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Do You Like the New Fitness Tracker?

Friday, June 22, 2012

I think I'll like the new SparkPeople fitness tracker once I learn the proper names of all my strength training exercises and get my favorites and groups set up. The one thing I don't see is how to search when looking to update a strength training program. I liked the old option of looking for beginner or advanced core, upper body, or lower body moves. I'll just keep working with it and may find just what I need. If not, I can still go to the old fitness tracker.

I appreciate SparkPeople and all the efforts to keep improving this powerful program!

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EVERGREEN99 10/21/2012 10:19PM

  I've given up on the steps/walking tracker. Doesn't make sense to me. Too bad, as there is so much about sparkpeople to like. Would like to have an easy, user-friendly option to track my daily walks.

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JOHAL52 6/24/2012 6:36PM

    I like it because it counts Curves as strength but it is difficult to figure out the reps, weights, etc., when I am using the Curves machines which don't have weights. Since I wear a pedometer I have switched back to the old view so I can enter my own numbers though when I dog walk :)

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AQUAGIRL08 6/24/2012 12:27PM

    At first I thought that I had clicked on the wrong thing but quickly got the hang of it. I discovered that you really have to read everything on the page in order to find everything. Some things are now in smaller print but most of it is still there. I think that I'm going to like it once I get used to it.

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MOBYCARP 6/23/2012 3:56PM

    I was disconcerted that it changed in the middle of a day, but I can work with it.

The good: It was a lot easier to search for "pushups" than to scroll through the old list of core, upper body, and lower body exercises I didn't care about, while having to be aware of *which section* I was in.

Better: The old didn't let me add the SP strength exercises to favorites, though I could create my own. The new does. Having all my regular strength exercises in favories makes entering my 2 to 6 strength exercises per day more efficient, because I don't have to wait for a machine response after each exercise.

Not so good: Entering stretching is clumsier, though I can enter an honest 10 minutes and get 2 Spark Points instead of 1. But I have to manually enter 5 minutes on each strength training exercise to get a Spark Point. Somehow, that feels dishonest if I didn't take 5 minutes; but I was okay with the old tracker just doing that. The search for stretching is a one-time thing, as it gets added to favorites.

The disappointing: The new will not aggregate a 22 minute run plus 8 minutes of stretching into 6 spark points. It's still 4 and 1. (I would have hoped that any change would aggregate total exercise minutes for the day into spark points. ) So anything I enter with under 5 minutes is no Spark Points. Yeah, I know; that's stupid. But stupid motivational tricks are important.

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REXTINE1 6/23/2012 12:22PM

    The new program will have good and bad points - it's just that you have to learn how things work every time someone changes the software. emoticon

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MEXGAL1 6/23/2012 10:54AM

    I appreciate sparks working on making things easier for us but this still has many kinks. It isn't working for me sometimes and I click to use the old way.

Hopefully they will get all the kinks worked out.

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SCOOTDOG 6/22/2012 10:42PM

    I like it. I expecially like the groupings. Takes a bit of time to set them up but is faster to track once set.

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NWFL59 6/22/2012 10:13PM

    I am not thrilled with the change but then at my age, I don't embrace change for what appears to be for change sake. I find logging less efficient.

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HEALTHIERKEN 6/22/2012 10:07PM

    Seems quick and easy to me : )
I've only used it twice but definitely so far, so good.

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DRB13_1 6/22/2012 8:46PM

    The ST portion is a work in progress, and I think this is an improvement that will help me see progress. I can put in the sets, reps, and weight used. Agree that it was easy to look at pictures to see what exercises I did, but with the new system I can also simply add in new techniques that weren't pictured. emoticon emoticon

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    I like it. It's much easier to add your calories burned if you already know what you did burn for a cardio exercise. I like that it transfered all the "favorites" that I already had too.

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/22/2012 6:52PM

    I'll get used to it. I was OK with the old one. It's a little less obvious to find my mileage with the new one, but one CAN reach it. It's a little less convenient to find the stretching, you have to add it as its own exercise type rather than just checking a box.

But... I'll get used to it. It still does the job.

