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3/28/12 3:47 P

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Welcome and Congrats on the upcomming wedding!
Check out Paradox Productions, www.djpdx.com My cuz is AMAZING!!

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3/27/12 2:47 P

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Hey Portlanders! (and Vancouverites?) LOL My fiance (who also Sparks) & I moved here from Spokane last month and WE LOVE PORTLAND & the 'Couve!!! We're getting married next June so we are pretty busy getting settled, getting established in our new jobs, and figuring out where in town we might want to get hitched.

Everyone here is seriously cool and we love the whole vibe of it being awesome to just be yourself. We also have been loving all the new places to check out... perhaps loving the food scene a bit too generously! So, we're gettin' back on the wagon and working to be the best versions of ourselves that we can be independently and as a couple.

If anyone has any suggestions about cool ways/tips to workout "around town" (or decent rain gear that won't require an entire paycheck), hit me up!

*wishing I could emoticon that sticker of Oregon w/ the green heart in the middle that EVERYONE has on their cars...*

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2/29/12 8:27 P

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Hello :)
My name is Heather and I just moved to NE Portland from Beavercreek(super sticksville) and this is a big change. So I decided to get back on the healthy me track and am starting fresh!

I think I can..I think I can.. I KNOW I can!!


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2/19/12 6:08 P

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Hi everyone. Just joined because I just moved. Live in the Hillsboro area. Just started exercising again today. I have a goal to lose at least 25 lbs, get some lean muscle mass started, and run at least 2 5k's this year! I'm definitely looking for some good outdoor running routes down here too!

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2/10/12 12:44 A

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Hi Elaine Im from Portland Oregon God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week.

GOD BLESSINGS TO EVERYONE. MAY GOD BE WITH YOU ALWAYS. HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEK. TAKE CARE.


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1/4/12 12:42 A

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Hi all,

I moved to Portland in June because it appealed on several different levels, not the least of which is that I wanted to be able to live a more active lifestyle year-round (I'm not afraid of being rained on). When I got here, I found the awesome restaurants instead and find myself wanting to get back on track with getting healthy and getting outside. Don't get me wrong - the restaurants are GREAT, but I really want to find some balance in being active in the lovely green woods as well! I decided training for a 10K in May would be just the ticket and so I'm back at SP, which has been super helpful in the past in motivating me and helping me track my goals. I'm starting with the Rookie Runner program offered here, and supplementing it with a core and full body strength workout. I'd love to get to a place where I'm fit enough to mostly rely on outdoor hiking, walking and running to maintain my health.

I am hoping to find some local friends here, particularly anyone who might be at a similar point in their journey towards health - check out my page and drop me a line if you'd like to meet for coffee and/or a walk some time!

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”


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1/2/12 4:19 P

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Hi Candy,
I am am becoming a runner after sitting on my butt for many years :). I am currently doing the couch 2 5k plan. I am interested in the Portland Galloway running group that you mention.
What skill level is required?

I also live near madison and rose city golf course :)

thanks for any info!

Patti

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12/3/11 1:39 A

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Son & I ran the Tigard Turkeython & it was SO much fun & the weather held out til the very end! emoticon

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12/2/11 11:56 P

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HELLO! My name is Rosie, I just turned 25 and I am from Milwaukie, OR. I just joined Sparkpeople less than two weeks ago and I'm already addicted to this points-earning thing! What a great idea, haha. I am currently living in Shanghai, China. I have been here since January 15th 2011. I will be home for a month in Feb/March but then I'm heading back here for another 5 months! I am a student and will resume classes at PSU next September. I was overweight for a long time, despite being active in sports from age 9 to 16. In Nov 2008 I was up to 224 pounds. I have since lost 60 pounds (at most 66/67 but I gained a little back) and currently am losing again, this week weighing in at 162.8 pounds. My goal is to get down to 150 by Feb 29th (the day I come home!). I am a Gluten Free and lactose free (for the most part) consumer and I am a sucker for Zumba, kickboxing and belly dancing classes. I bought a gym membership two weeks ago so I've been going to the gym and have lost 2 Kg! (4.4 pounds). I was tired of being sedentary (11 months was entirely too long). It's time for me to reach my goal!!!

Have fun, be happy and live for health- Change your life!


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10/24/11 6:52 P

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Hi everyone, my name is Neah and I am 28 from Tigard. I just joined Sparkpeople and so far am really loving it. Especially all the information and tools. I have always been a little over weight, but after becoming extremely sick in 2006 and being placed on everything from steroids to chemo I gained a ton of weight (over 80lbs) And now that I am as healthy as I can be considering, it is time to get rid of the excess once and for all!

