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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 spondylolisthesis and spinal stenosis (arthritis of the spine) which is a bit of a challenge but l will conquer it.
l also have Morton's neuroma and together these three make walking and standing difficult but l persevere and don't let them totally wreck everything!

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
    Oh, Martha,
    Thanks so much for the cleaning service - will be so good to have all the cleaning done!!!

    Many years ago, when Dick, my ex-, was still in school, I was doing day care in our home. During that time, our 2nd was born, a son, Greg. So the couples i babysat for got me diaper service for 6 months. Oh, and what a God-send. So convenient. - I even continued it until Greg was out of diapers.

    I may even continue this cleaning service - yesterday evening while I was washing dished, I told Geoff, i am tired of washing dishes - seems like I just put them in the cupboard and they are back in the sink. Now what goes with that?????

    Anyway - have a good day.
    Tons of love your way!!
    200 days ago
  • v XME501
    Still have not cleaned out my pickup - and have put more newspapers in it to take to recycle. Did let them pile up this winter so need to get them out of here.

    It is cool here today - partly cloudy and a bit of sun trying to peek thru. Planning to just stay in. Am knitting a shawl for me for next winter and want to get it finished. It is a fun knit, but is taking longer than I had expected.

    Also am doing some major cleaning in the kitchen. Will do a bit more today - probably just clean off the top of the fridge and freezer. I tend to neglect those two spots.

    Get better!! Am sure your hubby wants you able to take those long walks with him.
    201 days ago
  • v XME501
    I really slept last night - did not even remember my dreams. I got up about 6:30 but it was overcast and dreary - so just went back to bed. Got up about an hour later, have had my shower and breakfast - so am ready for the day. No plans - am thinking I do need to clean out my pickup - so that may be my chore for the day. Also have some newspapers to take to recycle.

    Have a good day - and keep warm.
    205 days ago
  • v XME501
    Just stopped by to see how you are doing. Am thinking the rains have passed - sure hope so - am so ready for summer.

    Met Marilyn this morning - visited and knit together. Then this afternoon mowed a bit out back. I have a small push mower and a very small yard. But the mower is quite dull - thinking about having it sharpened but not sure it would be worth it. The manager here does mow - but not as often as i would like.

    Now gonna get out front and do some weeding - getting ready to plant probably after Mother's Day - will see what the weather does.

    Pray you and your family are will - and enjoying some good weather.
    210 days ago
  • v XME501
    Love the pictures you posted on llickr - especially the sunflower - and all the ducks.
    I need to get my camera out and take some pictures - they won't be as good as yours, but, they will be mine. And it will get me out for a walk.

    It is quiet here this morning - Geoff is still asleep and I will be listening on line to a pastor in the Portland area. They live-stream their Sunday morning services. Have not gone to my own church for a while - not sure why - but just haven't. Really need to start going again.

    Am knitting a shawl for myself for next winter - and am having such fun with it. Will post a picture when I get my camera out and recharged. Am sure it will need to be recharged.

    Have a great day -
    215 days ago
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