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My name is Brenda. I am 58yrs. young! My husband Ron and I have been married 40 years. We were high school sweet hearts and got married two weeks after I graduated. We have two children. Andrew 35yrs. graduated with his Master Degree in Workforce Education from Southern IL University at Carbondale. Kristin 33yrs. 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: 247,446

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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    I’ll be keeping you in prayer Brenda. Will you be in the hospital or is this outpatient?
    556 days ago
    Hi Brenda,
    I had surgery on Dec 4th to have some cysts removed, along with my left ovary and both my tubes. They kept those in place when I had my hysterectomy a few years ago and only took my uterus and cervix at the time. Well lo and behold I had issues, so now all that's left is my right ovary. This surgery was a lot harder on me than the hysterectomy, which was a breeze. But I'm mostly recovered now and will be returning to work tomorrow. I'm extremely thankful for the incredibly mild winter we've had up here because I don't have the fear of falling on snow or ice right now. Next month I'll be able to return to the hydro trak and the pool at the Y for swimming, which will be so good. My hips and knees have really locked up from not being able to do much, so I'll be starting from square one once I get the thumbs up to begin exercising again. Stretching and the heating pad have really helped my hips though. Wish I would have thought of it sooner. LOL

    Take care and have a super week!

    Shannon xoxo emoticon
    574 days ago
    Thank you for the comment on the dogs! That was part of our Christmas card and my husband had me put under the picture "We're looking for Santa" to explain why they were looking up in the air like that! Truthfully, he was holding snacks up and was supposed to be behind me, but was off to the side while I took the pictures, so the caption worked out perfectly! LOL
    577 days ago
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    I wish I had just let him do all the decorating, and had just put the frosting on. But it's only the 2nd time he's made a gingerbread house so I was trying to show him how to do it. Next year he gets to put on ALL the candies for the tree, probably be more fun for both of us. The house in the kit was lots smaller than your barn, so it actually made it harder to decorate as you couldn't get to the windows easily to put ball candies on them
    595 days ago
  • v CBRINKLEY401
    Just finished decorating our gingerbread house. Had a hard time keeping my grandson from eating all the decorations and frosting. Now of course, he wants to eat it right away. Love the barn your grandsons made, but we're going to wait until next year before attempting another one!
    595 days ago
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