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My name is Brenda. I am 55 yrs. young! My husband Ron and I have been married 36yrs. 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.

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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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    Thanks Brenda for reading my blog and the kind comments. Sure sorry to hear of your troubles, pray for relief soon. Skeeter
    127 days ago
    All Americans need insurance. I'm a nurse and didn't have it at my last job as I was denied it from a pre-existing condition. Insurance companies only want to insure healthy people who won't use their insurance and you can't blame them - total profit. They don't want people like you and me and they should not be able to pick and choose and we we all should have the same access to health care.
    155 days ago
    Merry Christmas to you too!!
    181 days ago
    Hi Brenda,

    Thanks so much for your support! It has been a good year of weight loss, but the past month or so I've been up and down about the same seven pounds or so. So a couple of my losses are really just losses from the gains. LOL But today did show a one-pound loss that is a true loss and the lowest I've been in several years. I even took off my watch before I weighed in just in the hopes of finally seeing that number. LOL Still have a looooong way to go, but I'm thankful for this year.

    I'm so sorry to hear about your knee. =o( I have not heard of rooster comb, but I hope others have and you get some good feedback. I'll say a prayer than these injections work and you get some much needed relief. I have terrible knees and that kind of chronic pain is the worst.

    Big hugs to you, my friend.

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    204 days ago
    Brenda, emoticon for the encouragement on my friend feed. :) Enjoy your weekend!
    244 days ago
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