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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 33 yrs. graduated with his Master Degree in Workforce Education from Southern IL University at Carbondale. Kristin 31 yrs. graduated from Illinois State University and is a Special Education teacher. I've been a Home Daycare Provider for the past 37yrs. I retired in 2016 and now just watch my grandsons. 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

Fitness Minutes: 231,494

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.

Personal Information:
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.

Other Information:
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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    Thank you so much for stopping by my SparkPage! Being chosen Motivator of the Day was a very nice surprise this morning.

    Have a Sparkolicious day!!

    3287 days ago
    Hi, Brenda,

    Happy 4th of July! Sounds like you are having a nice one! I am in Utah with my sister and, of course, having a great time. We are going tyo Mesquite, NV on July 11 for three days to the casinos. I can only hope to win! It is very hot here, but today cooled down just a bit. We were in Wendover, NV for three days last week and played in the casinos, too. Didn't lose much but didn't win either!
    It is hard to stick to program but I hope I can at least maintain! emoticon
    3288 days ago
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    emoticon BRENDAF761, for visiting my Spark Page. I am quite humbled to have been chosen as a Motivator of the Day. It has given me a chance to meet a lot of new Spark Friends.
    Best wishes to you with your goals and on your Spark Journey!
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    3289 days ago
    Hi, Brenda,

    I am leaving Friday and Saturday for Utah. I can't wait. I had such a good day yesterday! Weight loss 1.8 lbs. and people missed me and I got compliments! Even my son said he was proud of the choices I was making. He is more diet police usually so I was happy to hear him say he thought I was doing good! I am going to really try to stay on track at least most of the time. I know I can do it after eating lunch out yesterday and dinner. I did really well with my choices. I hope when I return I can say I at least maintained, but I hope I lose!
    I hope you get some nice weather and have a great day! emoticon emoticon
    3300 days ago
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