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Hi I'm Martha-Ann.
I WILL endeavour to reach the goal I've set myself.
I CAN do it.
I want to be healthier and eat better.
I've had a few health problems, still a couple of quite biggies left, but I've beaten cancer and now I'm just getting on with life.

I love SparkPeople.
It has everything I could ask for.
Good advice, great ideas but most of all friendship.
The people I've met through this site are wonderful and are helping me towards a better, healthier way of life.

This is a Sanskrit proverb by the fifth century poet Kalidasa, it seems to sum things up perfectly.

Salutation to the Dawn.

Listen to the Salutation of the Dawn!
Look to this day,
For it is life,
The very life of life.
In its brief course lie all
The realities and verities of existence.

The bliss of growth,
The splendour of action,
The glory of power...

For yesterday is but a dream,
And tomorrow is only a vision.
But today, well lived,
Makes every yesterday a dream of happiness,
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.

Look well, therefore, to this day.
Such is the salutation of the dawn!

Member Since: 7/16/2006

My Goals:
I want to feel more confident about myself.

I want to be as fit and healthy as I can.

I want to live to see my grandchildren (and possibly their children) grow up and be healthy and fit enough to enjoy them.

I want to work on small goals of 10lbs and give myself a small reward everytime I hit one.

I want to see a 'new' me!!

My Program:
Daily exercising, going for long walks, gardening.

Eating healthily.
It is not a diet, it's a healthy eating programme.
It's a way of life and it's going to be MY way of life for the rest of MY life!

Personal Information:
I'm from Yorkshire, England...we call it 'God's Own Country'.

I live in a small village in the country but am only a few miles from the sea so I have the best of both worlds.

I'm 70 years young.

My DH and I have been happily married for 46 years.

I'm a wife, mother, grandma, nana, sister, niece, cousin, aunt and great aunt.

I'm retired from primary education, l had to take early retirement due to illness and after a long struggle l'm now cancer free and back to being part of my community again.
I decided to lose weight and get healthy and am now working towards that goal.
l've been diagnosed with a deteriorating spine due to spondylolisthesis and spinal stenosis (arthritis of the spine) which is a bit of a challenge but l will conquer it.
l also have psoriasis, Morton's neuroma and osteoarthritis in the middle toes of both feet, right ankle and knee, left shoulder and both wrists and thumbs plus gout in my toes and ankle...taken together the

Other Information:
My hobbies are very varied, everything from puzzles to zentangles, reading to gardening, walking to birdwatching, writing to photography.
I love language too, the nuances and foibles, so I enjoy dabbling with writing and son once called me a wordsmith...I wish I lived up to it!

You're welcome to browse my photos on

And read my poems and prose on

Just 'google' me or you can find the links under any of my team posts.

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  • v XME501
    Well, it has cooled down some - and, of course, Geoff is really enjoying it!!
    I got back out a couple of sweatshirts.

    This is Memorial Day weekend - so am just "taking the day off" - reading, some knitting, a bit of gardening - and may even cook something - or not!! hee hee

    Tuesday is Geoff's birthday - and there is an angel food cake mix in the cupboard and frozen strawberries in the freezer for him. Will bake the cake tomorrow and he will put the berries in the fridge - and then Tuesday he will "pig out"!!

    Have a good weekend!
    264 days ago
  • v XME501
    So good to hear from you - and pray you are doing better! I am not feeling so good right now - am thinking I have been dehydrated -- just do not drink enough water. But, now have tea and Gatorade in the fridge. So hoping that will help

    It is warming up here - into the 80s - I like the warmer weather, but son, Geoff, has a hard time with the heat. He is already "complaining" about the heat!!

    I did find the first of the Wesley Peterson books and now have it on my Kindle Have just started it - so will let you know how it goes - like it so far.

    And we do not have cable tv - so just saw a bit of the royal wedding on youtube. Beautiful!! What a blessed day!

    Love always,

    267 days ago
    I have another friend who lives in the UK. Sounds like a dreary winter. Sure hope the Sun comes out and stays that way! emoticon
    307 days ago
  • v XME501
    Just stopping by to see how you are doing. It's been a while. Don't know where the days have gone.

    We had a nice Easter at my daughter's home. Had planned to bbq but was a bit too windy. So just grilled the hotdogs in the oven and she fixed a wonderful potato salad (one of my weaknesses). Then we all played a game of Aggravation - and it was War for the start!! So much fun.

    It is overcast and gloomy here today, but i do want to do a bit of weeding. Need to get started.

    Am knitting a silk scarf for the daughter of a friend who is getting married in October. And, of course, always have a pair of socks on my needles. These will be for me for next winter - part wool as my feet are always cold.

    Pray you and your husband are doing well!!
    Take care,
    314 days ago
  • v XME501
    we have a bit of blue sky this morning - but more snow in the forecast. Will see!!

    My blood pressure went up again so am back on BP meds. Still a bit higher than I would like, but I do feel better. And have lots more energy - now to put it to use!!

    This afternoon will be meeting with knitting friends again. We do have such a good time. Such a fun group.

    Hope you are having a good day.

    354 days ago
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