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Sparked My Optometrist

Monday, February 11, 2013

Over the weekend, I went for my eye checkup and my doc is great. Been going to him, like, forever.

We were talking about good health at one point and he said he eats healthy, but doesn't exercise. I explained to him the SP suggestion of doing 10-minute increments throughout the day - including my idea of walking in place while watching TV (hey, it's a start). He said sure, I can do that. And seemed genuinely excited to start moving. Frankly, I could see the difference two years made since last seeing him. Although not overweight, his body looked like it longed for activity. I walked away more motivated as well. It was a good reminder that if you don't use it, you lose it. Muscle mass loss was obvious.

Wishing all a happy day.

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/19/2013 10:05PM

    Sounds like you did him a huge favor.

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DALID414 2/12/2013 1:52AM

    Maybe its an optometrist thing. Mine was telling me how she forces herself to eat oatmeal at least 3 times a week just to feel like she's doing something healthy. emoticon

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SIGNAL38 2/11/2013 9:54PM

    Way to go spreading the spark!

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CATLADY52 2/11/2013 9:25PM

    That's the way it goes. A little bit at a time. emoticon

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ALEXSGIRL1 2/11/2013 6:43PM

    Happy you spread the spark

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LIVELYGIRL2 2/11/2013 6:38PM

  so good you shared. if he doesn't thank you, his bod will, if he follows through. emoticon emoticon

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SUNSHINEGB 2/11/2013 5:40PM

    What a great way to help him, spreading the spark!
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DOLPHINSINGER72 2/11/2013 5:36PM

    That is awesome that you spread the spark!! emoticon

You have motivated me to do the same. Thanks

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ELLENIRENE 2/11/2013 4:17PM

    great way to spread the spark!

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NORWOODGIRL 2/11/2013 2:34PM

    Way to spread the Spark! emoticon emoticon

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KEL_BEL_FX3 2/11/2013 2:33PM

    emoticon that's wonderful! WTG you!

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LIVINGFREE19 2/11/2013 12:37PM

    Awesome job!!

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RACEWELLWON 2/11/2013 12:22PM

    Good for you , keeping our physicians healthy ! They are human also !! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 2/11/2013 11:14AM

    Yay!

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WALLAHALLA 2/11/2013 10:25AM

    Super Spreader Award to you
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Way to share the Spark!

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GOAL SABOTAGE (NOT AN EASY BLOG TO WRITE)

Sunday, February 10, 2013

It's very easy to write the blogs about progress or happy little gadgets like the Fitbit; it is NOT very easy to write about my backslides. However, before I continue, four years into this process, I am not as devastated as I once was when this happened. And I immediately get back on-track. Plus, I'm still done with sugar (and have been for a long time now), so the backslides don't include dessert type things. Overeating healthy stuff, though, is still overeating (and gaining).

Sabotage - placing an obstruction in the way of progress. Well, a mere few weeks ago, I was 4 lbs away from goal. Hooray, I thought, now I can eat more because I'm so close that it won't count. My body will play nice, even though the calorie intake was much more than normal. I know this doesn't make sense, but that's how it was rationalized, what can I say?

Another factor is the Fitbit. When I saw how many steps I was taking daily and how many calories burned, it was a mental license to eat more since it was being burned. Yikes! Not true at all.

Last, but not least, I go through periodic bouts of serious "I don't give a ______." This is a result of many things, but at the moment my heart is aching over my mother dying slowly and my not being able to communicate with her. (don't ask, it's complicated and one of the tragedies of my life)

That said, I am now 10 lbs away from goal instead of 4. Too bad,how sad. When you play, you pay. And all those cliches. But as I said, I'm back on-track and had to write this blog as a form of confession. And self-forgiveness to continue moving forward.

Wishing all you wonderful folks a fun day.

  
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LUCYJOY 2/12/2013 3:33PM

    What a bummer but as you know, life is like that sometimes. I still have 8 pounds to go to get back to my before holiday fog weight. What was I thinking?

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KATWELL88 2/12/2013 10:45AM

    Great blog! Sabotage a newer lesson for me and your examples shown is in various way and glad to hear you realize what you can do to make your goals work for u. You are the way to improvement despite the stress is NOT easy... emoticon

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AWESOMECHELZ 2/12/2013 9:39AM

    You are still moving forward with your wonderful honesty. emoticon Chelsea

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JILLYBEAN25 2/12/2013 2:31AM

    I think everyone backslides at some point, so I know I could definitely relate. And I think I've used the same rationalizations on many an occasion! As long as you pick yourself back up and continue on the correct path, you'll get there. You've lost that 6lbs once, you can do it again- and then some.

