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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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    Thanks Martha. Cherokee is so funny. How are you doing? emoticon
    980 days ago
  • v XME501
    Thank you for the explanation about Boxing Day - sounds like it could be a fun and special day. And a good way to help those in need.

    We have a Warming Station here in Pendleton - a place for homeless to be inside overnight when it is freezing outside. They have moved to a larger location this past year so can accommodate more. And, more people are getting more involved - staying there overnight and donating needed items. My friend, Elaine, has volunteered for a number of years. Now she does not stay overnight there, but does the laundry during the day.

    We warmed up a couple of days - but are below freezing again. No snow in the forecast - only cold.!!

    You know how I do love flowers - well, a neighbor gave us an amaryllis this year. It is starting to show a bit of pink - so we will have flowers - well, one anyway! Am thinking that this year I will have flowers on my table more.

    A HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and your family.

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    992 days ago
  • v XME501
    You mentioned Boxing Day - we do not celebrate that day here in the states. How do you and your family celebrate?? I looked it up, but did not say very much about how it is celebrated.

    A neighbor gave us an amaryllis this year and we are closely watching it - and a bit of pink is starting to show. I remember having them when the kiddies were growing up - and they were such fun to watch and they grew quickly and opened into such beautiful flowers. Have not had one in a while so will really enjoy - - - - - - You know how much i do enjoy flowers!!!

    Enjoy the day and do keep in touch,
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    993 days ago
  • v XME501
    Hope you and yours had a Merry Christmas. We did not get to my daughter's because of the snow - so she and her husband came over the day after. We had a little gift exchange and a good visit.

    It has warmed up and the snow is quickly melting. So got to the grocery store this morning. And the sun is out so bright and cheery!! I do love the warmer weather. Is it Spring yet????

    How do you celebrate New Year's Eve? I will probably go to bed early and Geoff will be working on the jigsaw puzzle I got for him.

    994 days ago
  • v XME501
    Thank you so much for the beautiful flowers!! Love them.

    We are having a white Christmas this year. Need to take a few pictures. but, oh, it is so cold outside. Doesn't look like we are going to get above freezing - and more snow is in the forecast. Out little river may freeze over -

    Will be spending Christmas Day at my daughter's - was over there a couple of days ago and her home feels so Christmasy!! Will be fun.

    Pray you and yours have a blessed day.
    Love to a special friend,
    1000 days ago
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