ARCHIMEDESII
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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: 247,315

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
    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.


    51 days ago
  • v SPARKLINGME176
    Hi! Wonderful SP friend! Just stopping by, to tell you, you inspired me today! & THANKS!

    My life today: emoticon 3-30-16 Today I am determined to stay motivated to make my life, my health journey, special. emoticon I KNOW I am the only 1 who can do it, for me. emoticon for all the support on this site! How would we feel if it closed down? emoticon I wrote a new blog, 3-30-16 WHAT IF SP CLOSED DOWN? Please comment if you read! THX!
    55 days ago
  • v FAITHP44
    Sounds like your first week went well. I'm really pleased for you.
    60 days ago
  • v SPARKFRAN514
    Always check and be sure you put your keys in your purse or pocket . other wise you get your steps in it was a mile walk home to get the spare key go to neighbor to a house key . Racey dancing to go with so off we went I had to carry him a couple of time but we made it brought him home in the care and off to store for the neighbor just a few things i needed to stressed to do my Easter meal shopping i have week . did buy some cheese from Ireland as a treat decided it was better than chocolate . by the time i got to the store the soda bread was gone . did buy Irish cream coffee and Irish cream for my coffee . keep your chin you and happy sparking.
    68 days ago
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    May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day.
    May songbirds serenade you every step along the way.
    May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that's always blue.
    And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.
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    68 days ago
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