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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
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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So this is how it all went. What is a Pro-time clinic?

Monday, September 30, 2013

My last blog was about all 4 appointments I had on one morning. I ended up having to go to the lab for a bunch of test that my Rhumy wanted. I asked the lab to notified the Pro-Time clinic that I would have a pro-time done with my blood draws.
For those who want to know (Jaxmommy) what a pro-time clinic is. Pro-times are done on those of us lucky enough (sarcasm here) to be on blood thinners like Warfarin/Coumadine to adjust ones medication. If you are too thin, you could bleed out and if you are too thick, you could have a blood clot. Is life just ducky! They have been trying to get my dosages correct for the last couple of months. Once they get them correct, I hope to only have to go once a month. It has been more like every 10 days.
So I was sure that all was well with the ultrasound on my thyroid because I didn't hear from the doctor until the next week on Wed. I was hoping for a letter in the mail, all is well, a short call from one of the nurses, all is well. Nope I hear the doctors voice, all is not so well. My DH Jeff didn't get that for many years. Mail or Nurse notification things are good. Doctor call not so great. lol Really everything is gonna be OK. I do have 2 small somethings about 7 mm each. She referred me to a specialist Endocrinologist. I figured I would hear from them in a few days, nope the next day. I guessed they wouldn't be able to see me for a couple of months, nope. Endo originally wanted the 11th of Oct. but I had another doctors appointment and didn't want to wait around for 3 hours. So I see the Endo on the 15th of Oct. I am pretty sure all will be find. Even if it is something, this is a pretty easy problem to take care of.
So this may or may not explain my lack of energy and motivation. This may or may not be anything to worry about and could be normal for a woman my age. That is what my new family practice doctor said anyway. I do really like her and hope to be a patient of hers for many years to come.
Ok that is all for now. Will make another blog possibly tomorrow to tell you all about free museum day at the Gene Autry museum up in LA. that I attended on the 28th. Keep your eyes peeled for that one.

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JAXMOMMY 10/9/2013 10:22PM

    Thanks! OK, well, both my in-laws are on blood thinners and always go for their PT tests to measure the thickness of their blood, so duh! Had no idea PT was pro-time! They just go to their heart doctor. Any news on the thyroid yet? My mom had some nodes on hers, but they ended up being nothing. My grandfather just adored Gene Autry! I have his copy of the Christmas album! Thanks again for answering my question!

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BARBARASDIET 10/3/2013 3:46PM

    I did the Autry on a free day and enjoyed it!

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PENNYPEARLS 10/2/2013 4:05PM

    Hoping everything turns out well with your thyroid. I am getting ready to see an endocrinologist for possible thyroid problem also. emoticon

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_LINDA 10/2/2013 1:58AM

    Wow! Hope your right that these two small things are easily taken care of!! I guess I can't whine about the weekly painful Humira injections I get :P I have had to get needles all my life since I was 6.5 years old -sometimes I feel like going on a needle strike!!
Happy to hear the shut down government has not affected your health care!
Look forward to your visit of the museum!

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SEATTLE58 10/1/2013 2:44PM

    I'm wishing you lots of love and care with your future tests and care. I hope that everything works out for the very best for you! Lots of emoticon to you!

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JAMER123 10/1/2013 12:37AM

    I know the protime clinic well. As a nurse supervisor, our dept. added the inpatients protime and Coumadin adjustments to our work load. I also know what a major bleed can do as I was laid up for 2 months on a recliner with a leg 4X the size of the other!! Interesting lifestyle we live!! Took 6 months for my protime/INR to settle back after being on it for 15 yrs. at the same dose! Must be the weight loss that goofed it up.
Take care and keep us up on what's happening.
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JUNEAU2010 10/1/2013 12:04AM

    I've never been to the Autry museum - looking forward to reading about your visit.

