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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: 264,299

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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  • v NEWZEE
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    “To be happy, we must not be too concerned with others.”
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    114 days ago
    Thanks for your comment on my post! You've been on my mind lately, and it is good to ready you've been taking really long walks. I agree -- a good, long walk clears the mind. It seems to spur something creative in my brain too. I have weird little flights of fancy while walking. Here's an example: While on the 12 mile hike in the Smokeys I was thinking about what I would do if I saw a bear. I'd take a picture, of course!

    (As I thought these things it was like a movie playing in my mind: I saw me, seeing the bear, taking the photo, etc.)

    The flash or sound of the camera made the bear angry. It came running after me. In the split second before this imaginary bear reached me I considered what to do: run? I can't outrun a bear! Climb a tree? I can't climb, and anyway, the bear could still get me!

    So, I decided, the bear would just get to eat me. I took one more picture before it got to me and in the flurry of being eat by the bear, my phone was flung to the side.

    Later, after my remains were recovered, I imagined my children, with the phone returned to them. They are looking through the pictures and come to the one of the bear rushing toward me. The last one.

    They laughed and laughed and said, "Gah! Just like mom. A bear about to eat her, and what does she do? She takes a picture!"

    Someday, that whole fantasy is going to be part of a story, somehow. Probably a weird dream sequence or something. :)
    118 days ago
  • v NSKYLINE115
    Very cool!! I'll keep an eye out at my company for positions, I work in a pharmaceutical company.
    175 days ago
    You should totally go to Boston's Comic-Con! How fun! I'm like you, I won't pay for the extra experiences. I know SDCC offers paid autograph sessions. No thank you. Every year my friend Jimmy and I get a photo at the Walking Dead booth in the convention hall, so the photo I didn't talk about was that one. The "actors" are wax statues and pretty darn good ones, too! This year was a little bland as far as their booth, though. Previous years they did whole elaborate scenes that you walked through. One year they did an interior from Terminus! It was amazing.

    We only have 1 ice cream shop here and that's Stone Cold Creamery. The only other place to get frozen yogurt is at Costco's food court. But, that's only vanilla and chocolate. I'm partial to places that let you serve yourself and you pay by the ounce cuz they almost always have plain tart and that's my absolute favorite!
    175 days ago
    Thanks for your comments on my post. The farm is doing okay. We are just getting ready to put in our seeds for a little fall crop of stuff -- the bean beetles have killed our green beans :( But we did get a couple of bushels, so it wasn't a total loss.

    I can't wait to read your official good news. I hope the rumors are true!
    181 days ago
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