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Okay, let's get this straightened out

Thursday, January 19, 2012

This is something that has been bothering me for a long time, not just here on Spark People, but out in the world as well.

Diet and exercise programs - or lifestyle changes, or whatever you want to call them - are being referred to as "regimes". It's not a "regime" - it's a "regimen". Probably same roots - I'm not going to search out the etymology - but they are *not* the same thing.

A regimen is commonly used to refer to a health plan - a way of eating and exercising or living in general that promotes healthy development. A regime, on the other hand, is a ruling political situation. It usually has a negative connotation, although I'm not sure if that's necessarily the case, and again, I'm too lazy to look it up.

But unless a South American dictator (we'll go with the negative connotation here) is holding a pistol to your head and ordering you to do push-ups, your new healthy lifestyle is a 'regimen", not a "regime", and I don't care who says it the other way around.

Next: forte ("fort" vs "for-tay")

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GEMINIAN1 1/24/2012 8:44PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HIPPICHICK1 1/24/2012 11:44AM

    What JRSWHIMSY said!

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JRSWHIMSY 1/23/2012 11:12PM

    No no no. It is my regime.

Me and my legion of carrots....

Mwa ha ha ha ha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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GEEKSMEGGLY 1/23/2012 10:42AM

    emoticonSad but funny too.

I could use that gun about now or I may never get down for those pushups. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Comment edited on: 1/23/2012 10:42:57 AM

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SHERYLDS 1/21/2012 6:13PM

    regime = the characteristic behavior or orderly procedure of a natural phenomenon or process

however my definition is Regi Me = as in... make me a regular sized person versus a Extra Big

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A_WISE_WOMAN 1/20/2012 12:09PM

  This is great! My mother, who is not a native English speaker, would correct memos at work all the time...

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 1/20/2012 9:03AM

    LOL, yes you are correct.

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    By George, I think you've got it. LOL. The English language is butchered daily.

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_UMAMI_ 1/19/2012 9:51PM

    I hate wrong words, too, but I must admit I'm often only able to get on to SP EARLY in my day (pre-coffee, even) or later at night when I'm really tired. (and/or interrupted constantly by family members)

So yeah, I make mistakes.

I think I need a diet dictator. emoticon

p.s. Oh, but I'm glad when my kids notice grammatical errors on the radio and tv! Totally makes my day.

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PUDLECRAZY 1/19/2012 9:28PM

    Don't even get me started...!

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SLIMLILA 1/19/2012 6:03PM

    Me too!!!!! For those two words you had to go to a lot of work.

I've had fights over the words - remuneration and renumeration

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EMRANA 1/19/2012 4:59PM

  Well, while you're on the topic, we are losing weight, not loosing it. emoticon

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JANEDOE12345 1/19/2012 3:33PM

    Next, would you straighten out the difference between getting oriented and getting orientated? And then do prophecy vs. prophecies (is there such a word?)
when used as a verb?

I hate wrong words.


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ONEWEIGH 1/19/2012 3:02PM

    Hey, people pay good money to have people put a gun to their heads to make them do push ups. Personal trainers and "boot camps", don't cha know? emoticon I've completely given up on forte...people just look at you funny if you say "fort".

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I really *am* falling apart - literally, sort of.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

I was awake anyway, so it didn't make me too crazy to have to put the dog out at 4:30 in the morning. Dog went out, cats gathered around - hey, it's early, but feed us anyway! - and I noticed spots of blood on the floor. I looked at all three sleepy but hungry faces, and no one looked particularly off, so I assumed it had to be the dog that was bleeding from....somewhere. Then I noticed that the little blood spots went to the door and back again....but the dog was still out.

Weird. Cats seem is still out ...there's no one left! I lifted up one foot and peered at it - nothing there. Lifted the other one and sure enough, the bottom of the big toe is all bloody. And it's still bleeding, so it's not a ding, it's like a..slice. I washed it off, couldn't see or feel anything there, put some Neosporin on it and a couple bandaids. You know, it's hard to work on the inside of your own toe - harder than it used to be, certainly.

