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Review of The Spark - Tales from 100# Down

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Friday, October 04, 2013

I've long been a user of various activity trackers so I was excited when Sparkpeople said they were introducing their own that would specifically synch to the website. I've been using it every day and wanted to pass along to you my thoughts about it.



What does it do?

It tracks steps, miles, activity and time and the best thing is it knows WHAT kind of activity. I was so surprised the first time I got off my recumbent bicycle and went to my activity tracking page and saw that it KNEW I was cycling! None of my other devices could do that. That was a huge plus for me. It recognizes the difference between the elliptical, bicycle, walking, running and just normal activity.

What else makes it different from other trackers?

You can wear it swimming! That's a huge plus for those that do water aerobics, swim laps, etc. It also means it won't "die" if I forget to unclip it from my shorts!

It fully synchs with the Sparkpeople website AND you get specific awards for activity for your sparkpage. I like those Glow-Getter badges! It's just extra motivation to get moving!

It's TINY so you can wear it discretely unlike some devices that stick out like a sore thumb. You can clip it to your shoe laces, your waistband and even your bra (just flip it so the clip side is out and you won't get that bump in your clothing).

The tracking page on the website is EASY to use and gives you your daily and weekly progress at a glance. You can even look back over the past 30 days!

Competition for motivation - There is a Leader Board for all Spark owners by total fitness minutes for the month. This friendly competition keeps me getting out of my chair to try to work up those rankings!

The best part - it's much more affordable than those other activity trackers I purchased. You can buy it for $59.95 right from the Sparkpeople site (upper right corner) or from Amazon.com

I love that it's pricepoint makes it more affordable for MANY and hope that if you don't have a device you will get one soon. It really does help keep you moving!

The only con is that the clip is a little hard for me to use with my arthritic hands but that also means it won't fall off too easily!

I received my Spark free in exchange for my honest review. I was not paid to post this review nor told what to say. These words are my own!

PRESS ON!

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SLIPPINGAWAY66 6/12/2014 8:25AM

    Sounds like he perfect tool, just wish it would go on sale for us on a fixed budget.

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TERRIJ7 4/18/2014 3:30AM

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AMIRAEBRAHIM 4/3/2014 9:23PM

    Now for me I can't buy the product because I live outside the US.
I used to use my mobile for tracking but it kept tracking my daily car ride as steps and this really ruined the results.
Does this one have the same problem?

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LORIVIOLA 3/23/2014 8:08AM

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DRTOVAH 11/16/2013 6:02AM

  this is a great little device!

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MAYBER 11/14/2013 12:25AM

    How do I get one free for my testimony am sure it is a valuable tool and would love to own one
One day at a time love prayers peace

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ISABELLE31 11/11/2013 10:25AM

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LEANMEAN2 11/10/2013 6:55AM

    thanks for sharing

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145HEALTHY 11/7/2013 4:45AM

    Thanks for the review.

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SUPERDAD55 11/6/2013 9:41PM

    Sounds like an emoticon Christmas gift Idea. emoticon Now how do I drop a hint to my kids? emoticon

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IDLETYME 11/5/2013 8:51AM

    Sounds like something that should be on our Christmas wish list. Thank you a bunch! emoticon

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SASSYTHING52 11/5/2013 12:05AM

    i would love oneee emoticon

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AMBER461 11/4/2013 11:58PM

  Thanks for the review. I have to purchase one.

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MARYJEANSL 11/4/2013 11:00PM

  I may just give in and spend the money...

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JAMER123 11/4/2013 9:12PM

    I agree with everything you have said! I love my SPAT and can't wait to have it automatically download when you are within 50 ft. of the dongle. You don't have to do anything!! So glad I got one!!

Well said!!

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SHANNONY84 11/4/2013 8:51PM

    The more I hear about it, the more eager I am to get it. Unfortunately, I am on a very constricted budget, but it is on my wish list!

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NANHBH 11/4/2013 2:43PM

    I love my Spracker, as I have affectionately dubbed my device. Nice write up. Thanks for sharing.
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PMSLIVES 11/4/2013 2:40PM

    I really appreciate yours, as well as others, emoticon comments on these new things.

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PTROTT 11/4/2013 1:40PM

  I'm happy with mine, except that it has come off once, luckily in the house. It needs a small hole that you can run a cord through to fasten it more securely. But it does serve as a motivator to do more walking, and the fact that it syncs with the site makes it easy to keep track of your exercise.

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UUSUZANNE 11/4/2013 12:27PM

    You are starting to talk me into buying one! I've had cheap pedometers in the past, which were, well, cheap; then I tried using my phone but that didn't work as well as I would have liked - it was OK for long walks but not for just being in the house (or the office, or before I retired, the lecture hall). This one sounds like just what I need!

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TURTLETRACK 11/4/2013 11:00AM

    Thanks

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GIRLINMOTION 11/4/2013 10:30AM

    I have been hearing such positive things about the device that I went to order it, but they don't deliver to Canada. I am very disappointed. I really felt it would get me past my 10 minutes of Cardio a day minimum and challenge myself again.

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THOMS1 11/4/2013 10:29AM

    It's a wonderful tool is it not? I love mine and am grateful I have not had a problem with it like many others. It is a real motivator. emoticon

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JUDITH1654 11/4/2013 10:19AM

    I have used the Organic Scientific in the past because it has two features I've not found with others: a very long clip to assure it won't get bumped off and a cover to protect the face. How is the Spark pedometer on those issues? Other than that, the Spark one sounds wonderful!

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HVJOHNSON 11/4/2013 9:34AM

    It's always good to hear from someone who has used the product. I've been on the fence about buying the Spark - your review was very helpful. Thanks

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SPARKBJOK 11/4/2013 9:22AM

    I'm happy with my Fitbit for now, but will keep this in mind for the future. Thank you for the info.

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THEIS58 11/4/2013 9:22AM

    Thanks for the review!

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WINNIE-POOH 11/4/2013 8:45AM

    emoticon for posting. I think I will add that to my list for Christmas. My kids insist on getting me a present. emoticon

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KNYAGENYA 11/4/2013 8:19AM

    Enjoy it in good health.

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MAWMAW101 11/4/2013 7:52AM

    Thank you! Asking for mine for Christmas!


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ANNASMOM12 11/4/2013 7:48AM

  great job keep it up

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CROETHLE1 11/4/2013 7:25AM

    Thanks for the review, I have been considering a purchase but really liked my now aging/worn fitbit. When it's time to replace my fitbit, it looks like this may be my choice!

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VAINVT 11/4/2013 7:05AM

  Thanks for the information.

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CHRIMSONFYRE 11/4/2013 6:51AM

    thanks for the review!

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CFMOSS 11/4/2013 6:42AM

    Thanks for the review - helps when considering new gadgets.

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SHERYLP461 11/4/2013 6:39AM

    Thanks

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DKAY0923 11/4/2013 5:45AM

  GREAT BLOG

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TRYINGHARD54 11/4/2013 5:34AM

    great information, :-)

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