REBECCAMA's SparkPeople Blog REBECCAMA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Fitbit issues AGAIN What is the lifespan on these things? 3 or 4 months? Geez. I just got a replacement around xmas time and now it's not synching again. I have to go out with my family today but when I come home I'll be calling customer service. My FitBit One syched Friday morning but it won't synch today. NOT happy! <BR> <BR> I think I quit. I need a different brand or something. If it doesn't synch when I have better internet out somewhere today then I'm done. I'm tired of having to get replacements all the ... Sat, 31 Mar 2018 10:28:04 EST FitBits and Sparkpeople I just got my 2nd replacement FitBit One after the other dying on December 24th. <BR> <BR> Looking around the Sparkpeople website and knowing what tech I have available on my side it looks like I'm pretty much stuck with the brand for a while. I don't have cell reception at my house or good internet so a fitness tracker that can be used offline and then connected periodically (I prefer to do it in the morning) is the route I need to stick with. <BR> <BR> On another note I love that this Fit... Wed, 3 Jan 2018 07:22:05 EST Other fitness trackers? I'm thinking that the FitBit isn't very reliable. I tried to look at what else Sparkpeople supports and it seems like it's mostly phone apps. Sigh. :-( <BR> <BR> What else do people use that they like? I don't want just a phone app. I can't use my cell phone at home (live in the woods with no signal). Wed, 27 Dec 2017 07:30:19 EST Replacement One is dead Ugh. I wrote a blog and it disappeared into cyberspace so this one will be quick. <BR> <BR> I switched from the Zip to the FitBit One in June. In August the One died and I got a replacement which I blogged about. <BR> <BR> Well today guess what? The One wouldn't synch and when I looked at my bluetooth it wasn't there. I tried on 3 different devices and knew that it was the bluetooth in the One that was shot. I called customer support and let the guy run through his troubleshooting script un... Sun, 24 Dec 2017 16:30:26 EST Replacement FitBit is up and running! Yay! I was able to track sleep last night and stairs yesterday. So happy to get back on track!!! <BR> <BR> Now I've heard a rumor about a waterproof FitBit watch coming out... hmm.. that would be awesome in a water park. I don't know. I will wait and see how expensive it is I guess. <BR> <BR> Tue, 29 Aug 2017 08:29:44 EST Fitbit One issues My Fitbit hasn't synched since Wednesday. I did all the troubleshooting stuff yesterday. Finally contacted customer service last night and they are sending me a new one. I got the One in June as an upgrade from the Zip. The Zip uses a replaceable battery but it has gotten harder and harder to replace that battery over the years and now it's dead too. So I am mostly trackerless for a couple weeks. Boo! Fri, 18 Aug 2017 09:02:26 EST Trying to keep up So many people come and go in our SparkPeople world. I add friends and then fail to keep up with them and then a long time later I realize they've faded from the site. I just did a major clean-up of my friends list in an effort to better keep up with the friends who remain. When looking at a list of over 200 friends it's hard to tell who is active. A handful I see post in my local team but the rest? It's hard to know. I used the criteria of how long since a status had been updated. Not the be... Thu, 27 Jul 2017 11:08:21 EST Fitbit One issues So I moved up from the Zip to the One a few weeks ago. I like it but I can't figure out how to get the stairs to track on the app. Help? Fri, 23 Jun 2017 06:46:56 EST A good day- tracked 15,161 steps yesterday! So I looked it up.... My top steps day since I got my FitBit 3 years ago was a day at Six Flags. My second best day was a when I volunteered at Field day for my daughter's school in 2015. 3rd best day was a day at Legoland. 4th best day was yesterday. A day at Old Sturbridge is probably #5 but I didn't take it down that far. So considering yesterday wasn't a "special day" I'd say I did pretty darned good. <BR> <BR> In 2016 I didn't actually hit 15,000 steps in one day all year. Partly becaus... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 09:26:27 EST Tell me about your family road trip My family and I are planning a summer road trip. This will be the most ambitious road trip we've ever done. We've done road trips before. We live in New England and we've driven to Ohio, Indiana, and even Florida. This road trip will top that. However my husband and I do have a limit on how much time we can be away from our jobs so the pressure may be on to put some extra miles on in between stops too. We're still piecing things together. Visiting the parents is what is driving this trip to b... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 07:48:19 EST Looking for 2 good teams I just dropped 2 local teams that at one time were near and dear to my heart. I was even team leader of one of them for a time. However they have been inactive for months so I've let them go. I'm not active in my sports-themed teams but I'm keeping them anyway for the moment, and I'm keeping my state team which I do participate in. <BR> <BR> I like having 5 teams because we get to spread out the bonus points to them so now I'm down to 3 teams I would like to get 2 more. <BR> <BR> Suggestion... Wed, 26 Oct 2016 10:40:42 EST Whose numbers are right? Sparkpeople or Fitbit? Yesterday I went Kayaking. On the FitBit app it says that 90 minutes of kayaking is worth about 300 calories or so. On Sparkpeople it lists it at 1500 calories. This is a HUGE difference. Why? Who do I believe?? Thu, 14 Jul 2016 07:22:00 EST Thinking of upgrading my FitBit- give me your advice! I have the Fitbit Zip. I'm thinking of upgrading the the Fitbit Alta or the Fitbit Charge HR. Keep in mind I don't have a Smartphone and I don't text. I don't have cell service at my house. I'm not the most active person in the world either. Most good days I hit about 8,000 steps. Sometimes I hit 10,000 but I have to be really busy for that to happen. <BR> <BR> So what are your thoughts? Given the limited technology at my house, should I just keep the ZIp or should I upgrade to the Alta or t... Tue, 10 May 2016 11:45:53 EST Just have to let it go I guess- Spark Streaks Well Spark is congratulating me on 30 days for this, and 60 days for that.... whatever. I've been on this thing for what...? 5 years now. I guess I missed a day for this and a day for that even though I was on the site on those days. Just have to forget about the Streaks and keep plugging away at the tracking and the numbers on the scale. <BR> <BR> I used to weigh in every week but that didn't do me any good so I've cut back to just every few months. So the numbers on the scale aren't moving... Wed, 14 Oct 2015 08:12:10 EST Well that sucks... After logging in every day for almost 1000 days I broke my log in streak. I was busy during the day yesterday and when I came home our internet was out. It's satellite based and when it rains it cuts out. To be fair it was on sporatically but I must have thought I'd already logged in or something. Anyway when I looked at my streaks this morning I found out that I'd broken the log in streak. Many of my other streaks are still in tact but that one is gone. <BR> <BR> In all the years I've been ... Mon, 14 Sep 2015 09:25:39 EST Proud of myself today My third grader and I are sharing a cold. I've had a bad week with being too busy and feeling sick. However a few weeks ago she had asked us to sign up for snowshoeing. Our local library was sponsoring an event with a local adventure camp so it was free to go. Neither of us had ever done it before. <BR> <BR> Let me be clear. I am not a winter sport person. I do not ski. I do not snowmobile. I do not ice skate anymore. In winter I prefer walking indoors. I go outside out of necessity, not for... Sat, 28 Feb 2015 18:35:15 EST Connecting FitBit with Calories? One of the things I like about Fitbit is that it synchs with Sparkpeople. However I am not sure if the numbers always work. I do see that FitBit's numbers are different than Spark's numbers. I accept that. <BR> <BR> However as the scales are not going in my favor, I wonder if I should stop connecting my fitness to my calories. What do you think? Did you notice a loss or gain when you separated your fitness from your calorie intake? <BR> <BR> Wed, 31 Dec 2014 10:26:19 EST Stepping back I stepped down from my team leadership role a few days ago. I knew I wasn't an effective leader and I wanted to give others the chance to make something happen. I know that local groups don't always flourish, but I also knew I wasn't giving it my 100% either. <BR> <BR> I'm also stepping back from trying to do it