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Furniture is finally here.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Our Lazy Boy couches finally arrived this morning. I ordered them on 8/2/13 so we are a bit excited. Jeff just got home from work and is getting ready to sit in one. lol I have not uploaded the picture yet. We still have to get tables and a rug, but not sure exactly what I will find out on the market. We will have to get Phred a doggy bed because I don't want him jumping on the couches and his nails ripping the leather
Anyway did a nice walk today and the Spark Tracker is cutting off my mileage and steps short still. It is a nice tool but not too accurate as I have said b/4.

  
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JAXMOMMY 10/25/2013 5:16PM

    Sorry the Spark counter thing is still not accurate. Oh well. I had to order new talking pedometers and always order a few since I am terrible with them, but they are back ordered! Yikes! We love our LaZBoy furniture! Very solid, very good looking.... Glad yours finally came in! Hope my new stuff comes soon!

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BWCAGRL 10/25/2013 10:52AM

    Yay! Post pictures when you can!
Glad everything else is going well!

Take care and keep up the great work!
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DJ4HEALTH 10/25/2013 12:38AM

    They will last a long time and we got cloth for our recliners because I did not want leather because it is hot here in Florida but they are nice! Have fun with them.

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BARBARASDIET 10/24/2013 4:05PM

    Too bad about the tracker.

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_LINDA 10/24/2013 9:21AM

    Sounds fabulous!
That is a shame about the activity tracker counting your car ride :( They have to make a fix for that where you can turn it off. Around here the roads are so bad and full of potholes it would count a huge number of steps lol. I still would like to know how it can tell whether you are on an elliptical, stationary bike or out walking. Would be interesting to know that.
Our dogs have always stayed off the furniture. Its Mom's cat that is the problems, So she has to keep them covered, even then the claws still get through :( There is no training a cat off the furniture, they were born to get in a high place.
Enjoy!

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TXGRANDMA 10/24/2013 12:10AM

    Anxious to see the pictures! The house is coming together! I know it must be exciting after all this time! Sorry your tracker is acting up! Those new-fangled devices sometimes have a few bugs in them! emoticon

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JAMER123 10/23/2013 10:34PM

    Starting to get to where you want for the house!! Good for you! Will be anxious to see the pictures. My SPAT apparently took all the bouncing in the truck today as steps. I know I didn't walk as much as it said but did meet my goal, barely!! So I know the sensitivity is touchy. But i do get a much better idea of what I am doing than guessing like I did.
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DDOORN 10/23/2013 10:27PM

    Everything is coming together...all righty now! :-)

Thx for stopping by my blog...would LOVE to get out west someday with my bike!

Don

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LESSOFMOORE 10/23/2013 9:05PM

    emoticon on the new furniture!

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ANGRITTER 10/23/2013 8:50PM

    I love new couches! They are the bestest!!! Did you run in to sit on it for the first time with Jeff? Like breaking it in together! LOL

And I was afraid the SparkTracker would do that... cutting out when it should still be working. I like it the old fashioned way... I count my steps around the yard a couple of times and take the average. Then I know approximately what one lap is in steps. And I used GPS to make sure the mileage was correct.

Best of luck with the couches and with getting the tracker to cooperate and act appropriately. And I am so happy you got a nice walk in today. I got stuck walking in Target. Boo!

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TWEETYKC00 10/23/2013 7:19PM

    Can't wait to see everything settles in!

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All OK with me. New furniture??

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Got a letter in the mail from Endo. doctor and all is OK regarding Hasimoto syndrome (I don't have it!). I still have to return in about 5 1/2 months for another ultra sound to see if the growths are the same or have enlarged. But I can live with that.

Suppose to get my furniture tomorrow. They were suppose to call to give me a 3 hour window, nothing yet. Hubby says they will call in the morning. If I don't hear from them by noon, I will be calling Lazy Boy to see if they know anything. Am pretty excited. After I get the couches I can then figure out what kind of tables to get. We are gonna order a rug from fellow that Jeff met at one of the craft shows he company did the electrical for. Will take pictures to post here soon.

Went for a nice walk today and stopped at CVS on the way home to pick up a few items. My friend and neighbor Rosa called me when I was there and invited me to lunch. I drove to lunch and she paid, but I had a coupon to the restaurant for 50% off on 2nd entrée and I left tip.

