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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.

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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!!!
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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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2/19/2016 7:18:38 AM

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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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JUSTLYLE
2/18/2016 8:34:59 AM

Thanks so much Brenda for reading and your kind comments on my blog, always great to know someone reads them. Skeeter



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2/17/2016 6:18:54 AM

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Love your body

Having confidence and positive mental health about your body is a great way to stay motivated about your workout regimen.

So, silence that inner critic and don’t be afraid to strut your stuff at the gym.

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Hi Brenda, how's everything going? I haven't been able to get on here as much lately, as I would like, I've been taking care of Lily because her mom is still having back problems. She was scheduled to have surgery yesterday, but they had to reschedule it because the surgeon is sick. Now it's set for March 2nd. So I will be taking care of Lily for the next couple of weeks. She's growing like a weed! She had her 6 month checkup on Monday, she's a little over 23 lbs. now. I love having her here, but I have to admit, she's getting hard to carry around since I have back issues too.

I haven't done so well for the last few months with my diet and exercise. I tend to eat whatever is fast (because I always seem to be short on time) and haven't made time for my exercise. Hopefully that will change, I'm gaining weight again. NOT GOOD!

How's your little man doing? Bet he's growing fast too. Well, hope you're having a great week!


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2/15/2016 6:13:33 PM

Hi, Brenda, check out Eliana in her Valentine outfit on my page.

How are you! How is Cohen?



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SKINNYPAT62
1/8/2016 12:39:31 PM

Hi, Brenda,

I am coming back to Spark People to get some motivation. I need it! I am so tired of snow, tired of being overweight but I am the only one that can do something about it. It is cold and snowy here today.
I hope you are doing well.
I have plenty to do but no motivation to do it. Weight probably has lots to do with it.



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