still sick, Spark Tracker review

Monday, December 02, 2013

Ok, so first of all I want to complain that i'm STILL sick. It has been over 10 days and I keep going back and forth from feeling just OK to feeling like complete CRAP. I have a doctor's appointment on Thursday so hopefully if i'm still feeling crummy they can help.

I went ahead and bought a spark tracker as a reward for myself since I've been doing really well losing weight on the fast diet. I had a fitbit but I lost it. I thought I would switch to the SAT since it is less expensive and I wasn't really using the other features unique to the fitbit.

I'm trying to keep an open mind but I feel like I'm not getting as much credit as I did with the fitbit. Which is really annoying. I have been experimenting on where I keep it. I think the shoe is the best place but I don't really wear shoes at home and not many of my work shoes have laces. So that has been a struggle. I always clipped the fitbit to my bra and it seemed to track all my steps. The SAT is really stingy with steps so far.

Another issue I have is the fact that there's no readout on the tracker so you can check your progresss throughout the day. I keep my syncpoint at home so I basically have to rely on these little glowing lights throughout the day. Well it's pretty discouraging to know I walked for 40 minutes already on my breaks and there's only 3 lights lit up. With fitbit I'd be at around 4000-5000 steps by now so that should be 5 or 6 lights. Again, i think it's being super-stingy but it's hard to tell withour counting and syncing immediately...

Anyway, I'm probably pretty biased since i'm sick and cranky, but right now I'm really not loving the SAT. I wish I had just coughed up the $100 and replaced my fitbit. I'm trying to be positive and say to myself "well if it's stingy with the steps I'll just have to be even more active, win-win." But It's really annoying when I feel like I should be halfway to my goal and I'm only a quarter according to the lights.
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    Sorry your FitBit was lost, I'd be lost without mine! I have the Zip but for Christmas I am getting the Force so I can track sleep and stair climbing, so excited for that part!
    Its one of the reasons I didn't want the Spark Tracker I want to see those numbers and I can manually track my other activities. I don't need blinking lights to tell me when I reached a goal I know what they are, I want to see in numbers my progress so I can see where I am at and not have to be near my laptop to do it~ emoticon
    2638 days ago
    I've heard they'll replace them for free if you call; probably not more than once or if it really gets around that they will, but maybe?
    2639 days ago
  • KATHY98665
    I love my Fitbit, and appreciate your comments regarding a different device. I feel lost if I do not feel my Fitbit and love to check in and see how I am doing.

    I do hope you feel better soon. Ten days is a long time to feel yucky, and so you are entitled to feel cranky!

    I also want to thank you for your comments on my blog. I appreciate the support of my Sparkfriends so much- Thank you just is not enough to cover how big my gratitude is. I truly believe a big part of my success so far has been the "kindness of strangers" who cheer me on and keep me moving forward.

    Grrr! I hate it when I cannot post emoticons...please know I chose all sorts of good ones for you! lol

    2642 days ago
    I hope that you feel better soon!!!
    2642 days ago
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