all in other teams. I am not going to force myself to post every day. No one else does it. Why push myself when I could be using that time and energy elsewhere? <BR> <BR> I do plan ... Fri, 3 Oct 2014 08:32:09 EST I did it! Well sort of... I made it to Level 20! Yeah.... funny though, I haven't made my weight loss goal yet. These Spark points are nice, and they help me focus but I am not done. At one point I was down 30 pounds. Then I gained a bit back. I have a lot of work to do still. <BR> <BR> I am doing it though. I had an injury last year that slowed me down, but I am better now, and I am in control. I am using my Fitbit that I got in March and I am still tracking, tracking, tracking. <BR> <BR> I got a new doctor recent... Thu, 26 Jun 2014 07:17:11 EST Good numbers, let's hope we get some more! I don't want to jinx anything for tomorrow, but I'm not sure I believe in that stuff anyway. <BR> <BR> As I posted the other day I've been trying to stay on track. I am trying to take care of myself even when I feel like I am falling apart. <BR> <BR> This morning I met with my new primary care doctor. I had been introduced to her a month ago and heard good things about her. My old doc retired and I have been waiting to see who the new providers would be etc. <BR> <BR> Well a month ago I we... Thu, 19 Jun 2014 11:58:55 EST Going to quickly pat myself on the back here I am going to quickly pat myself on the back here. Even though June has been crazy, and the past few days have been even crazier than I expected I have mostly stayed in my calorie range. If I have been too busy to track then I made notes of what I ate, and then I plugged them into my tracker later. Surprise, surprise! Aside from one night when I ordered quite badly (it was a hell of a day!) at a restaurant I did okay. I held myself in on Father's Day and did not order the very yummy caramel m... Tue, 17 Jun 2014 10:39:22 EST It's my birthday It's my birthday, and once again I have not made my weight loss goal. When I joined Spark, over 3 years ago I was trying to get down to 180 pounds. I keep resetting, and resetting, but I haven't made it there yet. <BR> <BR> So not really celebrating, just marking the fact that it has happened again. I reset my goal again and I will keep trying. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 07:58:58 EST Rough month January is always the hardest month for me. It is just so cold that I can barely get outside except for essentials. It also gets dark early still too. I know I COULD have done my exercising INDOORS. It's my own fault. I'm not hitting my fitness goal for the month and I know it. I'm mad at myself. <BR> <BR> I hope to do better the rest of the year. That's all I can say. There are 11 months left of 2014. Hope they are good ones. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 08:16:58 EST Talk to me about your Fitbit Zip Talk to me about your Fitbit Zip. I do not have a smart phone. I use Spark with a computer. I have been waiting for the little $59.95 gizmo to go on sale after I saw Spark plugging it a few months ago. Right now Target is offering it at the regular price BUT you get a $10 Target gift card. So that is sort of a sale. I don't know if I am going to see a better offer. My husband says "You have had pedometers before and they haven't worked well for you." <BR> <BR> So tell me about your Fitbit Zi... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 12:38:33 EST Wrapping up 2013, worst year ever on SparkPeople for me Well this has been a rough year. I could list the excuses but it doesn't matter. I gained weight this year and it wasn't just a pound. It was a lot of pounds. I don't have the final number for the year but it's about 15 pounds that I have gained this year. I have back tracked a lot! <BR> <BR> I'm not back to my starting weight but I did gain about half of it. Very sad. I was 2/3 of the way to my goal, and now... wow. Little by little with one excuse after another the pounds came back on. <BR... Fri, 27 Dec 2013 10:22:54 EST I'm caving I guess- getting a closer parking spot to work After over 2 years of parking a long, long way from my desk (.41 miles) I have the chance to get a much closer spot that will only be .25 miles (maybe even .16 miles depending on the route I take) from my desk for the same amount of money. I'm taking it. Call me a wimp I guess. I will still be parked