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My name is Brenda. I am 56 yrs. young! My husband Ron and I have been married 37yrs. We were high school sweet hearts and got married two weeks after I graduated. We have two children. Andrew 32 yrs. graduated with his Master Degree in Workforce Education from Southern IL University at Carbondale. Kristin 30yrs. 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.


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.



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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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  • v CAROLYNINJOY1
    I appreciate your taking the time to comment on my "I'm making this a fantastic goal-setting Friday." blog. Thank you for your kind words. Enjoy celebrating your brother's birthday tonight. I hope you will have a Sparktacular Saturday.

    “Nearly every man who develops an idea works at it up to the point where it looks impossible, and then gets discouraged. That’s not the place to become discouraged.”-Thomas Edison
    65 days ago
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    Thank you for commenting on my blog "My Spark Streaks: Setting new records daily." Happy Valentine's Day. Thank you for your kind words. I DO love to write and can barely remember a time when I didn't. Great going on your Spark Streaks. Be good to your heart and take a deep breath and don't forget to drink your water.

    “Love yourself, respect yourself. Never sell yourself short. Believe in yourself regardless of what other people think. You can accomplish anything, absolutely anything, if you set your mind to it.”-Marcus Allen
    68 days ago
  • v CAROLYNINJOY1
    Thank you for taking time to comment on my "Multiple Choices: Did I fall? Did I jump? Or was I pushed off the wagon?" blog. Thank you for your kind words. I'm sorry you're frustrated with extended PT for your knee. I can really relate. Take good care of yourself.

    I hope you will have a Sparktacular Saturday.

    "Why should you believe your eyes? You were given eyes to see with, not to believe with. Your eyes can see the mirage, the hallucination as easily as the actual scenery."-Ward Moore
    72 days ago
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    I appreciate your taking the time to read and comment on my blog "Choosing joy on the Journey." Sorry you have extra PT. Healing prayers ongoing. I hope you will have a fantastic Friday.

    “We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognizing and appreciating what we do have.”–Frederick Keonig
    73 days ago
  • v CAROLYNINJOY1
    I appreciate your taking the time to read and comment on my blog "Am I willing to change?" Glad you're through with knee therapy. Prayers for healing for your back. I hope you will have a wonderful Wednesday.

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