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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: 167,264

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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    Congratulations on your second grandson coming in October! I love that time of year and welcoming a little one into the world is a perfect way to celebrate the season. You are going to be busy during the school year, but I know you will love every minute of it getting to spend time with your sweet little boys! emoticon

    Thank you so much for your support and encouragement. The little, tiny, incremental steps are helping me to stay the course and I feel better about myself than I have in years, I think primarily because I'm committing to myself for the first time. The scale went up just a bit today, but I'm ok with that. I know my water wasn't up there yesterday like it should have been and with this humidity, boy do I retain water! emoticon

    I have a double graduation party to go to tomorrow afternoon and it's going to be a scorcher. I'll be wearing capri pants for the first time in years. Here's hoping fluid doesn't hang around ankles while wearing sandals. LOL

    I hope you have a super weekend and can enjoy some time in the pool!

    Big Hugs Brenda,

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    Thank you for your kind words. Another Sparker was offended by the cuss word on my Jollies. emoticon
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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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    161 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.
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