Yesterday to my surprise, I had a small package from Sparkpeople. IT WAS THE NEW SPARKPEOPLE ACTIVITY TRACKER! AKA SPAT! The return address was JUST from sparkpeople. I had NO idea WHO purchased one for me! The quest was ON! It didn't take long.....my good friend wishes to remain anonymous...but I can share...she wanted too. Thinks of me as her little sister and wanted to do something nice for me. Awwwwwwwwwwwwww.........I am so lucky to have her as a friend.....and have come to terms that she did this out of the goodness of her heart and I have accepted her generosity.
I am not sure how she KNEW I wanted one desperately for I never mentioned it to her.....but SHE KNEW!
I got it all set up last night and COULD NOT wait for today to begin! LOL! I am computer challenged at times, but trust me, this was a BREEZE!
I decided to wear it on my shoe. My shoe was the most FASINATING piece on my body today! I kept looking down to see if it was still there! LOL! The clip was snug and it never moved!
I wore my ormon pedometer as well to compare.
I kept touching the screen to see the lights flare. I find that as a down fall. It only worked a few times out of the 50 or so attempts I made.
I walked a straight 32 minutes. My ormon showed I had 26 cardio minutes. It drove me nuts not to know where I stood with the spark tracker. I was anxious to come home after weight watchers to turn on my computer...then go back to work.
The steps were close in comparison. The spark tracker was 42 less than the ormon. BIG WOO.
I was disappointed to see....NO ACTIVITY MINUTES.....NONE..ZIPPO. I know differently.
SO......I had to rationalize it out.
Perhaps I stopped and paused way too often to hit that LIGHT button that was NOT friendly to me at all! Perhaps......this or that.....
It just makes me MORE determined to do more....to show more.....to work it out so that in the future it DOES show up.
I have heard some complain that it does not show certain workouts.......swimming......s
trength training....etc......that it was stingy on steps.
THIS IS MY TAKE!
I have learned over time that people tend to UNDERESTIMATE their calories/points and OVER ESTIMATE their workouts/activity points.
FOR ME....I have come to the understanding that my NORMAL activity is my BASE.....my starting point. My job has a lot of physical components to it. For someone else...that may be a workout...but for me...that is the norm. For ME to really get activity in, I have to go BEYOND the work day.
My steps have always been accurate with the ORMON pedometer. Yes....it does NOT count half steps...side steps.......but FULL steps. I had one that if I even TWISTED OR TURNED OR USED THE RESTROOM...the steps just piled on. That is NOT true activity.
SO...my spark tracker was ACCURATE as far as I am concern on steps. The workout minutes will come.
In time, I plan on retiring my Ormon and just rely on my SPAT. It is small.......and seems to do the trick as far as my LEGS are concern.
I hope it time that there my be a phone app to update my progess during the day since I don't have a computer at work.....if not....I am okay with that.....for it shall FORCE me to walk more....move more......to make sure I make my daily goal.
Is the tracker a glorified pedometer?
I personally LOVE my SPAT. IT makes me feel good. Once I have the lights thing down....I will know where I stand in my day. It is THERE.....no lying.....no fudging on what I THINK I did..but what I did instead.
It does work on my shoe.....it does work IN my pocket if need be.
IT is a CONSTANT reminder to get me moving....truly like a personal trainer.
IT makes me feel PROUD to be apart of the spark people community.......makes me think of my friends that I care so deeply about.
I have ALWAYS named my pedometers. That is how I roll. My first one was HENRY. I had HENRY for many years till I took him swimming by mistake. No amount of rice could revive him. My second one is LEWIS ...like in LEWIS and CLARK..the travelers..the explorers.
Today for awhile, I kept calling my SPAT ...BAD BOY....then RAMBO came to mind. Rambo is TOUGH....quiet.....resourceful
.....and has a heart whether he cares to admit it or not........Rambo is a FIGHTER....doesn't know the meaning quit.
I am a lot like RAMBO.
Rambo and I......may we have a long healthy road ahead.
THANK YOU MY BIG SISTER!