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.