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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:
Originally my programme was daily exercising, going for long walks and gardening but this has had to change due to illness.
I can't walk far now but I intend to try to keep walking for as long as I can.
I do chair exercises and I still garden, not like I used to, but I won't give up on anything.

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 71 years young.

My DH and I have been happily married for 48 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, it makes walking very difficult at times 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 thu

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
    I am not doing much this weekend -
    Have a friend who is bringing me a couple of Oregon Grape starts Monday - so want to get the spot ready for them.
    And need to plan menus for next week - we eat so much better when I plan.

    How are you and you hubby doing?? Pray you are able to get out and do more. I know you have had a hard year - but hope you will be able to take some of those walks again. You seem to enjoy them so much - and I love all the pictures you post. Thank you for sharing.

    Best wishes and take care!!
    824 days ago
  • v XME501
    I had a good visit with my friend Elaine yesterday - she has been such a blessing in my life.
    And today is overcast and cooler - so will be home most of the day.
    I picked up a couple of books at the library yesterday so will do some reading and need to do a load of laundry. Seems that laundry is never done.

    I planted a few tulip bulbs last fall and they are beginning to peek out.
    And the squirrels are active in the trees behind our apartment - love watching them scamper up and down the branches.

    Have a good day -
    855 days ago
  • v XME501
    It has been a long time! Have missed you. Sorry to hear about your ills - but I know you are a fighter and will make find the best in life. And having a husband who supports you is a blessing.

    I have not been on SparkPeople much recently - but am trying to get back "in the groove"!
    We are out from under the snow and it is warming up - so Spring will soon be here. The crocus are blooming and the other spring flowers are peeking out.

    I have been doing more knitting and a bit of sewing while snowed in - but is time to get out and about. Want to do more walking this summer - I do tend to sit too much.

    Take care - oh, I do enjoy all the pictures you post of flickr - you do have an eye for catching nature in your photos!
    863 days ago
  • 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!
    1159 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,

    1162 days ago
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