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One Billion Spark Points Ago - Nov 4, 2014

Sunday, December 18, 2016

On that date I posted a blog as I watched the Spark counter tallying in real time the spark points of the total membership all over the world. I was fascinated as it approached 4 Billion points.

As I watched the changing total, I typed my feelings about Spark People and the changes this community has produced in my life. I posted the blog at the exact moment the counter hit 4,000,000,000.

The counter is located at the very bottom of our Spark Points page. I seem to remember that at one time it was more visible.

On November 4, 2014 I wrote:
"My car's odometer is a record of all the places I've been in the last 11 years. It's nice to think about that.

My spark points represent all the things I've done in the last few years to live a healthy lifestyle.

I don't have as many points as others who have a similar sign up date. I was a spark hermit in the beginning, hiding in my own little corner of spark space. Can't earn many points that way.

I probably could have lost the weight without being an active participant, but I don't think I could have maintained for 5 years without the resources, support and encouragement I found in this community.

The cumulative points of the tracker represent the efforts of like-minded people all over the world.

It feels good to be part of something larger than yourself.
I wonder what all those Sparkers are doing right now?

Some are recording their exercise. They're walking or running or swimming or doing Zumba or aerobics or pumping iron. Maybe gardening, dancing? The list is endless.

Some are tracking their food, either what they've already consumed or what they plan to eat during the day.

Some are low fat. Some are low carb. There's room for all of us at this table."


All those thoughts are still true today as we approach the 5 Billion Spark Points Milestone, except my maintenance streak has increased from 5 to 7 years.

MAYBE I will be watching the counter change to 5 Billion this time. After observing the rate of change, my data driven mind predicts that this will occur in 1.1 days.
(Edit: That's about 10pm EST in the USA)

Millions of people will ring in the new year together in 13 days
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Perhaps I will be online to ring in 5 billion points?
Maybe someone else will notice?

EDIT at 8am on Dec19th
I just noticed a missing decimal point in what I posted last night.
I've corrected it with my new prediction.

Here's the link to my old blog.
4 Billion Spark Points? I'm watching a milestone achievement right now in real time.

www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
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al.asp?blog_id=5810691

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