By daylight I'll have to conduct a search to see what it was that I sliced my toe on. I suspect it was glass, because I didn't feel it. My house has a certain "permanent construction zone" feel to it, plus rambunctious critters, so anything's possible. *shrug*

This is why people should sleep at night - it's dangerous to be out of bed.

EDIT: 7:15 a.m.

AHA! I believe I've found the toe slashing culprit. My house has wide (18" to almost 30", some of them - can you imagine the *trees?*), plank floors, and there are fairly wide gaps between some of the planks. Just now I was coming back in from filling the outdoor wood furnace and saw something shiny. Bent down to examine it and discovered a shard of what appears to have been one of the 1" diameter Christmas balls, lodged in between two of the boards. I thought I vacuumed thoroughly, but apparently not thoroughly enough.

I probably ought to fill in those cracks at some point, but I refuse to polyurethane the floors (just because I think it's criminal to poly something this old - it makes them look fake somehow) and haven't figured out what to use yet. It'll go on the job list, but somewhere down near the bottom.

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LUNADRAGON 1/25/2012 3:35AM

    Ouch! One time I walked in my son's room and got a cut, and couldn't figure out what cut my toe, it was bleeding like crazy. Come to find out, the glass in a picture frame slipped out and somehow landed on the floor without breaking, and I stepped on the edge. No fun. Hope you feel better now. I hate breaking ornaments, they are so fine and I am afraid I won't get all the glass.

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PUDLECRAZY 1/16/2012 6:45PM

    Ouchy! I hope it is a clean cut and heals up quickly.

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    ouch on the toe. I agree, you need to stay in bed. LOL.

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CEKER9 1/15/2012 12:52AM

I trust you're toe is better! Wood putty with stain would plug the holes and help you avoid the problem again!

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 1/14/2012 7:26PM

    I worry you did not feel it. Although I sometimes get cut while doing gardening and do not realize it.

I wonder if wood putty applied then sanded, stained and shellacked would work for repairs?

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JLPEASE 1/14/2012 4:30PM

    Ouch! That sounds painful. At least you found out what did the damage and your pets didn't get hurt too.

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SHERYLDS 1/14/2012 3:01PM

    what worries me more is why you didn't realize YOU were the victim.
Do you have numbness in your toes....if so, have you had your sugar checked lately?
Please take care of yourself....GOOD people are hard to find emoticon

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JRSWHIMSY 1/14/2012 11:32AM

    Yeah, that'd do it...

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_UMAMI_ 1/14/2012 9:33AM

    I think you need some steel-toed slippers!

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    Yeah, up to the BR the other night and stubbed my toes so bad that I had to take a day off work. It is much better now and worked yesterday. My hubby bought me a motion detector night light! LOL. He is a hoot. Here I am back up at night....
Good luck to us both.

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Insomniacs - a question.

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Okay, so I've been wearing the GoWearFit/BodyMedia armband for a longtime to track my fitness minutes, but I just started paying attention to what it says about my sleeping time.

Turns out I do sleep 8ish hours in a 24 hour period (sometimes 5, sometimes 11, but average 8) - I just don't do it all at once. I seem to sleep for a maximum of three hours, then I'm up for a bunch of time, then maybe another hour, then some more up, a couple 30-45 minute naps during the day. (Please note I can do this because I work from home. If I had an out-in-the-world job, I'd be done for.)

So my question is this: Is there anything magical about getting all your sleep in one shot? I know what we knew about sleep cycles thirty years ago, but surely there's new stuff. Has anyone heard or read anything legitimate? One of my valued sources (thanks, Katrina) says intervals are fine. I don't seem to becoming psychotic, or any of that other stuff that supposedly happens when you don't sleep - I just never know when I'll be awake and asleep, so it's hard to schedule stuff.

I mean, here it is, 4:00 a.m., and I'm writing this instead of sleeping like I "should be". I"ll be up in two hours to stoke the wood furnace outside, and the cold usually wakes me up for a bit, but I'll be back asleep, sacked out on the sofa, before 9:00a.m. almost certainly, for an hour maybe, or two. I try to stay up later in the evenings, but the fact is that I'm physically pretty wiped out by 9:00 p.m. - I sleep til 1:00 a.m. or so, then I'm up all night.

