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Garmin and Sparkpeople

Saturday, April 20, 2013

I have been using a Garmin device for a long time. I sync it with a website (since I am not in to promotion of specific products - I will leave it nameless).

I am sure I am not the only SP user who use a Garmin (or any electronic device to monitor walk, run, or bike activities) and download the GPS data for either record, or analysis.

I love the spark community and want to help the SP website to stay competitive with apps and other website. So, I wrote to SP and suggested that they work with Garmin to have to develop an electronic interface with the Spark website. (I don't think such an interface exist) - rather than manually entry to your SP page.

If you are a Garmin (or user of another electronic device with download capability) perhaps we can 'unite' and have the interface created.

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RDLONG03 4/6/2014 12:47AM

  just adding my support to the idea of being able to import data from garmin. I generally work out 5-10+ hours a week, and love the fact that my Garmin (310XT) takes care of all the data entry for me.

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KTAYCA1 1/1/2014 10:20AM

  OH YEAH ! This is exactly what I'm looking for too! I am looking for the right online community which combines healthy eating and fitness tracking--if I'm gonna track mg of sodium in my food, I'm gonna track real calories and heart rate in my fitness. SP has a great community and I would LOVE for them to work with Garmin.

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DDHEART 8/6/2013 9:46PM

    Doh! I can't believe I never thought of this myself. I love the fact that my fitbit syncs with Sparkpeople and simplifies my tracking. I reserve my Garmin for my running specifically and track my runs on the training center which of course allows me to keep close tabs on a lot of the things that are important to me for my training but it would be really nice if this also synced with SP. And being able to track gear? OMG that would be great too!

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ETTEZEUS 8/6/2013 9:44PM

    Agree!! Would love to sync my Garmin with SP!!

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BOBBYD31 8/6/2013 9:24PM

    awesome idea

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2WHEELER 5/11/2013 5:43PM

    Great idea!! I use a Garmin and would love to have it interface with SparkPeople.

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JOPAPGH 5/8/2013 9:22AM

    Agree on the Garmin interface and gear tracker enhancements.

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MBSHAZZER 4/20/2013 12:56PM

    I totally agree! Also, I like to use mapmyrun to keep track of the mileage on my shoes. I would LOVE it if Spark incorporate a gear tracking function as well. Map My Run totally underestimates my calorie burn - so even though I am using it only for shoe mileage, it is still demoralizing to have run 10 miles and have MMR tell me I've burned 350 calories!! :D

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MOMGETSSPARK 4/20/2013 8:16AM

    I tried to use the map program the other day for a walk at our local park with a huge loop. I never thought about using the Garmin. I would love that as I hate another app I got that emails me constantly, yet doesn't work half the time when I am out.

I would definitely love something that links with the Spark website!!!!! emoticon

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Support for Boston

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

What happened in Boston yesterday have affected all of us.

At the London marathon this weekend finishers will show support for Boston by holding their hand over their heart.

Here is an idea - when you run a race and you want to pay tribute to the runners, the injured, the first responders - whom ever you want to honor ... run the very last part (30-40 yards) of your run with the hand over your heart.

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SANDYLOVE8 4/16/2013 10:34PM

    That's a great idea emoticon

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ELSCO55 4/16/2013 10:33PM

    A good idea.

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TRACYLYNN853 4/16/2013 10:24PM

    Such a tragedy.

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ANNELIZABETH918 4/16/2013 10:19PM

    Thanks for sharing this. I will try this for my 5K in June. emoticon

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HARROWJET 4/16/2013 10:18PM

    I like that idea.

Judy emoticon

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LEANIE64 4/16/2013 10:16PM

    I love this idea..I am going to participate in a run in May..I will do just that..what a great idea..Thanks !

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getting older ... I hate it

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Soon I will turn 60, which all of a sudden has become a challenge emotionally. The big SIX - O.

When I turned 50 - I was a couch potato not active at all ... or, I had just started to get active. I have had a decade where I have done things I did not think possible. No records in the books, but records competed against myself (and perhaps a few people younger than I).

What recently threw me off ... I found out that I within the next year will be placed on the inactive list for bone marrow donation. For those of you who knows me - people with blood cancers have a special place in my heart, so bone marrow donation is an important act towards a fellow being whose health is affected by a blood cancer.

I would like to ask each one of you reading this - and all your friends - log on to or and ask yourself ... is marrow donation for me (and i hope it is).

Recently you may have heard of a high profile bonemarrow transplant - Robin Robbins if Good Morning America. Her donor was her sister, but it does not have to be a blood relative. A young lady I know in Ohio had a donor from Germany ... after her transplant she got married and work as a teacher.

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GABSTER26 5/26/2013 5:05PM

    I have been on the list here in Canada - willing to donate parts of me that are healthy - my blood and my marrow. I registered for this years ago - one never knows when they might be a match - and if or when that happens I will gladly donate......

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2WHEELER 5/11/2013 5:47PM

    60 is just a number; don't sweat it. I've been on the bone marrow donor list for 20+ years. There was someone at work who needed a bone marrow transplant and they held a "registration day" on campus. I didn't realize that you're off the list at 60--it's not that far away for me.

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JOELEVENACIOUS 4/19/2013 11:51PM

    60 no biggie! much better than pushing up grass and keeping the worms company! I am sure you have lost people in your life younger than you, think about that.

I just retired and was sad thinking my dad died at 61 in 1965 and never got to enjoy those fruits of his labors. He was a good man and I never got to know him as an adult. Just concentrate on being healthy (of course your here!) and enjoy! It only gets better if you've got the body to carry on. And I love to carry on.

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BOBBYD31 3/14/2013 11:21PM

    your too young to be thinking this way, i just raced against a 72 yr old and 89 yr that kicked my butt. hold your head high in a few weeks on that 60th, you do a lot of good all the time

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JEN-LOVES-LIFE 3/14/2013 9:04PM

    I did it! I did it! I did it!!

I've been thinking about this for a while, and when I read your blog, I decided to sign up. Now I just have to wait for my kit. Anemia was not listed on there and my blood should be nice and healthy compared to what it was three years ago.

If it were not for you, I would not have signed up. I really hope that I can help someone. When I had all of my issues a few years ago, I asked how long until I can donate blood and they said three years, So I have about six months to go until I can.

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GREENGENES 3/12/2013 9:11PM

    We run a "Be the Match" event every year. I have been on the list for several years. It is a great cause.

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MOONANDSTARS77 3/12/2013 6:43PM

  I am going to look into it. I always wanted to but was scared it would hurt when I was younger. As I age, helping others becomes more important.

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My friend Steve and his companion

Sunday, February 24, 2013

became acquainted a few years ago. The name of the companion is Leukemia. Steve's attitude was ' leukemia if you are going to be part of my life, we are playing by my rules". - Check out his website -- www. and you will find one inspiring tale.

How many cancer patients have their wife drop them off at the Cancer center - and after chemo you run home.

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LILPAT3 2/25/2013 3:49PM

    Fantastic! When I was a kid I had A Plastic Anemia. My parents never told me I couldn't do something, my doctor sat back and held his breath and here I am today. Mindset makes or breaks a person in many cases. emoticon

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BILL60 2/25/2013 9:59AM

    Great stuff. Inspiring!!

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Change in screen name

Sunday, February 24, 2013

I have changed my screen name, still the same dude!

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COOP9002 2/24/2013 4:46PM

    Thanks for the update. Hope your day is going well.

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