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DONNABRIGHT 6/22/2012 4:13PM

    I liked being able to just check things off and it is giving us time credit now for things we did not get before. I think I am going to really like it!

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    I think it is just what you get used to - we will adapt I am sure. I have gone back to the old one (fabulous to have that option) cause it meets my needs now. I may change when my program does. Enjoy your workouts!!

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JOYINKY 6/22/2012 2:53PM

    I was/am happy with the old one and haven't taken the time to figure it out.

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NEW-CAZ 6/22/2012 2:49PM

    I love it! the only thing I can't figure out for myself is the calories burned on my multi gym ST exercises whereas all the ones listed on SP exercises show calories burned. No matter! I KNOW when I've worked out!!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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    I like it better than the old one, but there are some things I miss, like being able to browse (for what I am looking for OR for fun exercise ideas).

The official blog post about it said they were taking feedback. I encourage you to share your thoughts. :)

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_LINDA 6/22/2012 1:50PM

    I really don't like it. It took away the option of adding stretching to earn an extra Spark point, so I especially didn't like that. I find it far easier to search for things on the old trackers, both for the food and fitness. Also, the food takes so much longer to load then the old style, and is more difficult to see.
LOVE the new way of earning more Spark points -you can now earn a maximum of FIVE points for commenting on people's blogs instead of just two!! Its about time. A lot of people never get comments on their blogs, so hopefully, this will encourage it!
Have a Fabulous Friday!

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ANNE1123 6/22/2012 1:43PM

    Aren't we funny, how much we resist change? I'm still on the fence too. Do I like it or is it just a new hassle I don't want to deal with now? I just have to wait and keep on using it to know for sure.

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LOLAINSC 6/22/2012 1:38PM

    I went into a panic since I usually track mileage and couldn't figure out how to do it. I didn't know there was going to be a new fitness tracker and just thought the old one was malfunctioning. Then I saw the button to return to the old tracker and then I noticed the "learn how to use..." next to the button and now know how to track mileage on the New Tracker so I am no longer hating it. Haven't tried anything else. With the old tracker, I just tracked strength training minutes on the QuickTrack.

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JKPONYGIRL 6/22/2012 1:26PM

    I think i like it too, it just takes some getting used to emoticon

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Can't Wait!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

I got my e-mail assignment to a Galloway training pace group. There are a few people in Galloway training who I know well, including one I've known for 20 years, but none of them are in my group. I have met one co-leader of my group several times. I know she went to school on a track scholarship. She's the one who said I have young legs because I don't have a long history of running, whereas she used to be a speed demon but now has to listen to her body. The other leader I've met, but not really talked to.

At first I was a little disappointed, but the people I know are either training for a full marathon (26.2 - I'm training for a half, 13.1 miles) or considerably slower than I am. So I suspect I am placed in the correct group. I look forward to getting to know more people at my level. First run with the group is Saturday, at 6am prompt. Can't wait!

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FROSTY99 6/21/2012 8:05PM

    I am sure you will enjoy this group and make some new friends along the way. It is always more comfortable to be with a group where we know folks but this will help stretch your horizons. Have fun and enjoy running with your new group.

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REXTINE1 6/21/2012 5:08PM

    The biggest thing is to not get hurt - then you have to go slow for a long time while you heal up. Have a great time.

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_LINDA 6/21/2012 1:15AM

    That sounds awesome!! I eagerly await hearing how this training goes too :)
Enjoy Saturday!

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TBRANCH2 6/20/2012 10:36PM

    Good for YOU!!! Keep up the great job!!

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MEXGAL1 6/20/2012 6:59PM

    Enjoy the program Marsha.
Best of everything.

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AQUAGIRL08 6/20/2012 6:11PM

    Sounds like a good program. As you told me this morning at the Y, it is more important to finish the race and have no injury than it is to run fast and hurt yourself. I know you can do it Marsha! Thanks for the talk this morning. I'll see you next week!

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DONNABRIGHT 6/20/2012 1:34PM

    Sounds like they really have a good program - enjoy!

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NEW-CAZ 6/20/2012 10:50AM

    have fun Masrsha, love your attitude!

