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FitBit Flex might be crazy :(

Friday, October 04, 2013

Or it could be me, of course. But it's only my second day with it, and I'm super frustrated!

Yesterday it seemed to be doing a few weird things, but since it was the first day and I was just setting it up and such, I decided to mostly ignore the feedback until today. It's not going well so far. So many people report loving these -- it has to at least in part be something I am doing/not doing/not understanding then, right? Any feedback from experienced users would be greatly appreciated, as I'm almost ready to pack it back up and return it already!


It told me I was restless quite often during my 6.5 hours of sleep last night (I know, I know), but not awake -- even though I remember waking up and speaking to my husband at some point -- leading it to report that my sleep was 97% efficient. Great! Except, as usual, I felt like I'd been run down by a train when I tried to wake up this morning. Hmmmm.

Now, it could be that you need to be up and moving -- like, walking to the bathroom? -- for it to detect that you're "awake," which I guess could just be a "limitation" of the current state of the technology (which otherwise seems crazy-advanced to me!), but that's not going to be terribly valuable for me. If I didn't want the sleep-tracking function, I could just buy an HRM or something.

Yesterday during the day I had set my main goal as steps counted, since I knew I was going to walk about 2 miles on my lunch break and I wanted to test out the feedback. But I changed it back to calories burned before I biked home for the same reason. I was pretty pleased when I got my "goal met" four flashing lights with about 2 miles still to go, until much later when I got a push notification (after 11 p.m.!) that I had almost made it to my goal -- just 2.000-some steps to go. Argh. So wrong goal AND obnoxiously late. I should have been in bed already. Maybe it will know when I am and not send them? I am not hopeful.

It finally seems to be remembering my main goal (about which you get the flashy-light feedback) but I also have tried to change the numeric part of my goals (number of steps, calories burned, etc.) numerous times, but it keeps reverting back to all the default settings. I don't see any "save" I missing something?

I just don't believe it so far! On the first day, by the time I got to work (before I had fully set it up yet), it told me I had logged a few hundred steps, even though I had walked only out to my bike and from my bike into my work building. It also told me I logged only 3.1 miles in distance, which is accurate only if it applies to STEPS ONLY. That's fine if that's what it does...but as I am primarily a cyclist, this also is not really useful to me. emoticon

It also says I burned a total of 2,052 calories yesterday. I average 175 per ride (5 miles! seems so unfair, doesn't it? LOL), and I rode to and from. Plus I walked about a mile or so one way on lunch (FitBit says 64 calories there and 60 back -- and at least that seems reasonable, since on the way back I slowed just a bit by my groceries). So that's 470 calories burned. Can I really be burning nearly 1600 calories just from walking no more than 30 feet to the bathroom at work multiple times a day and pacing my kitchen while making dinner?

Today the flashy lights said (and are still saying) I met my calories-burned goal before I even made it to work (same routine - modest movement getting ready for work and 175-calorie bike ride). My dashboard says I've burned 900-some calories so far -- but the goal setting has reverted back to the factory-set 2,184! 900 is NOT greater than 2,000...this much I remember from grade-school math. Argh again.

And if those things were true, wouldn't I be melting away when I am compliant with my 1400 calorie intake per day? Evidently not, because then there are food goals: If I tell it I want to lose 1 pound per week for a total of 13 pounds by January, it says I can only eat 770 calories.


And even though I have not logged any food yet with the FitBit, it says I have 0 of those 770 calories remaining. It does say something about updating over time as you log, but what - why? It's math.

And what the heck are "active minutes"? It says that yesterday I had 58 total, which doesn't seem right: 25 minutes biking, minus maybe up to 10 for traffic lights -- I doubt it's that many, but let's estimate 15 anyway. So 15 x 2 (bike to work, bike home), plus 15 minutes each way on my lunchtime walk = 60.


So far today: 2. MINUTES. Remember I biked 25 minutes in to work?


I wish I could upload screen shots from my phone to make this easier to describe, but I never ever have time for anything at home anymore, and it's not possible at work.

Helllllllp meeeeeeeeee. emoticon

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KLONG8 2/11/2014 12:20AM

    I've been considering a fit-bit but I think I'll pass after listening to your struggle. I just upgraded my phone and was so frustrated as I tried to get in synced with my laptop, and rolling again. Several upset/frustrated/angry days. Life is too short - but my sister loves hers.

