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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 ...
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.


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Member Since: 7/6/2007

SparkPoints: 167,207

Fitness Minutes: 245,710

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.

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Karen, age 52


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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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SPARKFRAN514
4/8/2016 12:31:57 AM

Never ever Give up
Impossible is for those who do NOT have the determination to make it possible.
Every morning start a new page in your story make it Great one today
Here we come Week end and we are going to win the battle
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4/6/2016 11:36:36 PM

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
~ St. Francis of Assisi ~

Hope the snow melts soon how is the new job going ?



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4/3/2016 7:14:09 PM

Advice from a Wildflower
Show your true colors
Delight in simple pleasures
Celebrate your natural beauty
Open up!
Read seeds of joy
It’s OK to be a late bloomer
Be wild and wonderful! Ilan Shamir

Monday is the perfect day to correct last weeks mistakes.
I what to see what happens if I don't give up.





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4/2/2016 9:46:16 PM

Life is like a roller coaster, it has its ups and downs. But it's your choice to scream or enjoy the ride."

IT'S IMPOSSIBLE, said pride. IT'S RISKY, said experience. IT'S POINTLESS, says reason.GIVE IT A TRY, whispered the heart.
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4/1/2016 11:00:20 PM

"Friends are angels that lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering how to fly." ~unknown~


"Don't be pushed by your problems, be led by your dreams."
Opportunities may not always seem perfect at first–but if you don’t take them when they are presented, they may never come again. Tom Ingrassia




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