Then we went over to Target to look around. I wanted to get a Hanukkah card for my sister in law (CVS still didn't have any out) but they had lots of Halloween/Thanksgiving cards. I asked at both places. CVS only got a few gift bags sets and nothing else but would have them out next week. Target said the 1st of Nov. Sure didn't seem fair, since Hanukkah is a day b/4 Thanksgiving this year, not to have any Jewish celebration cards. emoticon

  
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JAXMOMMY 10/25/2013 5:13PM

    Sounds to me like the powers that be at CVS are unaware of the early Hanukkah this year! Shame on them. Glad you got a good report from the endo! I've been waiting on my new book shelf and Dad's bed for over a month now! Getting very frustrated with the company we went through!

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_LINDA 10/24/2013 1:35AM

    So glad you don't have that disease anyway. Hope the growths don't get worse..
That will be a nice treat to finally get some furniture in. Looking forward to the photos!
I am likely going to purchase a comfort chair and ottoman for myself tomorrow. I have been using a chair borrowed from my building. I gave up my recliner because it wasn't a good fit for my ailing back and made it worse.
Not familiar with the initials CVS, but I imagine a drug store might have the cards. Seems like ours carry lots.


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DEDICATED2HIM 10/23/2013 6:35AM

    Thanks for the"heads up" re: Hanukkah. My husband is Jewish and we usually give our daughter one gift on the first day of the holiday,,,Wow. I can't believe that the Holidays begin next month. CRAZY



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TXGRANDMA 10/22/2013 10:45PM

    So glad to hear that your health is good! Hope that you get your furniture tomorrow! Don't forget to take pictures of it so we can see it! You still have lots of time to get the card and send it....... emoticon

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JAMER123 10/22/2013 10:32PM

    You would think that holiday would be honored as well! It is a little early this yr. but that isn't any excuse, in my book! So glad you are free and clear of Hasimoto. Follow up is good.
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LESSOFMOORE 10/22/2013 9:52PM

    Teri, I totally agree with you! What's wrong with CVS?!? emoticon

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Doctors appointment and other sad news regarding a good friend.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Ok my doctor is real nice and everything went well. He did some special blood work and said I may have to go up again on my thyroid medication. He is checking some stuff, looking for Hashimoto's disease. Hopefully everything will work out OK. I will go back in 5 1/2 months for another ultrasound on thyroid and then see him at 6 months.

My sad news is regarding my friend Cora (there is a picture of Cora in my photos here with her and my Lucy Dog taken the day b/4 Lucy had to be put down because she was so ill.) Cora and her husband moved a couple of years ago to S.Carolina where soon after Cora developed lung cancer. They did radiation and chemo and kept putting off her lung surgery as the cancer was shrinking. Finally after all these long months her son joined them in SC, they had scheduled her surgery for last Monday the 14th. On Sat. Cora started talking funny and being a bit off, so her husband and son took her to the emergency room. When I talked to her on Sunday the 13th, she sounded so off, druggy and not getting her words correctly. I agreed with her and said it sound like a TIA or mild stroke.
Her son called on Monday and left me a message. I wasn't exactly sure what he was going on about and at first I thought maybe Cora had forgotten she talked to me on Sunday. I talked to her yesterday, she still sounded druggy, slow but she was able to tell me that she did not have a stroke but now had developed cancer in some part of her brain. So the surgery for her lung cancer has been put off and she has already started radiation again. Her hair was starting to grow back from the last round of radiation.
I am so sad for her and the family. I asked her if the cancer had spread from her lung cancer and she didn't think so. But I have to wonder really how much she is understanding or what her husband is letting them tell her. I know from first hand knowledge, (my mother suffered with cancer head /neck for 6 years and it spread all over. My husbands parents both died from cancer that spread all over the place) that once cancer starts spreading from one area to another and in the brain, it really isn't good. You could live years, like my mom who was given 6 months, or you could live only a few months. I am hoping I won't be making a trip to Virginia in the near future (I know that is where all her family is buried) but at some time far far away.
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BARBARASDIET 10/22/2013 3:32PM

    sorry about your friend.

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DJ4HEALTH 10/21/2013 12:11AM

    So sorry about your friend and will be praying for her and her family.

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DEDICATED2HIM 10/19/2013 6:39PM

    Praying right now for CORA....and for you for wisdom when you speak to her prayer you be able to help the family as she Goes through this difficult time. And asking God also for a miracle.

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JAXMOMMY 10/19/2013 11:23AM

    Oh Teri! Such sad news for Cora! When cancer spreads to the brain it is usually very bad, but I still believe in miracles! I'm glad you like your MD and things seem to be promising with your thyroid. Will keep you, Cora and her family in my thoughts!