Maybe things will start to change when there's more than 20 minutes of daylight each day. Basically, by the time I'm bathed, dressed up, shoveled out, list in hand and ready to go, it's getting dark again. (Which is good because my car is isn't legally inspected at the moment.) Meanwhile, though, for a 56 year old woman to be up sipping a Saranac lager and eating Kale Chips at 4:00 in the morning seems just plain weird, And from me, that's saying something.

I need some suggestions, even if only to keep my from buying so much stuff on Amazon and eBay!


ADDED NOTE: I don't have a medical condition like narcolepsy or anything. I've just been going through a lot of life changes, and a healthy eight continuous hours sleep seems to be one of the casualties.

Honestly, the main problem with being up all night and going to sleep again at 5:00 is that I don't wake up then til 8:00 or 9:00, which means the outdoor wood-burning furnace hasn't been filled in over twelve hours, which means ...a lot of hassle and a chilly house.

I was mostly just wondering if other people have this weird sleep pattern, and if getting your eight hours in intervals was as true for sleep as it is for exercise, meaning that as long as it adds up, you're good.

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LUNADRAGON 1/21/2012 1:28PM

    Sounds familiar. My sleep patterns were awful before surgeries, and now are very random, much like yours. Night time shopping sounds like boredom. Get a book and read. Crochet. Something other than the computer that will make your eyes feel heavy. I curl up with a book, and plug in the extra heated blanket and before I know it, I fall asleep. I might be in the chair, but at least I am sleeping.

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KAY-KADUNKA 1/19/2012 7:52PM

    yes Im another inconsistent sleeper. Right up until my senior years I slept like a baby, daytime, nightime, anytime. I very rarely sleep straight through, in fact cannot remember the last time I did.

My late darling mother used to say..."Kay, remember that the sleep you get before midnight is more important than any you get after midnight". Ok, so I have tried getting to bed before that change. usually I wake to do a wee, but often its just to re-arange my covers or pillow. Whatever it is, I am so so so sick of waking three or four times during the night for no good valid reason.

i decided to accept it and put it down to the advancing years. Havent you noticed that the elderly are usually up very early?. i refuse to get up early even if I just lay there planning my day or drinking my coffee.

I am a young 67 and am so grateful that I dont work and just do whatever pleases me during the day. Oh by the way, I have tried to have afternoon nanny naps and just cant get to sleep. Oh well I guess when the good Lord takes me, I will be asleep for a long time so what I miss out on here doesnt seem so important, only frustrating.

My advice is accept, go with it, dont take medication and rest during the day when your body tells you to.

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HIPPICHICK1 1/18/2012 1:50PM

    I was listening to the radio one day and this guy was talking about natural circadian rhythms. He was saying that long ago and far away in the time when there was no electric light and candles were precious, in the winter months people would often go to sleep when it got too dark to do anything else. They would naturally wake at 1 or 2 am and it was at this time that perhaps people would light a precious candle by which to read, talk to their partner in the dark or perhaps make love. After that they would sleep and then they would rise with the sun. With the advent of the electric light it changed the way we slept.
What you're experiencing is natural, but in our society with an 8 hr workday (thankfully not an issue for you) we tend to sleep in chunks of 7-10 hrs per night out of necessity.
Here's a link I found that might be helpful to you.

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/14/2012 10:26AM

    You might want to invest in slippers at this point to preserve your toesies. I pictured this scenario and smiled as it's like something that would happen here with me. Have a good day.

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IGNAZIA 1/10/2012 10:13AM

    I think you'll find as you change your diet, and add in the additional exercise, your body will adjust and you'll sleep more at one time. I think for healing/regenerating of cells you need a longer period of uninterrupted sleep.

Things that might help (if you aren't doing them already)

No light in the bedroom, (even clocks/phones, computers, etc)
No tv on at night, turn it off read a bit and drink some "nighty night tea" or something like that.
Exercise not too close to bedtime.
Less naps in the day. (do the exercise then to wake up)

good luck!

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JSPEED4 1/8/2012 4:13AM

    I do similarly. However, if I have adhered to my blood-type-diet, I sleep much longer at one time. My back gets too stiff many times if I lie down too long.

