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Spark Tracker Weekly Recap

Sunday, December 15, 2013

I think everyone hates the numbers on the scale, but habits are hard to break because we can't replace a habit with nothing. We have to have something to replace it with.

I fell off the Spark Wagon for a few weeks in Sept, Oct, Nov of this year and when I climbed back on board, I had a Spark Activity Tracker with me.

I like the numbers it reports and I like seeing them go up!

I had committed to a goal of 11,000 steps everyday in December. I had two days this week that I fell short of that goal by a few hundred steps. I'm going to give myself a pass on those days because there was some fairly heavy duty emotional trauma going on, so I was not checking my tracker progress the way I usually do.

Long story short - oldest daughter comes home from a her first semester away at college and says she wants to drop out and find a job.

That face does not fully emote all that I felt and the sentence does not encompass all of the nuances of the issue. We have always taught the children that college is good, but it is better when you have a definite goal in mind. She has lots of examples of people in our immediate family who never went to college, but ran successful business. She also has examples of people who went to college, spent lots of money on advanced degrees and then decided that they wanted to do something else that did not require advanced degrees.

She is unsure of herself and what she wants to do, so she feels like she is throwing good money after bad by “prolonging my childhood” (her words) She has always been very mature and feels very out of place among a bunch of “children who eat like cattle out of a cafeteria, drink heavily on the weekends and then take pointless classes and write pointless papers that no one cares about.”

She is enrolled in a very small liberal arts college (1600 kids) in the middle of the no where which does not help matters.

Mind you, she got a very good academic scholarship and we have been saving for college for the girls since they were born, so the money is there…it is not a burden to us.

At any rate, we convinced her to go back to finish the year. If she still feels that way, she can transfer the credits next year to a local college and get an associates degree in less than a year while working and then re-assess from there. Or maybe she will find a more pointed goal to pursue in the mean time.

Goals are good things.

So back to the tracker and my goal of 11,000 steps everyday....

Here are the screen shots for the results for the last week:


Averages for the week of 12/7/13 - 12/14/13

11,630 steps per day
40 minutes of work out time per day
157 minutes of total "movement" time during the day

(work out time is different of "movement" time - to count a "workout" I have to move CONTINUOUSLY for at least 10 minutes. "Movement" is just be-bopping around without 10 continuous minutes - if that makes sense....)

These are all numbers reported by the tracker since my goal is to have an independent way to assess my progress. I don’t want to manually add any fitness info into Spark. It's frustrating when I forget to transfer the tracker from one shoe to the other, or when it does not seem to catch all my movement when it is on my bra, but it just makes we work harder to finish getting those numbers.

I wish I had something that would automatically add up what I eat....

My food tracking was good last week. I tracked every day except one. Again…was preoccupied.

And the most exciting thing I have to report is that I got my DH a Spark Tracker and he actually seems to like it! Mind you he just put it on yesterday, but he is really finicky about technology so the fact that he still has it on today speaks well of it.

I told him he needs to write up a review after he has used it for a while.

Have a GREAT week Sparkers. We are heading fast and furious to Christmas and then to the end of the 2013.

What are you going to do with what’s left of it?

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    Congratulations for having a great daughter who does not conform to the silly behavior of other students!

    My son is seeking an alternative BA. We are looking into Thomas Edison College. That college offers a very flexible degree. The college is owned by the state of NJ but accepts out of state students.

    Students can live in other states and get credit for online classes or live classes taken in other states.

    The college accepts students who are 21 or older but your daughter might start collecting courses right now and then get her degree when she is 21.

    Another resource is Coursera with free online classes from 80+ top universities.
    1557 days ago
  • GERIART3331
    Thank you for sharing your Tracker records.
    And keep up the great work.
    1557 days ago
    I was wondering about the spark tracker so I love that you are using it and telling us about it. Sounds like a good decision with the daughter. Keep moving!
    1578 days ago
    emoticon You're doing fantastic! Keep up the great work!

    Hope everything works out for the best with your daughter.
    1585 days ago
    I just love reading your blogs. They help me find focus.

    I am glad you were able to talk your daughter into sticking out the year (and she is level headed and not partying!)

    I also love the photo at the end. 2013 is almost gone... So surreal.
    1586 days ago
  • 68ANNE
    Its rough when children decide to change things up and it's nice she sees the reasoning to continue
    1588 days ago
    Your daughter sounds wonderful and smart! I'm with you though, that news would not go over well with me. It's good that you convinced her to stay the full year and then decide. Our youngest has two more years of college and she's ready for it to be over. So we're facing some heart to hearts over here too. emoticon

    It's awesome that your hubby is enjoying the tracker. Down the line we may have to try it out. Great blog post!

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    1588 days ago
    I'm looking forward to your DH's review!
    1588 days ago
    I have too many words to type in one response...just know that I'm glad you got her to go back and I hope that she finishes what she starts. At 61...with 7 degrees, (Psy, Soc, Eng Lit, Nursing, Creative Writing, Expository Writing, and another associate degree) I wish I had just finished 1...gone on for a masters and a doctorate and not worked so hard on growing up and finding myself. Good luck. I like this peek at your family...good job. Keep Sparkin'!!
    1588 days ago
    Totally agree w/Boss61 . . . I hope that your DD changes her mind. It certainly does open up doors that otherwise wouldn't be opened.
    1588 days ago
  • BOSS61
    Where to begin.

    I'm much more focused on your daughter than on the counting of steps and whatnot. I felt as she did, in my freshman year. It felt like 13th grade. Kids are unmotivated in anything but getting drunk or whatever, the classes seemed pointless and the whole experience did not seem very collegiate to me at all. I actually felt that way for quite awhile, but I hung in there and stuck with it. She needs to, too.

    Many good jobs do not require college educations. Many of those, however, entail possession of a degree as a prerequisite for initial consideration. My sister sells radio ads with greater success than anyone in the market where she works. Selling radio ads does not require a four-year university degree; she applies no college skills in the performance of her duties. However, absent the degree, she never would have been considered.

    Encourage your Thing One to stay in school!

    1589 days ago
  • BOSS61
    Tomorrow I'm counting steps in your honor.
    1589 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/15/2013 7:45:00 PM
    You are way ahead of me.... great going!
    1589 days ago
    I'm also aiming for 11,000 steps and have had a few days when I've missed it. Due to being sick and hurt. We can't beat ourselves up over it, can we? :)

    I love your veggie snowman!
    1589 days ago
    My Spat makes getting in my steps fun. The only thing I like better about my Bodymedia is that I have a display with my Bodymedia and I don't have one with my Spat. The display, that I can look at when I'm outside, away from the computer, really encourages me to get in more steps.
    1589 days ago
    You're doing well.
    1589 days ago
    I hope all works out for your daughter.

    You are doing wonderful. Congrats!
    1589 days ago
  • TMCK-40
    We re in the same place between freshmen in college and trackers. Stay strong! I just keep remembering there are two life journeys - his and mine.
    1589 days ago
    Hang in there
    1589 days ago
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