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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: 106,353

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
    How are you fairing this morning babe emoticon emoticon
    1 day ago
  • v NEW-CAZ
    I'll organise something for the 18th (Saturday) as he has his 1st specialist appt on 13th!

    For a change he could remember that without being reminded.

    Snow is falling hard and fast here and we need to venture over to Beccles today to pick up some Dyson spare parts...........another hobby..........don't ask! emoticon

    Have a good one hun, keep warm if you're out and about, the windchill is making it feel even colder. *yes mum* emoticon emoticon
    4 days ago
  • v NEW-CAZ
    How's the paperwork doing?
    Hey at least you've started it earlier this year- usually it's a last minute panic hunt for all your receipts to get it in on time emoticon
    Is this a "NEW" Sonia I see? emoticon

    Wish it were warm again don't you, need some sun badly,
    How are G and R fairing now?

    Have a good one, whatever you're up to emoticon emoticon
    6 days ago
  • v 1ZIPPYC
    We haven't seen Yuma in a couple weeks or so. You should have seen him today! We were coming around the corner and some people were carrying on in front of him-one woman was running back and forth right beside beside where he was pacing back and forth. It kind of aggravated me! He doesn't deserve childish behavior like that and it makes him nervous! So, it was distracting him and he didn't hear me call him at first. The people were still there, and I called him louder, Yuma, Yuma. He stopped dead in his tracks, head snapped around, he called out to me and RAN over to where we were (about 40 foot down the boardwalk). The people stopped and said why is he running over there! Cracked me up and made me feel soooooo good! He came around the lookout building and was talking and purring and rubbing the fence! Of course, I always tell him what a good boy he is! I even got him to what I call Walkies with me, 3 times up and down the boardwalk back and forth. He will actually turn around when I call him...he wants to pace or go his way and I say come on Yuma. Then he will turn around. I just am so in love with that panther. Lu the Hippo is celebrating his 57th birthday on the 26th. Yuma is also 3 this month, but they wait to celebrate his later, on the day he got there. They have a cake and sing to him 2 times that day. We have been there before...Kids just love him and come from all around. One of the volunteers (retired man) says it is his favorite place in the world. People do come here from all over the world. The manatees are the biggest draw. Really feels good to live so close and can go whenever we want on the park pass.
    Have a good day! emoticon on the weight loss!! Big emoticon
    6 days ago
    Thank you for the goodie - just about any time I get to myself, with no phone calls or emails or anything - that nothing is a big hug to me just now.
    8 days ago
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