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KELLIEBEAN 2/11/2013 7:41PM

    Been there done that with the "don't give a ________" attitude and over-eating after losing significant weight. We all have.

Excellent blog. Way to go getting back on track right away instead of sliding further. I call that success!

I'm sorry about the situation with your mom.

Good luck to you as you continue to move forward!

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LISAREADS 2/11/2013 6:58PM

    We're all on the rollercoaster of life.... Thanks for sharing your honesty-
you don't realize how many people you are helping! I learned about SP
from my Dr. and I try to tell at least 3 new people a week (some of them
think I'm batty and sometimes I agree with them - he-he.
Hope you have a wonderful week ahead of you - KEEP SMILING emoticon

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LYNETTEMOM 2/11/2013 3:38PM

    tks for your honesty in sharing this . I think everyone or certainly most people can totally relate.
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RACEWELLWON 2/11/2013 12:18PM

    I am sorry Jessie , I know what you mean . When I attend more than four classes of Jazzercise a week its like a pass to eat more and then I really fluctuate (pisses me off) I do not indulge in sweets/sugar either , its easy to over eat with healthy food ( even juicing, a ton of carbs but its taste so good) sigh , then my tracker tells me I should eat more calories while I am exercising so much ! I think (for me) I have to really play with the numbers and stick to it - I still have put the scale away due to the fact that I am under a great deal of stress which we all know is the main key to hanging on to fat ( that stinker Hypothalamus) . Anyway , I am still contemplating purchasing a fitbit for summer , we will see ! You have a great attitude. Hugs Karen emoticon

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JLITT62 2/11/2013 8:19AM

    Believe it or not, I go thru periods where I don't care either. We all do. You WILL get here - you've come too far not to.

Happy belated birthday!

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CAMAEL100 2/11/2013 7:47AM

    I know that feeling of being near to my goal and taking it easy only to find I have taken a major backward slide!!

Getting back on track is great. We only fail when we give up!

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CATHYGETSFIT 2/11/2013 6:05AM

    Ugh! You know what...you are in good company! I have done that before as well. It's good that you got it out and told everyone though because as you can see, you are not alone. It's easy to rationalize thinking like that. I've done the same thing before. Also, given what's going on with your mom it's understandable doing what you did. No, it wasn't okay that you did it but it's understandable. The important thing though, is that you realize what you've done before you let it get even more out of hand. Good for you for getting back on track and good for you for forgiving yourself!! emoticon emoticon

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DALID414 2/11/2013 12:38AM

    Confession accepted. Keep moving forward. emoticon

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L1ZB3TH354 2/10/2013 11:46PM

    emoticon you have done it, you are back on track. You know what went wrong, now you can adjust. Good luck emoticon

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JUSTLLAMA 2/10/2013 10:57PM

    I do the same thing. I gained 5 pounds back through of combination of the same things you talked about. Sounds like you know where your issues are and are taking steps to correct them. Best of luck to you! I know you can do this!

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WALLAHALLA 2/10/2013 10:24PM

    good for you for deciding enough is enough and turning it back around

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TIME4CARRI 2/10/2013 10:13PM

    So sorry. I understand emoticon emoticon
Glad you are quick to get back on track, that is real progress and growth. emoticon

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NORWOODGIRL 2/10/2013 9:28PM

    I'm so glad you forgave yourself! We lie to ourselves and rationalize the way you describe. But, we're only human. All we can do is pick ourselves up and move forward. (I wish I could say that I learn from self-sabotage - but I don't.)
Hang in there, kiddo!!!

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JANICEB0414 2/10/2013 9:16PM

    Hi SlimmerJesse, I liked your blog because it spoke to me. I am always sabataging myself. I know it as I do it and I do it anyway. I think it is some kind of rebellionesque aspect of my personality. LOL. I say, "Congratulations to you for getting back on track before 10 pounds became more than 10 pounds. " I regained weight too that I thought I had lost forever. Those pesky pounds don't let go of us so easily. They are always there on the side-line just waiting for us to mess up so they can make a hasty return. We are tempted by the foods that we had given up for so long. We can't resist the sight, the smell and the comfort of our favorite high calorie, high fat, high carb, high sugar foods. It is so hard to get back on track and you have done it! I am getting back on track to lose the 10 pounds that I have regained. At least you are only 10 pounds from your goal. That is the good news. I have to lose at least 20 or more. But it doesn't matter if it's one pound or 100 pounds, it is hard work to lose those pounds. I am so glad that we can be there to cheer eachother on as we reach our goals! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHRISKENANDKIDS 2/10/2013 9:15PM

    I have had a similar situation going on for over a year. I am actually down about 8 pounds since last year but I keep getting to my lowest and then eating a little more and then going back up. I feel for you. I'm sorry about your mom and hope the stress gets better. Hugs!

