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I am ready for my fitness tracker again, I used it today, I feel better now.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

I was determined to get my fitness tracker under control.
Ever since it was changed and I discovered I had no idea how to use it I simply did very little Fitness strength training and I felt my hands and muscles were getting weaker. I was stressing some days over getting it set up.
The Grandís visit was a nice diversion so I really put it on hold except for the times I did show them the dumb bells and the resistance bands.
Once they were gone I tried again.
Then this Spark coach came up and I was looking at it and anticipated I could get help with setting it up. I looked at the tutorial many times and it felt impossible to have the instructions right before me I cannot follow along a computer menu trail. It is just not obvious since I am not computer literate.

I am not alone in this matter many of my generation have this difficulty. I simply wanted my old tracker back.
A long time ago I attempted to add Coach Nicole's videos in to the fitness tracker and when I did it erased what I had in so when I tried to get to the new tracker it was virtually empty.
Seeing things in Part one and Part 2 was also confusing but I wanted to get it back in my life.
I decided to pay for three months just so I can get the fitness back food is no problem, never was.
Walking was never enough and I felt so much better after strength training.
Over the past few days trying to get help was not as easy as I had thought it would be. When I have a problem I Blog, it I try not to whine.
I know if I say the right things I can get support on this site.
This time I discovered there are quite a large number who are missing the old tracker. I sent a message to the Tech people but when you have little computer knowledge it is hard to begin to explain what you need.

The coach mentioned the browser and another dear Spark friend had once encouraged me to use a different browser, she suggested GOOGLE CHROME. I was not comfortable changing programs so I just left it alone and tried to work around problems of videos not working and other odd things.
This morning I decided I would take matters in to my own hands. I went to GOOGLE and downloaded it. I cannot get to it unless I have my spark page open then I have to use Internet explorer to bring up GOOGLE. I imagine some of the computer people are amused by what I have to do to get there but that is how I am doing it right now.

I have been amazed at the clarity of the text. It is like having a new computer to use. I have only used it all day to do Spark I have no clue how to get to anything else with this. It gives me a full page tracker, before it was just the middle third of the screen.
The spell-check feature is much better it acts like Word documents do so that is a plus. I expect I will have to remove internet explorer it seems odd to have them both on at once.
I think I might just be in luck because next week I will be with a Spark friend who can give me a few minutes to set me up with the new browser and go from there.
We want to travel around the Maine coast and have fun but I just might be lucky having a person to show me and I can take notes.
Today I walked 4 miles with my walking buddies.
I have well over 12000 steps taken and I have had a good band work out this evening. I feel so much more positive in the fitness tracker area and I hope this GOOGLE can stay on my computer. I hope it is not compatible with something like the last browser was.
I used web search from spark in to GOOGLE which I never used before except on the computers of others. I had tried yesterday for the grain salad before the change. Afterwards I found a cooking website that had a virtual pantry for you to cook with. I chose the grains I waned in it and it showed me how to cook it. I was amazed at that hoped to print it but needless to say it did not happen I could not send out the link either I know I will find it again.
Thanks I am in a much better frame of mind.
I know I can do this with help from my wonderful Spark friends.

Pat in Maine.
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  • v MORTICIAADDAMS
    I have google chrome on my computer too. I have an icon on my desktop I can use. Computers should be easier to use. Mine gives me a headache. LOL. Glad you got it to work finally.
    1379 days ago
  • v LITTLEWIND53
    I am computer iliterate too. Once I learn things one way, I hate to have them change because it takes me FOREVER to figure out the new way....... Thank goodness I have a friend I can call, she goes on her computer and walks me through whatever my problem is.....

    Glad you are slowly learning your way around this new browser.

    (((hugs)))
    1379 days ago
  • v CHALLENGER15
    Great!
    1379 days ago
  • v SUNNY332
    Good for you, Pat. It is amazing how long it takes to build strength and how short of time it takes to loose it.

    Keep on moving forward.

    Sunny
    1379 days ago
  • v EGGBASKET1
    WAY TO GO, PAT ! I'M GLAD YOU GOT THIS PROBLEM SOLVED. I TOO HAVE ANOTHER BROWSER. I USE FIREFOX WHICH IS WORKING GREAT FOR ME. I DID HOWEVER KEEP INTERNET EXPLORER AND HAD TO USE IT A TIME OR TWO ! THE GUY AT STAPLES USES HIS COMPUTER WITH 2 BROWSERS AND HE SET MY COMPUTER UP FOR ME. IT HAS BEEN ABOUT 6 MONTHS NOW AND ALL IS WELL !!!
    GLAD YOU GOT YOUR FITNESS TRACKER SET UP AND ALL IS RIGHT WITH THE WORLD!!! HAVE A GREAT DAY. HUGS...EGG
    1379 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/16/2012 11:33:54 AM
  • v LJCANNON
    emoticon Just about everything I know about Computers has been learned through Spark Friends and LOTS of Trial & Error. I am happy that you found something that works to make Sparking easier and More Fun for you.
    1379 days ago
  • v BAKER1009
    Pat I am so glad that downloading a new browser helped you with your fitness tracker! Now tackle that ST!! emoticon emoticon

    Hugs,
    Beth
    1379 days ago
  • v BETHGILLIGAN
    YAY!! glad you are getting things figured out!
    1379 days ago
  • v LUNADRAGON
    When I reset my stats, I lost all my customized strength workouts too. Frustrating.
    1379 days ago
  • v SHERYLDS
    emoticon
    1379 days ago
  • v NASFKAB
    great job Pat continue with it
    1379 days ago
  • v THE_SHAKESHAFT
    Well done, Pat. Keep up the awesome work :)
    1380 days ago
  • v 2WHEELEDSHARON
    That's great news Pat, way to keep at it!
    1380 days ago
  • v IOEINC
    You sound like a techie compared to me. I had to enable cookies a while ago to be able to post comments on blog posts and I had to call my daughter and son in law to walk me through it. So you are not alone!!! Keep up the good work... I have been neglecting my strength training recently so you gave me a good reminder to get back to it.

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    1380 days ago
  • v DEBBIEANNE1124
    Sometime life gets in the way of the fitness tracker and SP in general.

    I wish I could ewlk as much as you do.
    1380 days ago
  • v 1CRAZYDOG
    Way to go! I am not computer literate either, so I completely understand!!
    1380 days ago
  • v BRENDAGAIL9
    Pat, I had Google Chrome but ended up taking it out of my laptop. It was driving me crazy, every time I would click on a page a pop up would appear to tell me that I might enjoy this or that so I finally deleted it and went back to Internet Explorer and I haven't had that trouble. I had a few other issues with it too so I am glad it is working for you.

    I agree that it is hard for our generation to understand all the computer terms. Another thing that annoys me no end is people using letters instead of writing out the words. I know quite a lot of them and I hate it when I get stumped and have to ask.

    TTYL ( Talk to you later )

    Brenda













    1380 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/15/2012 10:50:08 PM
  • v LVMAMAW
    GOOD FOR YOU!! When all else fails, take in your own hands and follow your gut!! That move of yours was golden! emoticon emoticon emoticon
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    1380 days ago
  • v GRACEISENUF
    I ditched Internet Explorer for Firefox and WOWZA has my computer experience changed for the better!!!!!!!

    Never again will I use internet explorer.

    Glad you are doing better Pat. I am not computer savvy at all so I really do understand.
    1380 days ago
  • v TERRI289
    Pat, I have both Google Chrome and Internet Explorer on my laptop without a problem.

    Glad that your frame of mind is much better,

    Get some rest..xoxoxoxoox emoticon love to Fred!! emoticon
    1380 days ago
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