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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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ARCHIMEDESII is going to check out a new Korean market that opened nearby. Wonder what sort of kimchi they have. I've been on a kimchi kick recently.
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Member Since: 7/6/2007

SparkPoints: 131,495

Fitness Minutes: 198,710

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 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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JILLYBEAN25
4/23/2014 6:22:00 PM

I read your comment on Dava's blog. I'm glad your contract keeps getting extended. I hope you geta permanent spot soon!



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SMILINGTREE
4/23/2014 5:50:23 PM

That is good news about the job -- not GREAT news, but headed in the right direction. Great news would be permanent position with benefits :)

Goals help me too. I wish I could train for another half -- it would be fun. That's the thing - whatever you decide to do, have fun with it!




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SMILINGTREE
4/22/2014 8:21:45 PM

I got almost all of the articles done -- I'm procrastinating doing the last one right now.

Vegetables that need cool weather (broccoli, brussels sprouts, greens, etc.) don't do great in TN during the later spring (now) and summer. They need to be in the ground in late February or early March to get a decent yield.

My aunt and uncle planted several types of tomato plants, some peas, some beans, squash and radishes yesterday. I got melons, lemon cukes, basil, and a few other things today. I'm so excited that we are working together this year. Oh, and the food will be good, too :)



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MSANITAL
4/14/2014 8:37:21 PM

Thank you so much for your comment to my plea for help.. everything you said is so true.. .. I am really working hard at this this week, and I am increasing my protein and work harder at getting in all my fruit and veggies.. I do strength training about 3x a week but I know I can up what I do and smoking no don't do that.. so I am ready to ride this storm no matter how bumpy it gets..
thanks again.




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MARIAJESTRADA
3/29/2014 8:12:46 PM

Thank you for the link! I will check it out I actually got a heel injury last time I was jogging, before I injured my ankle while walking off a sidewalk, ahem, but it's pretty stable now. Anyway, I would love to be able to do a 5k if my knees can take it.



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