So hopefully, cheers to my last day 1! emoticon

~Neah~

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10/17/11 5:24 P

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I just joined because I'll be in Portland area (from Chicago area) around Thanksgiving visiting son & planned to run a turkey trot....am thinking either the Tigard Turkeython file:///Users/owner1/Desktop/Thanksg
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Anybody else planning on running then?

NOTE: My photo is of me just before running a 5K with my daughter, on right.

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9/17/11 12:02 P

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This was very helpful indeed! Thanks C Bailey! :)

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9/16/11 1:57 P

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Oops! Double-post!

Edited by: CBAILEYC at: 9/16/2011 (13:58)
Candy~
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9/16/11 1:55 P

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Hey Molly emoticon glad to have join us!
You may have better luck checking out some of the local running stores (Foot Traffic, FitRight NW, or Portland Running Company) to see if they have any listings for neighborhood running groups.

I belong to a Portland Galloway running group for people from all over. Most of our runs take place downtown, or in NW, sometimes North Portland, or NE even. We're all over the place!
There's also the RunOregon blog which advertises many upcoming races and groups:
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Hope this helps, and I hope we continue to see you around!
C~

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9/16/11 12:52 P

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Hi Sparkpeople! I'm Molly and I am about to move from SE Industrial Portland with my boyfriend to the SE Clinton neighborhood. I have had positive experiences with Sparkpeople before and want to use it to become a more active and healthy person (as in, eating more fruits and vegetables than sweets and cooking for myself!). Wondering if there are any walking/running groups in SE PDX, or if anyone would be interested in forming one with me!

Cheers - you are all lovely!

Molly

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9/13/11 12:29 P

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Hiya MONREAL6673 emoticon glad to 'meet' you!
Where in Portland are you located? If that's not too nosy. I'm always curious, wondering if anyone is in NE or there-abouts. Portland covers such a vast area!
C~

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9/12/11 3:36 P

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Hi ~ I have been on Spark before and lost about 10 lbs. I am back and gearing up for losing the full 40 I had planned to lose. My husband and I have been in Portland for five years. I am a true Oregonian and he is a transplant for CA. I am glad to see a Portland group. Here's hoping I can stick with the program this time.

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8/31/11 10:55 A

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Hey MHANSEN96, WATERFELON, and SEVEN70! emoticon
Welcome to the team! We’re glad to have you with us!
C~

Candy~
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8/30/11 12:26 A

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Hello from the Oregon Coast - sea lions and all! I'm from Hammond (near Astoria) but when seeking civilization and to hang with friends we're in Portland.

**TURN THE DAYLIGHT ON**


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8/24/11 1:49 P

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Hi, Portland SP
I'm 45 and been in the Portland/Vancouver area for about 17 years. Originally from California, Southern, Northern and Central Coast. My daughter turned me on to the SP web site a few weeks ago and I've been using it to plan my daily meals, track my exercise and weight. As my profile page says.....It's time.....and that's my daily mantra for eating and exercising. Been tracking at SP for 2 weeks now and already seeing not just results, but the change in bad habits that I am trying to get away from. I know I have a long way to go, but.....well.....It's time, and every day is THE day!

I'm not really a total Spark Person, I don't follow all of their diet routine, but I love the interactive web site and it's great to have the ability to see it all right before me on the page, every day, every meal, every step I walk. I joined a Zumba class in March and couldn't figure out why I wasn't losing any weight. Been tracking my stats at SP about 2 weeks and now it is! I have always known that every bite I put in my mouth matters, now I have definitive proof! I guess as a scientific person, I just needed the data of my own body to see it.

I live in Vancouver, but work in Portland, love to walk, love my daughter and my dog, even though he's not the best walking buddy, love my little house and I'm an avid gardener. Like my daughter says-some women collect shoes, some collect makeup, clothes or purses, Mom collects plants!

So, looking forward to spending the rest of this year and all of 2012 getting to my goal weight. Thanks!

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8/11/11 1:30 A

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Hi everyone! I'm Michelle! I joined Spark People a year or even more ago... I just really came back to the site about a month ago, though. And I thought I would start checking into the boards to really experience the community here. I lost about 25 pounds a couple years ago, but then I gained it all back. So this time I started over at 206 pounds on July 5. I've lost 8 pounds so far!!! It's exciting to see the numbers drop each week as I just eat delicious, healthy food and walk 5 days a week. I'm looking for new and fun ways to exercise, and I'm just enjoying this time of really taking care of myself. I look forward to getting to know people on the SparkPeople site!

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8/9/11 4:39 P

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Hi Junior and welcome to the Portland Spark team Congrats on that weight you've lost so far, good work!

