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Turning Point...

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

When I first registered with SparkPeople, I didn't pay any attention to SparkPoints but at about level three, I started clicking on the "Get Your SparkPoints" buttons. Shortly after that I started trying to get 100 points a day just for fun. I have a natural inability to "cheat" even in things that don't matter, so I found myself skimming articles that didn't interest me, over-training, logging in at midnight, and answering polls that weren't relevant to me. I have reset my history several times so that I could find articles and quizzes that would garner me more points.

I realized that I was doing this quite a while ago, but there was always the next level. Today I crossed the 25,000 point mark and I'm going to stop making any effort to record points before reaching the next level gets too enticing. I'm not going to click to get my points anymore and I'm not going to go to the My SparkPoints page unless it is necessary to accomplish something. By trying to maximize my points while logged in, I am spending more time on the actions that are :)pointless:) to me than I am on the useful things like contributing to discussions and commenting on blogs.

My new goals, since I am now happy with my weight, nutrition skills, and ability to exercise will be to get my sleep cycle on track, and my Spark priorities straight. The SparkPoints were a great tool for me but its time to move on.

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    Umm, yeah. Those pointless Spark Points. I need them to keep me exercising when I don't feel like it, but they also get me to do silly things that add to meaningless time online.

    I kind of wish I could have your attitude and give up the pointless Spark Point chasing, but I fear that if I do that I will lose the motivational nudge to get the exercise when I don't feel like starting. Maybe some day I'll be where you are.
    3123 days ago
    I agree with you totally!
    Too much of a good thing may be... well, too much : )
    I'm into points myself too, limiting this to login points, water and fitness minutes, and of course the bonus spin, but I see how it can turn into an obsession.
    3124 days ago

    I'm glad the first comment was positive. I wasn't sure my point would come across as constructively as it was meant.

    3124 days ago
    This made me chuckle. I've been the same way but not to the same extent. I have to get that bonus spin you get at 25 points for the day. I've done the same thing as you, doing a poll or what ever it took to get that extra spin!

    I'm at a point where I'm getting too many emails and am on too many teams. Your post made me think about how much I've been just skimming the posts on the teams and ignoring many of the emails. It's like too much of a good thing turns bad.

    I think I will take a page from your book and get back to the basics of why I am here in the first place, to learn, receive help and give help.
    3124 days ago
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