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JAVAJENN SparkPoints: (8,282)
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6/11/13 10:23 A

keep your streaks going and do all the quiz's and things on the "View SparkPoints Page"

I think life is not so much about waiting for the storms to be over, as much as it is, learning how to dance in the rain.
GUSGUS02 SparkPoints: (43,790)
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6/11/13 10:10 A

Whatever works for each individual.

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FIRECOM SparkPoints: (107,673)
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6/11/13 10:07 A

I have often wondered how some can build up to many points, but I put that aside. I strive for an average of 115 points a day and I am fine with that. I will admit that I enjoy the points system as I learn something new almost every day. I am at 61,756 since April 2010

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LAST20FORME SparkPoints: (4,152)
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6/11/13 9:56 A

I'm confused. What is the big deal about accumulating points? You can only use them to buy spark goodies, is that correct? There are no other benefits that I know of. All I care about is that I reach my goal weight. Most days I don't even bother spinning the wheel.

KEEPITUP05 SparkPoints: (27,011)
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6/11/13 9:44 A

I think everyone uses what works for them on SP. Some will have more points because they are tracking daily and getting the maximum points each day. Some just use the fitness tracker and not food. I personally think the fitness minutes are more important for me...after all I can easily sit way too long in front of the computer or other device just to get s points. That just defeats what I am trying to more active.

I did track my food for the first 6 months or more because I needed to get on the right track w/calories.

Edited by: KEEPITUP05 at: 6/11/2013 (09:46)
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MYUTMOST4HIM Posts: 11,447
6/11/13 9:10 A

Some people have more time than others to work "the list" - I really don't care if any one out there is "cheating" this is not a contest and they are only cheating themselves.

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FLANAGANSH SparkPoints: (6,424)
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6/11/13 8:50 A

Sparkpoints or not, are they reaching their goals? That's what's really important. Each to his own.

HICKORYRN Posts: 277
6/11/13 7:58 A

What I'd like to know is when does the Spark Bonus Wheel actually look like the one it shows before the spin with all those high points. Mine hardly ever has greater than 25 points on it!

Time passes either way! I choose to look back one day and be happy I took charge of my mouth instead of looking in the mirror and wishing I had!
MATTHEW0498 SparkPoints: (32,853)
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6/11/13 7:57 A

I'm sure it is possible depending on how much you do, including all the little exta things that earn points.

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (107,996)
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6/11/13 7:35 A

Well I don't believe you can get that many points in two years. That being said, even with the tracker for fitness and food you can manipulate those to input the highest levels but who really benefits.....just cheating themselves with a need to be the best. I use a BodyMedia and it accurately records my fitness -- so when I get 24 pts for it each day, I know that I have definitely put the time in.....

To each his own I say as I am happy I am where I am with just over a year under my belt

TENNISJIM Posts: 11,750
6/11/13 6:10 A

I have been a member since May 2008 and I am at 212,059 (as of now) and have missed many days so the possibility of 300,000 is possible. Are you looking at the SparkPoints and the list of available points?

KKKAREN Posts: 12,149
6/11/13 6:07 A

I really worked the points until recently. It took me 5 years to get over 170,000

SHERYLDS Posts: 13,702
6/10/13 6:37 P

whether 3000 or 300,000 it's their weight and healthy lifestyle that makes the difference.

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JEFFGIRL Posts: 7,541
6/10/13 4:42 P

That is an awfully large number. I have 68,056 and have been on SparkPeople about 3 1/2 years. However, I didn't know about doing SparkPoints at first. I worry about me, do the best I can and not others.

Edited by: JEFFGIRL at: 6/10/2013 (16:43)
MRSRIGS1 SparkPoints: (94,342)
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6/10/13 4:22 P

I think of this website as a tool to help me. I am in competition with myself NOT with others. I work down the Sparkpoints list daily. If I have time, I do more. If not, I make sure to take the Trivia and the quizzes. I find I've learned a lot doing so.

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ANARIE Posts: 12,768
6/10/13 4:11 P

It builds up fast if you use the nutrition tracker and fitness tracker every day, get your daily spin, and read an e-mail or two. Also, the daily spin used to give more points. A few years ago, I'm pretty sure there was a 25-point space on the wheel every day and fewer 2- and 3-point spaces. People were moving through the trophy levels too fast and it wasn't as much fun, so they made it a teeny bit more challenging to get points. People who started here years ago have more points because they were getting them really fast for the first year or two.

And remember, they're play points, not money. I once or twice started to feel huffy about people "cheating," and then I asked myself, "How is it cheating?" Cheating means getting an unfair advantage by dishonest means. Well, what advantage is there in having 300,000 SparkPoints? Even if they did get the points in a way that was less than perfectly honest, how does that hurt me? They're not taking anything away from anyone else, so let them have it. It's kinda like the guy who flies past you on the street-- and just gets to the stoplight sooner so he has to wait longer.

It is possible to get that many points just by doing regular daily activities. I've decided to just assume that anyone who has a lot of points has earned them in the normal way. Even if they didn't, it doesn't matter, so thinking the best of people is best for your own mental state.

EMMYERS76 SparkPoints: (10,444)
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6/10/13 3:58 P

I guess I haven't really paid that close attention to how many points people have vs how long they have been members, because I don't really care that much. I earn points, because it is fun...and I am a member because it helps me stay focused. I guess I didn't realize there were newbies with that many points.

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PSCHIAVONE2 SparkPoints: (18,903)
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6/10/13 3:54 P

Ok, I was totally wrong. I have only 11,000 points in 10 months.

Weight is the result of what you have been doing for the past week.
PSCHIAVONE2 SparkPoints: (18,903)
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6/10/13 3:51 P

I am lucky to have 10000 points in 6 monts.

Edited by: PSCHIAVONE2 at: 6/10/2013 (15:52)
Weight is the result of what you have been doing for the past week.
DROPCONE Posts: 1,583
6/10/13 3:31 P

I'm so compulsive, I actually went & checked out the spark points page to see how it could get done.

Not counting the daily spin or the bonus spin, it's theoretically possible to earn 191? points each day. Rounding to 200 to account for one daily spin, it's possible to earn 73,000 points in a year. I'm not including the bonus spin because that hasn't been around as long as some long-term members.

That's not even counting the "one time challenges", "bonus & milestone", or "spread the spark" activities, which earn extra points.

So, it would take a little over 4 years to earn up to 300,000 points. Could be even faster if you take advantage of every single point-getting opportunity, including referring your friends.

I love sparkpeople but I just can't sit at the computer that long each day!

My Sparkpage is set to private, but I'm open to SparkMail!

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RICU1952 SparkPoints: (105,065)
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6/10/13 3:20 P

Yup, I'm with you on that one!! Some people seem to " playing the system." Just my opinion. It's taken me over two years to reach 100,000 and I've fought hard to stay the line (34 pounds down and holding steady, too!). It made me mad at first, then I remembered that letting others steal my dreams and goals because of their ways only hurt me. I know I've earned what I've got and worked hard at it, with a lot of help from Spark and especially Spark Coaches. Good luck! Keep focused on yourself and you'll make it. Not all of us are cheats (and I'm sure not all those people are either, but it's clear that some of them sure seem to be?)

POPROCKS2013 SparkPoints: (248,766)
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6/10/13 3:13 P

I see people that have over 300,000 points and have only been members for a few years. How does that work?
Am I missing something?

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