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/20/2012 7:56AM

    I can't wait, too... to hear all about your training. After going to watch the triathlon last weekend and hearing about the benefits of training with a group, I'm studying up on it... through your blog, among other places.

To new friends! emoticon

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JOYINKY 6/20/2012 7:55AM

    I love your enthusiasm! Have fun!

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Interim Goal Achieved

Saturday, June 16, 2012

I ran with the local Galloway group for the first time since I joined the group. I walk-ran-walked over with a slow group the mile and a half to the site for the "Miracle Mile" pace test. I didn't want to tire myself out. I ran my mile with 2 short walk breaks in 9:44. That is way off my personal best, but a good place to begin. I definitely made my goal of not being placed in the slowest group, and have some room for improvement.

A 75 year old man who runs about the same speed I do suggested we run back to encourage the final walker, a person who plans to lose a great deal of weight. A group of us did that and she was very touched. She finished in just a little over 20 minutes. It appeared she gave as much effort or perhaps more than any other person out there. The group cheered when she finished!

Then I ran-walked-ran back with a faster group and felt really good. My goal of finishing a half marathon in November is just a little bit closer!

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_LINDA 6/21/2012 1:37AM

    Well done on your run!! That is wonderful you went back to cheer that woman on! This sounds like a great group to be involved with!! You are going to rock it!!

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JOHAL52 6/18/2012 2:36PM

    emoticon I so admire you!!!

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MEXGAL1 6/17/2012 10:32AM

    Wonderful job Marsha....good for you.
Very touching too that everyone cheered on the heavier slower person. What a nice thing to do.
Have a terrific day.

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SEABREEZE64 6/17/2012 8:36AM

    Nice job!

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DONNABRIGHT 6/16/2012 10:13PM

    So great that you have already formed a true team spirit and helping everyone to reach the finish line is awesome.

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REXTINE1 6/16/2012 9:38PM

    Congratulations on you successes.

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WATERMELLEN 6/16/2012 9:12PM

    Sorry you're stressing, Marsha . . . let me know if I can help!

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/16/2012 7:54PM

    Woman, you may well leave me in the dust! Way to go with the pace test... and best wishes with your team training. emoticon emoticon

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JOYINKY 6/16/2012 6:12PM

    Great Marsha! Warmed my heart that you've found such a caring group to train with!

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 6/16/2012 1:02PM

    Cheers to setting and achieving goals!!


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Thinking Like a Thin Person?

Friday, June 15, 2012

Another good night! That's 4 in a row of 8 hours or more!! Can't remember last time I had such good sleep.

I'm doing the Beck book (The Beck Diet Solution) again and this time I bought the workbook, too. There is so much good stuff in that book. I want to absorb more of it. The subtitle is "train your brain to think like a THIN person." I'm doing well in eating and exercising, but I'm a long way from thinking like a thin person.

For one thing, most mornings when I wake up my first thought is, "I want food." I know some people have a hard time eating breakfast, but for me the thought of breakfast gets me out of bed most days. Only time in my life I didn't eat breakfast was when I thought it would help me lose weight. I'd try not to eat all day and then give up, stuff at night, wake up with a food hangover, skip breakfast and try not to eat again. That's not a good pattern. I guess waking up hungry is okay, especially if it is not waking up in the middle of the night and eating. That night eating thing is another bad pattern I have fallen into from time to time. Sometimes I wonder if my blood sugar falls too low at night or something. Anyway, there may be a physical reason why I have such difficulty with food from 8pm to 8am. But even if there is, I can live at a healthy weight by tracking, wise food selections, exercising, drinking enough water, sleeping enough, getting support, etc.

I want to incorporate as much of the Beck philosophy as I can, but I may never truly think about food like a thin person. I guess that will just be okay.

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_LINDA 6/21/2012 1:33AM

    I am one of those that needs a big breakfast to start my day out right. Need that fuel to make it through. The calories then taper off throughout the day with the other meals. I think being hungry in the morning is a healthy sign. Everything I have read, they all want you to have a healthy breakfast and consider it the most important meal of the day.. I find a 300 calorie supper (with enough protein & fat to satisfy and not feel hungry later) is all I need for the night. The key is to not have it too early. I eat at 8 pm usually with a 11 pm bedtime. Its light enough not to disturb sleep even if I have to have it later because of my fitness classes which go from 6-8:30 pm, then with travel time and hot tub time, I am not home until close to 10 pm.
Might I say, I am very, very envious of all the sleep you are getting! Well done!!

