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Learn more about high SparkPoints totals early in the month

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"It's only the first of the month. How do some members already have hundreds of SparkPoints?"

This is a question we routinely get at the beginning of each month. The most common reason for high point totals is that some members like to track their food and/or exercise ahead of time (up to one week). Whether someone chooses to track a few days or a week ahead, those who track on a daily basis will begin to catch up as the month goes on.

SparkPoints are a tool for personal motivation, so we like to give all members the flexibility to track in a way that works best for them. Some people like to track ahead because they are very consistent with their food and activity, and are confident that the information won't change as the month goes on. Others might track ahead to see what changes they need to make while they still have time to adjust their plan. Still others might be using a slower Internet connection and find it easier to log up to 7 days at a time instead of logging on daily.

Whatever the reason, as the month goes on, those on the SparkPoints Leaderboards who log daily will begin to catch up to those who log longer periods of time. By the end of the month, tracking ahead has no influence on the monthly leaderboards.

We hope this explanation is helpful and that SparkPoints will continue to motivate you to use the site and reach your goals!

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  • There should be 2 leader boards. 1 for the honest people that have actually put in the time and the time has been verified by the Spark Activity Tracker and another board for the people that post ahead of time! I am quite sure that being able to predict the future is a great thing, now tell me the numbers for Power Ball and Mega-Millions. - 6/9/2014 2:22:18 AM
  • For those complaining that the leaderboard doesn't show your current points total - it syncs once an hour for the individual board. Scroll to the bottom & it will tell you how long it's been since it was last updated. - 6/8/2014 10:00:34 PM
  • On Monday June 2nd I played in a best ball golf scramble for 5 hours using a cart. That is 300 Fitness minutes, but has not been calculated into my June totals. I'm hoping these minutes will catch up. - 6/5/2014 7:51:02 AM
  • I see it varies anyways on spark points. But my number one concern is the fitness minutes leaderboards, mine always shows lower than I have actually done thus far which discourages me. I aim to be as high on the board as I can and when I work my butt off and it doesn't show it's frustrating. - 5/10/2014 8:06:56 AM
  • I try and compete with Coach Nicole. She tracks daily and that keeps me really motivated. - 4/1/2014 7:38:44 PM
  • I would also prefer to see the actual points tracked by the Spark Activity Tracker. I feel like that would be the only way to truly see "accurate" exercising totals. Anyone can pre-track with ridiculous numbers and should not be rewarded by that. - 3/5/2014 7:39:36 AM
  • CHB72636
    I am already a member but haven't been on site for a couple of months or so. Why am being asked to sign up? - 2/10/2014 6:03:42 PM
  • My points are not accurate. I'm showing up as having 189 points for the month of February. In fact, I have earned 209 today (Feb 1st).

    I agree with other's comments about the ridiculousness of counting points for up to a week in advance. Too many variables, called life, can alter one's best intentions.
    As for fitness points in general, my Fitbit sync with SP automatically gives me the entire 120 points everyday. Before Fitbit, I NEVER gave myself points for anything that wasn't some form of actual exercise. - 2/2/2014 12:12:04 AM
  • SIERRA-J
    I also think the posting of "virtual" or "will do" points does not make sense. Like OK I COULD fly to the moon next week! But maybe not ... - 1/1/2014 12:29:22 PM
  • this isn't making sense I have 70 for yesterday and 212 for today but it is not updating it on the leader board. it is stuck at 190 for me and I am not understanding why - 12/2/2013 8:12:19 PM
  • so far today I have over 110 points and have not counted my exercise points or water points yet. I try to read every article I can, look at the recipes, etc to accumulate the most points I can. My goal is at least 100 points per day. I dont know if that is not the way sparkpeople was set up? I do not do advance points for the next day. - 11/6/2013 7:39:20 AM
  • Thanks for the info. However, this does NOT explain how some people are getting over 120 points a day. Even if planning ahead, no one should have more than 3600 points at the end of a 30 day month, or 3720 at the end of a 31 day month. People are getting over 4000 points!!!! So, the ones doing it correctly cannot catch up. Maybe it is no big deal, but I use the leaderboard as motivation. When it is not kept up correctly, it is discouraging. At any rate, I LOVE this site. Thanks! - 11/1/2013 4:39:42 AM
  • I was wondering about the limit on fitness points for a day also. I know I have logged more fitness minutes than I am getting credit for.
    - 8/5/2013 11:28:31 PM
  • I switched to Fitbit and track activity there resolving the problem of over all tracking of activity. There I get a true and accurate accounting of activity and it even connects here so that I always so far have hit the 120 limit without having to enter a thing. I like the Flex, it does all the accounting for you. Reduces sitting behind the screen time too (so that you can move more),which is the point! - 6/1/2013 4:27:54 PM
  • I support AFZ2007's point

    I know that spark points are motivational for some. I like getting 25 per day for doing the coaching routine. I have found it a very good structure for me and being retired I need some positive structure. Other than that they are bogus and don't motivate me. They are designed to get people to spend a lot of time here and eventually some cash too.

    I do like the fitness minutes it is an artificial way to log and compair minutes done in various activities and that is something new for me and helpful. I do think it is bizzarre that after developing a pretty sophisticated system the Spark Wizzards ruined it. The rationale is to prevent cheating? If people want to put in false info they cheat themselves most. They could put in false BS at every turn.

    Why ruin the integrity of the tracker for everyone with the 120 minute limit, especially walkers and hikers? I belong to a hiking around group that routintely does way more than 120 min hikes. Sure I can rig the structure to keep track of the overall number, but it does make for a wacky fitness report. Mine has a lot of sawed off mountains that looks like the coal company in WVA got to em.

    Why not restore the trackers to their natural state. Why not let the whinners whine, the "cheaters" cheat, and the people who want to spark their personal motivation do it accurately?

    A resonable compromise is to allow people to opt out of the "leaderboard" and restore their tracker to its full potential. I would do it in a SP fitness minute! - 5/7/2013 10:34:42 AM

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