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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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HOLDINGMYOWN 10/11/2013 9:12AM

    I hear a lot of people say that they find the clip hard to use...esp. if they have things like arthritis.

You do NOT have to pull the clip open to get it on...not even a little bit really...and it is not meant to open fully...

If you catch the open end of the clip on your bra...pants band...shoe laces....whatever~~~THEN just wiggle it forward holding onto the tracker body....

Works a treat and no need to worry about *fat* fingers! emoticon

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MISSMARY3 10/11/2013 8:49AM

    So far I like mine, too. I have noticed that I don't get as many steps as my pedometer shows. But, I can live with that. I need to wear it a little longer to see what happens. I like that it syncs directly to Sparkpeople. That's really cool. Thanks for your comments.

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NIKKIJ55 10/11/2013 8:47AM

    Thank you for the review

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DLITE719 10/11/2013 8:42AM

    I have ordered my mine and can't wait to start.

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WEE122 10/11/2013 8:41AM

    You can go swimming with it!?!?! How awesome! I was trying to hold out to get one for a Christmas present, but I don't think I can wait!

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MIMIDOT 10/11/2013 8:40AM

    Great information. Thanks for sharing.

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IMEMINE1 10/11/2013 8:33AM

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DELBERTCARR 10/11/2013 8:33AM

    I want it!!!

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HEALTH4LYFE 10/11/2013 8:32AM

    One of our BLC team mates also wrote a blog about the sparker and how much she loves it. Thanks for your info too! I have a birthday coming up, so this may be in the cards, (or boxes...) emoticon

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SHERYLP461 10/11/2013 8:21AM

    Thanks, I guess I will have to get one too

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CHERYL_ANNE 10/11/2013 7:43AM

    Yay! So happy to hear!

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BUSYGRANNY5 10/11/2013 7:37AM

    I ordered mine this week!

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NANCYTUNBERG64 10/11/2013 7:26AM

    I purchased one to after I had read another blog about it. I love it but agree that the clip can be a little hard to clip.

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CHIPLEY_FL 10/11/2013 7:15AM

    I think I deserve on.

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OFFICIALOLDY 10/11/2013 7:05AM

    It's great to learn more about this Spark device. I just might try.

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GARDENCHRIS 10/11/2013 7:03AM

    might have to think about it.... thanks!

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MUSOLF6 10/11/2013 7:01AM

    Thank you for the review, after my fitbit dies, I will buy this. I am on my 3rd fitbit, since for some reason they die and can't be fixed. emoticon

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LEANJEAN6 10/11/2013 6:59AM

    It sounds like a great little machine--Lynda

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COLOR-BLUE 10/11/2013 6:00AM

    I put mine on for the first time this morning. It's a bit challenging for me to digest all the information, but it's ALL GOOD!!! I love that it's so accurate and precise. No more guessing with the pedometers!!! Thanks SparkPeople for helping us to become more fit, with the Spark Tracker!

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -
GA

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CHUBBY_MOM 10/11/2013 5:33AM

    After reading your review I am putting this on my Christmas wish list, if I can wait that long! I just may have to do a bit of overtime and buy it for myself!

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PRUPLEBEAR 10/11/2013 5:30AM

    Sounds great. Wish I had the money to get one. I think it would really help.

Thanks for the review!

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YESICANBY0814 10/11/2013 5:13AM

  I love mine!!

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BUTTER350 10/11/2013 4:50AM

  I love my spark!!!

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CFELIPE 10/11/2013 2:28AM

    Great info. Just not sure if it can be purchased here in the UK :( as it sounds fantastic. emoticon

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THE_SHAKESHAFT 10/11/2013 1:00AM

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GEORGE815 10/10/2013 9:35PM

    Press on. Glad you are happy with your new purchase.

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LYNMEINDERS 10/10/2013 5:11PM

    Go you...you are doing a wonderful job on your journey...

Unfortunately buying spark stuff from my country just costs TOOOO much...sad....

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DEEGIRL50 10/10/2013 4:52AM

    I didn't know there was such a thing. Thank you for passing on the information. I'm not very tech savvy so not sure I would use it.
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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 10/6/2013 7:11PM

    Thank you for the review! It's all good to know.

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LUVSBULLDOGS 10/5/2013 11:12PM

    Thanks for posting this review, Suzanne. I like your blogs, because they are always down to Earth and plainly written. I was wondering about the device from the little adds.

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WATERDIAMONDS 10/5/2013 7:37AM

    Thank you for an honest review that I can trust.

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RUNNERRACHEL 10/5/2013 5:07AM

    Sounds great! Your review makes me want to purchase one! emoticon

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NINETOZE 10/4/2013 11:56PM

    Thanks for your review. Think I'm gonna get one. Just have to wait a few more weeks to have the dough!


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NASFKAB 10/4/2013 10:44PM

  thanks for the review

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COCK-ROBIN 10/4/2013 10:27PM

    I wish I could afford one. It sounds great!

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GOING-STRONG 10/4/2013 10:16PM

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TIRED49 10/4/2013 9:05PM

    I saw these and wondered about them. Thank your or your post with detail. I was going to ask for a Fitbit for Christmas but now I may ask for one of these!

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MNNICE 10/4/2013 8:37PM

    If I didn't already have a Fitbit, I'd be ordering one of these! Sounds like a great little motivational tool!

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GLASSART43 10/4/2013 6:39PM

    After 3 days of use, I absolutely love the Spark tracker. Because I lost a Fitbit that just had a clip, I also have a 3rd party tether I bought for my Spark tracker - double security!

Now if the apps would come out to sync with my IPAD and I-phone, I would be even happier, but while I'm home, using my desktop to sync isn't an issue.

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KALANTHA 10/4/2013 6:24PM

    I just got mine today and was amazed at how easy it was to set up. When I got home from my walk, I went right to my computer to see who the sync worked and amazed at what it showed. Yes, this is a nifty little device!

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TRAVELGRRL 10/4/2013 4:45PM

    I might consider one after my Fitbit dies...but I love being able to check my Fitbit during the day to see my stats...no syncing with Sparkpeople required! However I do love that it can tell what you are doing. Maybe someday, someone will create a device that does it all!

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LETHA_ 10/4/2013 4:20PM

    Thanks for the review.
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MYTHMYTH 10/4/2013 4:15PM

    Sounds great. I love my fit bit but it doesn't recognize biking or other activities - just steps.

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JEANNETTE59 10/4/2013 4:14PM

  Thanks for the review. I was hesitant to invest in another gizmo, but you convinced me. emoticon

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PICKIE98 10/4/2013 3:56PM

    Like all of the other gadgets here, I sure wish I could afford one. Two Sparkers in one house and we just use our little pedometer.

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SUSIEMT 10/4/2013 3:52PM

    Great review! I love my spark activity tracker and I had to pay for mine! I even bought one for my sister!

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KAZZIE531 10/4/2013 3:51PM

    Thanks Suzanne...Great Info!!!

Also, I read that you can enter in a contest and win prizes.....I may get it using my gift certificate..... emoticon

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