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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 66 years young.

My DH and I have been happily married for 44 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 polymyalgia rheumatica 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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    I do enjoy where I live. Good to see you back Martha!
    160 days ago
  • v XME501
    We are keeping warm, too. Says we are at 5 degrees now. Still have lots of snow - will post a couple of pictures later. And if it stays cold, this snow will be with us for a while. A friend was stuck in Tri-Cities (about 90 miles from here) for a couple of days because of a pile-up on the freeway.

    Have been doing some baking and sewing. Have started a quilt for Geoff - now waiting for some material I ordered.

    So glad you have been able to get out with friends - I think I am getting "cabin fever". Have talked to my friends but sure miss our times together. Will be so glad when Elaine and I can resume our chats and Bible study. Our DoNut Shop is closed for about 5 weeks - the owner is from Thailand and he and his wife have gone for a visit. Will be glad when they return.

    162 days ago
  • v XME501
    Thank you so much for the beautiful flowers - you know how much I do enjoy them.

    Got up to a bit more snow. Thought we had had enough for this year - but guess not. I did not get my studded tires on - so will probably not be going out. I did stock up the freezer so will have plenty to eat - and our little apartment is warm and cozy.

    Had a good Christmas with family. Granddaughter #2, Jenni, is a first year college student in the Portland area so she was home for holidays. Was so much fun!!

    Am trying to get back on track - but my left leg just does not want to cooperate. I told my son that with all the replacements (knees, hips, etc.) I think I could use a leg replacement. But, he tells me I just need to take my meds and exercise and walk more. Oh, drats!!

    So glad you are back! I have so missed you,
    175 days ago
    Glad you are back! Have been gone myself. Didn't know you had suffered a stroke. So good to see you! Hope this New Year brings you more Winner crowns, sashes and roses. I loved how used to bring home all that Winners loot.
    176 days ago
    Thanks for the goodie. Happy holidays!
    187 days ago
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