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REBELBLITZ 10/18/2013 11:31PM

    Prayers are being said. Hugs, Cheryl


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TXGRANDMA 10/18/2013 11:27PM

    Glad your doctor appointment went well, and hope the final outcome is good, too. So sorry to hear about your friend, Cora. It is so difficult when you hear something about a friend who is so far away, you want to be with them, but it is really not possible. Lung cancer commonly metastasizes to the brain, will be praying that Cora is soon better. emoticon

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    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your friend. emoticon

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JAMER123 10/18/2013 8:34PM

    Terri, I am so sorry about your friend Cora. That is a difficult diagnosis to treat. My thoughts & prayers will be with her. My grandmother had a brain tumor and due to not known treatment at the time, she passed away at age 58. I also hope your tests come out well!
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_LINDA 10/18/2013 12:47AM

    I am so very sorry to hear about Cora :(((I have known four people who had cancer in the brain and all died within six months of the diagnosis in spite of surgery to remove it and other treatments, its a very virulent form of cancer :((( That its already affected her speech and mind, that is so horrible to hear :(( My uncle recently died from cancer that had spread all over from his lungs. How it was never caught when he went into the hospital with fluid on his lungs a year ago, I will never understand, but this second time he went in, it was too late and untreatable. I also knew a woman who was diagnosed with a very virulent form of breast cancer -and was given only three months to live!! However, she fought it with everything she had and lasted ten years! Her strength, determination and will to live and to never give up inspired me when things got rough with my condition. We could understand the trials we were going through and the constant run of hospitalizations, surgeries, medicines. I still miss her sunny smile and warm personality a lot and that is why cancer is one of the charities I support the most.
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ALICEART2010 10/17/2013 9:59PM

    prayers lifted

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Sweating up a storm but??

Monday, October 14, 2013

Ok I finally worked back up to doing longer workout dvd's. I have been doing a lot of 3 miles walks with Leslie Sansone WATP's and The Biggest Loser walks with Bob. I wore my Spark Tracker and was working my ass off, sweating all over my t-shirt. I was so disappointed to find that the tracker only credited me with 1.49 miles in the 49 mins doing the "Fast Four Miles". I get more miles and steps just going for a walk for that length of time. I figure since it isn't all walking but kicking, side steps etc., it isn't counting that stuff. But you jog (boosting walking) in this dvd, so does it come up short for those that jog or run on a regular basis? Those that have used LS dvd's understanding that even the 3 mile advance walks can be tough. All of my 3 mile walks are intermediate or advanced as is the FFM. Wondering how little credit I will get when I am back up to the 5/6 mile indoor walks.
When I used my watch pedometer I use to come up a little bit short like .20 miles but this is just not showing really how much I am working out again. emoticon
Jeff has been home for the last couple of days. He worked on his truck, which broke down last week when he was working about 25 miles from home. He had to AAA bring it home. The truck is 10 yrs old and a fuse blew because of a bad wire. All working ok now. He worked on my vette again because the right turn blinker stopped working. Normally a sign that you need to replace the blub. He replaced it but it still wouldn't work.
So now I have to use old time arm signal when making a right turn. How many people even know what those are anymore?? Someone waved at me the other day when I did it! LOL
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I have an appointment tomorrow with the Endo doctor to talk about my thyroid. Will see what happens with that, if they want to do a biopsy or not on the questionable spots they found. TTY later all.

  
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BARBARASDIET 10/16/2013 3:17PM

    I have that problem with the elliptical trainer versus the treadmill. Sometimes a pedometer will not accurately register steps if there too much of a climb component.

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BWCAGRL 10/15/2013 11:05AM

    Good luck with your appointment...keep us posted.
I don't have the SP tracker, but I do know my pedometer is sometimes off. Good for you for working out so consistently! Keep up the great work!

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DJ4HEALTH 10/15/2013 12:34AM

    Don't know about those tracking monitors but as for the turn signals that is almost a norm here where I live. I see it all the time and it is not just older people doing it it is also the young doing it too. I did have to laugh about them waving back to you at least they did not give you the one finger salute that sometimes happens.

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_LINDA 10/14/2013 11:31PM

    Sparkpeople's fitness tracker does have various values for mph walked, you can go right up the scale. But nothing is as accurate as having a GPS watch and walking outside to really know how fast you are going as there is no hedging in either distance or time. I found that my GPS website gave me the same calories burned per distance and speed as Spark's tracker, so was quite pleased with it. I don't know that DVD's are always that accurate with their time listed. It would be really interesting to know if indeed they really go a mile because everyone has different step lengths so what are they going on when you are walking in place and distance cannot be measured??
The best measure is listening to your body anyway. You know when you have gotten a good one in.
Keep up the great work!!