~Gaye
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8/9/11 12:59 A

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Hey Portland, Junior here. Coming to you from the west in newberg. I have been on spark people little over a month now. Have been working to loose the weight for 10 weeks now and as you can see i was off to a great start. I am now where i think i should be 2-4 pounds a week. Looking forward to reaching my first goal and meeting new friends on SP.


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7/27/11 6:36 P

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Hey Portland Sparkers... my name is Rich and I just moved to Portland from Atlanta, GA. I'm looking forward to getting involved here and hopefully meeting some fellow Sparkers. I've been lax about sparking for the past couple of months but definitely am taking the move as an opportunity to get refocused and re-energized. Check out my SparkPage and feel free to add me as a friend.

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Welcome back Cassie! Congrats on the pounds lost so far and can't wait to hear you kicked those last 30 to the curb!

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7/19/11 12:15 P

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Hey Ya'll! My name is Cassie. I'm back at Spark after over a year away. I lost 86 lbs in two years and now it's time for me to kick the last 30 lbs. Took a year off of trying to finish my grad degree and get married. :) Now I'm back to the routine of 5 days a week at the gym and counting calories with good old SP.



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6/16/11 12:31 A

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Hi! I'm Merci and new to Spark-everything! Almost 50 with 100+ to lose. In SE PDX by Mall 205 with husband, 2 dogs, and a frog! Love to walk, but hurt my knee about a year ago so I'm having to take it very slow - it's frustrating! But I'm hoping I can get back on my bike and that it will help my knee and get me moving again! My goal is to use this site as much as I can = I need the support and motivation, and hope I can give it back to others, too!

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6/7/11 12:58 P

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Hi all! My name is Suzanne or Suzzie (whatever people want to call me). I've lived in Portland most of my life just in different suburb areas. Currently I live in SW Portland.

I joined SP because I needed a way to track my calories but also a friend recommended SP saying she met some great people and got some good motivation! I'm currently studying for CPA exams and also planning my wedding! Yikes! Thankfully my exams are done end of July (hopefully). The wedding is next April so hoping to get to a size 10 or 12 by then. To me staying healthy while doing all of this is very important so I don't gain more weight and so I have more energy.

Mostly I do walking and strength training. I have fibromyalgia so really straining activity is not fun =( Hope to meet some people possibly interested in doing some walks around the city or some hikes not in the city. Can't wait for the weather to get better so I can do more hiking!

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5/22/11 11:30 P

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Hello , I am not from Portland , but from The Dalles area.

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5/17/11 7:23 P

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Hey there! I'm not new to SP or Portland.... but I am new to this team.

I'm from the other side of the river, but love to get out of the country and into town when I can! I get my exercise in Portland by walking everywhere or dancing all night!

And now that the sunshine is returning to our area I will start hiking again. My little pup is ready to get out of hibernation too and explore the region!

"The virtue lies in the struggle, not in the prize." --Richard Monckton Milnes



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4/5/11 12:33 P

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Hi Jenn and welcome to the Portland Spark team. I don't think you will have any problem meeting other local exercisers. You might want to check out the Hood to Coast 2011 team or our threads on upcomming races.

As for living near St. Vs, there are quite a few condos, townhouses and apartments in that area. Let me know if you need some help there.

~Gaye
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4/4/11 9:00 P

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Hi all. I have been on SP since 2006, I think. I lost weight a few years ago, mostly by running and yoga. I have since regained while finishing med school. I'm almost done, and will be moving to the Portland area in June! I can't wait, I loved my brief visit there. Anyway, I hope to find other motivated sparkers to meet and maybe walk/hike/run/yoga with (I'm pretty slow at running).

AND, if anyone has any suggestions on moving to the area, I will need to be near St. Vincent Hospital (hoping within 10 minutes or even walking distance) somewhere that I can have a small enclosed yard for my beagle & 2 cats. Send me an email/message if you know of anything! I am hoping to rent soon!

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Hi my name is Cara and I joined the spark in mid/early-December, but didn't get serious about it until now. I am getting married this coming September and am looking to loose 13 lbs by the big day (or even a little more if possible).
I'm an Oregon native, was born in Salem, but almost 2 years ago I finally made the move to the metro-area and I absolutely love it. I am joined to a 24hr Fitness Super Sport which is awesome and have a coworker with whom I going jogging in the afternoons before or after lunch (not often due to the rain :P but our goal is 3x a week).
Anyways, I just found this group and thought it'd be great to join and have a support system right here in my neck of the woods. Good luck to everyone! :)

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Hi, I'm Jen, and I'm new and just wanted to introduce myself to the group!
I'm a really big lady and I'm a couple months from turning 42...I need to lose about 200 pounds to get back to my former glory, so it's a bit much to comprehend, and I know it's gonna take awhile. Any advice is more than welcome!
Believe it or not, I used to be super-athletic...a former gymnast, basketball-player, and even ran a couple marathons in my heyday, and now there's stuff my body just cannot do...and what I can do is boring and grueling. But there's a job to be done, so I know I just have to suck it up and get things done.


