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Me sitting on my porch swing enjoying the fall coolness!




Me before my End Stage Renal Disease.




Me (232 lbs. my highest weight) at dialysis, my face all blown up from Prednisone! Yuck!


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UPDATE: 11/11/13. I NOW WEIGH 159. THAT GIVES ME A TOTAL WEIGHT "ELIMINATION" OF 73 LBS! YEAH! 12 AWAY FROM GOAL WEIGHT OF 147. UPDATE: I NOW WEIGH 167 LBS. WHICH GIVES ME A 65 LB. WEIGHT LOSS SINCE BEGINNING SPARK. I'D LIKE TO LOSE ABOUT 20 MORE LBS. EVENTUALLY. EATING HEALTHIER REALLY HELPS. CAN'T EXERCISE BECAUSE OF MY HEALTH ISSUES.

UPDATE: 08/02/11 - I have now lost a total of 47 lbs. since starting Spark. I feel so much better & am about as happy as I can be!

04/04/2011 - I have now lost enough weight to be on the transplant list. I've been on it for over a year now. They encourage me to continue losing weight & I am working on that. My friends on Spark inspire me & I couldn't make this journey without them & their loving support. Thank you for reading this & thank you for being a friend!

Update: I've joined "Marla's Miracle Challenge" on my Movin' It Team to lose 50 more lbs. to get a kidney transplant. I challenge everyone to join me on this journey together!

I'm 55 years old & need to lose some weight to get a kidney transplant. With God's help I will do this. I have End Stage Renal Disease (kidney failure). I'm married to a wonderful man (Kevin) & have 3 grown kids (Bill, Kevin & Dana) ...5 beautiful grandchildren, ( Jessie, Autumn, Lily, Will & new baby grandson Landry ). I have a wonderful, huge extended family mostly all living in my hometown. I've lived here all my life & love the Ohio Valley. I'm only 4'11" & my hubby Kevin is 6'3"! I'm eager to make & meet new friends online. I have so many wonderful friends already at SP... I love you all!





Dear Lord,

Please look after us all as we begin a new week. Put Your arms of Love around all who are hurting. I trust you'll watch over us all. Guide us as we strive to make healthy choices to nourish our bodies. Show us the ways to become as strong physically as we can be. Lord, grant us and those we love health in every aspect of our lives. Restore physical health to those of us weakened with illness, peace to those troubled with worry, and comfort to those discouraged with problems. Help us find, through our faith and trust in You, and our love for one another, the courage to overcome any health challenges we may face now or in the future. Cover each of my teammates and their families with Your Grace, Goodness and Your Love. I ask this in Jesus' Precious name. Amen.

GOD GRANT ME THE SERENITY...
TO EXCEPT THE THINGS I CANNOT CHANGE...
COURAGE TO CHANGE THE THINGS I CAN...
AND WISDOM TO KNOW THE DIFFERENCE...











Member Since: 8/29/2007

Fitness Minutes: 44,107

My Goals:
My goal is to get healthier & to get a kidney transplant.


My Program:
I'm eating healthier, making much better choices now. I can't eat lots of fruit & veggies or drink over 32 oz. of water a day as my Renal Diet allows.

It's a struggle. But I'm really trying hard. I try to work out on my Wii Fit when I can. I tried walking but my back hurts too bad anymore. A lot of days I just rest because I'm tired from Dialysis.



Personal Information:
My name is Marla. I live in Ohio. I did data entry work for 19 years (steady midnight shift) before I had to quit because of kidney failure. My email address is marlafromohio@yahoo.com. I'd love to hear from you. Feel free to email me anytime!


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I love fall! The leaves are so beautiful here in the Ohio Valley. I love snow but not driving in it. I love yard sales, flea markets. I like to watch Paula Deen & I'm a huge Andy Griffith fan.




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  • v YOYONOMORE1
    Marla will be praying for your niece that all goes well. I love your picture of the tiger. Can you believe it'll soon be fall, summer sure did fly by.

    Hugs,
    Shirl
    1418 days ago
  • v MOMMA_BEAR_69
    Hi Marla, I am just stopping by to say hi and let you know that my brain surgery went well. I was so impressed when the surgeon asked if I minded if he prayed for and with me...and what a prayer that was as he asked God to guide his hands during my surgery!!! Very impressive if I say so!!! I am doing quite well in recovering even if my brain feels like its a spin salad. The days are a bit confused but I am working it out. I guess I have been confused on what day of the week it actually is. Hoping to go to Ohio and visit with my dear sister sometime tomorrow. Gotta keep that motor home moving. LOL!!! Hope the kids are ready to go back to school. Did they start back last week already? Thinking of you, dear friend and praying for you daily. Praise the Lord for bringing you into my life!!!
    Blessings, love and hugs, dear friend,
    Helen
    1431 days ago
  • v SUNRISEBEAUTY
    Marla~ I am so touched and inspired by your tenacity and faith. I will be praying for you and hope you will for me as well. While my situation is not as severe health-wise as yours, It certainly could be if I can't drop the weight. I know how you feel with the prednezone thing. I have currently had 2 different cotezone shots in my knee and in my back, and consequently have gained 20 more pounds in just over 2 months! I hate it and have decided I have to turn my life around. With God's mercy and the help and support and inspiration of friends like you, I will do this!! Stay strong! Stay in the WORD and be good to yourself. Your new friend, Dawn
    1432 days ago
  • v YOYONOMORE1
    Just stopping by to say hi and hope things are ok for you.Keeping you in my prayers and thoughts.

    Hugs,
    Shirl
    1443 days ago
  • v POLLY20
    My Marla,Our lives _ave been connected in so many way~You let me learn a lot from you~You are a Beautiful person & I love every one of your lifes lessons you lend us every day~
    Love You & Always Kee_in_ you by my side~xox
    1466 days ago
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