Thursday, July 11, 2013
BLW originally alluded to the change, which I had not heard about. She posted a blog entry yesterday with the link to the Spark announcement:
So thanks to her for that!
I immediately liked the idea and signed up right away. Here's why:
While I use my Fitbit to keep track of my activity, I use the Spark nutrition tracker (SNT) to keep track of my food. Spark communicates with the Fitbit page and sends nutrition information over to the Fitbit website. But this is where it can be problematic: What happens when I inadvertently enter 4 servings of ice cream when I only had one? On my SNT it is easily remedied by clicking and changing the number of servings. But the Fitbit website now shows FIVE servings of ice cream. The Fitbit website doesn't acknowledge any changes or deletions, only entries.
As a result, unless double-check food entries between the two sites, the Fitbit "countdown of calories" is useless. AND, who wants to keep track of the same thing in two different places? I barely feel like I have enough time to spend on Spark!
Here's what it looks like today, after my exercise and lunch:
Pretty cool, huh? I now know at a glance how many calories I can eat while taking into account my activity, and still be in range to lose weight.
My usual modus operandi is to eat at the low end of my allotted calories and NEVER take into account any exercise. As a long-range strategy this doesn't work -- I'm always hungry and after a few days I'm bingeing because I'm not eating enough. So this is a tool that will really work for me. I'm LOVING this!
PS -- you don't need a Fitbit or other device that "communicates" with Spark...you can also indicate your level of activity and it will still give you your countdown.
Are you going to make the change? What do you think? I think Spark just keeps getting BETTER AND BETTER!