ARCHIMEDESII
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My before photo - Six years ago, weight 200+ pounds




My after photo - Today, the 150 pound spinning instructor !


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Greetings ! Welcome to the Sparkpage of ArchimedesII. Someone once asked me why I chose Archimedes as my Spark cyber name. Just like the great philosopher, scientist, engineer, mathematician, I do my best thinking in the bathtub too !!!

For most of my life, I've been the chubby kid in the room. I've certainly had my dietary ups and downs. Twice in my life, I've weighed over 200 pounds.

Several years ago, I fell in love with kick boxing. I loved it and I was really good at it. I was one of those fit, but fat people. I could do high kicks, push ups, etc... but, then an opportunity came up. My instructor was going away for a week and he was going to cancel class because they didn't have an instructor. I asked him if I could sub for him ? He said he'd be thrilled to have me teach since I knew all the moves.

And that's where my road to good health and fitness began. One thing I told myself was that it would probably look a lot better if the kick boxing instructor wasn't so over weight. That's when I decided it was time to modify my eating habits. I knew I ate way too much junk food and that's where I started making the first changes to my nutrition.

It took me one year to lose approximately 55 pounds by eating right (to the best of my ability) and watching my portions.

Teaching kick boxing is the tiny snowball at the top of the mountain. Since I pushed it off, so to speak, I've become a certified spinning instructor, kick boxing instructor, Powerflex instructor, etc... AND over two years ago, I became certified as a personal trainer.

Now, all of the above happened over a seven year period. But, if you had come in a way back machine and told me years ago that I'd be a fitness instructor, I'd have laughed at you. Stranger things have happened. Not bad for an old lady of 48 !

One thing I've told myself, I am NOT weighing over 200 pounds for a third time. The good news, I think I've finally learned what it takes to take the weight off and keep it off.

Moderation. Moderation. Moderation. Eat right, watch your portions and get some regular exercise that includes some strength training. It really does work.




Member Since: 7/6/2007

Fitness Minutes: 253,965

My Goals:
To maintain the 55 lbs weight loss I achieved. To be healthy and remain physical fit as I grow older.


My Program:
I eat right, watch my portions and get some regular exercise that includes strength training.



Personal Information:
Karen, age 52


Other Information:
Works part time as an aerobics instructor. teaches spinning, muscle sculpting, pump (aka Powerflex) and kickboxing.

NASM-CPT, AFAA-CI, ACE, JohnnyG





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  • v SPARKFRAN514
    Laughter is an instant vacation.
    Milton Berle

    We may run, walk, stumble, drive or fly, but let us never lose sight of the reason for the journey.
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    Be like a postage stamp, stick to one thing until you get there.
    Sign at a Church
    90 days ago
  • v SPARKFRAN514
    “Give thanks for a little and you will find a lot.”
    The Hausa of Nigeria
    Thanks for my goodie and kind note
    How is the job going ?? sure hope it turns into a long term one Happy Monday.
    105 days ago
  • v SPARKFRAN514
    Today’s word is TRYING! No matter how hard it is keep on TRYING!! Throw kindness around like confetti.

    Maintain a positive state of mind! Believe in yourself! Have confidence in your abilities! Feel good about yourself! Take pride in what you have achieved! YES, We CAN DO It!

    Instead of starving yourself, starve the negative thoughts that say you can't lose weight in HEALTHY WAYS and feed the positive ones that say YOU CAN!!!

    108 days ago
  • v LPATRICK0
    Thanks for adding me as a friend in return. Hope to hear the new job is working out? Are you doing any organized runs this spring? Stay encouraged! emoticon
    116 days ago
  • v REMEMBER05
    emoticon Hello my spark friend! I've been away for awhile, and am trying to get started again. Stopping by to tell you that I appreciate you, and wanted to spread a little sparkle of inspiration your way! emoticon



    "Do something today, that your future reflection will thank you for later."

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    117 days ago
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