I've read that it takes about 4 hours to get through the complete sleep cycle, including the healing deep sleep. I was taught by a very educated and well-known, in healing circles, chiropractor, that sleeping from around 10PM to 10:30 is essential, but for that to work well--a specific healing hormone is released from somewhere during that time when a person is relaxed--for this to work, one must have eaten plenty of fresh;frozen--not canned or pressure-cooked--fruits and/or veggies during the day.

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PONYFARMER 1/7/2012 11:32PM

    Sadly, I too struggle to sleep. I have tried everything. TV on, TV off, some sleep inducing herbs and at the very bottom if I am desperate, a sleeping pill. That is the only way I can get a decent night sleep. Ugh!

So let us/me know if you find anything out, b/c we all need the help. I am sick of it. It is 8PM here and I am exhusted, trying to wait to go to bed, so I am not up all night. But I need to go to bed soon.

Also, I am up sometimes to use the restroom, so not sure if that is the issue or what it, but I am so tired of it, literally.

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    It's better to get your sleep in a a big chunk because if you don't sleep long enough you don't get the right type of sleep. I struggle too but there are a lot of tips to help with sleeping and I've found that if I actually follow them they help.

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PUDLECRAZY 1/7/2012 10:16AM

    I do not know the magic bullet. I struggle with this and have for years. I think I have tried everything from homeopathics to pharmaceuticals to better habits. My fitbit was discouraging because it showed my sleep even worse than I thought. A whole series of half hour naps makes up my night. I thought I slept for an hour at a time. Argh! What's worse, I tried an anti-anxiety pill before sleep, something I have found to help feel more rested in the morning. I was looking forward to sleeping more soundly. Guess what? The fitbit recorded exactly the same sleep pattern! I guess instead of sleeping better, I get a little dose of amnesia instead. I simply don't remember I slept so poorly.

So - let me know if you find the magic bullet. Sleep is not my forte.

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UUCEEJAY 1/6/2012 2:04AM

    I am a fellow sufferer, writing this at 2 AM after sleeping from around 6:30PM
to 12:30 AM. Soon I will try to go back to sleep for a bit until I get up at
6 AM. I just joined the Better Sleep Challenge. I am hoping it helps.

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SLIMLILA 1/6/2012 1:04AM

    I'm glad you work from home and can make this work so that you do get your 8 hrs. sleep. I have been an insomniac for as long as I can remember. I now take sleeping pills, but thye don't seem to have been working lately. And when I do get to sleep , I wake up and sleep and wake up. never feeling rested. There certainly should be more info out there...

I had a job interview today where I would have to work shift work and that's what I was worried about. And I have a job interview tomorrow for a teaching job, so I hear you about lots of life changes and how the body reacts..

Thanks for commenting on my blogs and I did stop by Noraspat's blog tonite and read up on her "needling sessions"

Take care. emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/6/2012 12:08AM

    Scoot, are you going through peri or meno? If so, this turbulence may be temporary in sleep patterns.

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CEKER9 1/5/2012 6:21PM

    I do pretty much the same thing... I sleep for an hour and am up for a couple and the sleep for another hour or two and and up for another bit of time. If I manage to sleep most of the night, I wake up ever so often and can get back to sleep fairly quickly... so I never sleep the night through. I've had this for a very long time, but even after a long series of test and doctor visits, I only recently was told what was *really* wrong. I guess it's pretty hard to find without a specific test. I don't know if you have the same thing, but my problem is my adrenals aren't working properly. The cortisol that is suppose to drop at night stays at full strength. Cortisol is what keeps us awake. I'm working with my doctor on it and trust to have a solution soon... it's really hard and I'm so *VERY* glad I'm retired and can stay in bed if I don't get enough sleep!!!

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WONDERFUL2BME 1/5/2012 2:19PM

    I have similar sleep patterns. I think it is healthy as long as one gets into the deep REM sleep during one of your sleeps. My deep sleep usually comes when I nap in late afternoon. Then I am up to about 1 am and back to sleep until 6 or 7. I am curious now as well. I think I will check out a sleep center web site. I know my brother in law has sleep apnea so he had to go to one of those places to get diagnosed. They might have information. Of course, they want clients as well, so that is something to keep in mind.

