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My name is Brenda. I am 54 yrs. young! My husband Ron and I have been married 35yrs. We were high school sweet hearts and got married two weeks after I graduated. We have two children. Andrew 30yrs. graduated with his Master Degree in Workforce Education from Southern IL University at Carbondale. Kristin 28yrs. graduated from Illinois State University and is a Special Education teacher. I've been a Home Daycare Provider for the past 34yrs. 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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    “How different our lives are when we really know what is deeply important to us, and keeping that picture in mind, we manage ourselves each day to be and to do what really matters most.” ~Stephen Covey~

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    Even when you've reached your goal, maintaining is a lot of work. Never lose your focus on how far you've come and how badly you want to stay there!

    Hope you're having a great week.

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    130 days ago
    I heard there were pockets that were too wet. The rain is helping my one farms corn emerg, I hope, ground was just too fine a seed bed. Just get ready to rotary hoe then another rain comes. Sure hope you get the beans in soon. Most reading this won't understand what we're talking about. Good luck Brenda.
    137 days ago
    Hi Brenda,
    Thanks so much for the encouragement on the weight loss! I'm recovering from my hysterectomy and haven't felt this good in years. I only have about a week left of the lifting restriction and my doctor should clear me after that.

    It's been a busy Spring so far, but now that surgery is behind me I feel like I can really participate in life again and have some projects lined up -- such as really cleaning out my house and getting rid of stuff. I'm calling it "dump or donate". emoticon

    How are YOU doing? Do you still watch your grandson daily? I bet he is getting so big now! It's hard to believe it's May already, but the weather will continue to get warmer and he'll be playing outside every day for the whole summer. emoticon

    I hope you have an excellent week and keep taking it one day at a time on your journey. You are doing GREAT!!!!!

    Big Hugs,
    Shannon xoxoxo
    146 days ago
    Hi, Brenda,

    Happy Birthday to your daughter! My son is a little older. He is 30, will be 31 in October Time flies. May little Eliana will be one year old on May 24. She is at a cute stage right now. She is always cute!
    I hope all is well with you. We are still having snow and cold. Tired of it, but that is Colorado. At least it doesn't usually stick long!
    Take care. How is little Cohen?

    147 days ago
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    “Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” ~Michael Jordan~

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    Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

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    147 days ago
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