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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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EMMAC216 11/3/2013 7:38AM

  I ordered this the other day and now I really can't wait to receive it! emoticon

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KIDALOT 11/3/2013 7:26AM

  thanks for the activity tracker feedback. i've been weighing the purchase - to me that's a bunch of money.

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LEANJEAN6 11/3/2013 6:57AM

    It really sounds good!

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SBNORMAL 11/3/2013 6:48AM

  I am going to order today.

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DENNISBISHOP 11/3/2013 6:43AM

    Interesting.

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MIA-MORSEL 11/3/2013 6:34AM

    I won't be getting one. I'm quite happy with my pedometer which links to the Spark fitness tracker. I'm losing weight, I KNOW that I'm exercising so what more do I need? Nothing.

Ok I'm miserly LOL I never fix anything unless it's broken emoticon

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WELPATT2 11/3/2013 6:21AM

    Ive never used a Tracker before, but this sounds like a good place to Start !

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40PUDDLEJUMPER 11/3/2013 6:01AM

    I guess I will just have to wait for it to be available in the uk, I feel as though I am really missing out I sent all my friends on here with their glow getter awards

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FISHINGLADY66 11/3/2013 5:47AM

    Great review. Thank you for sharing. I'm loving my "The Spark" .

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MARINEMAMA 11/3/2013 5:43AM

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GLORYB2014 11/3/2013 5:41AM

    emoticon review, thank you for sharing.

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CAROLIAN 11/3/2013 5:37AM

    Sounds ideal but is it on sale in UK yet?

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MSLZZY 11/3/2013 5:33AM

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BABY77A 11/3/2013 5:07AM

    sounds great

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KAB7801 11/3/2013 5:01AM

    I just got mine getting ready to wear it, can't wait!

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NCSUE0514 11/3/2013 5:00AM

    I wasn't all that happy with mine. I got very different numbers depending on which tracker I used.

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TCANNO 11/3/2013 4:49AM

    You can't or couldn't buy it on Amazon UK which is a pity.

It is a nice review and says that I want one.


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ANNETTEMARIE63 11/3/2013 4:21AM

    I have a fitbit one and love it however I couldn't resist but to get me my spark tracker. I ordered it friday and am just waiting for it now. I think I will test both of them to see which I like better however the way it looks I will be using both of them for different purposes. I do not think sp has ever had anything come out that I have not gotten. I have both their books and their cookbook too.

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CSDAYS 11/3/2013 3:48AM

    Just got mine this week and I love it! I lost my old pedometer that certainly was not as accurate. It was bigger and clipped on.
Spark is great, takes care of itself, very easy to start, shows its battery life, and I check on it more and even started back to logging in food!
Thank you SP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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LAURAKOHORST 11/3/2013 1:51AM

    emoticon motivation of any kind is wonderful

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AREEJ_R 11/3/2013 1:21AM

    I WAS SO EXCITED WHEN I SAW THEY HAVE THEIR OWN DEVICE

NOW WHEN I READ YOUR BLOG I REALLY CANT WAIT TO BUY ONE

I ALREADY HAVE NEW POLAR BOUGHT BEFORE MONTH AGO
BUT I WILL BUY THIS AS WELL SPECIALLY IF WE CAN YOU USE IT IN THE SWIMMING PALL

AWESOME

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GREENVALLEYS 11/3/2013 12:47AM

    I ordered mine last Thursday, so just waiting for it patiently.

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NANCY19662 11/3/2013 12:19AM

  Thank you good to know emoticon

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TOKIEMOON 11/3/2013 12:18AM

    This very same advertisement was just featured as a blog a couple of weeks ago. Please Spark, when you feature blogs, post NEW material (even if it is self promoting).

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LIVELYGIRL2 10/30/2013 1:07AM

  I am still comparing the various ones. I hope I get something for Christmas.

I wonder the differances.

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JAMER123 10/29/2013 11:08PM

    They are awesome aren't they!! Love my tracker!
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DJSHIP46 10/29/2013 8:29AM

    Thanks for sharing.

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SANDYCRANE 10/29/2013 5:09AM

    Thanks for the information.



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YMUNDERWOOD 10/28/2013 10:57PM

    Considering getting one even though I already have the fitbit. emoticon

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MSRIP3 10/28/2013 10:42PM

    I can't wait to read more about this tracker!

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EMMACORY 10/28/2013 10:26PM

    Sounds great!

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TKRYSTINA 10/28/2013 10:13PM

    I have the Spark Tracker & The Fit Bit One & use both of them. I wear my Spark Tracker 24/7. I like the fit bit to track my sleep.

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MILLER31313 10/28/2013 10:02PM

    I just read a review about the SP tracker and it said it only tracks if an activity is continuous for 10 minutes, ex: if you are walking for 8 minutes and have to stop to tie your shoe, it doesn't count it. Granted I usually do things for no less than 10 minutes, but I have been known to have to jump off of my elliptical for a quick second to deal with kids, animals, etc. So if I'm on for 15 minutes and have to stop for whatever reason and get right back on for another 15 minutes, is it going to count 30 minutes or 20 minutes? Just a curious question, I doubt it would be a huge issue.

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MOMMASGOTINK 10/28/2013 9:47PM

    I think I may have to save up for one

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ADAPTOR 10/28/2013 9:46PM

    ok, good to know.

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PENOWOK 10/28/2013 9:25PM

    Awesome!!

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SAINTBERNARD6 10/28/2013 9:16PM

    It would be nice to know how to get these free since many of us would love one but just can't afford it. I do have a very good pedometer but Spark People doesn't recognize it nor does recording my steps count as exercise or activity.

Very good review...

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VIKKIROWE 10/28/2013 8:41PM

    Thank you. This was very helpful to me. I just got my Spark this evening and I am anxious to get started. Thanks again.

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MSKIZ69 10/28/2013 8:34PM

    Oh, if only I didn't love my Fitbit so...but who knows what the future brings, may look in this next year!

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