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My name is Brenda. I am 53 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 53 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

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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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7/25/2015 9:09:28 AM

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Let your faith be bigger than your fears!!

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Hi Brenda, thanks for stopping by my page. I'm going on vacation on the 1st, also. I'm going to Virginia Beach, VA, for 10 days, CAN'T WAIT!! I was supposed to go later in August, but the baby is due August 23rd, so I wanted to make sure I'm home for that. emoticon
I'm sorry to hear that Kohen had to get stitches. Things like that happen so quickly. I was the same way with my kids, every time they got hurt, where they needed medical attention, I was crying right along with my child. Lol.
I'm sure that you're enjoying every minute with him, isn't it great being a grandma!?!?
Well, have fun on your trip!


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ZANYGIRL1
7/23/2015 10:27:05 AM

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Start unknown.
Finish unforgettable.

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Hope you're having a great week, Brenda!! emoticon emoticon


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7/14/2015 8:21:10 AM

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☆ *:·.·:* "It's the little details that are vital. *:·.·:* ☆
☆ *:·.·:* Little things make big things happen." *:·.·:* ☆
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Let's see how many little things we can do today!!
We finally got the pool up yesterday for Landon. I didn't waste any time getting in, it's been so hot here! Yesterday the heat index was 112, so hoping it won't be as hot today.
We're getting closer to my DIL's due date, I'm so excited!! We haven't had a baby in the house in 8 years, I'm SO ready. emoticon I'm going with her today to her ultrasound, I was so tickled that she invited me.
Hope you have a terrific Tuesday, Brenda.


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ZANYGIRL1
7/8/2015 3:29:56 PM

Today is "National Chocolate With Almonds Day"

HEALTH BENEFITS OF ALMONDS:

reduce the risk of heart attack
lower ‘bad’ cholesterol
protects artery walls from damage
help build strong bones and teeth
provide healthy fats and aid in weight loss
lower the rise in blood sugar and insulin after meals
help provide good brain function
nourish the nervous system
alkalize the body

Who would have thought that something tasty could be good for us????


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ZANYGIRL1
7/4/2015 8:26:13 PM

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Hope you've had a wonderful day!!


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