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New weight ticker option - shows weight goal vs. current/start weight

Tuesday, March 04, 2008



We launched an enhancement to our weight loss tickers today where you now have the option to not show your actual weight, but instead your goal. If you go to Edit SparkPage and to your ticker section, you will see 2 options:

1 - Show my starting weight, goal weight, and current weight (example starting 180, goal 160, current weight 170)
2 - Show my total pounds to lose and pounds lost (example starting 0, goal 20, pounds lost 10)

So basically option 1 used to be the only option (and if you make no changes how your ticker will appear), and you can now change to option 2 if you'd like.

This change was based on feedback from members who preferred not to share their actual weight but still wanted to share in their progress and success.
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  • v CILLALILLY
    Yeah, it won't let me change it! grrr I didn't want to show my weight and goal weight this time, just do a 20 pound ticker like he described above but it won't let me change it. I should be able to put any amount on the ticker without it telling me it's not good or whatever. It doesn't know what I am trying to do.
    1239 days ago
  • v KDURRANI3
    I am looking to change the look of My ticker and i keep getting an error message that says I need to weigh in i do that and it still does Not work. HELP
    1766 days ago
  • v CHANGE4THEBEST
    Thanks Drash2k9 - This has driven me crazy too! I hadn't realised I was showing more weight loss - keen to show the accurate amount in pounds. emoticon
    2014 days ago
  • v BROWNIE2953
    Still lost on changing weight on ticker/cant find anything. HELP
    2045 days ago
  • v DRASH2K9
    hey guys...this particular issue was driving me nuts!! u have to go back tot he weight measurements page, and re-enter the all the weights in kilograms or pounds...whichever one you prefer.
    2063 days ago
  • v AFEARMAN
    Are there instructions anywhere?
    2068 days ago
  • v MTOLL81
    Has anyone figured this out? I understand what this guy is saying but the site won't let me switch to pounds lost b/c my current weight is higher than my starting weight...I have tried to adjust my current weight and I can't! I am soo frustrated!
    2075 days ago
  • v DANAEA
    I have the same issue as Serene.One except I want mine to show in pounds and it shows in kgs - and it doesn't even do the right conversion!! I've lost 20 or so lbs to date and it shows I've lost 20 or so kgs - I can only wish for this!
    2113 days ago
  • v REDCHAIR
    Finding and updating ones weight loss on this site is a real pain as is trying to get back to doing a ticker once you first set up. It would be nice if when you put your weight in weekly etc., that it would show you progress on your main page so that you could see your progress with out using a ticker for everyone else to see. Instead we have a chart we have to find and redo the dates etc. This is a big drawback to this site. I really like sparkpeople but really my weight should be as easy for me to track and see as is my water intake.
    2116 days ago
  • v THIGHSRTHICK
    Can someone please help me find a way to show my pounds lost!! This is ridiculous. I agree with previous bloggers, this is a nightmare to find and it should be a feature that you can control on your spark page! emoticon
    2125 days ago
  • v TERILM
    There really needs to be an easier way to change your current weight. I finally found it last week thanks to the help of my 13 yr old son and of course I can't find it again! It should be a function you can change on the "edit" page which would make the most sense to me. I have read the FAQ on it and it doesn't help in finding the right section to make this change. I agree with the member that said way too much time is spent trying to find this.
    2130 days ago
  • v BLACKHUNTER
    finding where to enter your daily or weekly weight changes is a nightmare...can you make it easier to find?
    2134 days ago
  • v SERENE.ONE
    I cant get my ticker to work properly. It shows my weight in pounds, wheres id like to change it to kgs but it wont let me. Ive tried it many times, no success...please help.
    2159 days ago
  • v LARAGLEEK
    Thank you
    2215 days ago
  • v SMILINGBREYES
    Weekly weight changes are done on your start page under the My tools tab and scrolling down to click on the 'weigh in' of the left side of the 'start' page. This weekly weigh in report will make your ticker move weekly.
    2272 days ago
  • v TERRIKAT
    I can't figure out how to change my ticker to reflect the weight I lost can anyone help? emoticon
    2276 days ago
  • v GRENEYEDBLOND
    I can't find where to enter my weight. I know I put it in when I first signed up. Help. emoticon
    2278 days ago
  • v FAT2HEALTHY
    Okay, for some reason I am spending way to much time trying to find and update my weigh in weight, a very helpful tool. Can you please, as I notice others are also having a hard time with this, give a clear choice (from the drop-down menus) so this is not such a problem. Because I am new, I am not sure how you will get the answer to me. Thanks, Fat2Healthy emoticon
    2283 days ago
  • v ANITA601
    I also cannot figure out how to log in my weight as it changes. Help! emoticon
    2293 days ago
  • v SUNRISE14
    This sight is so exciting i can't tell you how happy you have made me! I am 58 years old and all my arteries are over 80% blocked but i won't give up! Finding sparkpeople has give me hope and tools to work with that are super! I might not lose weight but i am not depressed anymore and am eating well! I know i have lost at least 5 lbs since december and i have cut down to 1200 calories aday the 1st of March and getting weighted the 30th of March ! If i don't lose i will cut down to 1000 calories aday but no lower! THANK YOU FOR YOUR SITE AND THE CHANCE TO FEEL ALIVE AGAIN! I WILL BE HERE AS LONG AS I CAN AFFORD INTERNET ! I CAN'T GET MY ARTICLES I READ TO CHECK OFF MOST OF THE TIME AND MY SECRET OF SUCCESS TO GIVE ME A POINT FOR DOING IT CAN YOU HELP? emoticon emoticon
    2315 days ago
  • v JENNI_BUNNIES
    Please help... I cannot figure out how to enter in my current weight!!! Thank you :)
    2325 days ago
  • v KCBLAIR
    Anything that encourages someone is ok by me! however they do it!
    2342 days ago
  • v CLEARBLUETOO
    Well I love the idea but my page will not change any ideas on what I am doing wrong?
    It just keeps telling me to go back and put in the weight range not the pound range and my ticker is still weight not pounds lost. emoticon
    2369 days ago
  • v CHITHUGANESH
    When I created the sparkpage and chose option 2 for the ticker it still shows my starting weight and not the actual progress. Am I missing something here?
    2374 days ago
  • v HCKYGRL44
    Why are there so few choices for the ticker?
    2973 days ago
  • v ***DEBRA***
    I think it's great. My starting weight and my currant weight are right there in my face.
    I was embarrassed at first. But now I'm so proud of myself!
    Seeing other people posting their weight tickers shows me that I'm not all alone afterall.
    Thank you so much for this wonderful tool.

