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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: 143,006

Fitness Minutes: 135,681

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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SKINNYPAT62
2/24/2015 7:31:10 PM

Hi, Brenda,

It was great to see your message! I am sick of snow and we will be getting more tomorrow they say. Of course, I had a great time with my son and his family but several of us were sick. I have a terrible sore throat and cough. It is slowly getting better. Alejandro, who just turned six, was sick also and it was his birthday party! He still had fun; kids seem to bounce back faster than old folks like me! A friend of mine from TOPS made a beautiful pink blanket with silk on the edges for my grandbaby! I will have to try and post a photo.
Enjoy your vacation! Baby is getting closer to coming! There will be a shower on April 12!



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2/22/2015 8:46:27 AM

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It's Sunday, Brenda.
Take it slow and give your soul a chance to catch up with your body. We all need a rest day. Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!!


Karen
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2/20/2015 9:14:44 AM

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Just peekin' in on you...to see how you are doing. Keep up the great work!
Landon has been with me this week, it's been so much fun, but really exhausting!! emoticon I took him back to Tennessee yesterday, really don't like that ALL DAY driving, but it's worth it when I get to spend time with him.

I start my water aerobics class on March 2nd. I was too late to get signed up for the last session, so I haven't done the class since the beginning of December.....I REALLY have missed it!! And my weight gain shows it. emoticon I hope to get back on track and STAY THERE!!
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2/16/2015 1:52:23 PM

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Have a marvelous Monday!


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2/8/2015 7:33:25 AM

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