in my hips come the evening!
    Debating whether to go back and see the doc in a week or so's time- she said come back if still having problems- as I'm thinking of asking for an xray to see how much worse the damage is in the hip joints themselves ...I can feel the right one grating - yuk!
    But other than that, keeping positive, DH has his last arranged appointment next Tuesday- hoping for a definitive diagnosis then *fingers crossed*

    How's G and the rest of the family.

    Going to get a spot of light gardening done today as rain predicted tomorrow.
    Any plans your end?

    gotta go and get brekkie, speak later
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    3 days ago
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