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My Husband Does Not Understand Tracking Steps and It Is OK!

Monday, February 10, 2014

So February is a hard month. The winter simply takes extra work to follow your habits of maintenance. Shopping, exercise,driving are often more difficult in the cold and icy roads.
The overcast days led me to turn to music, flowers, bright colors and trying new recipes.

I decided to try the Spark Activity Tracker as a way to increase my exercise and for a little fun in motivation. It works for me. It is fun to see your steps tracked and graphed. The virtual trophies are also nice.

The funny part about this is that my husband and my son do not understand why I am doing this. My husband jokingly said it was somewhat obsessional. Well this obsession has led me to exercise beyond what I normally do. After working out at the gym I came home and discovered that I was a number of steps away from my I walked some more! I also walk as I talk on the phone.

It is motivating to me to look down at my shoes and to have that Spark Tracker with me all day.I feel like I am doing something healthy for myself. It adds a Spark to my steps!

I am secure in this weight journey and will continue to do what I need to do to stay on track. Husbands can and do get used to my new healthy habits!

I admit it is comical to wear tennis shoes with my pajamas the first thing in the morning as my tracker is on shoes.

Thanks to all you at Spark for your support. These last winter months have been warmed by the lovely kind posts here!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
PENOWOK 5/3/2014 11:36AM

    I enjoyed this husband bought me a Fitbit for my birthday and now he complains if I am dancing to music while in the kitchen or just walking in place...The good news is that he doesn't mind when the baby grandson comes and I dance everywhere with him!!HA!

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MARTHA324 5/2/2014 7:38AM

    How do you balance getting in your steps with obsession? On the days I work out I don't think I have to get my 10,000 steps, but I do. And there some bitter cold days this winter when I was bundled up and walking.
But, it keeps me focused on my health and maintenance.

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LSWEETING63 4/2/2014 1:09AM

  Men just don't get it sometimes lol I love my spat; I have gotten to the point that it is a part of me now....very motivating.

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WENDYANNE61 3/21/2014 1:25AM

    My husband has got used to me clipping on my tracker first thing in the morning. The other day as we were setting off for our first decent walk in Spring sunshine he checked his watch (so he could see later on, how long we had walked for...) and asked me if I had my tracker clipped on - we grinned like idiots at each other and bounced off down the road! Hey, trackers are fun!! emoticon

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CHARTHESTAR 3/17/2014 9:51PM

    You got to do what works for you. being diligent in tracking your food, or hitting your goal for steps.

It does motivate me to get steps in and sometimes to try and beat the day before. 5 days a week I hit at least 15,000 so I do relax and rest my body on my off days. As with ST your body does need time to repair itself.
You take care of your body and it will take care of you.

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TORTISE110 2/19/2014 5:06PM

    FUNNY! Those tennis shoes anyway. I often hop on my elliptical in my pj's--why get a whole new set of clothes involved? I think this is commitment. And you ought to be secure on your weight loss journey. You have earned it!!

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TINAJANE76 2/18/2014 10:55PM

    Keep on stepping! Awareness is a good thing and we often have to do things that might seem peculiar to others to keep ourselves focused on our goals. Most people do get used to our seeming oddities eventually, especially once they see how we're able to keep up our success in the longer term.

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SIMONEKP 2/16/2014 4:50PM

    they'll adjust

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CUTENHEALTHY 2/14/2014 8:15PM

  What a great and healthy obsession! That would really get me up and moving more....hmmm I see myself getting one in the future. I just went to a fundraising luncheon and a woman had one attached to her fancy belt. Not a Spark Tracker, but a FitBit. She loves it and she said it is how she lost 40 pounds. She told me she paces upstairs in the bedroom at night to get her last steps in. I agree with others on here, "can't have too many healthy'll just get healthier:)" . I like how others said their husbands are now following them! Oh and "wearable health technology is the wave of the future!". Oh, I love Spark People!

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IMEMINE1 2/14/2014 8:09PM

    emoticon emoticon

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TERI-RIFIC 2/14/2014 8:14AM

    I just got the Spark Activity tracker for the same reason, and feel the same way as you do about how it helps me - especially, as you say, with the bad weather. My husband and son don't understand ANYTHING i do.

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RR1_RR1 2/13/2014 9:21PM

    What is this spark tracker you speak of? lol. I manually track. i love the trophies!

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LYNNWANNABE 2/13/2014 1:21AM

    Maybe this summer I'll get me one; with this extra cold weather, the cost of propane and running electric heater.. it's not going to happen; however, I've been using the stopwatch on an old cell phone and using the videos [so, I'm still moving].. emoticon
I enjoyed the blog and all the comments!

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    Those men! LOL! Gotta love 'em. It's great that you're getting your exercise in. I think everyone's ready for Spring this year! Hugs.

