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My name is Brenda. I am 56 yrs. young! My husband Ron and I have been married 37yrs. We were high school sweet hearts and got married two weeks after I graduated. We have two children. Andrew 32 yrs. graduated with his Master Degree in Workforce Education from Southern IL University at Carbondale. Kristin 30yrs. graduated from Illinois State University and is a Special Education teacher. I've been a Home Daycare Provider for the past 36yrs. My husband is a farmer. I have struggled with my weight my entire life. I have tried every diet and read so my weight loss books. I joined a weight loss group called TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) in 1999. It took me two years to lose 145Ibs. I still attend TOPS meetings weekly. I need the group support and need the weekly weigh in. I eat a low fat diet with lots of fruits and vegetables. I eat lean protein mainly chicken or pork. I exercise twice a day when possible. I love to walk outside and ride my bike. I joined a Fitness Center four years ago. I try to lift weights 2 to 3 days a week. I use the treadmill, elliptical trainer, and ride an exericse bike. I'm trying to train to run in a 5k race. I had maintained my weight until January 2009. I had Abdominal Plastic surgery to have my excess stomach skin removed. I've had many very painful sores and infections on my abdomin due to all my extra skin folds from the weight loss. This surgery was very tramatic. I lived in a lazyboy recliner for three months. I could not lie in a bed for over three weeks. I could not do anytype of exercise for 3 months after my surgery. I just about went crazy with no physical activity. I watched every bite of food that I ate. I gained about 15Ibs. and have only lost about 5Ibs. since I started exercising again. It's been so frustrating that I'm having such a hard time getting the extra pounds off. When I went in for my physical my physcians assistant told me about Sparkpeople. I'm learning my way around the site and love it! I hope this site can help me get my extra pounds off. Wish me luck!!!

Member Since: 9/8/2009

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My Goals:
To lose 15Ibs.
Drink more water and less Diet Coke
Do Cardio Exercises 30 to 60 minutes daily.
Weight train 2 to 3 days per week
Train to run a 5k race next spring.

My Program:
Eat a low fat diet full of fruits and vegetables. Watch my calories following my Spark Nutrition tracker guidelines. I am very active and workout 7 days a week.

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My name is Brenda Falk. I live in Central IL. I lost 145IBS. after joining a weight loss group called TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) in l998.

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I love to read magazines and books. Enjoy hiking and bike riding. We love to visit our son at SIU in Carbondale. Southern IL has awesome parks and beautiful Wine Trails.

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    emoticon emoticon We can do this. Just keep on keeping on.
    13 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/8/2018 11:34:10 AM
    “The greatest revolution of our generation is the discovery that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.”-William James

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    15 days ago
    Thank you for taking time to read and comment on my blog.

    I completely understand about total knee replacement. I've had two surgeries on my right leg and six on my left. In 2013 I developed a bone infection in a twelve year old total knee replacement. Had to go twelve weeks with NO knee and be on intravenous antibiotics before they replaced it again along with 16 inches of titanium. The doctor kindly removed some of the excess scar tissue from previous surgeries but it still looks like a butcher had his way with my left leg. I'm just grateful to have a functioning leg even though I still need a rolling walker at times.

    Therapy WILL help. Just keep on keeping on. You can do this!!!
    17 days ago
    Hi Brenda! Happy Thanksgiving to you as well! I am so glad to hear you are going to get some relief soon from your knee pain. I know surgery is scary and recovery time is hard, but knowing you will not feel this level of pain anymore helps to ease some of that stress. I'll be praying for you for a complication-free surgery, smooth recovery, and more joy than your heart can hold by Christmas because you'll be that much farther along in recuperating. Enjoy the weekend and have fun with getting those decorations up! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    57 days ago
    I'm so sorry you're in such pain with your knee. I hope you can get in with a new doctor who will really listen to you and will work with you on getting a knee replacement. This has to feel long the looooongest year for you! I know how much you love to be outdoors and working in your gardens, so my prayer is that you can find a good doctor and can have the surgery sooner rather than later so you are all set for spring next year. Big hugs, my friend! xo emoticon
    99 days ago
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