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My name is Brenda. I am 54 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 31yrs. graduated with his Master Degree in Workforce Education from Southern IL University at Carbondale. Kristin 29yrs. 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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    Hi Brenda,
    Congratulations on your new grandson! So happy to hear Drake and Momma are doing well. What an exciting time in your family!

    God Bless You All,

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    153 days ago
    Hi, Brenda,

    How are you? Came on Spark People for a change. Haven't been here in a while. Seem to be on Facebook or my Ipad all the time!

    I love being a grandma. I know you do, too.

    Is your daughter ok? My brother is in the hospital again. I wish doctors would figure out what is wrong.
    157 days ago
    So glad your future grandbaby is doing well. Cleaning 2 houses must keep you really busy!
    178 days ago
    Hi Brenda,

    Thanks so much for commenting on my feed. The weather has been absolutely outstanding and it's been so nice having all the windows open. And with the sun setting slightly lower, the evenings feel more like an autumn day than summer.

    I hope you had a fantastic vacation with your family. Your grandbaby is due in October, right? It'll be here before you know it! I know you are enjoying your days with Kohen and seeing him grow and learn and being his own little person. =o)

    Have a great rest of your week and enjoy the sunshine and no humidity!

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    180 days ago
    emoticon Have fun at the winery!
    194 days ago
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