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DDOORN 2/12/2014 8:32AM

    I used to think tracking all my food was obsessional too, but have come around to realizing that if I am not vigilant in many ways I am not going to be able to attain / maintain the level of health that I want for myself.

And we all deserve optimal health with minimal judgements! :-)


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HAKAPES 2/12/2014 1:13AM

    It sounds obsessions from their point of view... but people around me, who tell me this, are often obsessessed by other things: their car, eating steaks, beer... I think healthy living cannot be overdone! Because by definition, if you do healthy even more, what you get is more health! :-)

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TRAVELGRRL 2/11/2014 5:18PM

    It's all good! My husband used to laugh at me for my Fitbit, but then when we hiked he'd ask about our steps...and finally yesterday, his brand new one came in the mail! So perhaps in time your DH will become a convert as well!

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NICKYCRANE 2/11/2014 3:00PM

    My Fitbit motivates me to do extra steps to get up to the the next 1000. Sometimes it also tells me to take it easy and listen to my body...

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GOANNA2 2/11/2014 7:18AM

    My son used to laugh at my steps, but now understands
that my FItbit motivates me. I am trying to convince him
to get one too. I know I try that little bit harder to get more
steps and I feel so much healthier for it. emoticon
You are doing so well. emoticon

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RDEE22 2/11/2014 2:14AM

    He will get used to it when he sees the new healthy you emerging. He may invest in one for himself emoticon They are sensitive little creatures husbands. emoticon

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REGILIEH 2/10/2014 9:41PM

    emoticon I find it fun and it does motivate me. I have a fitbit too so I am obsessed!
I already had the fitbit but wanted to try the tracker and for me the tracker is just more fun for all of the reasons you mentioned. We shall ENJOY!!!



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SUSANNAH31 2/10/2014 9:37PM

    The SAT sounds like a real motivator to move more -- and in a fun way!
Thanks for telling us about it.


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WATERMELLEN 2/10/2014 8:05PM

    I've contemplated getting one of these and your blog just adds more interest to the thought!!

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THOMS1 2/10/2014 5:26PM

    I wear my tracker even on my pajamas when I go to bed. I want to get every step. It's funny how such a small thing can be such a big motivator. Have a good week. emoticon

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LESLIESENIOR 2/10/2014 2:24PM

    I got my Spark Tracker for the same reason last fall. I needed that little bit of extra motivation to keep moving on days when I was less enthusiastic. It is a very healthy obsession. Wearable health technology is the wave of the future. I think it's awesome!

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GINA180847 2/10/2014 1:32PM

    Not only did my husband criticize me getting the tracker he then turned around and wants one for himself. So I said I will have to set up a spark pg. for you then and he had always thought that was a silly thing to do but now he says 'Yes, please!' So I ordered his. The only time I don't wear mine is in the shower. I figure there is no where to put it or I would. Clipping it to body hair might be painful. At night I wear it on the neck of my nightie and in the day time I clip it to my socks at the top. So far so good.

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PHOENIX1949 2/10/2014 1:24PM

    My pedometer is pretty much a given wearable item except when I'm sleeping or in the shower. It rests on the nightstand so I can grab it and swing my arms for a middle-of-the-night bathroom break. It wasn't counting my steps on the Gazelle but I recently moved it from my waistband to my pocket when on the Gazelle and it picks up steps for the longer strides. Gadgets make life more fun. Whatever works!

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BOOKAPHILE 2/10/2014 12:40PM

    I have a fitbit One which does the same thing for me. My sister also got one, and the rest of the family finds it funny that we have a friendly competition to get steps in. I also do most of my phone talking while walking around the big dining room table.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/10/2014 11:15AM

    I have always been into my pedometer and my hubby doesn't understand it either. He is more into exercising until he is ready to quit. He likes less formal exercise and I bet most men prefer that.

I am thinking about a fitbit. I think it would really motivate me.

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GOCALGAL 2/10/2014 9:40AM

    I am having similar experiences with my spat and I love it! First thing out of bed, on go my socks or Uggs as I do not want to miss any steps.

I am so thrilled I can wear it in the pool for water aerobics. It has motivated me to add many more steps to my day...sometimes right in front of the computer as I challenge myself to reach my goal for the day.

After 43 years of marriage my DH is pretty used to my "craziness" and he just smiles and laughs.

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LORILEEPAGE 2/10/2014 9:32AM

    I use a pedometer, which helps, even without all the bells and whistles. But the tracker sounds like fun! It's been a long winter and I'm glad you've found a way to get in extra movement!

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MADEIT3 2/10/2014 9:26AM

    I love my SPAT and it has encouraged me to walk more. I also wear a Fit Bit One. Go figure! And my husband thinks I totally off my rocker.

You do what you need to do and the men in our lives will just have to adjust.

I'm so glad you're enjoying your winter!

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