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Friday, September 06, 2013

When I joined Spark People I was placed in a "team of september 2009" -team ( I think I was placed there I can´t remember choosing it). There were some great companions in that team who did remarkabale journeys towards health. But they have become silence, I have tried to "yohooo" them once or twice but either they are off the wagon or they are driving it in some other forums...

The leader has returned and is doing great for the moment, otherwise I have gotten used to be the only thing moving in the friend feed... because I keep on chicking in there becuse of a challenge.
The challenge was "lighten our team" and the idea was to subtract your exercise minutes from a total sum of 100 000 (I think, I hardly remember) I did not see that challenge as it started, when I discovered it it was already down to 55 000 minutes.

Since then I have kept on subtracting my minutes. In the beginning some other team members showed up now and then and did their bit but now I have been alone at it for ages. The number is really "snailing" down, as for today I am at 21 500 minutes and at this pace I will get down to zero ...2015? 2016?
It is really an action of no use at all. Nobody sees it, I don´t contribute to anything, I don´t need the points anymore... it is such a silly thing to do. If a declutter expert entered my life and tried to analyse what things and behaviour I could simplyfy my life with letting go of, this would probably be one of them.

But I am sort of amused with going there on my own and doing this completely meaningless action. It´s like collecting spark points - since I reached the highest level there is really no meaning with collecting more, but I still do it – post and huddle in five teams a day, although thinking about it I do not do the trivia thing anymore...
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    I don't think of it as "collecting" points since I just turn around and spend them again. I don't keep track of how I spend them, I just fritter them away on little Goodies to people. Maybe they're ignored or maybe they brighten someone's day. I guess it's a silly thing. I don't even know how much time I invest in the process. I guess the real benefit to me is that it brings my focus on the positive. I say cheerful things no matter how I'm really feeling at the moment. I probably doesn't mean a thing, but I keep doing it....
    2287 days ago
    This is a take what you like and leave the rest issue for me. I've really pared down my teams and prefer to use my time connecting with my "friends" and participating on the remaining teams. I've dropped the "check in" kind of challenges. In some cases it didn't seem like they posted correctly and basically they weren't doing anything for me. Tracking my fitness minutes is my greatest motivator. It's what got me here and kept me here. I've also kept my friend list small and really enjoy those I have. A few have drifted away, and are missed. I do wonder if they are doing OK, that's my wish for them; Good Health and a Happy Life.
    2287 days ago
    I can completely relate, Meddy! Sometimes, I really question some of the points-getting activities I do on Spark, although unlike you, I haven't gotten to the top level let...so that's my impetus emoticon You're a very wise woman, which is why I always enjoy reading your blogs.
    2287 days ago

    The question I would like to ask is: do you get pleasure out of this action? Does it mean anything to YOU to do this. If so I'd say just continue. If not, scratch it.

    (I truly have no idea about sparkpoints or how many I have. They are meaningless to me.)

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  • _VALEO_
    Every new member who registered during the same week is placed in a SP Class.

    Talking about numbers, it is weird to think that among more than 10 000 members only a few sticked or returned to SP.
    I'd love to hear why they joined and dropped out a few days after... What happened to those who were there, have they reached their goal? Have they found another website/support group/solution? Have they dropped out because they didn't reach their goal? We all hear about success stories, I sometimes wonder whether it is not too much for those who fail to reach their goal.

    I am still in contact with a few persons from our team every other day.
    I've been off myself during a year due sickness that's why I asked Dreena to step in. She has been really sick lately too, and had surgery.

    I have also noticed that all the teams I was in during 2008-2010 are now slow. It seems like the members who used to put a lot into these teams are no longer there. Have they moved on?

    Funny that you blog about it, I was thinking of our team while having my breakfast. I will send an email for our Sparkanniversary and see how many will step in.
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    Comment edited on: 9/6/2013 2:11:16 AM
  • 1SALMON1
    I like it that some things we do can be small and slow and meaningless. There's an odd pleasure in those actions sometimes - maybe for me it's a rebellion against everything being so fast and showy and important; I don't know. I'm glad you wrote about this - it gives me something to think about... I automatically am in teams from my area (Oregon in the US) and for the week I joined Spark; but I never go there. Perhaps I should quit those teams? Your sushi is beautiful! I'm gonna have to get me some sushi now... Have a wonderful weekend and week!
    2287 days ago
    I was just thinking about how powerful those SparkPoints are. I've been on SP off and on since 2006. A lot of that time, I have logged on exclusively to spin the wheel. It helps me to feel connected to healthy living and weight loss as a goal, even when I'm not practising it. But why do I do it?? They're just meaningless Internet points!

    I don't know, but I'm glad I do.
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  • SUNSHINE99999
    keep the positives going. emoticon
    2287 days ago
    For some reason I think that's sweet (or we're both crazy or something). Course I'd think that because I have a couple of Spark things that I do (where the others have moved on but I keep on hugging or commenting) but somehow I just like to keep up the little trend. In your case, I'd want to get those points down to zero someday. emoticon emoticon emoticon
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