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JAXMOMMY 10/14/2013 10:44PM

    Hmmmm, did it count that you were doing cardio at least? I'm not sure it is worth it if it isn't counting your LS steps. Mine is about a third of the steps off consistantly, my pedometer, whether I do LS indoor walking or outdoor walking on a measured trail.... It doesn't take me long to type my fitness into SP, so thinking it just ain't worth it to me! Be careful with no blinker. I doubt many people know at all what the hand signals mean... Good luck at the doc! I think my thyroid levels are off. Need to make an edno appt!

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JAMER123 10/14/2013 9:22PM

    I am just walking right now and spent about 30 mins in the grocery store today. It didn't count any of the walk as continuous so with the slow walk, it may not be accurate wither. I just find that I have been consistently underestimating my steps! So I am glad I have it to help at that.

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Using the new Spark Tracker. Its a bit off with miles but useful.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

The new tracker is easy to install and uploads very easily. I like the convenience of putting it on my shoes or bra. It has motivated me to start walking more and that is a good thing. Just know that it isn't 100% accurate.

Figured out that the tracker is short on miles, at least for me. Today a walk I know for a fact is just about 1.10 of a mile showed up as only .80 with less than 2000 steps. That is over .25 mile difference and I think that is a bit too much to be off. Means both miles and possible calorie burns would be off somewhat. I am pretty tall at 5'8.5" and have a long stride. I am guessing they calibrated the Spark Tracker for average strides and that is why many of us are experiencing these differences??? Some of the first blogs on this subject said the same thing, so some are still wearing pedometers along with Spark Trackers. What to do??

Hey Spark Guy and Coach Nichole, will there be any updates to the Tracker?? Will you come out with a new and better tracker? If so, will we, the owners of the current Trackers be stuck or will you let us return our current Trackers for the newer ones for some sort of credit?

Just curious, is anybody else wondering the same things?

As the old saying from the 1960's goes (gives away my age here) "Keep on trucking"!

  
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JAXMOMMY 10/14/2013 6:26PM

    I thought about getting one, but that seems like alot to be off... Plus, it doesn't talk and I would rather it did. I have a talking pedometer, very cheap, not 100% accurate, but I know how off it is so can calculate the difference! What about how it measures other exercises and such? Thanks for posting about it! I'm seeing that bumper sticker with that moustachioed man stepping forward with the big foot out in front with Keep On Trucking written over his head! Perhaps a bumper sticker?

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_LINDA 10/12/2013 10:43PM

    I use a GPS watch not connected to Sparks, so I don't get steps, just mileage. Today I did my longest trail hike ever, 10 miles, but my knee and feet are sure paying the price :-P
That is the problem with steppers, the cheaper ones are one size fits all which isn't right. I gave up on them after losing/trashing 5 of them :(
Keep up the great work!

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JAMER123 10/12/2013 10:09PM

    I am tall but have a shorter stride. I haven't had a good working pedometer so don't know if my tracker is tracking right but I like it as it gives me some inspiration to push me a little harder than I have been. I agree that we have purchased in good faith and if changes come through we should be compensated in some manner. But for now, I like what we have!!
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MERRYMARY42 10/12/2013 9:19PM

    I don't have the tracker, already bought the fitbir, and I use my pedometer also, an Omron a goo0d one, and I do 2400 step mile, so must have shorter strides, but my fitbit, gives me a bit more credit than that, so really not sure but I am real happy, as long as I can get 15,000 steps a day, or that is what I aim for,

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FEMISLIM 10/12/2013 9:09PM

    I also enjoy using my tracker. It is off for some activities, which is no big deal since I also use a Fitbit flex which is also off for some activities. I am not bothered since trackers are just guides. I enjoy using the Spark.

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LESSOFMOORE 10/12/2013 8:30PM

    Teri, I am happy that you are finding your new tracker to be useful. emoticon emoticon

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PRINCESS_SOFI 10/12/2013 8:28PM

    Yea mine is a bit off. It doesn't recognize the exercises it's supposed to as well. Oh well.

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TXGRANDMA 10/12/2013 7:43PM

    Sorry that the tracker is off for you! That is a lot of money to spend and not have something be accurate! I do hope that you will get a credit on your old ones, if a new, more accurate version comes out! emoticon

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