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Clunky Spark

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.
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    LOL - I thought is said "CHUNKY spark" when I first clicked to catch up with ya.

    I'm with ya sister. This is often a lot of work for very little results - but then I remember what my all time high was (around 260) and I remember that I have not yo-yoed and been taken with fits of despair since I joined the Spark Community about a year and a half ago.

    I despair at the lack of "forward" progress, but I need to remember that if it were not for Spark, I might be back up to my all time high weight.

    I'm OK with hanging out in the 195-205 range and seeing what progress I can make from there in the next year or two. It's better than quitting and seeing what damage I can do!!

    Hope to see you around some more dearie!

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    1446 days ago
    No matter where I track - if I track - I like my SP friends over here way too much to leave.

    I have been tracking most of the past 5 years. I didn't track when I was pregnant and for the first six months post-partum. Then I didn't track again this past year for a few months. When I moved, got busy, etc... I didn't track. I found that when I didn't track I gained weight. I don't think it's because the tracker was offering me anything other than a sort of prison, and when I was freed of the prison I would eat whatever I couldn't have before. It was an "on the diet" and "off the diet" mentality. And when you're tracking every day, feeling guilty about overeating, sometimes it's just fantastic to not track and eat a bunch of crap for a little while.
    1463 days ago
    I agree the ads are a pain and the food tracker can be a pain but since I am not up to date sparker and my cell is a pay as you you go and is just a phone i have no idea what apps are or how to use them i enjoy my time here and have some great friends. some come and go but that is life in no spark area of our lives. but like you said its not for everyone . wandering what the spark site going to be like they are telling us about sure hope its still going to be free. in this day and age we don't get much for free and the site has helped me go from 192 in 2012 when i joined to 159 on Aug 13 2013 I hope you find a site that fits your needs.
    1464 days ago
  • A*L*P*
    I am using MFP because it is nice to track on the app. I don't like the online version for tracking because it won't let you add in multiple foods like on the app. I need to use an app because sometimes sitting at the computer just doesn't happen with four kids, lol! I am the stupid one who paid $3.99 for the app. God, it sucks. I am torn on the SP vs MFP. I don't like the forum set up on MFP at all, there is no way to get new topic notifications and any post I've ever put in a group has not been responded to. For tracking (and I track so I can keep tabs on my protein intake) I am using MFP but for everything else, SP.
    1466 days ago
    You make a good point about the endless tracking.
    I don't eat or work out more or less because of it so why am I wasting my time?
    I must have a great ad-blocker because I hardly ever see any of the ads I hear so mnay complaints about!
    1466 days ago
    I agree with you on "clunky spark." The site (and app) can be very frustrating. I wouldn't trade this community for anything though!

    Congrats on your nsv! It's nice to see results even when they are not the specific ones you seek. No more orange peel!
    1467 days ago
    The MFP site and app are great for tracking - I hate the community there, though. I never left spark even when I was tracking everything over at MFP, but eventually the community has become too much for me and I missed the supportive people over here at Spark - so though the tracker isnt as fantastic, I think it's worth it for me to not feel so negative everytime I open the app or website!
    1467 days ago
    The ads piss me off majorly -- especially some of the e-mail ads they've been sending. They've sort of started to sound like a bad Cosmo cover article too. I'm basically just here for the support.

    But MFP has a great mobile app -- tracking food over there is 100% easier.
    1467 days ago
    Have you been tracking for five years? Have there been times you've stopped tracking and have you noticed a gain in these times? If not, maybe you should consider giving it up. Personally I don't gain weight when I'm not tracking, and I don't lose when I am either, so I've stopped. It's tedious.
    If you leave SP I'll miss you :(
    1467 days ago
    Actually, I was on Spark long ago when it wasn't free. But it worked so well for me that I renewed for another 3 month term. During that term, SP went free and they actually sent me a prorated refund!

    But like you, I think the ads are annoying at best and that SP should screen their advertisers better. I also find I feel my privacy has been invaded by the cookies that are stored. Just because I go to SP, now I get the same weird ads when I'm logged into gmail!

    As for the tracking - I don't bother much unless I'm trying to figure out something specific. I do bother with logging the walking that I do. Main reason I'm here - just to keep up with people I feel I have come to know and care about. emoticon
    1468 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/11/2013 9:00:34 PM
    I haven't tracked my food for a long time. Mainly because I look upon health as a life long issue, and I know full well that I'm NOT, absolutely not, going to track for the rest of my life. So I need to find a diet/lifestyle where I don't track, at all. And I have! I stay with spark for the community and the people I have 'met '. I don't care about the adverts. Anybody stupid enough to be influenced by them shouldn't be here. I don't care about the 'clean eating' brigade, or the 'it has to be done THIS way' brigade either. I plough my own furrow. I don't give a ***** if you're with or against me. I will support my cyber friends till the bitter end.
    1468 days ago
    I guess the bottom line is we have to do what works for us. Obviously that's completely individual. Not right or wrong or otherwise . . . just completely individual.

    The ads . . . yeah they annoy me.
    1468 days ago
    the clunkiness might be an Adobe Flash problem. I've been fighting with that one for a while.

    1468 days ago
  • LETHA_
    Yea - it's great that it's free but some of the adds are popping up in front of the content and I have to scroll the page to finish reading. It would be nice if we could add images to discussion threads or modify our spark page a bit more. Oh well, its free it's free it's free it's free.
    1468 days ago
    You make for an interesting case....and I am new to the sight!!
    1468 days ago
  • KIM___
    Tracking everything you eat is to make you more aware of what you're eating. If you are confident that you're w/in your own determined limits, then you don't have to muck about with it.

    I'm with you on your gripes. I have found doing the same old thing all the time doesn't help me lose weight. I had a wonderful experience with the Body for Life plan. I consider it a great plan for me b/c I lost 40# with it in 05 -07 and have not gained all the weight back. Only half, but from what I understand a bad diet is one where you gain all the weight and then some.

    My point with the last paragraph is I can't do Body for Life anymore b/c it's not 'fresh' and 'fun' to me. It became old. I, too, feel SparkPeople is becoming 'old' to me, too. I've looked into the paid site weight watchers, but Spark People has the same for free. And b/c it's the same, I feel like it will get old quicker.

    I try not to complain about the ads b/c that's the way of the free site world. Good luck!
    1468 days ago
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