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Where it started: Sucked into the vortex

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Okay, I'll admit it right up front--I'm blogging for my SparkPoints because that will push me to the next level!

As I was thinking about how to get to that level, I remembered where it all started for me with SparkPeople in 2010. I didn't know anyone here; I hadn't joined any teams, participated in any challenges, or done anything other than read some articles and blogs. Then I saw the list of how you could get SparkPoints. Ohhh, a game of sorts, with ways to earn points! Yep, I was hooked; I was being sucked into the vortex of figuring out how to get the most SparkPoints in a day.

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Silly? Maybe; you can't really "buy" anything with them except "virtual" products, after all. Still, it worked; earning SparkPoints kept me coming back. I started logging my food (it earns points, people!), and tracking my fitness (more points--score!). That made me more aware of what I was eating and my diet slowly changed for the better. I checked out some teams and joined them; I read articles, wrote blogs, posted on the message boards, commented on others' blogs. I began getting friends here, which kept me coming back even more.

Somewhere along the way, the SparkPoints became incidental (though I DO still like to earn them--hence this blog right now!). SparkPeople became a regular part of my life; I hated to miss logging in for at least a few minutes. And in the process of earning those SparkPoints and making friends, I lost weight and went from being a tired couch potato to an energetic runner who does half marathons. I lost a lot of weight; I'm right at about 104 pounds down now, a number that when I think about it blows my mind. Honestly, I never thought I'd be able to lose that much.

It still is a little weird to me that I have to look for small sizes now. When I started here, I had trouble finding sizes at Costco that fit me--many things did not go up large enough. I was so excited to get down enough that I could shop there! Now I'm starting to have the opposite problem: some things don't go SMALL enough there. It's weird, but it's wonderful, too.

And to think it all started with getting sucked into the SparkPoints vortex. I'm so glad I did!

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EDIT: I don't mean to imply that the only reason I read and comment on blogs is to get the points (though that's a nice side benefit). Comments from others have been a huge encouragement to me, and I try to pay it forward to others whenever and wherever I can, especially if someone is just starting out or struggling, as well as commenting on my friends' blogs and pages. Now if only SparkPoints could be converted to dollars so I didn't have to work full time and could just Spark all day long . . .
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  • ROXIT22222
    how funny, and i'm going to comment on your blog just to get my points. emoticon

    Actually it's great that the points draw people into the pages and in turn start to change their lives. You aren't the only one I heard of that started off like that. I on the other hand have never been a gamer, and I don't worry about the points. Except to spin the wheel.
    2391 days ago
  • LISAINMS
    Wherever the motivation comes from... good for you! You look fantastic and it's just incredible how much your life has changed!!
    2392 days ago
  • THEEASYKILL30
    I know exactly how you feel. It was pure genius on SP's part to make it game-like to get us sparkers into using the website's features. I admit, I'm totally competitive too!
    2392 days ago
  • CBAILEYC
    It was the same thing for me. I started, but eschewed the teams and message boards and challenges. And then I stopped and took a closer look. Points. People. Support! Motivation and inspiration, given and received!
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    2392 days ago
  • LRSILVER
    Wow. Great post. Whatever the reason. Points are fun.
    2393 days ago
  • 4CYNDI
    I'm so proud of you. You ROCK! 104+ lbs in less time than I've managed to lose the 60 I came on here to lose. LOL! Yeah, I know everyone is different. But yeah, getting the points can rule your life if you let it. I think they know people like to "win" things, even if they are virtual.

    Congrats!
    2393 days ago
  • TANYA602
    Your words here are so true. I am really proud of you for losing 104 pounds and sticking with us here! WOW! I kind of crack up at what you wrote because I've been thinking about motivation a lot lately; I may have a blog topic stirring in my head afterall thanks to you! There is so much here on SP to explore, and I'm not sure where SparkAmerica crosses into SparkPeople. AND I've started reading The Spark so there is one more element/website to explore.
    I can't wait until I hit that same point and enjoy buying clothes again.
    Big smiles and hugs!
    2393 days ago
  • THENEWDARLENE
    WooHoo for Spark Points! I love to see my points accumulate, too.

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    2393 days ago
  • LOOZINITNOW
    Awesome blog! Look at where striving for those Spark points got you! Yeah for Spark points!!!! emoticon
    2393 days ago
  • no profile photo REBECCA176
    I love your honesty! It's OK to use each other to get points. I am not all offended. If having problems finding clothes that are big enough is your problem then suck me in too!!!
    I've just started signing on to SparkPeople this week.It is a lot of fun emoticon
    2393 days ago
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