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12/20/14 12:00 P

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By the way if any of you Sparking Out there had troubles as I did suddenly with my loyal Spark App GPS I found the solution ( at least to my particular problem).

*When I first begin the GPS Tracker ( before I tuck it away in my pocket or arm band) I rigorously swing my arm while holding my iPhone in my hand a few minutes while I walk, jog or run. I do this until the distance tracker begins showing progress. Whew so glad I found a solution. I absolutely LOVE my iPhone Spark People App 'again'.

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Youíve got to stick with it. Change doesnít happen overnightónot meaningful, lasting change. Practice regularly, whether itís leg raises or gratitude exercises or positive affirmations. Make it part of your daily routine if possible.

You need patience (goes hand in hand with the persistence mentioned above). Itís seldom a straight shot to your goal. Youíll have setbacks and hit plateaus. But youíll also have breakthroughs and make great leaps forward. If you feel stuck, donít lose hope.


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12/17/14 10:08 P

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That's a nice article (in time for holiday gift giving methinks). I've seen several articles recently saying "count steps not calories" as the key to losing weight or improving your overall health.

And as for the idea of a tracker as a gift, I was shopping with my favorite guy this weekend and he bought himself a bathroom scale. The sales clerk asked if it was a gift, and I just cracked up. Seems like you have to know someone pretty well before it's safe to give them any kind of weight loss tool as a gift!

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12/14/14 6:52 P

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Youíve got to stick with it. Change doesnít happen overnightónot meaningful, lasting change. Practice regularly, whether itís leg raises or gratitude exercises or positive affirmations. Make it part of your daily routine if possible.

You need patience (goes hand in hand with the persistence mentioned above). Itís seldom a straight shot to your goal. Youíll have setbacks and hit plateaus. But youíll also have breakthroughs and make great leaps forward. If you feel stuck, donít lose hope.


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11/22/14 3:20 P

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I really like a lot of different features of the Spark People App the most convenient method to track food intake, water (when I was being very loyal to that particular process) and to read daily articles.. to keep me centered.

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Youíve got to stick with it. Change doesnít happen overnightónot meaningful, lasting change. Practice regularly, whether itís leg raises or gratitude exercises or positive affirmations. Make it part of your daily routine if possible.

You need patience (goes hand in hand with the persistence mentioned above). Itís seldom a straight shot to your goal. Youíll have setbacks and hit plateaus. But youíll also have breakthroughs and make great leaps forward. If you feel stuck, donít lose hope.


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11/18/14 5:20 P

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I haven't gotten used to the idea of being tracked all the time by GPS. Wondering what other features have made people fall in love with the sparkpeople app.

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11/11/14 12:21 A

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OK Question: I have been using the GPS part of the Spark People App for quite sometime now with almost flawless success until about a month ago. I've tried re-down-loading the entire App thinking that it was just a glitch but at no avail.

The GPS runs the timer but tells me that I haven't started moving so it will track my minutes but not my course! And then at the end of my walk only shows minutes and will not let them track them into my minutes as it tells me that I haven't begun my workout. Augh..

Suggestions? Anyone else have this problem?

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Youíve got to stick with it. Change doesnít happen overnightónot meaningful, lasting change. Practice regularly, whether itís leg raises or gratitude exercises or positive affirmations. Make it part of your daily routine if possible.

You need patience (goes hand in hand with the persistence mentioned above). Itís seldom a straight shot to your goal. Youíll have setbacks and hit plateaus. But youíll also have breakthroughs and make great leaps forward. If you feel stuck, donít lose hope.


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8/30/14 6:00 P

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I have used my SparkPeople apps a lot. I find them to be pretty accurate.

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1/5/14 7:00 P

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I don't have a FitBit

I have several older Pedometers that I've used over the years.

I've recently become an iphone user and have just begun to play around with the GPS Workout on the SparkPeople App. I'm wondering how accurate this is and if it's anything like what the FitBit Tracks.

I've only just begun to use it for my walks.

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Youíve got to stick with it. Change doesnít happen overnightónot meaningful, lasting change. Practice regularly, whether itís leg raises or gratitude exercises or positive affirmations. Make it part of your daily routine if possible.

You need patience (goes hand in hand with the persistence mentioned above). Itís seldom a straight shot to your goal. Youíll have setbacks and hit plateaus. But youíll also have breakthroughs and make great leaps forward. If you feel stuck, donít lose hope.


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7/31/13 12:09 A

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I've linked my fitbit to my sparkpeople account. I'm okay with my mileage this year not matching last year.

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7/15/13 1:31 P

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You can input your running and walking stride lengths to get a more accurate read.
To measure your stride length, please do the following:
Go to a track or somewhere that you know the exact distance of.
Count your steps as you walk across that distance, making sure you travel at least 20 steps.
Divide the total distance (in feet) taken by the number of steps to get your stride length.
Your running stride can be calculated the same way, only by running a known distance rather than walking.

To adjust your stride length on your Dashboard, please do the following:
Log into your Fitbit.com Dashboard.
Click on the gear icon in the upper right corner of your Dashboard and select "Settings".
You will see a field for Stride Length and Running Stride Length. From here, you can manually enter your personal stride length. If you leave these blank, your profile will estimate these values based on your height and gender.
Click the "Update Profile" button to save your changes. Note that a sync will be required to update your tracker with your new stride measurements.

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7/12/13 6:52 P

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Thanks for your reply... I was wearing my fitbit this morning as well as my forerunner watch for my 10k run and my mileage was not so accurate on my fit bit.

I really like my new gadget (fit bit) because it encourage me to keep it moving during the day.... however, I think I will do like you...
Track my distance manually and keep my fit bit for non workout activities. That way I will be able to compare my distance for the year to my mileage covered last year!
I think I will start a new log for non fitness mileage on the side, just for fun!!!

Go the Distance members, what do you think? / what do you do?

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7/12/13 10:45 A

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I do love my Fitbit and have it synced to SP. I don't use it to really track my distance, though. I manually put in my intentional distance on our team distance....running, biking, elliptical and walking that is for exercise.

If you are a runner, it doesn't matter how far or how fast. It doesn't matter if today is your first day or if you've been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run." J Bingham


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7/11/13 10:25 P

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Do you track your distance with your fitbit / pedometer?

My tracked distance so far included only my fitness minutes (not counting my walking around calculated with a pedometer...): meaning running, cycling and hiking.
I just purchased a fitbit and I sync it with Sparks.... however, I am not sure if I want to include the distance I walk daily to my personal distance goal - since it was not included last year!

Your thoughts?

How do you track?

BTW - because all team members each have their own personal distance goals
& because the goal is to try to GO the DISTANCE...
each steps (and way of calculating) is emoticon

SO I am not looking for the perfect solution or a way of tracking that should be adopted by the team - I am just curious about your way of tracking the distance !

Looking forward to reading your posts!
Julia

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