Wednesday, February 05, 2014
My Fitbit One died Monday night. I put it in the charger, and since then it will not display. While in the charger it displays "Fitbit 6.60" (I think this is the firmware version) and shows that the battery is fully charged. When I remove it, there is no display at all.
The worst part? The Fitbit warranty is supposedly good for a year, and I purchased mine just over a year ago (sometime around January 19 of last year). However, I contacted Fitbit customer support. After going through some steps to reset the Fitbit without success (I had already done this before I contacted them but did it again), they have agreed to replace it for free. Apparently being out of warranty was not an issue. Hope it comes soon.
I love my Fitbit, but I get so upset when I am without it that sometimes I am not sure it is worth it. But I know it is. And please, if anyone is reading this and has problems with their Fitbit, including losing it, please contact them. All may not be lost.
Wednesday, January 01, 2014
First of all, I truly wish everyone a Happy New Year.
Thank you to all my Spark friends for your love and support during 2013 (and earlier). I feel like I am not always the most attentive friend, but I sincerely appreciate all the goodies and comments on my page and blogs, even if I don't always acknowledge them.
I want to give a special shout to my friends from my former BLC team, the Forest Green Pixies. The forest was indeed a magical place. I miss it and wonder if I will ever find such a magical .place again. You will all be so special to me. But I have moved on, and I appreciate my new friends and teammates. In the next month, I will be starting a new inaugural challenge with many familiar faces as well as some new ones. I will also be rejoining my original team on the 5% Challenge, where there will also be many new and old faces awaiting. I will embrace you all.
To my long-standing friends who were not Forest Green Pixies, I give you a special shout as well. You have always been special to me.
Now to get down to business....
As I reflect on 2013, I feel that when all things are considered, I am disappointed with the way things went. I now weigh about 18 lbs. more than I did this time last year. In October I finally went for a physical for the first time in MANY years. I knew I had been negligent because I had not had a mammogram in at least 10 years (maybe closer to 20). Fortunately the results came back normal. However, the results from my blood work indicate pre-diabetes as well as a Vitamin D deficiency. Neither situation is dire; my blood sugar reading was 103, which is at the low end of the pre-diabetic range. My Vitamin D reading was 27, with 30 being normal. I am now taking Vitamin D supplements. As for the pre-diabetes, I fear that I am not taking it seriously. After all, it's only 103, right? If it was 99, there would be nothing to worry about.
So then the question is... do I wait until I am closer to the diabetes range to take it seriously? No, I don't think that is a great idea.
I am trying to formulate a real plan and specific goals for the coming year, and I will be posting them in the next few days.
Although I can't give myself a great grade for the year because of the weight gain, I did accomplish a few things fitnesswise. First of all, on September 15 I participated in a half marathon. My time was nothing spectacular (3:47 I think), and I hobbled across the finish line. But I did it!!! And I have been training for another one. My goal is lofty: under three hours. Most of you will think that is not an impressive time, but I would be so pleased. I am almost positive I can improve my time and maybe not feel quite as worn out when finished.
Also, a few days ago I started taking yoga classes. I have a long way to go but it is a start.
Monday, December 16, 2013
WARNING!!! This blog has nothing to do with diet, weight loss or fitness. In fact, it has nothing to do with me. Just a story I want to share.
Yesterday, my daughter came home from Philly to pay a shiva call. For those of you who don't know, shiva is a Jewish custom. When a Jewish person dies, the funeral takes place as soon as practically possible, usually the day after the death. This is followed by a week of mourning at the family home. Friends and family come to visit and express condolences.
My daughter's friend's grandfather passed away on Thursday, and the funeral was Friday. Shiva is not observed on Saturday (Jewish Sabbath), so Sunday tends to be the most popular day visit, especially for people who may live a distance.
Anyway, she goes to this shiva, and guess who was there.... Paul McCartney!!! Apparently his wife's sister married into this family. Sharon's friend walked up to him and said to him, "Hi, I'm Jennifer, and this is my friend Sharon (my daughter)". Paul responded, "Nice to meet you, Sharon" and shook her hand. She said she would have asked him for an autograph but felt it was tacky under the circumstances. She did discreetly take a picture of him sitting there. I'm only sorry I didn't go with her.
Those of you who are friends with me on Facebook know that about two months ago,I put up an ecstatic post because she had passed her bar exam. She has been working for the City of Philadelphia legal services for about two months, and things seem to be going very well. I was sort of hesitant to put this up because I don't want to be living my life vicariously through her. But this was just so wild that I couldn't resist.
At least if she is ever on Jeopardy she will have a good story for Alex Trebek.
Saturday, September 21, 2013
A friend shared this link with me, and I think it is such a great cause that I am doing the same.
Right now Intuit is running a contest for small businesses. The prize is a commercial during the Super Bowl. I know that Sparkpeople has changed my life, and I know that many of you feel the same way. This is the opportunity to give this small organization the large recognition it deserves. All they need is the support of people like us.
Go to this website and vote for SparkPeople:
It just takes one click and you can vote once a day.
Feel free to share this. Together we can move mountains.
Thursday, September 12, 2013
No, nothing bad has happened to me. But has anyone seen the news about the fire in Seaside Heights, NJ? Less than a year after Hurricane Sandy? After listening to commercials all summer about how we (New Jerseyans) are "stronger than the storm"?
Here is Funtown Pier taken about 5 years ago:
Here it is as of this evening:
I hope I don't offend anyone with what I am about to say, but Seaside Heights has never been the classiest part of NJ. This is where Snooki hung out with the Jersey Shore crew. I think the whole scene there perpetuates a lot of negative NJ stereotypes, especially with respect to young Italian women. I was there about a month ago after spending a lovely day at Island Beach State Park, which is only a few miles away but worlds apart. I thought Seaside was very depressing and had a long way to go before you could say that it had recovered from the storm.
Nevertheless, Seaside was a fun place. Lots of amusements (games and rides), lots of junk food (zeppoles, fried Oreos, sausage and peppers - everything that a Spark person could ever want LOL). And of course the lovely views of the ocean.
Now, with the fire, I don't know if recovery is possible. Lots of memories down the drain.
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