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Ordered the new Spark Activity Tracker

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Well I got this notice tonight about the new SAT. It said in the FAQ that you would get 500 Sparks points for ordering this item. Wonder when the points will show up. They took my credit card information, so I think the points should show up ASAP. Will let you all know. It took a few days years ago after ordering the first Sparks books for the points to show up. We will see. I am really hoping by using the SAT, it will get my motivation back up to wanting to be more active again. I got weighed at the doctors last week and I am back up to 208.5#. I wasn't that heavy when I originally started with Sparks in 2009 @204#.
So I am getting a bit depressed but hopefully the doctors will get this thyroid thing under control. They have schedule a ultrasound for Thursday morning to check to see if anything is abnormal. One of my sister had thyroid cancer but I am hopeful it is nothing like that. I also see my Rhumatologist , pro-time clinic and dermatologist, all the same day. It will be an early morning since I have to be at x-ray @7:30am,, Rhumy @ 8:45am in same building, pro-time clinic is at 9:30am across the street, then Derma @ 10am but I have to drive up the street about 1/2 mile or so. Think I will come home and take a nap after all that. lol
Today was my oldest sister's birthday, she is on here but not every often. Firery1 is her name, and I think it would be swell if some of us would send her b-day wishes. I hope this will motivate her to get on board here at Sparks. xo to all.

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ANGRITTER 9/19/2013 12:44PM

    Sounds like you had as busy a day as I did yesterday, except I spent mine shopping for other people. Well, for me too, but mostly others. And I think I have to do it again today as well.

But I got the e-mail about the SAT too and wonder about it. Let us know if you like it when you get it. I want something like that but want a GOOD review that I can trust first. LOL

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JAXMOMMY 9/19/2013 10:25AM

    I'll have to read up on what the new SAT is! Hadn't heard of it yet! But, if it motivates one to move, then I could use it! I will go wish your sis a happy one, even if a day late! May I ask? What is a Pro-Time Clinic? I hope all the doc appointmenst went well and you were able to get in and out of each to proceed to the next! I think scheduling that way is the way to do it! I do hope they get your thyroid condition under control and that it is nothing serious. Keep us posted! Let us know about the SAT once you get it all going too! Thanks!

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JAMER123 9/19/2013 1:45AM

    Hoping your day turns out really good, Terri!! I had a thyroid tumor many, many yrs. ago and surgery removed all that would cause me a problem. I am think about ordering the SAT as well. Hoping it would be the tool for me to get more motivated!
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LESSOFMOORE 9/18/2013 9:23PM

    Wishing you well, Teri! emoticon emoticon

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AMANDANCES 9/18/2013 11:28AM

    I was thinking about ordering it too. Does anyone who have one have any comments about it? Good luck with your thyroid!!

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USMAWIFE 9/18/2013 10:03AM

    the points show up once you sync the new gadget to the system just like the fitbit and body mass thing

good luck with getting the thryoid under control .. mine was and a doctor who thought she knew more than others changed my meds which caused a 30 pound weight gain for me.

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BARBARASDIET 9/18/2013 8:42AM

    I got the email about that tracker this morning and it is very tempting!

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_LINDA 9/18/2013 1:49AM

    I got the e-mail as well. I have known quite a few who have gotten the Fitbit and are quick to get into the challenges and win crazy milestones awards and keep up their activity to the 10,000 steps and number of floors. It appears to be highly motivating.
I doubt I will go for it as I am motivated to take my fitness classes which I love doing for the variety -the thought of doing a bunch of steps daily bores me lol. It would be helpful if I had better scenery then the concrete jungle which is hard to walk on anyway with my joints. I do get mega steps in when Mom and I do our long trail hikes on the weekends when I am free.
That is some pretty tight scheduling. I hope none of them run over time -all too familiar with waiting for my appointments and getting in long past the time I was scheduled.
I do hope they get your thyroid under control -that is the worst for weight gain and so very tricky getting the right amount of medication dosage too.
Good luck with all your appointments! I see my new rheumy next week!
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PAMNANGEL 9/18/2013 1:14AM

    Good luck! emoticon

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EMMACORY 9/18/2013 12:49AM

    Hope the SAT is helpful. Good luck with all your test. Blessings! emoticon

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LINDA! 9/18/2013 12:46AM

    I am also thinking about ordering it. I also received the email today. Sounds great.
Good luck with your medical tests.

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ALICIA214 9/18/2013 12:41AM


Hope all your tests show up negative .. Good Luck. emoticon

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Another migraine last weekend. So darn hot here this week.

