Sunday, August 11, 2013
Thanks everyone for your encouragement in my last blog! It's hard to remain optimistic when I'm not getting smaller. I am getting fitter though.
The other day I went to Kohl's. Well, you know how unforgiving the fluorescent lights are in fitting rooms, with those three-way mirrors. Anyway, I was changing into clothes (which were tight, by the way), and noticed that even though my legs are still basically the same size, I have less cellulite than I did before. Like, they were more textured, both in terms of cellulite and fat deposits. Now they're more smoothed out. Not like the skin of an orange as much. I bought three shirts and a dress, a necklace and three pairs of earrings. Not a bad haul.
Well, the title of my blog is "Clunky Spark." I have to be honest, but I think Spark has outgrown me. I've been on SP since March 2008, after a recommendation from a friend who has been here longer. And I've watched Sparkpeople grow and grow.
When they added the advertisements... that made me mad. Because a lot of them are unhealthy adverts - for awhile it was Reese's, but that's not as bad as others. Lately, I've seen them for "One weird old trick to reduce belly fat". I'm sorry, but it's getting apparent that SP is whoring itself out to the advertisers when they have sponsors that promote unhealthy and disordered eating, unrealistic body sizes, etc... "Don't buy diet pills, but look the other way when they're advertised on our website!"
When I started, it was all 100% free. There was no tiered system. And the first few weeks of focused emails about making changes, etc... were free too. From what I hear, that is no longer true. When the SP app came out, that was free too. I downloaded it to my phone for easy tracking. Well, now that costs money. Money, money, money. I know it's too "support all the users" that they didn't used to have, but come on. It's not like everyone on the site is active. There are millions of people on Spark that DON'T USE IT ANYMORE because THE DIET (or lifestyle or whatever the f*ck they like to call it) DOESN'T WORK LONG TERM FOR MOST PEOPLE. So, even though there are a crap ton of users, they're not all actually using it.
How many Sparkfriends do you have that have disappeared? People who were here all the time and very active? I've been here for over five years. Know how many have vanished? They are like fat-burning-fair-weather-frien
ds: they come and go.
But my newest gripe is a pretty big one. The nutrition tracker is getting slow and clunky and annoying. When I log food, it freezes up a bit, unfreezes, etc.... Facebook is similarly clunky lately, but my computer isn't running slowly on other sites, and it's happening with my other computer as well.
I log more than three foods a day, so this gets to take awhile. For lunch, I need to log: 3 cups mixed greens, 4 oz chicken, 1.5 tbsp olive oil, 1 tspb vinegar, .5 cup cucumber, 1 cup cherry tomatoes, 1/8 cup onions, 1 cup diced cantaloupe. I would make a group, but I don't make the same salad every time. So... it's annoying.
I know a lot of people are migrating to MFP. I'm considering trying it. Or I might just stop tracking, because I know I'm still eating at a rate that I'm not losing weight. It's not like I'm surprised. I have meal plans from Drop 2 Sizes, and then I add a bit more. And I'm sick of tracking again.
I think I'm just sick of this whole lifestyle. Not the healthy eating and exercise lifestyle, but the track everything you do lifestyle. It's not like it's made a difference anyway.