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MISSCUS 1/31/2014 1:06AM

    Just checking up on you. Went to your page saw this blog. I have the One. It works fine for me, but I don't bicycle. It seems to count steps correctly as far as I can tell. As far as the sleep measuring, it seems to measure when you move around, at which time you are out of REM sleep. When I sleep, I barely move at all. So I have 96-98 % efficient sleep. Yeah, benadryl does that for me. LOL. Without it I simply don't sleep. I'm 62 going on 3, they say the elderly sleep less as they age. Mwa ha ha! I love sleep. I love Benadryl!

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PIR8CHIK 10/16/2013 8:32AM

    Wow! That thing sounds like something out of Star Trek! Crazy!

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GHK1962 10/9/2013 12:36AM

    Sorry you are having trouble with this piece of gadgetry (is that a word?)

As I do not have one, or anything like it, I can give you a whopping 0 piece of advice. Besides...I am older remember? Me and techie stuffs do NOT get along.

This is several days late in coming ... did you start to figure it out? are still riding in this soon-to-be-winter weather? YOU...are my hero :)

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    I don't have one but have lots of friends that do and it took them a while to learn how to use it. I guess there are some tics with everything like this. I hope someone can give you some concrete suggestions to help.

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JMEPAYNE 10/7/2013 2:11PM

    HEYA! sorry that you are so frustrated.

1st- the fitbit won't track your biking. it tracks steps. so your calorie burn for the biking won't reflect in your calorie count on the flex. You can log in your biking into the fitbit app and then it will apply the calories burned.
2nd- calorie burn on fitbit also reflects BMR in addition to calories burned through activity. So you will have a calorie burn when you wake up.
3rd- sleep tracking- it classifies "awake" by the movement. you have to take several steps to classify as awake. it reads restless when you move around- like tossing and turning.

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DDOORN 10/6/2013 11:15PM

    Sorry I can't be of help...don't have much use for gadgets. Have decided against anything to measure my cycling either, despite having apps on my iPhone which I could use...just can't be bothered. I just like keeping it simple and getting on my bike and


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HIPPICHICK1 10/5/2013 10:27AM

    Call me crazy, but if you are truly burning over 2,000 calories a day with all of your activities and exercise then you probably need to eat more than 1400 cals! Maybe you aren't losing weight because you are in starvation mode?
P.S. Am I ever glad that I have only a heart rate monitor!
Good Luck.

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SLASALLE 10/5/2013 10:25AM

    I have a Fit Bit Ultra that is a couple of years old. I can't address all that you're saying, but have a couple pieces of useful info.

On the calories burned, you burn calories even when you're sleeping. So there is a base number of calories that you burn each day just with normal daily activity. It's fairly substantial, over 1,000 for most of us.

I originally tried syncing it with SparkPeople and can't remember details, but I know I intentionally unsynced it. It had something to do with double tracking, as well as it not being real accurate when you're doing certain types of exercise.

Hope this helps a little bit. Don't give up!! I actually really love my FitBit, but I had to figure out exactly what I wanted to use it for.

I thought the sleep part of it was based on arm movement and/or your pulse since with the FitBit Ultra, I have to tuck it in a little wrist band.

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LAKOTALADY 10/4/2013 8:34PM

    Thanks for all the info. Now I know I WON'T buy one! THANKS!!!

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TKRYSTINA 10/4/2013 6:02PM

    I have the Fit Bit one & it told me I woke up over 50 times last night.

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 10/4/2013 4:42PM

    I don't have the flex. I got the zip and couldn't get it to sync. Call me crazy but I went with the "one". Lost it, tried the spark tracker but am sending it back. My replacement "one" got here today. I hope I don't have problems.

The best to you!

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Gluten-free gumbo!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

NOT "diet"-friendly, but my hubby made it for me! First time we've had gumbo since I stopped eating gluten, so ... 2-3 years?!

His go-to recipe (which he only ever uses as mere guides) used to be Emeril Lagasse's, and when I looked up a GF recipe I discovered both his daughters are gluten-free (one has celiac disease) and they wrote a GF cookbook, containing, of course -- gumbo!

Ours has all the fat (I found my stomach almost entirely souring at first at the idea!) but we used chicken andouille from Trader Joe's, plus shrimp and a nice piece of halibut. And we used the ONE bell pepper we got from our very-late-planted plant this year!

