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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 ...
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: 150,521

Fitness Minutes: 224,100

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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JIBBIE49
4/9/2015 12:56:38 AM

emoticon Great to see your Spark Friend, emoticon SPARKLINGME176 as The Motivator of the Day. What an honor. emoticon



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JILLYBEAN25
4/5/2015 10:44:30 PM

The comment you left on SMILINGTREE's blog resonated a lot with me today. You meant it for her, but I think it could have easily been said to me, too. I just wanted to say thank you for pointing it out because it helped me, too.



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NSKYLINE115
4/2/2015 1:54:45 PM

Thanks for the ice cream goodie! It was delicious! It made me lose 3 pounds emoticon emoticon



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SMILINGTREE
4/1/2015 9:58:13 AM

I wrote a bit about the 5K in today's post -- the short answer is: I did the one mile fun walk, and it was the best decision for that day.

Scheduling is the thing. I'm getting there. I'm going to try doing some seven minute workouts on the days I go to the restaurant and see if that helps me build the habit I need!

As always, thank you for your thoughtful comments. I do appreciate your time and your thoughts.



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SPARKFRAN514
3/8/2015 12:35:11 AM

Dieting is not a piece of cake. ~Author Unknown
I'm in shape. Round is a shape... isn't it? ~Author Unknown
Stressed spelled backwards is desserts. Coincidence? I think not! ~Author Unknown
we don't need to trade all chocolate cookies for Carrots sticks or Ice cream for Yogurt . we can make smart choices most of the time no one is perfect .:) hugs
hope your snow is melting and you are able to get and enjoy some nice weather



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