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My name is Brenda. I am 52 yrs. young! My husband Ron and I have been married 34yrs. We were high school sweet hearts and got married two weeks after I graduated. We have two children. Andrew 29yrs. graduated with his Master Degree in Workforce Education from Southern IL University at Carbondale. Kristin 27yrs. 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 52 yrs. young! My husband Ron and I have been married 34yrs. We were high school sweet hearts and got married two weeks after I graduated. We have two children. Andrew 29yrs. graduated with his Master Degree in Workforce Education from Southern IL University at Carbondale. Kristin 27yrs. 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

SparkPoints: 144,750

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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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2/4/2015 11:20:19 AM

Hi Brenda,
Thanks for the Flower pot goodie!! I'm with you girl, I'm so ready for spring. We haven't had as much snow as you've had, but I'm just not dealing well with the cold, this year. emoticon

I bet you are really enjoying the time with your grandson. I'm looking forward to keeping my new grandbaby, when it gets here. She's due August 23rd, so I have a long wait. But it will be worth it! I was able to keep Landon (my grandson) for the first 2 years of his life, it was wonderful. But then him and his mother moved back to Tennessee, so I don't see him as much as I would like. But I'm thankful for every minute that I do get to spend with him. I LOVE BEING A GRANDMA!!

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1/27/2015 10:32:28 PM

Hi, Brenda,

We are enjoying beautiful weather this week in Colorado! Went out today and found a lavendar/purple platter to paint for my grandbaby. Will show her birth statistics, etc. I will have to paint a baby's first Christmas and I am thinking of painting the cover on a photo album, too.
A friend from TOPS asked me today if I could write some short poems for Valentine cards our group can make for a member who is recovering from health problems. She wants to make them more personal for her so I have tried my hand and written seven so far!



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