    3039 days ago
  • v MOMLYN
    I LOVE the new feature. I'm NOT shy about my starting weight. But, the new option focuses on what I've accomplishedd, while the original seemed to focus on how far I still have to go. If others see it another way, they have the choice to use the original version. Personalization & customization are one of the many wonderful things about SP!
    3049 days ago
  • v CORRGIRL
    I think it's always a good thing when people have a choice.
    Someone who may be shy about putting their weight out there
    now has an option.
    3049 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/23/2008 1:34:10 PM
  • v JIBBIE49
    I think it is a bad idea, because one of the main things for success is "getting REAL" and acknowledging what you weigh and doing something about it. Many of the people who come to SP haven't been on a scale in several years and when they do get a starting weight it is a SHOCK. I've read many of their pages saying how they had to go to the doctor and when they were weighed they couldn't believe what the scale said. I think it is good to be honest with other Sparkers where you are starting out at and where you are going.
    But, I'm sure if they actually do lose the weight, they will want to brag about where they were to begin with, so we will find out.
    3050 days ago
  • v IMAGINGPRO
    hi, I think it is great that people have a choice to make. Thanks
    3061 days ago
  • v KGAGE1
    Good idea...now that's I've encouraged all my friends and family to join..I realize in essence I'm sharing my weight with them...not sure with supportive strangers.
    3063 days ago
  • v **FLOWER**.
    Thankyou Sparkpeople :-)
    3063 days ago
  • v TERRI40
    I think it's a great idea! The less math I have to do myself, the better!
    3065 days ago
  • v NA4LER
    Great change. I didn't want my weight to show, but felt kind of left out as far as those ticker things were concerned. Thanks!
    3065 days ago
  • v ILOVEROSES
    Thanks, it's a great idea. Wish it worked also with kgs.
    3066 days ago
  • v WRITERDEMAN
    This sounds really great. Thanks for continuing to innovate. I'm new and quite amazed at what is offered here.
    3066 days ago
  • v JOEGIRL6113
    Thank you! I'm sure this will benefit a lot of people.

    Rosy
    3068 days ago
  • v NIGHTSKYSTAR
    THANK YOU!!! it has NOTHING to do with being shy for me...i am a teacher and there are many of my students on here, as well as my own kids and family members.
    Frankly, i dont WANT them to know my weight! it wouldnt bother me at all if i was anonymous as most are but with a picture posted, etc, plus sharing this wonderful site with everyone its just none of their business!!
    I dont walk down the street proclaiming my weight....and that would be exactly the same if i posted it here.
    So, my heartfelt thanks for this option. I've been doing it on my own thanks to lilbitfit's instructions.
    Plus, its actually a BIGGER shock to see how far you have to goal, for me anyhow!!!

    3068 days ago
  • v SUMMER65
    Great idea, love it!!!
    3068 days ago
  • v LILBITFIT
    THANK YOU so much for this! I've been using a work-around for awhile and this will make it so much easier, as well as allowing me to take advantage of the recommended calories feature again. I really appreciate that SparkPeople listens!
    3068 days ago
  • v DEBBIE_25
    This is exactly what I wanted...THANK YOU!!
    3068 days ago
  • v GRANNYGRUMP
    Great idea! Many new members are shy about sharing their weight with others. It takes awhile on SP to get up the courage to say, "This is where I am and this is where I want to be!" Maybe not looking at that scale each day as they post will give members the incentive to think Healthy Lifestyle and rid themselves of the Diet mentality! THANKS!
    3068 days ago
  • v COACHGIA
    Thanks SPTeam, it's always good to have an option.
    3068 days ago
  • v PLAYFULLKITTY
    i don't mind sharing my weight here on sparks..but i do thank you for the extra enhancement for those that a little shy about it :)
    3068 days ago
  • v HAPPYMOM8
    Great idea! I don't mind sharing my weight with the world because it is so much better than before I don't even mind the plateaus! but I love the idea of a choice! thanks again. Pat
    3068 days ago
  • v CSONIA
    Thank you, as always..
    But I like sharing everything it does not bother me at all, so it really make no difference to me. But Thank you for all you have done. Sonia;)
    3068 days ago
  • v SUN_CLAY
    this is awesome!

    But on the other side of the coin, it is liberating to share that weight with everyone! to say "f" it I am going to lose this weight! I am not scared of the scale anymore!

    ~melissa
    3068 days ago
  • v MESACHICK
    This is great. I will actually be referring MORE people to Spark now that I can change this!!
    3068 days ago
  • v SANDYD64
    Great for those that want it, but it doesnt bother me to have my weight showing...after all it shows on my body all the time anyway! Thanks for continuing to upgrade the site.
    3068 days ago
  • v ALICOTTER
    For me it is like my age. It is what it is. So why hind it. I am a big girl 295lbs and 47 years.
    3068 days ago
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