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MZZCHIEF 1/7/2014 2:52PM

    Sounds delicious!
YAY go gluten free! I have found that subbing corn starch or rice flour works for m.
: )

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DDOORN 9/25/2013 9:37AM

    Yum! I love when I take the time to pull together good stuff in the kitchen! :-)


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    It sounds wonderful!! Today, at my doctor's appointment, I said I have a wheat sensitivity and he said he disagreed and thinks I actually have celiac disease. So I guess I have better do some more research on this. LOL.

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CMBELISLE 9/23/2013 2:36PM

    I wonder what Emeril's daughters use for the roux. I tried making gluten-free roux to brown one time and it did not do well. After nearly a year of buying Pamela's Pancake Mix, one of my non gluten-free daughters pointed out that I can use it like Bisquick. Duh! There are still a few things I haven't quite gotten converted though. Congrats on the tasty dinner!

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HIPPICHICK1 9/23/2013 1:40PM

P.S. I didn't know gumbo would have gluten in it...then again I'm not sure what gumbo *is*!
I'm so Canadian.

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ANATASHIKI 9/23/2013 7:34AM

    looks emoticon

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GHK1962 9/22/2013 10:22PM

    HOLY WOW that looks freaking tasty. KNOW I want the recipe right? Man...the greens in there looks soooooo yum!

Oh...and good that it's! heh

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Moving forward

Monday, September 09, 2013

Hi Sparkies!

Synopsis: I am a mess but determined to get back on track. Read on if you care about any of the details. If not, no hard feelings! This is mostly me trying to get my head together. And besides, I'm sure you've heard the sob story before. Possibly from me. emoticon

First off, I have to apologize again for not yet personally getting back to everyone who sent their well wishes for my husband and their support for me -- every single one meant a lot to me, and if I never get to thank each of you personally, I hope you'll understand. He has at least two and half more weeks in the cast; except for the moment, work has been absolutely insanely busy; and my email inbox looks like it exploded. I once had a goal of keeping it under 300 -- and right now I'm well past 2,000! Yeeesh.

Anyway, I was struggling to maintain my fitness level and 75 pounds lost (WOO-HOO!) well before my husband went and landed himself in a wheelchair, and as you can imagine, the 5 weeks at my dear MIL's pretty much unraveled me the rest of the way! I was without my bike, I was often eating dinner at 9 and 10 p.m., I was getting even less sleep than usual, etc. My only exercise was an almost-mile-long walk to the train. Sure, this is better than nothing, but it's a far cry from biking almost 10 miles a day!

So I am feeling completely out of shape. I was teetering between a 10- and 15-pound gain, but now I am solidly at 15. I am back on my bike most workdays, but I haven't stretched properly or picked up a set of weights in what feels like ages, and oh, how it shows. emoticon Muffin top, lumpy-sausage thighs, cottage cheese triceps. I tried on some clearance clothes at Target on Saturday. BAD IDEA. Why didn't anyone tell me I have back fat again? (And really, at 140? Life really isn't fair sometimes.) Plus, the combo of sudden added stress and poof! NO exercise sent my fibro into a tailspin. (Did I mention I was also working on an important freelance job at the time that was already behind schedule when my dear other half called me to take him to the hospital?) emoticon

Granted, I am not sure my lowest weight of 125 was gained exactly healthfully -- it MELTED off (from the 138 at which I had been stuck for roughly a year) when I stripped ALL of the potential allergens out of my diet and lived on chicken and rice for days on end. Sugar suddenly hurt my teeth; fruit tasted like candy! emoticon

But as soon as I was brave enough to try soy again, with that came CHOCOLATE. (Many, many chocolate makers use soy lecithin as an emulsifier, which sucks, because they are doing it to save money, replacing some of the healthy cocoa butter with cheap -- i.e., government-subsidized -- soy, but that's as far up as I'll get onto THAT soapbox for now.) Oh, how I'd missed regular ol' dark chocolate! And with that came sugar, which I am learning is simply bad-news bears for me. emoticon

Also, I had fallen out of the habit of tracking. I felt so limited in what I could eat that it seemed silly at some point to even bother. And then, as I maintained for a while, I figured, hey, I got this thing! But then I also stopped exercising in the morning, because I was running on 5-6 hours of sleep, and my chiropractor/health guru and I decided that had to stop, and so it became more important to focus on that.

