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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: 359,716

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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    88 days ago
    LOVE Your page!!! WOW!! YOU are amazing!!

    YW about the message!! It all depends on how we look at things.

    A challenge? Means "DO What I CAN!! Doesn't have to be the PERFECT, but does mean trying hard. If I can't do something, what can I do instead?
    175 days ago
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    I just made you a comment and the comment got lost in cyberspace. So... here I go again...

    Thank you for the goodie and for stopping by my blog!

    All morning, I pitched items from my closet. I organized items from my closet. I made donation bags from my closet.

    I side hustled.

    I found another job to apply to today.

    I need to go through my dresser drawers. While side hustling, I came across an article to review about how a woman lined her dresser drawers with gift wrap. Guess what I found in my closet this morning? A new roll of Christmas gift wrap! I can celebrate Christmas all year-round!


    So, how is your day going?

    395 days ago
    Dear Archimedesii:

    You make several excellent points on weight loss. I agree that too often only the end result is the focus and the process is not looked at in a systematic, logical way that encompasses far more than an eating/exercise plan. I have been writing for years on this subject (with over 40 articles published during my time on staff with Natural Muscle Magazine, where I had my own column titled 'Inspiration') yet I see the masses still fall prey to the hype that perpetuates the myth of fast, and even easy, weight-loss, which definitely sets the stage for disappointment for most anyone dieting. While I approach this with a lifestyle and behavior change plan, it is also not a fast plan and that frustrates people-they believe it should be able to be done quickly, thanks to the years of marketing BS. Having struggled with bulimia/binge eating disorder for over 30+ years, and finally found my way through it, I started a blog journalizing the process to try and help others going through it. While many of my posts use a lot of humor, they are all intended to motivate, inspire and impart some wisdom and advice. I also included Before photos and continue to do photos every 8-12 weeks for the sake of honesty and so others will know that I am for real as well as serious. Humor has also been a big part of the healing process. I have included links to a couple of my posts that go deeper into what has helped me the most with regaining sanity in this journey and can be used by others to help guide them to success. I hope you take a read and please-stay in touch, let me know your thoughts and if you find the information helpful.

    1339 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. :)
    1383 days ago
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