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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.

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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!!!
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Member Since: 9/8/2009

SparkPoints: 155,322

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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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SKINNYPAT62
1/8/2016 12:39:31 PM

Hi, Brenda,

I am coming back to Spark People to get some motivation. I need it! I am so tired of snow, tired of being overweight but I am the only one that can do something about it. It is cold and snowy here today.
I hope you are doing well.
I have plenty to do but no motivation to do it. Weight probably has lots to do with it.



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11/11/2015 11:14:54 AM

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Hope you're doing well.


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WOODSYGIRL
10/28/2015 11:08:30 AM

Hi Brenda,
It's with a heavy heart that I tell you that mom passed away a little over a week ago. She declined SO quickly and my head still hasn't wrapped around it. Just two days prior she was working at her computer and visiting with her nephew and his family. She couldn't walk at that point but was so with it mentally. The next day she didn't get out of bed and wasn't very coherent. I really think she held on as long as she did so she could see her family one last time. There is so much to do now, but I'm taking it day by day. I am so incredibly blessed and thankful that I was able to spend the last six weeks of her life with her. I'll cherish those memories for a lifetime. Still very much in a fog, but I'm hanging in there as best I can. Thank you so much for thinking of me and for your prayers. They lift me up more than I can put into words.

I hope you are doing well and enjoying the fall season with your grandbabies. Hard to believe the holiday season is about to get underway!

Have a super week and Happy Halloween to your little ones!

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WOODSYGIRL
10/16/2015 1:44:28 PM

Thanks so much, Brenda, for your thoughts and prayers. Mom is really declining and I suspect it won't be long now. She's really gone downhill this week and is bed-bound now. Such a surreal thing to be going through, but God is with me, helping me handle it as best as possible.

I hope you are doing well and are enjoying the beautiful fall weather we've been blessed to have. Did your hubby have a good year with farming with the weather? I know you are enjoying your time with your grandkids!

Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy that sunshine!

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10/14/2015 7:36:28 AM


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Hello Brenda , just stopping by to wish you a wonderful "Hump" day. Get out and enjoy today, I hear we have rain coming tomorrow. emoticon


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