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I've been sparking for almost a year now and I didn't even realize this group was here.

I've been living in SW PDX for about 14 years and have lived in Oregon for over twenty years.

Between April 2010 and October 2010 I managed to drop 20+ lbs but then plateaued. I'm currently working on breaking my plateau and being healthy overall.

~Heather~

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hello! I just wanted to introduce myself. I just re-signed up with Sparkpeople because I've let my weight get out of control and I want to feel healthy and energetic. I live in SE portland and would love to have a walking buddy in the evenings. =)

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Hello All! I've just joined this group and I'm excited to get to know you guys and cheer you along your weight-loss journey. :)

My husband and I are recent transplants to Portland and, so far, we LOVE it.

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Hi, I'm Suzie and live in North Portland.

I started up on Spark again last summer and have lost over 30 pounds. I have 50 to go and want to get active now that my body is getting a bit lighter.

I would love to meet up with others in the area to walk or bike the parks and neighborhoods.

~Suzie~
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You're creating your future right now, what do you want it to look like?


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Welcome to the Portland Spark team MSALICE72
and Kathy (pdxwine). Look forward to seeing you on the boards.

~Gaye
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11/13/10 6:32 P

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Hi Everyone!

My name is Kathy and I live in NE Portland.

I'm looking to get back in shape. I've let me workouts go and that is just not a good thing. LOL!

Looking forward to getting to know all of you via this forum.

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Hello - just saw this forum and been on spark for a couple years now! I'm a native Oregonian and love it here. Its hard to work out with the rain so I've purchased an Elliptical and am planning to get back on it after fighting a cold. Its all about routine and planning!

I saw the post about walking in your first P2C - WAY TO GO! I did that a few years back and it was a lot of fun. Training for it is a good way to motivate you for fitness!

As for downtown restaurants - all I can say is AVOID Voodo Donuts! HAHA

I am closer to my goal with each passing day!


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Where are your favorite downtown places? I rarely cross the river, but I'd make an exception for somewhere good!

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Way to go on the poached eggs, my fav! Love them with refried beans. Other than Zell's, I'm not familiar with those places. I live in the west hills and primarily eat downtown. I know I'm missing a lot, but I don't drive much.

~Gaye
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I'm a huge fan of Helser's, Tin Shed, Zells. I used to really like Francis before they closed down. I'm in NE and spend a lot of my time and money on Alberta.

I just ate breakfast at Helser's this morning and remembered to get my eggs poached rather than fried. Hurray!

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10/31/10 1:34 P

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Hi Tony! emoticon to the Spark Portland team. I'm curious which resturants you go to for brunch. As for tracking, some places have web sites with nutrition information. Usually you can guesstimate what you eat (ham & cheese omlette: 3 eggs, 2 oz cheese, 2 oz ham and some oil).

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10/31/10 2:25 A

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Hey, this is Tony. I live in Portland and I'm trying to lose weight so that martial arts are easier for me.

I would love to know how people find nutrition information for all of our fine brunch places in PDX, since I am very into brunch. Weekends are the most confusing time for my nutrition tracking.

In any case, glad to be here.

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POPPY! Where are you in PDX? I didnt know you lived THAT close to me!

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Poppy213- oh man, disorganization is second only to my fitness on my list of things i need to improve about myself. I am so horrible at it! I drive my poor husband crazy!

I am here also for motivation and so far it seems to be working! Good luck to you!

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9/30/10 7:24 A

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Hello Portlanders,
I am here to change it all. Turned 40 and realized I have spent the last 20 years on my kids. Now with the addition of an 18 month old grand-daughter in my home, it doesn't seem to end! I feel like I am back at square one, wondering where did my life go? I am happy, disorganized with too much vintage junk, getting an extra tire and looking for motivation! This is Day 2 an I love this site. It has everything I could ever want. emoticon

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9/27/10 5:35 P

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Hi every one...I am Kelly! My hubby and I are thinking of moving to Portland in the future and would really like to get to know some people from there before we move. In the soon to be future we willbe making a trip to Portland to check it out and it would be nice if someone could give us a first hand experience of where to go, what to see, what neighborhoods are the best, the healthiest places to eat, and great places to exercise. Looking forward to meeting you all!

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