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What then? Continued....

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Yesteray I wondered what to do after reaching the maximum level of sparkmpoints. A good comment was that I needed points to give out goodies, I will remember that

Point collecting has not influenced my weight. It has motivated me to exercise more and probably also to make healthier choices concerning food. But the main effect of those points has been to keep me logging in every day, to keep me visitng teams and making comments. Since I have not succeeded in what I joined spark people for I would probably have left if it was not for the points keeping me logging in here not only when I am interestied or motivated, I just do it. I do huddle in five teams every day, I do visit five teams and write a board post (well, some days it is just reporting my login sum but still...) and posts keeps team alive however poor they are. I do belong to a "ghost team" where I am the only member visiting, I do it do register my exercise minutes because there is a challenge to get a number down to zero, I have taken it down from 50 000 minutes to 30 000 almost by myself...why? I donĀ“t really know there is a stubborn joy in doing it...

We will see if the habit of interaction is solid enough even without the point motivator...
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    Thanks for the idea of a one person "ghost team." That strikes me as kind of fun to do!
    2513 days ago
    you obviously have lots of points. 1 option may be to start a 2nd login with new focus and work on new goals. i try to stay active on the side to keep me mindful and motivated to work on my goals.
    2513 days ago
    Whenever I got what was a very brief message on my blogs from someone who I knew was a "point collector" I always wondered if the comment was genuine or simply to add up the points; just as patients may have a bit of question whether doctors are influenced from the 'gifts, vacations etc.' Once there is no conflict of interest, there is no question.

    I wish you the best going forward in your journey, and finding a new focus. There is a lot to be gained.

    2515 days ago
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    I also like collecting Spark Poiints.
    2515 days ago
    Maybe it's time to rethink why you are on sparks. Do you get adreline from the points or the excercise. Do you find joy in excercise or is it just a way to get up to24 spark points a day? Do you stay in your calorie range, or just log until you get 15 food points? Spark points are a great incentive, but you need to find out if that is the only reason you log in. You sound like you are crying out for help and the message boards and blogs are great sounding boards, but if you are looking for support and encouragement, look deeper, because it is here and just adding up points isn't the answer. Look within yourself and ask yourself if you want to be a healthier and a better you, or you just want points.

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    2515 days ago
    Streaks and fitness minute totals motivate me; I've never really paid much attention to the points. There is so much here to be involved in; I'm betting you continue points or not. Still it is something SP should look at. When making suggestions to someone new I always point out that those activities encouraged on the points page are there because they lead to success; a roadmap so to speak. Even at maintenance, it's helpful to have a map.
    2515 days ago
    I like the points too! emoticon
    2515 days ago
    I sure would miss you if you didn't show up here...
    2515 days ago
    I agree with you that sometimes you can mix up the points for the actual weight loss and fitness goals. It is important for people to remind themselves of what they are here for. Glenn
    2515 days ago
    emoticon blog. Motivation is the key and you must do what it takes to motivate yourself. emoticon
    2515 days ago
    Nothing wrong with "stubborn joy," Meddy - what a great phrase! I think I'll borrow it, lol...

    I'm getting ready to blog about visiting newbies. The points are great to be able to send them small goodies, so if you don't use 'em for anything else, as they say, pay it forward: you never know who you can encourage, or inspire, to work on their own journey to health...
    2515 days ago
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