Basically, though, I think it all has combined into a perfect of storm of becoming lazy and resistant again (you'd think "tracking" translated into "cut off my left arm"), which has only increased my self-disappointment and my terrible negative self-talk. I just feel so...GROSS...that I can't help it. emoticon (that's the negative-self-talk police!)

But I am starting to see again just how counterproductive all that is. Plus, maybe some of it IS me being too harsh, because I just saw my doctor for the first time in over year, and she said, "You look great!" And she's short like me but a fit, trim runner, so I guess I should take that into account.

Regardless, though, I am unhappy with my current state of affairs. I am, weirdly enough, simultaneously anxious to get back to where I was and yet daunted and almost exhausted by the sheer thought of it. So I guess my best bet is to start slowly. Here's my new get-back-to-basics game plan:

emoticon Improve my sleep quality. In bed no later than 11, but 10:30 when possible. (Earlier is NOT possible right now.) Getting up at 5:30 then gives me 7 hours - not perfect, but better. I bought one of those sleep-quality smartphone apps over the weekend. It monitors your sleep and, based on your movement, wakes you at the most optimal time during a 30-minute window ending at the time you set the alarm. It's supposed to prevent you from waking up during a REM phase, which is what theoretically makes you feel like you've been hit by a bus. I decided it was worth a try for $2. (I've been wanting the Fit Bit forever, which does the same and a bunch of other cook stuff, but can't find/justify the $100+ for it right now.)

emoticon Re-establish my exercise routines: Get my butt back up in the morning (hopefully easier with the sleep measure above) but START SLOWLY. I tend to jump the proverbial gun so I don't lose my motivation! I'm going to ONLY do the stretching I learned in physical therapy for at least one week to get some range of motion back. Then I'll get back to Leslie Sansone -- first her walking program, then her interval (walking + weights) DVDs, plus maybe a yoga day on the weekends. THEN I can add some of the new stuff I've been amassing on my phone and Pinterest (thanks, PIR8CHIK! LOL).

emoticon Get eating under control and track, track, track. I'm been voraciously hungry for some time now. I blame the sugar creep. So it's time to get that back in line and get back to being more accountable. It's mostly elementary math, baby, not rocket science!

emoticon Rethink my fibromyalgia approach. Frankly, I am tired of this nonsense. I remain one of the lucky ones in that I am fairly highly functioning, but I am tired of it ALWAYS being part of my day, my approach to nearly everything. I just read a short interview with Carolyn Myss that nudged me about this yet again: I spend sooooooooooo much time and energy and money on trying to treat/fix/beat fibro, but maybe I need to just spend some time with it, listen to what it's trying to tell me. (All pain is a message!) Perhaps learn to co-exist with it and the special challenges and lessons I can learn from it. I find this VERY difficult -- finding the line between that and allowing suffering/giving up. But it seems to be important, because all of my efforts -- even a fibro SPECIALIST -- have gotten me not terribly far.

emoticon Start standing up for myself and my needs. This came up after another insanely late family gathering (midnight!), after which I am the only one who has to get up before the sun. I need to start putting my foot down, taking care of me. And this probably needs to apply to other areas of my life as well. It's got to at least contribute to my feeling worn down and stretched way too thin all the time.

I can do this! emoticon

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MZZCHIEF 1/7/2014 2:59PM

    Well you've defined the problem and the steps to get you from there to here... how did it work or did you throw out the map?

Loved : I just feel so GROSS that I just can't help it. hahahahaha
Yep, that will keep you stuck.

Howse the hub?

And how about an update?
Lots of demands, here... haha

: )

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HIPPICHICK1 9/11/2013 2:21PM

    No need to apologize. Life happens. It's nice to "see" you though!
You have 2,000 emails? I would delete them all and start afresh!
emoticon emoticon
Sounds like your shopping trip netted unwelcome results.
All you can do is just keep chipping away at it, right?
I like your plan. It's solid!
Solid like a rock!

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GHK1962 9/11/2013 1:37PM

    Hey ... I recognize you.

(Points right below me to Don) it bad form to use someone else's blog post to talk to someone else commenting? Ack!


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DDOORN 9/11/2013 12:01PM

    Great to hear from you and that you are so *focused* on the important steps you need to take to get back on track. Number One, Top of the List (not the last thing you mentioned...) is putting yourself first...everything else is compromised if you don't do this. Being selfish (if you want to think of it this way) is being generous, because the more you put yourself #1, the more you restore yourself and your inner resources and the more you have to offer others when you need to!

