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My name is Brenda. I am 52 yrs. young! My husband Ron and I have been married 33yrs. We were high school sweet hearts and got married two weeks after I graduated. We have two children. Andrew 29yrs. graduated with his Master Degree in Workforce Education from Southern IL University at Carbondale. Kristin 27yrs. graduated from Illinois State University and is a Special Education teacher. I've been a Home Daycare Provider for the past 33yrs. My husband is a farmer.

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My name is Brenda. I am 52 yrs. young! My husband Ron and I have been married 33yrs. We were high school sweet hearts and got married two weeks after I graduated. We have two children. Andrew 29yrs. graduated with his Master Degree in Workforce Education from Southern IL University at Carbondale. Kristin 27yrs. graduated from Illinois State University and is a Special Education teacher. I've been a Home Daycare Provider for the past 33yrs. 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!!!
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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.

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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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FERRETLOVER1
7/11/2014 8:44:42 AM

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SKINNYPAT62
7/10/2014 12:32:37 PM

Hi, Brenda,

Your baby shower sounds like fun. The pretzels will be so cute. You always have good ideas.
It is a long story but my vacation was not a vacation. I went to Utah to be with my sister and went into atrial fibulation, hospitalized three days for that. I was given coumidin and Lovanox to thin my blood and now have a giant hemotoma in the belly. Out of the hospital for that a few days then back in for anemia. I was so tired I could barely move. My blood pressure was dangerously low. Spent five days in the hospital. Was finally able to get back to Colorado thanks to my wonderful son, his girlfriend who is a nurse, and my husband who had to stay in Utah longer than he planned. I am slowly trying to get my strength back but it has not been fun.
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ZANYGIRL1
7/10/2014 9:23:58 AM

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* *(':. Success is always a work in progress!!!')* *
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Have a great day......don't forget to move that body, it's depending on YOU!!


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WOW, 2 pounds away from goal, THAT'S AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!






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7/9/2014 6:59:40 PM

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My life tomorrow
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-:.... :-:will be the result of my attitudes :*'*:-::-
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.♥.*'and the choices I make today!!.*

Something we should tell ourselves every day!!


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JPONCIN
7/7/2014 9:31:57 AM

Hi Brenda! Happy belated 4th of July! Funny you should mention Paradice because we were just at the Burger Barge a couple weeks ago! We are having a good summer so far, quiet. We took the kids camping and the rest is just going to the pool and doing summer reading. I did graduate, YAY! I'm going to be substitute-teaching this next school year and in the meantime I'm working p-t doing child care at Gold's Gym while people work out.

Congratulations on making your WL goal!!! That is so awesome!!! I am far from my goal. I put on 20 lbs. student teaching over the winter, and my motivation is low. But I'm eating pretty decently and going out on my bike when it's not raining.

I hope you have a great rest of your summer!



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