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SPIRALDOWN 2/10/2013 7:40PM

    you can do this... Over eating on healthy is still over eating yes,,,but at least it is not on the junk... emoticon

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DESERTMOTH 2/10/2013 7:38PM

    I think we have all done this in one form or another. emoticon

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DOLPHINSINGER72 2/10/2013 7:25PM

    I am glad you are back on track. I seem to be having the same problem with my fitbit. Since it is making me get up every 5 minutes to run around my house (okay not really physically MAKING me, but you know what I mean), I have been eating about 200 calories more than I have for the past 6 months. Now mind you I am still eating "below" what it says I should be eating, but I am feeling uber guilty about it. I don't know what the scale is saying about it yet, but I am having a feeling it will not be good.

I hope things go well back on track.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/10/2013 7:21PM

    We all have these bad times. I'm in one now. If I had been eating better and taking care of myself I might now have been as sick as I am now. I am hoping to get another chance soon to make this right.

I can relate to the sadness over your mother. It is quite understandable. I have some issues like this from the past that are sad to me too.

I know you will regroup and move on from this. You know what works.

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WORTHEYMOM 2/10/2013 5:51PM

    Thank you for having the courage to write this blog. I think it's time for me to face my backward steps. First thing is recognizing it, right? Heres to moving forward!

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NATPLUMMER 2/10/2013 5:10PM

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HDHAWK 2/10/2013 4:35PM

    It's good to catch it now. I let my weight slide all the way back plus a few more.

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LIVINGFREE19 2/10/2013 4:25PM

    We live and learn. Now you have this experience to learn from.
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RYDERB 2/10/2013 2:56PM

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 2/10/2013 11:47AM

    I can so relate to feeling like I can eat more when I get close to my weight goal...been there, done that!

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SERIOUSLIM 2/10/2013 11:26AM

    Oh Jessie, this feels so familiar.It was good of you to 'confess'. You are not alone. And it is hard to stay aware in the middle of a crisis such as with your Mom, and not to resort to some kind of 'magical thinking'
Thanks for sharing, i realize how difficult the situation is right now.
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ROCKMAN6797 2/10/2013 11:25AM

    Unfortunately even healthy foods have calories...I, too, am guilty of sometimes overdoing the healthy foods rationalizing that it is healthy. Good for you for getting back on track!

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THANKS TO ALL YOU WONDERFUL PEOPLE

Saturday, February 09, 2013

I really appreciate all of your kind wishes and goodies. It's amazing how the virtual world can contribute to making a day more special. Thanks a mil!

Have a fun,happy weekend.

  
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    What goes around comes around...and you spread a lot of good around.

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KRISTINE99 2/9/2013 2:50PM

    So glad you enjoyed your birthday! emoticon

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NORWOODGIRL 2/9/2013 2:11PM

    I'm glad we could make your day better! emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/9/2013 12:57PM

    You have a good one too. Love you!!

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PDSLIM 2/9/2013 11:50AM

    ditto

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LIVINGFREE19 2/9/2013 10:50AM

    You are so worth it! I am SO glad you had a nice birthday with the help of your sparkfriends! They are great people!

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Born on Grandma's Birthday

Friday, February 08, 2013

Born on your day and given your name.

Happy Birthday, dear grandma. I miss you very much.

  
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CATHYGETSFIT 2/10/2013 12:52AM

    emoticon Sorry I'm late in wishing you a Happy Birthday! How cool to be named after your grandma and born on her birthday! emoticon

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NORWOODGIRL 2/8/2013 9:14PM

    That's wonderful - to have had that connection; and now it is sad - because she isn't with you.
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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/8/2013 8:18PM

    Your grandma must have been thrilled to have gotten you as a birthday surprise!!

Happy birthday to you, GF, and to your grandma in Heaven as well.

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CATLADY52 2/8/2013 5:53PM

    emoticon Congrats on another milestone.

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WALLAHALLA 2/8/2013 5:48PM

    emoticon and happy memories

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LIVINGFREE19 2/8/2013 5:38PM

    emoticon to you and grandma!

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MOM2ACAT 2/8/2013 3:18PM

    emoticon Happy Birthday!

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RACEWELLWON 2/8/2013 3:03PM

    Happy Birthday to both of you - what a special day ! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon i named my daughter after my grandma who was my best friend

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    What a gift! emoticon emoticon

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RAINBOWMF 2/8/2013 12:41PM

    My birthday too Happy Birthday -- snow day for us.