Glad to hear you're back on the bike! :-)


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CMBELISLE 9/11/2013 8:04AM

    emoticon Sounds like you have a solid game plan laid out and being home again will help with many things - sleep, food, stress, etc. That app sounds interesting too.

Fibro does suck and I know they've made strides in figuring it out, but definitely not soon enough. Laura has come a long way with hers but has a long way to go too. She has a hard time distinguishing between Fibro pain and other pains. She ignored some pain recently and now has a partial tear of her Achilles tendon - the doc said another week on it and it would have been a full tear. Now it's 6-8 weeks in a boot up to her knee, plus physical therapy. Not sure how that's going to work with her class schedule and her other therapy schedule, but she will figure it out.

Anyway - take care of you! Everything else will fall into place.

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NGCHILD 9/10/2013 2:57PM

    Angie. Sister! You have had alot going on! You have a sound plan with your goals in mind. I know you can do it!!

Rock on!!

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TRIPLE_EMME 9/10/2013 2:05PM

    I'm sorry that you've been having such a rough time... but so glad that you have a plan to move forward. You can do this... I know it.


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SLFRISBEY 9/10/2013 9:07AM

    Sounds like we need to get lunch again and chat! If you are free, I would love to meet up!

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ANATASHIKI 9/10/2013 12:36AM

    start slowly and take care of you emoticon maybe the next family reunion should be at 6 am emoticon

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GHK1962 9/10/2013 12:23AM

    Hey you ... I am super sorry that so much is going on that is making things harder for you.

But ... a lot of us were away and are coming back now I think. Maybe some rah rah stuffs will help yes? (I was going to use another word instead of ''stuffs", but am trying to keep this fairly PG!)

So ... the wt loss / we gain ... screw the melting off thingy ... Phase 1 was you initially losing. Break time. Now...Phase 2. Starting again. But this time, you are starting at a better place ok.

Riding ... or not riding ... you'll get there again. It's biking damn-it ... you LOVE riding. Time may limit your wheel time ... but limit only...NOT erase. (Besides ... one day we just HAVE to go on a ride together ok.) (Another besides ... not riding has kept you from whamming on bastard drivers! I thought some levity was needed here ... heh.)

Sleep - that is a HUGE one. It sounds like you have a plan ... so I won't nag. (Not a lot anyway ... well, maybe some at times.)

The fibro - I remember when you were doing a bunch of stuff to figure out food allergies. This is new to me. This was recently diagnosed? I wish you did not have that.

Bad self-talk: Hmmm ... that is a hard one too. Just know ... you can vent here too ok....and that is okay.

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    I can totally relate. An extended period of constant stress nearly did me in but I'm determined not to give up. Your plan is good. Ease into it. You will get the results you need.

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WIFE48 9/9/2013 6:51PM

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DEE797 9/9/2013 6:22PM

    You can and You will do this! Make yourself and your health a priority along with taking care of dh. Ask for help when you need it....even if its so you can exercise or plan your meals. YOU ARE WORTH IT! emoticon emoticon

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Bike meets car - but I'm fine!

Thursday, April 04, 2013

I was about halfway home on my bicycle on Tuesday evening when, waiting behind two cars at a stoplight, I was rear-ended by another car! I had no idea what was happening at first! I just remember being crashed into from behind and sort of gasping and flailing before I instinctively somehow braced from falling. Then I whirled around to see this guy's front end smooshed into my back tire.

Of course, my instinct was to yell, "What the hell are you doing?" The guy, in his defense, did look rather shocked and said "I didn't see you at all!" Seems impossible, right?!? But we were traveling westbound at around 6:15 p.m., and the sun actually was incredibly bright.

Sigh. So I am more sore now on day 2 than I was yesterday, the next day, but miraculously and thankfully, I am not at all seriously injured. It did, however, ramp up my already chronic back pain and perhaps set off a bit of a fibro flare. Still, I am thankful. Obviously, it could have been SO much worse!

Also, my beloved Specialized fared surprisingly well! I thought for sure it was wrecked at first, and I was just devastated...again. (Some of you will recall my Giant was crushed in the street by some psycho about two years ago!) But the frame is intact, and my wonderful husband brought it to our local bike shop while I was at work yesterday, and they are replacing the back wheel and brakes and such that got jammed, for a very reasonable price. (Thanks so much to Owen and Clare at Blue City! You guys rock and we're so glad to have you in the 'hood!)

