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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: 268,614

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.


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    You have certainly mastered the health fitness ideologhy. Congrats on your success.
    115 days ago
    Those chickpeas are dangerous! That's sorta what I did with my massaged kale salad. I roasted them myself and they were SO GOOD!
    139 days ago
    I think taking your time and buying something that really appeals to you, makes it a treasure. I have a few pieces of jewelry that I keep going back to year after year. They aren't always the most expensive...but they are the ones that have always meant something.

    Hope your treasure does that for you too emoticon
    139 days ago
    Dear Archimedesii:

    You make several excellent points on weight loss. I agree that too often only the end result is the focus and the process is not looked at in a systematic, logical way that encompasses far more than an eating/exercise plan. I have been writing for years on this subject (with over 40 articles published during my time on staff with Natural Muscle Magazine, where I had my own column titled 'Inspiration') yet I see the masses still fall prey to the hype that perpetuates the myth of fast, and even easy, weight-loss, which definitely sets the stage for disappointment for most anyone dieting. While I approach this with a lifestyle and behavior change plan, it is also not a fast plan and that frustrates people-they believe it should be able to be done quickly, thanks to the years of marketing BS. Having struggled with bulimia/binge eating disorder for over 30+ years, and finally found my way through it, I started a blog journalizing the process to try and help others going through it. While many of my posts use a lot of humor, they are all intended to motivate, inspire and impart some wisdom and advice. I also included Before photos and continue to do photos every 8-12 weeks for the sake of honesty and so others will know that I am for real as well as serious. Humor has also been a big part of the healing process. I have included links to a couple of my posts that go deeper into what has helped me the most with regaining sanity in this journey and can be used by others to help guide them to success. I hope you take a read and please-stay in touch, let me know your thoughts and if you find the information helpful.

    139 days ago
    Didn't mean to cause a commotion on the HOW TRUE IS THIS thread.
    I'm in a low mood today and having a really tough time.
    I felt as if I was being personally attacked....really did not intend to go there.
    140 days ago
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