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KRISTINE99 2/8/2013 11:58AM

    emoticon emoticon Happy, happy birthday, SLIMMERJESSE!!! I hope you get a chance to celebrate your special day :)

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MEADSBAY 2/8/2013 9:21AM

    aaauuuwww....
what a loving gift your parents gave your grandma.
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One Fitbit Week Equals 4 Badges

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

This Fitbit was the most fun b'day gift I got for myself. In the first week of use, I've earned 4 badges - just by doing what I normally do. It's fun and helpful in knowing what I'm doing and how it translates to miles and calories. I resisted getting it for so long; glad I did.

Just for clarification for those who said that the calorie count measures everything, even just being alive. I have the Zip, so I don't wear it to sleep. In the morning, when I put it on, everything is reset to zero automatically, except calories. There should be no calories on it since I did not have it on overnight. Just sayin'.

Wishing all a happy day.

(p.s. I hadn't been on the Fitbit site for a few days and didn't realize that I have 4 badges, not 2. If only these were worth something in real life!)

  
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RACEWELLWON 2/8/2013 3:01PM

    I think I will purchase a Fibit - now I am curious - Congrats on your Badges !! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/7/2013 10:07PM

    You have me really thinking I want one when I get better. LOL.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 2/6/2013 4:44PM

    Congratulations on the badges! Sounds like fun.

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LIVINGFREE19 2/6/2013 10:32AM

    I am so glad you like the fitbit and share so much information with all of us!

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EBLOOMING 2/5/2013 9:52PM

    I emoticon my fitbit that my daughter got me for my bd. My only problem is I have lost it twice. . so tiny you know. I wear it sleeping once in awhile and it tells me how many hours of sleep I get and how many times I woke up. Some nights I toss an turn a lot. emoticon on your 4 badges. I have two and know more would be recorded if I had not lost it. It is a great motivator.

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NORWOODGIRL 2/5/2013 9:26PM

    They ARE worth something in YOUR real life. They are a barometer of achievements you're making in your quest for health and fitness. emoticon
Enjoy them!

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KRISTINE99 2/5/2013 6:10PM

    Very happy to hear that the Fitbit is workout out for you! emoticon

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LIVELYGIRL2 2/5/2013 6:01PM

  I appreciate hearing about it, perhaps it's not too complicated. emoticon

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ALEXSGIRL1 2/5/2013 4:39PM

    congrats are in order for giving yourself a great gift for earning two badges and for using your fitbit daily emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ROCKMAN6797 2/5/2013 4:25PM

    Congrats on the 2 badges!

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RAINEMARIE214 2/5/2013 3:38PM

    Whether you wear it or not, it estimates how many calories your body burns in a 24-hour period, based on the information you input in the fitbit website. Then, when you are more active than it think you would be, it increases your calorie burn for that day. It really doesnt correllate to whether you wear it or not. I have the fitbit ultra, and very rarely, if ever, wear it to sleep. If it didnt estimate your daily calorie burn, even when doing nothing, it wouldnt estimate properly how many calories you burn during a full day.

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KMICHA 2/5/2013 2:36PM

    Love my fitbit one! I got it for Christmas and love the challenge I get from it every day.

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NORASPAT 2/5/2013 2:31PM

    Thanks I am hoping to get a fit bit soon. I am just waiting till I read more blogs like this. I am happy you are using it and it motivates you. GREAT !

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2WHEELEDSHARON 2/5/2013 11:42AM

    Yay! Sounds like you're making great use of it:)

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WALLAHALLA 2/5/2013 11:17AM

    glad you are enjoying it

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NATPLUMMER 2/5/2013 11:02AM

    I think it still calculates your resting calories.

When does my tracker reset, and what happens to the previous day's data?
Last Updated: Jan 28, 2013 09:35AM PST
Your tracker will reset each night at midnight, and all of your data will reset to zero. Your minute-to-minute data will be stored in your tracker for up to 14 days without syncing.

Keep in mind that your calorie burn estimate will begin each night at midnight, so if you're up late and moving around, your tracker will adjust your calorie burn accordingly. Even if you are asleep at midnight, you will still see that you've burned some calories upon waking up in the morning. This is because you still burn calories even if you are sedentary or sleeping. Fitbit calculates your calorie burn based on information about your age, gender, height and weight.

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CHUNKIMAMA 2/5/2013 11:02AM

    That's awesome. I am on the fence about getting it.

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SUZI219 2/5/2013 10:56AM

    I love my Fitbit too!! But it really highlights how few steps I tend to take normally. That gets me thinking more about fitting those extra steps in!! Glad you are enjoying yours!!! emoticon

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