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WEEPINGANGEL74
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12/12/12 9:29 P

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Thanks Sam! I do have a One but it is less than a month old and did an update since I got it so I think the software is current. It wasn't a huge difference in calories so I won't worry about it this time. You are probably right that it gave me credit for more calories than I think it did.

Thanks again!

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I have seen on the forum so odd sounding questions from people with a "one" about strange distance numbers and losing steps or something. I have an Ultra. How I described is how it should work and probably why you are getting answers describing what you just did. It seems there were some bugs in one of the versions of software for the One? (Just am impression from some of the odd questions and observations on the fitbit forum). So perhaps downloading the newer version of the fitbit software for your device might help, if the calorie burn you logged should have resulted in an increase. I don't know as that isn't my experience. My calorie burn decreases if I log a smaller calorie burn and increases if I log a larger one. I always make an activity record and compare my hrm calorie burn to the fitbit estimated one in the fitbit activity log and only log if the difference is significant.


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"Is anyone else having this problem? Or know how to fix it?

Fitbit as we all know doesn't always pick up all calories burned when doing things like stationery bike, etc. But when I tried to manually add the difference in SparkPeople it didn't sync over to FitBit's website. So I manually added the activity to the FitBit site and instead of adding to the calories burned it subtracted them. Is there a way to ADD calories burned to the FitBit site? I tried entering the number as a negative (silly I know) but it wouldn't take. Anyone know? Thanks :-)"

Re this question: When you manually log an activity on fitbit the calorie burn you log replaces the fitbit calorie burn. This can decrease your total calorie burn or increase it--depending on whether you are replacing it with a bigger or smaller calorie burn. So it sounds like the calorie burn for the activity you chose (whatever source) was lower than what the fitbit credited you for. One mistake people sometimes make is logging a calorie burn that excludes bmr, the number you want is a total including bmr because the fitbit data it replaces includes a portion of your bmr for that minute, hour, whatever duration in time. So if you are using a source that is excluding bmr or subtracting it yourself, that may be why. I use to subtract bmr from my heart rate monitor burn when I use to log exercise to Spark, but not when I log to fitbit for this reason. If you log, be sure and enter the distance cycled as that gives it some clue to the intensity (if you haven't because logging it at a lower intensity can result in a lower calorie burn). But it should only subtract if the calorie burn you are logging is lower than what fitbit already credited you for. That is why people can use logging to correct when they are over credited for an activity like driving.


Not this post, but my earlier post was referring to the specific activities i.e. if you log cycling or weight lifting, etc the logged activity itself doesn't come over to spark. It doesn't transfer to any of the other sites that can link with fitbit either. What does come over to spark is your very active and fairly active activity minutes. The other nutrition tracking sites don't take fitness minutes but credit you with a calorie burn overage beyond whatever they estimate you should burn outside exercise. (I've tried all three nutrition tracking sites that can link with fitbit for at least a month each). I don't think there is a way to get the specific activities as none of the sites use it. It is actually the non-fitbit site that determines what fitbit data they use in the sync so they are all slightly different. So that is really a request to make to Spark directly.


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12/11/12 11:30 P

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That's what I did and it subtracted the calories.

~~Eileen ~~


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to add calories there is a section log activity Click on that tab, look for the activity you did and then add in how long you did it for with a start time. It will then add calories burned but they will on stay on FB's page

Everybody tells me that they would love to knit, but they don't have time. I look at people's lives and I can see opportunity and time for knitting all over the place. The time spent riding the bus each day? That's a pair of socks over a month. Waiting in line? Mittens. Watching TV? Buckets of wasted time that could be an exquisite lace shawl. ~Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much


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Is anyone else having this problem? Or know how to fix it?

