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Meaningless Calories, Message Board Topics

Sunday, February 17, 2013

We've all read articles on meaningless calories; ones that contribute to your bottom line (or more appropriately, the line of your bottom emoticon), but what about meaningless message topics here, like posts just to get points, or posts of the number of points you got, today.

I admit it; I tried one or two of them. But, I decided that it was completely counter-productive. Everything I do has got to be about re-engineering my behavior WRT food, exercise and related issues. Even, to the extent that I help others, here, it must have a positive effect on me, or I'm wasting mine, and other folks time.

What do you think?
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  • MARTY728
    We all have freedom of will to do what we want. If someone wants to track and post points, then that is OK. They are doing what they want and I will do what I want. What may be counter-productive to you maybe helpful to someone else.
    1916 days ago
    I find nothing wrong with the fact some people like to collect sparkpoints each day. It doesn't take a whole whack of time out of ones day and it does give the people that use this part of sparkspeople a sense of accomplishment ,so be it. The SparkPoints tracker is used for tracking your nutrition, exercise, reading useful articles and keeping our minds informed with great trivia questions and explainations. Going on teams and showing others your accomplishments by how many total points one has earned, keeping track of how many points you have to your next trophy is a way for some to have fun and encourage each other on. Each individual has there own reasons for what they pick and choose to do on SparkPeople. You choose what you choose to do and we do not question your motives for doing so. Congratulations on your 4,451 sparkpoints to date. WOO HOO WAY TO GO. Congratulations too on all your trophies WELL DONE! Thanks for sharing your concerns and opinions.
    1917 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/18/2013 4:13:06 PM
    I think some members do those message boards rather than get involved with teams...could be wrong?
    I was a bit points orientated when I first joined SP but it wore off!! lol
    1918 days ago
    I could not agree more with what you wrote. I have never tried to get spark points, they are a very poor motivator for me. I enjoy posting, blogging, reading, helping others and all those things contribute to helping me get healthier and feeling good about myself. Spinning the spark wheel, reading articles to get points etc. seem like a terrible waste of time to me. Life's too short, I want to have fun doing something fulfilling. Maybe I'm just old-fashioned, I don't play video games, either, LOL.
    1918 days ago
    Well, it is motivational. I probably do more exercises to get more points. Isn't that the point? (Pun intended) Oh well, if you can't have fun why bother?
    1918 days ago
    I'll admit I do it for the points..... BUT I do read the posts as evidenced by my reading yours! ..... I am always surprised by Spark people who respond to my little comments of encouragement or just a hi 5, They are genuinely happy or encouraged by me stopping by to even read the post.... So I have lightened them up and put a smile on their face for the day! Nuff said! emoticon emoticon
    1918 days ago
    I've never done anything on Spark to get points except to spin the wheel on the start page. But everyone is different, for sure. I did do a month long blog challenge just to prove to myself that I could do SOMETHING consistently, but it wasn't for points.
    The points don't have alot of meaning except to send Spark goodies. Maybe some people are into that more than you and I.
    1918 days ago
    I always get feedback on points...but then I always get feedback on my blogs, too, the jokes and the serious ones. I enjoy the comments on my blogs much more than that they liked that I got a 2 on my spin! Someday I'm gonna put a comment like "Killed my grandmother today. RIP" and see how many "likes" I get! LOL
    1918 days ago
    I think that some people need the attention and the affirmation, and that it might not work for you, but everyone's journey is personal. If getting enough points to spin the bonus wheel is important enough to someone that they are willing to spend time reading a health article or posting how many glasses of water they drank today, well, good for them, maybe they will have learned something from the article, or had another glass of water because they were conscious that they had not had enough.

    It's not my thing, but I can see where it works for some people.
    1918 days ago
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