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AQUAGIRL08 6/18/2012 2:03PM

    One thing I've noticed is that if you keep yourself busy and hydrated, you don't think about food as much. If you are hungry in the morning, I think it's a good thing. It often means that you didn't overeat the night before. One thing I've done to try to battle the 8p.m. to 8a.m. thing is to eat something light with just a little fiber in it during the hour before bed. Then I drink some water afterward. The fiber makes you feel full and digests slowly. Just a thought...

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WATERMELLEN 6/15/2012 10:43PM

    Love Beck, and like you go back to it again and again. Do I "think like a thin person"? Well, maybe not with any absolute finality. But I sure do think like a thinner person!! Because I know that hunger is not an emergency, and that thin people experience hunger every day . . . without panic . . . as a signal that we are going to enjoy our next meal even more!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/15/2012 10:36PM

    Gradually, it's happening for me, too. Of course I have been a morning person my whole life, a huge fan of breakfast!

But thinking like a thin person is: focus on the event, not the food at the event! Or... on the scenery, not the food ads on the road!

Have a great weekend. emoticon

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DONNABRIGHT 6/15/2012 4:11PM

    Good thinking!

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REXTINE1 6/15/2012 3:38PM

    I'm sure I don't think like a thin person. I'm not sure that I can change that.

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JOYINKY 6/15/2012 2:08PM

    Marsha, I don't think I will ever think like a thin person. Actually, the thin people that I did know all those years I battled my weight now have the same battle. I'm much better prepared for it than they are. They feel like their body has played a trick on them.
When I was young, those that were thin really didn't even seem to think about it at all. Always bewildered me, it became an issue for me as soon as I hit puberty. Spent a lifetime Winning and Losing the same battle over and over. I really suspect that I've won this time because I'm off the hormone roller coaster!
There is more to all this than calories in/out. That can account for the mechanics of gaining or losing but not the moods and cravings that hit at different TOM. That, I happily have moved beyond! I now just think like a healthy person and can do it everyday! emoticon emoticon

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JOHAL52 6/15/2012 12:29PM

    I still keep coming back to Beck too. Yesterday I broke an important rule--plan before you eat. And don't eat anything you don't plan to. I am with you!!

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SHRINKINGSHERI 6/15/2012 11:50AM

    I need to pull my book and workbook back out and start it again as well.

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JOMAMA 6/15/2012 11:33AM

    What is the Beck diet about?

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SHIELDAC 6/15/2012 9:32AM

    i feel you learn something from any diet

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DOLLFACEDX 6/15/2012 9:30AM

    I've listened to Beck talk about his diet - always seemed a bit extreme - is it?

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Three Good Nights in a Row

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Here's a streak I'd love to keep going: achieving 8 hours of sleep per night. I actually have my streak tracker set for 7 hours per night but rarely make a whole week. Well, this week I've started going to bed an hour earlier because I'll be doing my Galloway group run at 6am. I should not have worried that I wouldn't be able to get to sleep. The last 3 nights I've slept 8 hours or more. I love feeling well rested!

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_LINDA 6/21/2012 1:34AM

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I simply can't imagine what it would be like to sleep that long!!

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AQUAGIRL08 6/14/2012 8:44PM

    Well done, Marsha! Here's hoping for two more nights of 8 hours of sleep!

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JOYINKY 6/14/2012 6:26PM

    Great Marsha! Everything else goes so much easier when you are well rested. Sleep is a high priority for me but I push hard when I'm up and going!

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REXTINE1 6/14/2012 4:04PM

    I have my tracker set for seven too, and usually get about 8, but today was the first time in a long time I didn't make 7 - I got 6. But I had a 90 minute nap in the recliner then.

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    Oh, Boy! I am envious! I do get at least 6, but 8 is tough to find lately! emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 6/14/2012 2:33PM

    Yours is the second blog today I've read about sleeping well. So important. Great way to start a streak!

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