Fitbit as we all know doesn't always pick up all calories burned when doing things like stationery bike, etc. But when I tried to manually add the difference in SparkPeople it didn't sync over to FitBit's website. So I manually added the activity to the FitBit site and instead of adding to the calories burned it subtracted them. Is there a way to ADD calories burned to the FitBit site? I tried entering the number as a negative (silly I know) but it wouldn't take. Anyone know? Thanks :-)

~~Eileen ~~


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MARYLOU, try going to your fitness page On it there is a section where it says sync Fitbit. click on it and see if that brings your steps over from SP

you might also want to go to the fitbit main page and see what is showing there for you

you might also try looking through the FAQ's on there for help

Edited by: USMAWIFE at: 12/11/2012 (17:01)
Everybody tells me that they would love to knit, but they don't have time. I look at people's lives and I can see opportunity and time for knitting all over the place. The time spent riding the bus each day? That's a pair of socks over a month. Waiting in line? Mittens. Watching TV? Buckets of wasted time that could be an exquisite lace shawl. ~Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much


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12/11/12 4:48 P

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I have my Fitbit zip connected to Spark People, but it is not showing steps. Granted I am not walking much (have orthotic walking boot) and I show steps in the device, but on SP it does not show anything. The device itself is confusing to me, not sure what all it shows, other than calories and steps.

There is a number on it I assumed was clock, but if so, where/how do I set time? There were really NO instructions that came with Fitbit, all it had was little paper stating how to put in battery. No written instructions either! All illustrated.

If anyone has any insight in how to use, please let me know!
Thanks

Mary Lou

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Working to be in better shape as my 50's draw to a close. When I turn 60 I want to be AWESOME!


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12/11/12 1:52 P

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anything added manually on FB does sync to your FB BUT does not carry over to SP. It is only the activity that the FB picks up that is synced.

So if you have 5234 steps on your FB but did an extra 3000 steps without the FB on, only the 5234 is going to show up on SP and you have to manually enter the 3000 on SP

Everybody tells me that they would love to knit, but they don't have time. I look at people's lives and I can see opportunity and time for knitting all over the place. The time spent riding the bus each day? That's a pair of socks over a month. Waiting in line? Mittens. Watching TV? Buckets of wasted time that could be an exquisite lace shawl. ~Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much


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12/11/12 1:15 P

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I don't think that's going to sync as a separate activity to SP. It comes to SP in a "lump" with all your other fairly active and very active minutes and steps.

My ticker reminds me that activity, fitness and good health are a gift I'm giving myself. How generous will I choose to be this month?


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SHIMMERMAMA, confused. Are you wearing your FB when you walk that hour and did 1 1/2 miles. if you are not and manually enter it on your SP and FB pages it will not sync over to SP. it has to be manually entered on both pages

If you are wearing it, you might want to contact FB directly and ask them for suggestions



Everybody tells me that they would love to knit, but they don't have time. I look at people's lives and I can see opportunity and time for knitting all over the place. The time spent riding the bus each day? That's a pair of socks over a month. Waiting in line? Mittens. Watching TV? Buckets of wasted time that could be an exquisite lace shawl. ~Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much


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12/11/12 2:51 A

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Hmm...I think what I was asking was misunderstood. My activity (as in steps and miles) syncs, but my individual activities (say I walked from 4:30pm-5pm and did 1.5 miles) do not sync.

Has anyone been able to do this?

Mel
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SLYSAM
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I think the specifics of what syncs is actually up to the non-fitbit site. It is different with each app/site/service that syncs with fitbit. I don't think any pull individual logged activity from fitbit though so perhaps there is a reason they don't?


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I sync my data like USMAWIFE suggests. It works perfectly every day. Hope you get it figured out.

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USMAWIFE
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did you set it up on FB's page to sync with SP

Also check on your fitness page and there is a sentence which says sync Fit bit click on that and see if it brings the information over
Also when you click on the link you have this message comes up

The topic you requested no longer exists: 4NSMKM6MRZ3T3.

Edited by: USMAWIFE at: 12/5/2012 (19:16)
Everybody tells me that they would love to knit, but they don't have time. I look at people's lives and I can see opportunity and time for knitting all over the place. The time spent riding the bus each day? That's a pair of socks over a month. Waiting in line? Mittens. Watching TV? Buckets of wasted time that could be an exquisite lace shawl. ~Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, At Knit's End: Meditations for Women Who Knit Too Much


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12/5/12 7:12 P

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I do a lot of walking/running and love how my FB tracks the steps, calories burned, and distances. None of that information gets to SP though!! I posted this suggestion in Fitbit's "Feature Suggestion" forum. Here's the link:

www.fitbit.com/forums/936748722493063194/9
36748722495614696


If enough of us comment on it, it might actually happen!

Mel
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