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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 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 69 years young.

My DH and I have been happily married for 45 years.

I'm a wife, mother, grandma, nana, 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 spondylolisthes and spinal arthritis which is a bit of a challenge but l will conquer it.

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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    Beautiful painting of the flowers. Wish I could paint like that. emoticon
    90 days ago
  • v XME501
    Glad you have been out some - i have been mostly in the past couple of days doing some cleaning. Have defrosted the freezer and cleaned out the fridge. Also some extra laundry - the quilts from my bed and all our towels.

    It has really warmed up here - so our A/C has been going - also picked up a new fan for the hallway. I do not mind the heat - but my son does not tolerate very well. He is already wanting Winter to come!!

    Just finished knitting a couple of baby sweaters - one for a shower tomorrow and the other for the gal in our church office. She is not due until October, but wanted to get it done for her.

    We had a quiet 4th of July - Gordon left for Seattle about 10 a.m. so Geoff and I just watched a couple of movies and napped.

    We had a few thunder storms last month - but I think they are passed for now, anyway. I love watching the lightening.

    Have a good weekend,.

    106 days ago
  • v XME501
    Well, made it thru the weekend with son, Gordon. Always fun with him here - he is always on the go and very talkative. We got together with his Dad and with his Sister and her family a couple of times. He left for home yesterday morning -

    Now back to my regular routine - that always falls by the way side when he is here.

    Hoe you and yours are doing well.

    109 days ago
  • v XME501
    Just looked at your picture of the poppies. Love it!!
    We have lots of poppies blooming in our neighborhood this year. Am going to get some an plant in my flower beds. Love the bright yellow colors.

    Had a call from my youngest, Gordon, and he is planning to come over for the 4th. He lives in the Seattle area. He was here last month - so fun when he visits.

    It is warming up here - predicted to be in the 90s - so son, Geoff, will be fussing - he does not do well in the heat. But, I will enjoy it.

    Have a great day!
    119 days ago
  • v XME501
    We had another thunder storm yesterday - quite the show with all the lightening. And then the skies were just aflame in the evening. I had planted some wave petunias , and now they are looking rather bedraggled - but am sure they will survive.

    We have cooled down into the 60s for the weekend - so got a couple of sweatshirts back out. And looks like we may have more rain. But that is good - for now. No plans for the weekend - so am going to look for some new recipes to fix.

    Oh, there comes the sun - so hope i can get out and do a bit of weeding. Have one more spot that needs to be cleaned out - to i can put in more flowers. Not sure what to plant there.

    Have a good weekend.

    134 days ago
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