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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: 137,798

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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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12/22/2014 1:46:39 PM

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SKINNYPAT62
12/21/2014 12:21:40 PM

Hi, Brenda,

Merry Christmas to you and your family! I am here at my son's house and will be spending Christmas with him and his family. My husband will come out on Christmas Eve. We are just across town from each other but it is a long drive out here! I am so happy that you will have your son nearby.
The boys will probably make gingerbread houses today. That should be fun!
I know you are enjoying the season as I am and I love all your photos on Facebook! Can't wait for my grandbaby to get here! emoticon



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ZANYGIRL1
12/17/2014 9:58:14 AM

Hi Brenda, just stopping by to check in on you. I didn't realize that you had reached your goal, and that you are now maintaining. That's emoticon

I'm so happy to hear that your son is moving close by, it's emoticon having our kids closer to home!!
How's that new grandbaby doing? What a wonderful Christmas it will be for your family, to have a new baby in the house. Enjoy every moment of it!!

Are you all ready for Christmas? I still have 2 gifts to buy, then I will be done with that part of it. I still have to wrap a few more gifts, clean the house and get started on my baking. I can't believe it's only a week away.......Christmas has come up far too quickly this year.

Hope you have a great day!!!! Thank you for being such a wonderful sparkfriend!!

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