outdoors. There will still be stairs or a hill to deal with, but I am hoping my asthma will improve this winter with the change. Should have the new permit tomorrow. Wed, 13 Nov 2013 10:28:25 EST Well now I understand the team points a little better Spark has put my home group into a "City to City" challenge. They've put my state group into a "state to state challenge". "Red Sox Nation" is evidently challenging other sports teams and etc. down the list. Fri, 1 Nov 2013 12:56:45 EST a nice thing with the new Sparkpeople site We've had a little while to get used to the new site I guess. I was worried when it first happened. I thought since it was such a big page that it would be hard to load. So far I've managed though. I still find that it takes too long to load the "favorites" in the nutritional tracker sometimes when I'm home, but I work around that by making a note and then filling in the tracker when I get to faster internet or have more patience for the slower speed. <BR> <BR> The nicest thing I've noticed ... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 13:02:06 EST GRRR!! Spark screwed me up on my log-in streak!! Spark is saying I have a log-in streak of 12 days. BULL!! I checked my Spark points and I know I did not miss a single day this month. Before this my streak was at 982 days. I was due to hit 1000 days near the end of this week. For some reason Spark broke my streak even though I was here. I am so mad! I know it's a little thing but I work hard to show up here every day, whether I'm camping in the middle of the woods in Vermont or at a nice hotel or working or sick or busy or whatever... I am... Sun, 29 Sep 2013 07:56:54 EST Oh I love salad bars You know what I like about salad bars sometimes? It's that I can try something new and not be committed to it. I can have a taste of something without having it be my whole meal. <BR> <BR> Recently the salad bar in the cafeteria that my husband and I like to go to has added some new things. Some good, some not so good. <BR> <BR> Now, don't get me wrong. I will never touch anything eggplant related. I am also smart enough to stay away from tunafish and egg salad because those things are more... Mon, 23 Sep 2013 13:36:38 EST What good are goodie points if you don't use them? Usually I wait until the winter holidays to send out goodies to my Spark friends. Instead of a holiday card I send out some sort of winter greeting. Why wait? The seasons are changing now, and what good are points if you don't spend them? <BR> <BR> So a lot of you just got a goodie from me in the last few days. Just because that's what goodies are for. For giving. <BR> <BR> Have a great day friends! Thu, 5 Sep 2013 14:10:38 EST If it's not working, then it's time for a change When I failed to make my latest goal for my weight loss, I reset my goal. I also linked my nutrition to my fitness (an option Spark gives us). Well I have to say, the scales went up. Obviously this isn't working. <BR> <BR> So I am resetting my goal again to a tighter time frame and in the process I am lowering my maximum allowed calories. I need to be tougher on myself. I did not like the number on the scale this morning. After a week of vacation with lots and lots of exercise and good eati... Fri, 30 Aug 2013 05:00:10 EST It's my 3 year Spark anniversary Three years ago I joined the site. For the first few days I was just here to check things out. I didn't commit to my goals and tracking until September 1st. I wanted to finish the ice cream in the freezer first. When I first started I didn't understand how anyone could track birthday cake. If you were serious about losing weight, how could you indulge? <BR> <BR> Well here I am 3 years later and I indulge plenty! Too much! I still haven't made it to my weight loss goal. I am still tracking th... Mon, 26 Aug 2013 09:23:35 EST What happened to my strength training?? Okay I'll be honest. I've slacked on the strength training BIG TIME. <BR> <BR> However I used to have something set up 3 days/week on Spark where I had my ST workout listed and I could just check each box that I completed like Hip Flexor and Wall Pushups. <BR> <BR> All that is gone! Probably gone for a long time now and I just haven't noticed because I haven't been doing the workouts. <BR> <BR> So is it hiding somewhere? Or did they make it go away??? Wed, 24 Jul 2013 09:14:48 EST So proud of my daughter = Healthy Choices! This story has two bits of background and I'm not really feeling as coherent as I'd like to be, but I'm going to share this with you all anyway. <BR> <BR> 1. On New Years Eve in our family, we have a tradition. Hubby goes out to his friend's party and I stay home with our daughter. We've been doing this for about five years now, ever since we realized that it's impossible to bring her to the party. So this year I decided that since it is just her and I for supper we would have a picnic suppe... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 08:25:53 EST How do you track walking at theme parks? This is a serious question. I do not wear a pedometer and we have a vacation to Disney coming up in a few weeks. Obviously being in the parks for a week will be a LOT of walking. So for those of you have done it (and I know many of you have) How do you track it? Do you count it as a 1mph walking or what? I am curious. <BR> <BR> thanks. Sun, 14 Jul 2013 08:26:09 EST Losing my Spark - Three Year Assessment I had to buy the size 18s. Whether I wanted to or not my size 16s were splitting out on the thighs. Not very attractive. My weight is still going up. My doctor didn't even comment on it when I saw her yesterday to check in on my asthma. It is my own fault. I am making poor choices. I know this. I know I COULD do better, but I haven't been. I've been walking but I haven't been sleeping. I don't think this is going to change. <BR> <BR> On the Spark front, my lovely friend who I've never met AS... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 10:22:33 EST Not doing so well So I have gained and gained. Since breaking my elbow in February I pretty much stopped all of my ST. Inexcusable. Not all ST requires elbows. Sigh. I am up over 200 now, up to 206.6. I tried to blame it on my mini-vacation but really it is laziness. I go out and I order what I want to order. I come home and I crave sweets. I am not doing my part and it is showing. I need to get serious again. I need to make this a priority and stop letting cravings and stress get in my way. <BR> <BR> I need ... Fri, 24 May 2013 09:50:13 EST Up 1 pound for the month of February I realize I haven't blogged in a while. I reached for the scale this morning since today is March 1st. I am up one pound for the month of February. Up to 204. Went to log it into Spark and into my Google document and realized I hadn't recorded my weights all month in February except for the first one. After over 2 years of religiously recording my weight every week I am suddenly hiding from those numbers. <BR> <BR> Now to to make things even harder for myself, on February 16th I went rollers... Fri, 1 Mar 2013 08:15:22 EST Time to make it happen I forgot to weigh in on Friday because of the snowstorm. I forgot on Saturday too. I finally weighed in yesterday with another no loss, no gain week. I used to have to fight myself from weighing every day, and this week I just plain FORGOT! <BR> <BR> Last summer I was doing well and I was into the 190s. I've gained a bit of it back though and started the new year on the wrong side of the 200 line. I already gave away my size 18 jeans. I don't have a wardrobe anymore if I regain the weight I ... Mon, 11 Feb 2013 09:40:49 EST If you got spam from me then I apologize My Yahoo account got hacked. If you got spam "from me" then I am sorry. I have changed my password and I am debating closing the account. Hope I don't have to though. <BR> <BR> So my apologies to anyone who got spam. Mon, 4 Feb 2013 07:37:16 EST 26 things about me (stolen from another Spark friend) A – Available or married: Married <BR> <BR> B – Book: Trying to write one at the moment. Have a couple checked out from the library but don't read as much as I should. <BR> <BR> C – Cake or pie: Yes? Both are good with ice cream. <BR> <BR> D – Drink of choice: coffee. <BR> <BR> E – Essential item: Tough one. Car probably. Or if that doesn't count, computer. I have at least 2 and both have different advantages. <BR> <BR> F – Favorite color: pink, or purple. Sunrise or sunset shades. ... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 12:48:30 EST Adding another way of tracking my health Yesterday I created a new calendar for myself on my Google calendars. I am calling it "Pain calendar". My goal is to track my pains there, both physical and mental, and see if I find any patterns. I am tired of feeling like a hypochondriac all the time. Maybe I am one, or maybe not. I have heard it said that the best way to cope with something that is bothering you is to talk about it or write it down. So I am going to write it down. I know there are energy level trackers and sleep trackers ... