SparkPeople, You're Killing Me With all Those Food Photos and Ads!

Friday, February 08, 2013

I have a love/hate relationship with Sparkpeople. I love the tools and info. the site provides. It is the reason I successfully lost weight for the first time back in 2008. It is also the reason I have managed to keep exercise as a priority. And it's also the reason I continue to explore new ways to get/stay healthy. Sparkpeople has been a God-send. I have found life-long friends here and it's a journey I am grateful for.

There are only two things I don't like about the site. Sometimes there are ads that pop up when I am trying to type something (even though I have pop-up blockers set on my computer. Spark is the ONLY site this happens with.) I type, an ad pops over the text box and I can no longer type unless I click somewhere else. It is an annoyance.

The second thing I don't like are all the food ads. In some respects I see myself as a food addict. When the ads appear (like right this second, I am looking at Gorton's Simply Bake fish filets) I want food. It doesn't matter that it's Weight Watchers, it still looks like a brownie or a sundae or a lasagne! Ack! Spark adds fuel to my fire by consistently featuring food photos as part of their blogs, recipes or videos in "Today's Top Stories." Just today, there are three food-related photos in "Today's Top Stories" banner along with Smart Ones toffee bar sundae and breakfast sandwich ads. Spark, you are killing me!

However, in spite of these annoyances, I was so very happy to see the photo with today's feature "25 Ways You Can Recommit...". It isn't a skinny girl eating fake food. It is a real woman running and looking STRONG. Now THAT is an inspiring photo for someone like me. I absolutely love the photo and have included a link to the story below.

I wish Spark would find ways to include more images like this and less food-related ones. I know they need to find ways to raise revenue and - for me - these annoyances do not yet outweigh the benefits I still receive from the site. I guess it's like real life. I have to get over it and train my brain to ignore, ignore, ignore.

Anybody else have a problem with all the food ads and photos?
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  • NAVYMOM133
    I really agree with you regarding the food advertisements.
    I want to learn how to eat more healthily, and not just have a WW brownie or 100-calorie portion pack of something else. I think we should be striving for less stuff out of a box from the freezer and more whole food. I wouldn't mind seeing grocery store Ads that feature someone with a bag, brimming with fruits and vegetables!
    We've got our first inch of snow and I've already thought about how this would normally be an exciting reason to eat junk food. Let's have a storm party! So exciting, let's EAT!! Can you believe? Pass the pretzels...
    I get what you are saying. When will we feel the love, strongly enough that it isn't hard work anymore?
    Fake it till we make it!
    I had an idea the other day. Why not have DH and each kid rotate through "giving you the vegetable". Then, you get to be creative and think of a good recipe that features or incorporates that vegetable. It would take off the pressure to come up with something new, while getting to use the fun 'trying something new' creativity.

    Iron Spark Chef, this is your vegetable ingredient!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1864 days ago
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