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My first half-marathon for time (not just for fun), October 2015.

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Oubache is the Native American word for the Wabash, a river that runs near our home and that I see every day. Some days the river runs fast, and others it's a bit lazier. It can be calm and serene, or swift and exciting. The Wabash changes every day. Like the river, I am changing every day as I try to live a healthier life. Some days I'm quiet, some days I'm in a rush, but I'm always moving forward. That is why I chose the screen name Oubache.

I have been struggling with my weight for years. It seems I always need to lose 15 or 20 pounds. I'm a very active person, and do my best to eat healthy meals, but the weight never comes off very quickly. Therefore, I try to focus on being healthy, but there will always be a skinny girl in me trying to get out.

Member Since: 6/28/2007

Fitness Minutes: 4,494

My Goals:
My goal is to finally figure out what it takes to get this weight off and then KEEP it off. I love running but I love food, especially sweets, so finding balance and learning how to fuel this body correctly remains a challenge for me.

My Program:
I have been running for about 4 years now and love it. I run with a group at a local running store 2 or 3 times per week. I've run over 30 5Ks and three half-marathons. I really enjoy the challenge and how great I feel after a run.

Personal Information:
My name is Jennifer and I live in north central Indiana. I enjoy being outside, gardening and working in the yard. I especially enjoy herb gardening and growing heirloom varieties of flowers and vegetables.

Other Information:
I enjoy my pets, reading, genealogy, travel, gardening, and, of course, running. My husband and I have 2 grown daughters.

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    Thanks so much for your support on my blog! Are you still doing the Rodale running program? How do you like it?! I've been wondering if I should get a running coach or take workshops or do a program!

    Enjoy the warmer weather we have coming in the next couple of days!
    3083 days ago
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    Thanks for commenting on my Bright Idea blog. Yes, it worked great on New Year's Eve! I watched my family load up on all that stuff and I just relaxed with a clear conscience. But the next day I ate the leftovers. Oh well.
    Happy New Year to you. I'm back at Purdue starting today! (Did you know I do the VEPR program? Off in the fall and on in the spring.) Martha
    3088 days ago
    Thank you for your encouragement! When I am at the YMCA working out I am trying to meditate. I talk to my sister (in my head...not out loud) and to God. and to myself saying that I am worth fighting for, to make time for me is not an option it is a necessity. I am trying to learn to care about myself. I hope your spark journey is filled with joy and self discovery. emoticon

    3108 days ago
    Thanks for the nice comment on my blog feature today! I had not heard of many of the foods I listed in my interview before getting onto SparkPeople, either, but I'm glad I tried them. Good luck!
    3158 days ago
    Hi! Just stopping by to wish you a fabulous and fit October.

    3183 days ago
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