So far the driver is being very cooperative. He said he'll pay for my bike repairs, he was apologetic and even offered to give me a ride somewhere. I declined of course LOL and instead took all the groceries I'd just bought out of my pannier bags and jumped on a bus. Hopefully he'll follow through without it having to get all legal and ugly. But again, I'm grateful that, either way, I can fairly easily afford the repairs so I can get back on the road!


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KLONG8 8/16/2013 5:39PM

    That would be SO scary. Thank goodness it wasn't worse but still. A bike/car accident is not a fair fight. Hope the drivercomes through.

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MZZCHIEF 7/23/2013 10:29PM

    Wow! SAw your update and had to find out more. So sorry you had to go thru this, but glad you're okay. Sorta.

Take care.
: )

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PMRUNNER 5/30/2013 11:23AM

    Holy smokes, that is the 2nd biker run over by a car story I have read about here today! Hope you and your bike fully recover. Be careful out there!

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DDOORN 5/30/2013 10:45AM

    Whew! Sorry so late to your bad news! But relieved to hear you fared relatively well...other than I'm sure you were shaken for a bit!


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PANFRIEDTROUT 4/14/2013 10:37AM

    holy smokes Angie ..... glad you weren't seriously hurt and that the driver is paying for your bike repairs.

now that it's 10 days later, are you feeling OK?


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    Thank God you weren't killed!!!! I hope this man learned a lesson and that he pays attention from now on. I'm also relieved your bike wasn't destroyed and this guy better fix it!!!

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TRIPLE_EMME 4/6/2013 7:23AM

    Glad you are OK!!!

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CHERRY666 4/5/2013 10:09AM

    Yikes! I'm glad you're okay and that the bike wasn't totally ruined. That's great the guy is being so cooperative. I hope the the back pain and fibro flare up subside soon, though. Ouch.

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FRANCESCANAZ 4/5/2013 9:15AM

    I really am thankful you are okay and I do hope the man comes through and makes good. We had a similar incident with our son a few years ago and the wife of the man who hit our son (smashing the side mirror of his truck off our son's back while passing him) called complaining about the cost of bike repairs! Probably should have called the troopers and made out a report, but we were trying to be "nice"
Anyway...drivers need to be much more aware of bikes, runners, and even us horseback riders!

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HIPPICHICK1 4/4/2013 10:38PM

    Oh nooooooooo!!! Not again!
Poor you. Poor bike. Glad to hear it was fixed and for cheap. I hope the driver that hit you makes good on his offer.
Sending you lots of emoticon and I'm so glad to hear that you are (mostly) okay.

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SLASALLE 4/4/2013 5:34PM

    I'm glad you're OK too!!! Sadly, after hearing stories like yours, and many even worse than yours, I pretty much refuse to ride my bike on the roads unless there's a bike lane. There are not many cities that are bike friendly yet.

It's pretty hard to be a defensive bike rider when it's coming at you from behind!!

I realize that my decision was probably extreme, so all I can say is take care of yourself and be safe.

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ANATASHIKI 4/4/2013 2:36PM

    I'm glad you're ok and the bike isn't completely destroyed

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SKYRIDER63 4/4/2013 1:06PM

  So sorry to hear you got hit by a car. That's really scary. Good to know you're okay though. I know how fibro can flare up after something like that. emoticon

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CDCSMITH2013 4/4/2013 9:26AM

    Wow, glad you are okay. Hope the guy follows through.

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SLFRISBEY 4/4/2013 9:21AM

    Dude, I am so glad you're ok. I am petrified of being hit by an idiot like that. Mostly because if I had any strength when I got off the ground, I might be charged with battery. :) Hope everything turns out with the bike and repairs. I haven't started biking again but might try to go on a short trek Saturday. Come on Spring!

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DEE797 4/4/2013 8:32AM

    OMG!! So glad you weren't hurt. Do hope he follows through with paying for your bike repairs. HUGS!!

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LADYJ6942 4/4/2013 8:30AM

    Ouch, I've had that happen but I was hit on the side. Glad you are recovering and the bike is in good shape. Good luck.

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NGCHILD 4/4/2013 8:26AM

    Omgosh Angie! You are so lucky you didn't get gurt!! Sorry about your bike. I hope he follows thru and pays for the repairs.


