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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: 286,793

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 are a true inspiration. Thank you for putting yourself out there. Your post in the Cyber Cafe gave me the kick in the butt I needed.
    13 days ago
    Wow your story is so inspiring! I friended you after your reply to my message on the panic button message board, it was so super helpful and fast, it really meant so much to me! emoticon emoticon I loved reading about your fitness and nutrition experience, way to go and for keeping it going!! emoticon
    55 days ago
    Woo! How fun! I hope you enjoy Greece!!!
    83 days ago
    Geez, I almost forgot to answer your blog comments! I did get a few pairs of compression socks, but ever since I cut down sodium and caffeine, I haven't had any more swelling. I wore them all day the last day of Comic-Con and they really did help a lot. I should have worn them more frequently. I'm sorry about the lousy genetics with the veins. I hate when that happens! I always say something to my grandma about whatever it is: knees, arthritis in my hands, etc. THANKS GRANDMA! Hahaha! She takes it in stride.
    89 days ago
    thanks for the goodie!

    I can use that in the exercise room.

    emoticon keep kickin' butt!
    114 days ago
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