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Hippie Chick 2013: I ran in the Quarter Marathon. Finished in 1:07:36!

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Breaking two boards at once, at my 3rd Degree Black Belt test. April 10, 2010

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In the last push to finish the CATnip 5K on 8/13/2010. My second race! Finished in 28:04!

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Hi, I'm Valerie from Portland, OR. The quick low-down on me is that I'm a mom, a wife, a quilter, and a martial artist. And most recently, I've also become a runner! Quite an interesting combination, don't you think? LOL!

My journey with SparkPeople has been an amazing one. When I started, I was about 40 pounds heavier than I should have been. Two young children and a lack of understanding of my bad eating habits left me overweight, out of energy, and wondering what had happened to me.

About 4 or 5 years ago, I decided something had to change. That I was doing something wrong. After all, I was taking Taekwondo classes and exercising 3-5 times a week. There was no reason I should still be overweight! Or was there? I finally realized that all the exercise in the world won't help you unless you are also eating right. If calories in is greater than calories out, you're in trouble.

With the help of SparkPeople's nutrition tracker, I began to watch my food intake. What a wake up call this was! It's so easy to underestimate the number of calories in food. Now that I have a better understanding, I'm confident that going forward I can maintain my weight and my health.

Member Since: 3/15/2006

Fitness Minutes: 26,246

My Goals:
My goals include:

* Maintain my current weight and health.

* Gain muscle tone and strength, especially in my core. Gotta have awesome abs! :)

* Continue running and increasing my speed and distance so I can run in a 10K in November 2010.

My Program:
My exercise program:

* I go to the gym 2-3 times per week. I worked with a trainer to develop a program, which I'm now following.

* I continue to go to 3-5 Tae Kwon Do classes every week.

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    Sneaking a sec as They are in a meeting!
    2564 days ago
    No kidding, right? To not do my commute, I'd 'make' $50 / week minimum!!

    But MISSOURI unemployment runs 20 weeks. All the previously unemployed people of the last 8-10 years sucked it all up.

    I've never claimed and worked, paying taxes, since I was 15yo!

    One if those thighs and yeah, I'd have more free time to search, ha!

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    2587 days ago
    Thanks! I think you're absolutely right cos I'm sort of overly enthusiastic ;p It's probably the response needed to counter balance, ha!
    2593 days ago
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    2622 days ago
    I made it up! I'm EXTREMELY inventive when it comes to being inappropriate. And they said people who swear just don't have a good vocabulary...well, that's sort of true BUT we can still be creative :)

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