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ArchimedesII

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: 131,112

Fitness Minutes: 198,185

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 50


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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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NSMANN
2/10/2014 11:34:44 PM

Hey I saw your post about doing planks with 25 pushups. I was wondering if you'd recommend that program to me over my current program. Currently I do a daily routine after my cardio where I do 10 modified pushups, followed by 25 crunches, followed by 10 pushups, followed by 25 crunches, followed by 10 pushups, for a total of 50 crunches and 30 pushups. The crunches are easy to me, so I feel like I am not challenging my abs. The modified pushups are really hard, I'd like to get better at these. Would the plank be a better exercise for me / get me to good visible abs quicker? I'm also worried that I'm neglecting my obliques. What do you suggest?



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SPARKFRAN514
2/4/2014 11:23:52 PM

E mail issues like everyone seems to be having so had to change my user name but its still me went from fran533 to Spark Fran 514




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MARIAJESTRADA
2/4/2014 8:30:47 PM

RLMAO! Oh my gosh, that was hilarious! Thank you for the monster truck. We're supposed to get between 3 and 9 inches. I'm rooting for 3 because I don't want to miss anymore work.



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MYOWNHERO
2/3/2014 5:11:19 PM

Hey, I see you a motivator of the day! Yay!



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KANOE10
2/3/2014 8:42:14 AM

It is odd. I may try the Spark Tracker. Thanks.



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