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?