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I gave blood! And an impromptu gift

Thursday, February 07, 2013

I'm actually a regular blood donor, but the past year or two, I've been encountering iron levels that are too low, and I have to walk away all sad and dejected. (They are clinically fine, just not high enough to give away any blood safely.) And it was so random! Sometimes fine, sometimes not. I tried to focus on iron-rich foods, avoid tea (the tannins interfere, I think they told me) and even switch up the time of day. And then, the last time I nearly passed out for the first time in years of donating!

Anyway, I squeaked in today with a hemoglobin reading of 12.6 (the minimum of 12.5). Hooray! This particular day was more important to me, because this blood drive at work happened to fall on the anniversary of the death of a family member in a DUI crash. She didn't die because of a lack of available blood for a needed transfusion, but still, it felt fitting and appropriate today.

When I climbed up onto the chair, the phlebotomist probably jokingly asked "Ooh, can I have your magazine?" when she spotted my December issue (yes, I'm that far behind - LOL) of Health with Skinnygirl Bethenny Frankel on the cover. I thought for a second and then said "Sure!" She looked surprised and asked "Really?" emoticon I was almost done with it, so I said, "I am! In fact, you'd be doing me a favor. My towering piles of magazines are out of control anyway!" It's true. I subscribe to far too many right now, but I can't help myself. I am a health- and spiritual-information fiend!

So I finished looking through it while recovering with my LifeSource-provided water and gluten-, dairy-, and egg-free Snyder's pretzels (WHAT?! I had no idea!) which were very good! I enjoyed all 100 calories.

It felt so good to do a small but nice and generous thing for a stranger! I wasn't even mad at her for not being the most gentle technician I've ever encountered. emoticon (I swear, for the ones who are, it is a coveted gift.) And hey, that's two gifts when you count the blood!

Despite a sad anniversary and rain and sleet outside, not a bad Thursday at all. emoticon

Sparkle on, Sparkies!

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HIPPICHICK1 2/7/2013 11:05PM

    Oh you poor dear! The reaction you had after donating sounds quite unpleasant. I'm glad you were able to donate blood though and very sorry to hear about your family member who passed away.

I too love being generous to strangers. I once had some free tickets for something...or a pass for a movie...yeah, that's what it was...and I gave it to the guy in line behind me. He was overjoyed!
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    I always remember the anniversary of the days of my loved one's deaths as well. You did a great thing by donating blood in her memory.

I love magazines too and have too many issues piling up as well. Need to get to them.

Your follow up was pretty scary. You will have to be very careful in the future and be sure you are hydrated before you give blood.

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IRP1114 2/7/2013 6:06PM

    Yay to being at good enough levels to donate today :-)! So true about not many of them being any good with the needles... Especially for IVs! When the end up exploding your veins. Sigh I had them damage 7 veins in my arms when I was in to give birth to Santiago.
Hope you are feeling better now. Just read your update on here. That is strange. Rest up! Hope you are 100% by morning ;-)

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GIRANIMAL 2/7/2013 5:44PM

So, I swear I was not patting myself on the back for donating blood today. I was just excited that I did and wanted to share. So why am I being punished? emoticon

About two hours after my donation, just after I got done eating lunch (I had a hearty oatmeal breakfast before I donated) I started to get lightheaded and sweaty/clammy/hot flashy and feeling like i was going to vomit -- sure signs of post-blood-donation dehydration! The exact same feeling I had last time. emoticon

Luckily I had just filled my water bottle, so it was really cold. I grabbed that and put it at the back of my neck, and after a few minutes I felt stable enough to walk back across the floor at work to make an ice pack. Sheesh! I'm better now, although still not quite right. No fair, when the heart and soul are willing but the body doesn't want to cooperate -- especially for no apparent reason! It's so unusual, from what I can tell, to react that much later. I went back down to the blood drive, and the woman who took my blood was concerned and equally surprised. But she said I did everything right!

At least I have a big salad planned for dinner - not too labor intensive, so I can take it kinda easy.

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SASSISPRING 2/7/2013 5:17PM

    Thatís great you were able to donate blood and even more special that you could do it on the anniversary of the passing of someone special in your life. I am not able to give blood anymore due to the diseases that I have. It really is a special gift, truly.

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NGCHILD 2/7/2013 2:48PM

    Good for you for donating and making someone's day with a gift!!

You rock Mrs.!


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ANATASHIKI 2/7/2013 2:16PM

    lol , good for you! 12.5? emoticon I usually have 10 , only when I ate tons of meat daily it was 12

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