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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

Fitness Minutes: 159,239

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.



Personal Information:
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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  • v MORTICIAADDAMS
    I hope you don't get it!!! You have to stay healthy!

    I'm doing my best to get well.
    95 days ago
  • v ZANYGIRL1
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    From couch to comfortable

    Begin with simple goals that make you feel good. Start by walking or jogging at a pace that feels comfortable.
    No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch!

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    I'm with you, Brenda, not liking this winter mess!! We had freezing rain at 3 am and now it's snowing it's butt off out there. I was supposed to keep Lily today, so I picked her up last night and kept her overnight, because I didn't want to have to go out in this mess this morning. SO GLAD I DID!!
    Have a great day. Be safe!


    Karen
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    96 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/24/2016 7:06:31 AM
  • v ZANYGIRL1
    (¸.•´ .♥ (¸.•´ .♥ (¸.•*♥(¸.•´ ♥ (¸.•´ .♥ (¸.•*♥(¸.•´ ♥ (¸.•´ .♥
    ☆ *:·.·:* "It's the little details that are vital. *:·.·:* ☆
    ☆ *:·.·:* Little things make big things happen." *:·.·:* ☆
    ☆ *:·.·:* ☆ ~ John Wooden ~ ☆ *:·.·:* ☆

    How are you doing this week? The last few days, for me, haven't been that great, but I started over AGAIN today, and so far I'm having a good day. I've been painting again, so that keeps me out of the kitchen. emoticon

    Hope you have a fabulous day! Only 26 days, 4 hours, and 10 minutes til spring. emoticon


    Karen
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    98 days ago
  • v ZANYGIRL1
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    “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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    Brenda, if we believe we can, then WE CAN. Let's do this!!
    It's supposed to be 75 today, I LOVE IT!!!!!!!



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    ¸.•´ BE POSITIVE ♥ BE FOCUSED ♥ BE DETERMINED
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    Karen
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    101 days ago
  • v JUSTLYLE
    Thanks so much Brenda for reading and your kind comments on my blog, always great to know someone reads them. Skeeter
    102 days ago
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