Sunday, September 01, 2013

So a week ago yesterday I got another migraine. Laid me up good for 2 days. I had to go get another pro-time on Monday @ 11:45am. Too darn hot here this whole week. Having to use Franks car with no AC is killing me. lol People with Lupus will understand that extremes of weather does a number on us. It's 3:30pm here and just under 100 degrees. Most of last week was over 100. Wouldn't have been so bad but S.CA decided we needed a bunch of humidity. Very rare for this area but it is what it is.
So it's 104, no AC in the car and I had to drive to that darn pro-time appointment having just got over another migraine. It is a little over 10 miles round trip but in traffic it takes about 20 mins or so, one way. Then on Wednesday, I had to go to the ATM and I get there and lo I do not have the ATM card. It is still sitting at home. Back to home, back to ATM, then get some gas in Franks car ( he has gone out job hunting most everyday and still no luck). I go to CVS where my script for a refill for Maxall Melt (generic version) is waiting. I grab the bag go home and it is not the melts but pills. I don't even know the name of the doctor that is on the paperwork? So I call CVS, head back to CVS and my head is pounding again, from the heat, pouring sweat. I finally get the correct melting pills. I find that using the melts works best and faster for me then the pills which take longer to kick in. When one gets aura's with flashing lights, you want that medication to work now, not in 30 mins.
So that's my story and I am sticking to it.
For those that commented on my last blog regarding the Lazy Boy furniture. If LB has the furniture you want at the S.CA warehouse located I believe over in Riverside County, we live in Orange County, in color, style, fabric. You can get it delivered to your home in under a week, unless you want to drive to the warehouse & pickup yourself. This is why it is taking so long to get our new living room furniture.

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DDOORN 9/11/2013 10:04PM

    Whew, lupus or no, that's WAY too hot for anyone to contend with!

Hope relief has come your way since then!


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DDOORN 9/11/2013 10:04PM

    Whew, lupus or no, that's WAY too hot for anyone to contend with!

Hope relief has come your way since then!


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_LINDA 9/3/2013 7:53PM

    So sorry you suffer from these terrible migraines :( That is great if you have a medication that works to stop them in their tracks if taken quickly enough. I can't imagine doing anything with those.
Its been hot and humid here too, must be a widespread thing. I don't mid it though. I feel better with heat then our cold so I won't complain and won't use A/C -I am allergic to it big time.
I have been shopping around for a comfy chair and so far found one I really like, but its expensive (ridiculously so for a simple chair that is not a recliner!!!) The ottoman is extra and almost $200!!!
Looking forward to what you find!
Feel better soon!
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LESSOFMOORE 9/2/2013 8:39PM

    Teri, I hope that things cool off for you and you feel better! emoticon emoticon

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ANGRITTER 9/2/2013 10:51AM

    I live in N Florida and I don't do cars without AC either. I would rather cover up with a blanket than turn the thermostat up because at any minute, here comes another hot flash! LOL

Even if the house is set at 80, it feels wonderful to walk inside. Looks like today will be the following:
Walk 1 mile, come inside.
Walk 2 miles, come inside.
Walk final mile, come inside and die.

Then I can do all the rest of my exercise in the AC at the house. But walking, I can space out as I am not trying to give myself a migraine (which happens in the heat), nor do I want to fall out in my massive yard where I walk!

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TXGRANDMA 9/1/2013 8:33PM

    Oh, my! How terrible that you are having to drive around with no AC! Then to have so many false starts and have to go and do the whole thing over again! It has been very hot here, too! It is a heat index of 105 to 106 and actual temp is 103.

Hope no more migraines for you, that must be so miserable! The heat surely doesn't help does it? Take care of you and try to stay out of the heat as much as possible. What happened to your car? emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JAMER123 9/1/2013 8:15PM

    (Hoping this posts the right way. All goofed up!!)

i understand you intolerance of heat. We have also been hot and extreme humidity. It finally broke for us last night with storms coming at us. Did we get rain?? NO. So needed here. You really didn't have a very good day either.

You will have to let us know when you get the furniture!! We love Lazy Boy and for a special order, it takes about as long for us but you are a couple thousand miles closer!! I hope it comes soon for you. And try to keep cool!! Hope the migraine cools itself as well!!
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