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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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Member Comments

Thanks for the explanation. The option of planning ahead is helpful for me as it reduces the temptation of roaming through the refrigerator or cupboards wondering what I should eat next. I'm not the only one living here, so there are always goodies somewhere to spark a craving. I didn't care how many points I get, I just like the "good for you feeling" - like a gentle pat on the back or fun encouragement. Report
I added my fitness minutes through yesterday and I have 750. The leaderboards say 480 and my Sparkpage says 520! Very unfair! Report
I agree with the comments. Report
I don't believe them and I don't buy your civer story. But it all ok, because what matters isn't the mythical points but our personal results in reality. Report
Me again.
I found something out.
Let's say I think that tomorrow I will exercise fo 120 minutes so I track it.
Then.....I don't.
I go back in, try to remove those 120 minutes....guess what? They don't go away!
So again, totally unfair and should not be allowed. Report
and just how do these people know what they are going to be eating on the last Tuesday of the month, and what their snacks are going to be. This really is very very unfair to us that are playing it honestly. Very unfair. Report
This makes absolutely no sense!. I hit it big on the spin wheel this morning and 10 hours later those points do not show up and yet someone on my team has almost 1000 points. Very unmotivating, should be changed! Report
Reading some of the comments, it seems as if I am not the only one who finds this practice disturbing. Perhaps it's time to end it.
The first few months as I was getting to know the site, I couldn't understand this. It is very demotivating. I do not want to take anything away from established losers who are having success, but this made me feel like I could never be what they are. I am glad to know how this works, but I don't think it's a good policy. It makes new people feel intimidated. Sorry, I don't mean any disrespect. Report
My page says I have 163 points from this morning and it's 7 in the evening and they say I got 5 points. If they are going to be so far off, why do we have them, at least try to get it a little bit closer. Report
I take it all with a grain of salt, finding it hard to believe someone would have 2500 fitness minutes on day one of each new month, Not to mention on all their teams they are always in first place on the leaderboard's! ( I guess if that is important to someone so be it). Personally, I removed myself from the leader boards as I think it is trivial, and not always honest. Report
Good article. Report
I agree with most previous comments. Doesn't always seem accurate to me either. Report
Interesting 'explanation' but I remain dubious as to the honesty of some people when recording their minutes Report
All of a sudden I am "not in this team" all over the place in all my teams? Report