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My before photo - Six years ago, weight 200+ pounds

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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: 328,481

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 such a sweet heart thank you for the words of encouragement! DH's mood has dramatically improved this morning. I have been trying so hard to cheer him up and give him space when he is super cranky. I think he is starting to realize this isn't such a terrible thing and its such a tight job market right now he is lucky to have the contract job. COBRA is cheaper than being self insured directly so we can even save a few bucks there. Unfortunately his *entire* wardrobe is jeans and t-shirts no joke so he does need to buy a bit of clothing but honestly he *should* have some nice clothes just in case. He will his some stores tomorrow and get just a couple nice pieces that he can mix and match. And who knows maybe they will have casual fridays where he can wear his jeans!
    3142 days ago
  • v AMETHYST73
    HI there, thanks for coming past my blog and for your comment, it made me feel a lot better to know that other's understood where I was coming from was not a place of nastiness, but at worst just being a bit insensitive. The thread in question was actually taken down at my request, I watched it come down. In retrospect, I should have added substantially more commentary to my initial post, or better yet, left it to my blog where I had more space to explain myself. The thing is, I really felt I had a breakthrough in the way I view my own weight by asking myself such a confronting question and hoped to help others..ah well, it's over now I hope so I'm moving on and have a lesson learned..

    At least it's put me in contact with an inspirational person like yourself! Looking forward to reading more of your blogs...
    3187 days ago
  • v MRSSASS2010
    You rock! That is all.

    3269 days ago
  • v no profile image TWISTOLOMEW
    "Either that or your friend had just come back from a mammogram"

    omg Karen -*that* was hilarious!!! emoticon
    3441 days ago
    I just nominated you as a motivational member for Community Involvement. All of your posts are so thorough AND tactful! We could all stand to learn something from you :)

    Have a great weekend!
    3743 days ago
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