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Thursday, January 13, 2011

No, no... I'm not giving up... I haven't lost my Spark. But I do have this trip planned (although it's coming up to the last minute whether it's going to really happen or not!) So... if you don't see blog entries for a few days, or message board posts tomorrow through Monday or Tuesday... no worries. I don't know that I'll have internet access after tonight until then.

Miscellaneous on the topic of rewards:
Y'all know I'm a geek. I've also probably written about my tendency to reward myself with things that support my fitness efforts. It's a mind-game: I will reward myself for good behavior with things that encourage more good behavior!

The latest really big one arrived on Tuesday. I'm so excited: it's a body media GoWear Fit armband. So... I've been trying it out. I've been drooling over these toys for some time (like over a year), reading about them (and their cousins, the Body Bug, etc.) online. But it's a significant financial investment, and I just wasn't willing to put out the $$.

Still, I had a great 2010, I've had good results, and my curiosity finally overcame my frugal nature, and I sprang for it.

For those of you who've never heard of these devices, you wear them on your arm and their sensors measure various things to determine how many calories you are burning. They can DO that? Then you upload the data to a web site where it shows you a timeline of your day: when were you moderately active, DID you rise to intense activity at any point in your day? How much sleep are you getting when you're sleeping? Whoa! Can they DO that?

I'll let you know after I've played with it for a while. But based on that one day sample? Looks like they can! It detected my break walks at work as moderate activity. It took my treadmill work (an hour) as 40 minutes intense and 20 moderate. And, unfortunately, it told me that when I slept those 6 and a half hours, I really only got about 5 hours of really good sleep. I spend periods of time just "lying down".

I kind of knew all of this without having the gadget to tell me. But being a geek, I love technology and wanted to see how well it pulled it off. You don't NEED one of these to succeed. Which is why it's in the "reward" category for me. But AS a reward... pretty cool!

Wishing all my Spark friends and anyone who drops by a great Thursday.
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    Hope you're having a great trip Barb.

    Look forward to hearing about the new gizmo. You worked hard for the reward so you deserve the fun!

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    2654 days ago
    Love the gizmo, even tho I'm lo-tech - sounds like it's very user friendly. Keep us posted as to how you get on with it. Hope you enjoy the break - and seeing your background picture makes me hope you're going somewhere WARM and SUNNY, lol! emoticon
    2656 days ago
  • SAMI199
    Have a great trip!
    2656 days ago
    Really curious about the new toy! Can't wait to hear how it works for you. HUGS!
    2656 days ago
  • CONCHA77
    Enjoy your trip, Barb. and your new toy. I know it will all turn out for you. Have fun!
    2657 days ago
    It sounds like an interesting and worthwhile device. I'll be curious to hear more about it as you use it more.

    Enjoy your trip. I'll miss your words.

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    2657 days ago
    Enjoy your trip and I can't wait to hear more about your new toy.
    2657 days ago
    Have a great trip and let us know about your new gadget...I bought the Fitbit last year....same type of thing only you wear it like a the end of the day it records everything...even sleep...guess I have to remember to wear it to make it work!!! emoticon
    2657 days ago
  • ANDI571
    I would probably pull up the results and it would say, For shame, for shame! emoticon
    2657 days ago
    Wow, that's fascinating. I have heard of the body bug but never really did much research on them. I'm not a good sleeper so I'd be interested in that feedback. And, I'm not real active, so perhaps that would spur me on. I may have to consider this as a reward for myself at some point. Sure sounds interesting. Enjoy using it and enjoy your travel. Looking forward to hearing from you when you return.
    2657 days ago
  • SUNNY332
    I love it that you treated yourself to the "body bug". Do keep us posted on how it works. I think you definitely deserved it. You have worked hard so enjoy the rewards.

    Have a great trip. I am still in hopes that it will fall into place for you.

    Hugs, Sunny
    2657 days ago
    Have a great trip and Spark On! emoticon emoticon
    2657 days ago
    What ever works for you is the main thing. Have a safe trip.
    2657 days ago
    Interesting gadget. Might be too much information in some catagories! Enjoy your trip!
    2657 days ago
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