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_UMAMI_ 1/5/2012 1:07PM

    Hmmm....I often have trouble sleeping thru the night, too, but I'm not a napper, much as I try. I'll be watching this to see what replies you get, because I'm curious. Last night I fell asleep, exhausted, well before 10. Woke at 2, and, after not falling back asleep, read for well over an hour. Finally took Valerian to fall asleep again by 4.

I thought you needed a certain amount of time "in darkness" to produce seratonin? But I'm sleep-deprived, and just guessing.


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ONEWEIGH 1/5/2012 10:44AM

    I read recently that once upon a time, before electric light, it was common for people to sleep for a few hours, then wake up in the night and be "quietly active" for a while and then sleep until morning. So it's probably more natural than staying up far past sundown and then sleeping until after dawn. It's just that most modern schedules don't accommodate that pattern.

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    Regarding sleep in intervals, I wouldn't think there is anything "wrong" with it as long as you don't seem to be suffering any ill effects from it. And the lack of daylight doesn't help establish "normal" sleep patterns.

But from what you wrote it doesn't sound like this is a choice? It sounds like you don't really have any control over when you will fall asleep, which could be a medical condition. Have you spoken to your doctor about it?

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Success of a sort

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

I haven't weighed myself in three weeks. Partly because of the holiday, partly because I hate bad news and partly because it's impossible to find a place in my old house with level floors so a body can get a consistent reading, I just let it slide. But I do have a secret weapon that I avoid - the stand-up Health-O-Meter in the bathroom. It's too old to be digitally unstable, and it doesn't do body fat percentages or remember your weight (unless you slide the little plastic doohickey around), but it does tell the pounds. Oh yes it does.

So I figured, what the heck, I'm starting this get-healthy deal, I may as well get it over with, get the reality of the situation. So I got on - and discovered that I weigh exactly the same as I did at the doctors' office Dec. 15th. I may even have lost a little bit (clothing, water, etc.)

I still need to lose a little ( *cough* 60 pounds*cough*) but at least it didn't get any worse while I had my head buried in the sand. (Do ostriches actually do that? Doesn't seem likely...wouldn't they suffocate?)

But anyway, bravery is rewarded! Now on to the rest of the day!

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    Maintaining over the holidays is a good thing. I usually gain.

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NIKEOFSAMO 1/4/2012 9:57AM

    Awesome! You survived the holidays without gaining, that's a big accomplishment!

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JRSWHIMSY 1/3/2012 3:42PM

    Yes, ostriches do that. And yes, sometimes they suffocate

*hugs* Good for you!

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CEKER9 1/3/2012 2:26PM

    Life is good! I seem to be with you... stable. That's certainly better than gaining!!! New year new goals... we'll get it right this time!

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SHERYLDS 1/3/2012 1:13PM

    sounds like we both have a slight cold
( *cough* 60 pounds*cough*)
Would you like me to send over some cough medicine

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EMRANA 1/3/2012 10:38AM

  Great surprise!! emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/3/2012 9:35AM

    Woohoo! Good for you! Have a wonderful day.

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WORKINGSTIFF 1/3/2012 7:34AM

    Ugh--the scale!

You and I must be living in the same house with the uneven floors...oh, well, but at least there are floors and a roof and all that stuff inbetween!

Here's to great new year!


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    I breved the scale today as well. At least I am the same 3 lbs I gained. Back to work.

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Fix for Body Media armband and new (Lion OS) Mac

Monday, January 02, 2012

They say you can't synch it, but you can. Plug in the armband. Restart your computer while holding down the 2 and the 3 keys. When the BodyMedia greeting pops up, disconnect the USB cord, then plug it back in. Voila!

I suspect the Lion OS was rushed into production for the holiday season before it and the rest of the industry were quite ready. I've never seen so many technical patches for a Mac product.

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SVIETOR 1/28/2012 3:10PM

    Thanks for posting this!!!! This has been driving me CRAZY!!!! emoticon

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