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My Spark Activity Tracker and me: first impressions

Monday, October 20, 2014

Thanks to the recent promo, I bought a S.A.T.! Have only been wearing it a few days but here are my initial thoughts. As suggested, I lowered the daily goal (to 4,000 steps) just to get a baseline from 2-3 days of use. I was pleasantly surprised that I could reach that fairly easily. Upped it to 5,000 this morning. Am looking forward to this device helping me build my daily number.

Overall, I'm very pleased with the S.A.T. This is the first device of this kind I have ever used (other than a simple pedometer.) Love the fact that it's small and stays put. I've been clipping it to my bra - much handier for me than attaching it to clothes or shoes. Uploading the data has been seamless. SP does a nice job of tracking the data.

Of course there's always a couple of little bugs. This morning a friend and I took our dogs on a walk around the lake then I headed for a 45 min Zumba class. It looks like the steps from the walk are fairly accurate but not the Zumba. Ditto I am not satisfied with the way it tracks minutes of exercise. But for the price - I'm not going to let that worry me. It just won't be reliable data. The battery life has gone down to half in a matter of days. I think I saw something about that on the FAQs so will refer to that for more info. Lastly, my laptop has been having some trouble connecting to some web addresses and/or loading pages since I attached the S.A.T. I have no idea if there is a connection or not... will see.

Overall, the pluses have made this a fun experience and I'm looking forward to continued use!

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DOGLADY13 10/20/2014 9:33PM

    I lost two SATs in a month. I gave up on them. It didn't work as motivator for me. Losing two of them really irritated me, too. So many people really enjoy them and are motivated by them. I hope you enjoy yours and you learn a lot from them.

Are you familiar with the humorist/essayist David Sedaris? He recently had an article published in The New Yorker about his love affair with his fit bit.

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I got an activity tracker as a feature of my new phone, Galaxy S5. It surprised me that I started paying attention and moved more to play with the numbers.
I get the impression it's a GPS system. But then again, I got twice the steps when climbing up the steps of the bay house on vacay. I give it a 1.5 thumbs up for effort and use it as an estimate of my activity. On one vacation day it says I walked 7 miles!
Good luck!

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ANNEMARIA6 10/20/2014 6:01PM

    I ordered my second tracker this week as I lost mine a month ago. Glad I waited so I got it at half price.
I reallymissed the thing and the ease of tracking walks and workouts. You are right sometimes it flubs the minutes of a session but it is very motivating!

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ARNETTELEE 10/20/2014 1:39PM

  Glad you are having "fun" with the SAT. Happy sparking!

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KESTRYLL 10/20/2014 12:48PM

    Glad you are having success with it!

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PHHHISC 10/20/2014 12:47PM

    emoticon Good luck!

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Take a hike!

Friday, August 01, 2014

Both figuratively...
Whole30 is on hold for a bit. Yes, I know I didn't make it all the way to 30 but that was a given from the start because...

and literally!
I'll be heading off to camp with family tomorrow. Looking forward to fun times - kayaking, swimming, probably leave the fishing to BIL and kids (that makes it much quieter on shore!), day trips into town to window shop or schlepping through the woods aka hiking. I learned the hard way out in Montana to always wear hiking boots on "trails." A couple of years ago, we set out on a trail (supposedly 5 miles) around a lake only to find that only the first few miles were improved. After that it got quite rocky etc. and sneakers were just not enough protection. Lesson learned. P.S. It was also much closer to 8 miles.

Of course all the above is accompanied by good eating. We will be on the waterfront so cocktails at sunset are a tradition. We grill and make tasty salads but a few yummy desserts and junk food sneak in as well.

Will kick back and enjoy. The Whole30 wagon will be waiting when I return.

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DOGLADY13 8/4/2014 9:21PM

    Enjoy your vacation. It sounds terrific!

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    Sounds wonderful.
Have great time.
I also own hiking boots! I needed good support climbing the trails in Zion and Bryce a few years ago.