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 09:57:05 EST 2012 Year in Review The scales are up 2 pounds this week. I will do a weigh-in tomorrow, but when I weighed in on Friday I was up for the year by 2 pounds. It is easy to get discouraged by that fact. The goal of most of us here on SparkPeople is to lose weight after all, and I am still 20 pounds away from my goal. Still, since joining Spark over 2 years ago I am still down 27 pounds from where I started. This is a good thing! I need to give myself credit for that. Gaining 2 pounds this year is not terrible. <BR>... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 10:43:43 EST 50 Questions Thanks Lauren, I stole this from you. <BR> <BR> I saw this elsewhere on SparkPeople and am feeling lazy about coming up with my own topic for a blog. So.... <BR> <BR> 1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? No, they purposely gave me a name not in the family since they were both named after their own parents and hated it. <BR> <BR> 2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? Last night <BR> <BR> 3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? No, usually don’t even recognize it. <BR> 4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH ... Tue, 18 Dec 2012 14:38:19 EST Portion Distortion I'm writing this because I suspect many of you will relate to it. <BR> <BR> Last night I made pasta for dinner with a tomato and hamburg spaghetti sauce. I dutifully used my 9 inch plates like I always do. I didn't measure my portions though. I just eyeballed it. After a few bites I realized I didn't really feel like eating. Maybe it was the snack I had when I got home that killed my appetite, or maybe it was just because I've been feeling blah lately. Whatever the reason, I went to the cupb... Thu, 6 Dec 2012 08:06:52 EST Discouraged. Back out of One-derland I hadn't officially weighed in since November 9th until this morning. With all the craziness of Thanksgiving break, holiday shopping, and NaNoWriMo I didn't want to stress myself out by looking at the scales too much. Ok, I did look at the scales but I kept telling myself it was "fluke" and I didn't write it down. <BR> <BR> On Monday night I met my NaNoWriMo goal. I have been feeling EXHAUSTED ever since. I think the 4-5 hours of sleep a night has finally caught up to me. Either that or it'... Fri, 30 Nov 2012 06:07:14 EST NaNoWriMo goal met!! I crossed the 50K word mark last night and I am so excited, and relieved. Looking at the calendar I knew there would be no time for writing tonight. I did not want to wait until the last minute to reach the goal. God forbid my internet goes out, my kid gets sick, or something else in life gets in my way. I wanted to reach the goal early! That wasn't easy to do since I went several days without writing around Thanksgiving, but last night I was able to sit down and write out the last 2500 words... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 08:07:40 EST 5K walk completed with pictures Actually did a 5.021K walk. It's hard to find an exact 5K route. I had signed up for something here on Spark where I promised to do a 5K walk sometime during this week, and today was the last day. I almost didn't do it because my NaNoWriMo project needs time too, but I decided that I would reward myself with a small Celeste pizza for one when I was done. Besides, it was a beautiful day outside. My walk was mostly on dirt roads, and there was a bit of an uphill and a really short part through ... Sat, 3 Nov 2012 15:22:11 EST NaNoWriMo, Sandy, and weight gain!! HI all. I just feel like I need to check in here a little bit. <BR> <BR> First of all we are FINE from Sandy. We stayed home on Monday but our little house never lost power. We had some branches down but no damage to our home or cars. Tuesday we were back to normal and even though the rain is still with us, I think we are in the clear pretty much. Many, many thoughts and prayers to those who are suffering. <BR> <BR> NaNoWriMo.. National Novel Writing Month... is upon us!! Fellow writers you... Wed, 31 Oct 2012 08:27:10 EST