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It's a wet dog kind of day

Monday, July 28, 2014

Woke up to pouring rain so the dog and I postponed our early morning trip outside. By 9am it was still pouring so off we went anyway. Put on my gardening muck shoes and huddled under the golf umbrella in a feeble attempt to keep from getting soaking wet. Headed for the tree-covered trail but even that didn't offer any protection. All those obedience classes and various certifications paid off as Riley heeled and stayed (mostly) dry under the umbrella. He's still a bit damp and it's time to go out again. There are big blobs of yellow and orange on the doppler so we're heading out before we risk drowning.

Fell off the Whole30 wagon yesterday. Was it that bit of (delicious) cake at the shower?? or simply not being prepared for a day filled with activities that did not involve a trip to the grocery store?? I am back on the plan today where I will remain until camp next weekend.

Food: eggs, ham, blueberries, watermelon, hamburger, baked potato, green salad with peppers, carrots etc.

Exercise: walking, walking, walking!

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MAINEALI 7/28/2014 12:15PM

    Good for you for getting outside anyway!

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IDLETYME 7/28/2014 12:15PM

    Your food sounds yummy and exercise too. You're doing a great job! I'd like some of your rain. It's been hot here for five days! emoticon

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Today is technically day 15 of Whole30. I've been "reporting" the day after I completed it (which is probably as confusing to you as it is to me!) so this blog covers days 12,13, and 14!

Food: pretty much same ol' same ol'. I haven't had the food prep mojo goin' for quite a while. Definitely tough when you're trying to eat whole foods. Luckily, my local grocery store (Wegmans) has a variety of pre-cooked meals which are both tasty, affordable, healthy, and... ta da... pre-cooked! I've been indulging... plain grilled chicken breast or grilled chicken/bacon/pineapple on skewer, mixed roasted vegetables, and either cauliflower or green beans. Rainier cherries, watermelon, scrambled eggs with Canadian bacon and onion and cashews round out the menu.

Exercise: daily walking consists of two 20+ min. walks with the dog at a relatively good medium pace. Definitely need to boost this category!

Still feeling good and I slept like a rock last night. I'm pretty sure I woke up in the same position I feel asleep in and that hasn't happened in a verrrrrrrrrrrry long time.

Tomorrow's challenge: wedding shower. I RSVP'd for a Cobb Salad with Balsamic dressing. So far, so good. But my best friend (the MOG) is hostessing and she special ordered a very special cake which she says is "to die for." I just might have to... at least 1 or 2 bites. Pre-planned and permission granted.

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    Sounds like you've got the groove going!

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TWEETYKC00 7/25/2014 6:00PM

    I hope you have a good time at the shower.

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Whole30: 11 down

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

This morning's scenario: my dog and I are sitting outside enjoying the shade and a slight breeze; the morning newspaper; coffee; short walk done. As the day heats up and the sunshine edges toward my shady spot, today's major exercise will be mowing the lawn, a quick shower, then music rehearsal. Am singing in a quartet this weekend and we have yet to all sing together. Oh wait - the fourth won't join us until tomorrow night's rehearsal. And I'm still on the piano doing the accompanying. Oh well - I'm sure it will all come together.

Completed: day 11
Food: chicken, roasted veggies, cauliflower, watermelon, Ranier cherries, sweet potato chips
Exercise: walking. As you can tell, the length of our walks is very dependent on the heat/humidity. I have become a real wimp this summer. I'm sweating more than I recall even at a low activity level. Will guess it's age???

100% compliant or no?? I picked up a couple of Larrabars this weekend for those emergency snacks. Unfortunately I also picked up another "fruit and nut" bar they make without reading the teeny tiny print. Once I got my glasses on (and after I ate it) I realized it had pea protein and rice syrup in it. I also indulged in some Terra Sweet Potato chips yesterday. They are 100& sweet potato but I don't think the oils used are compliant. Plus I ate too many.

Still feeling good.

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BOBCATGIRL76 7/23/2014 4:18PM

    I'm so happy you are having so much success on Whole30! You're over a third of the way done! Congrats!

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    The sweet potato chips get me too!

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KRISTA987 7/22/2014 9:00PM

    I admire your commitment! I could never stick to such a strict meal plan. Try not to stress too much about the bar & sweet potato chips. Sounds like you're doing great!

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4ANEWME2DAY 7/22/2014 10:39AM

    You are on the right track. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FORZACHANDMATT 7/22/2014 10:37AM

    That dinner sounds delicious. Congrats on getting this far

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