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TOPIC: Days logged in (demotivating)

 
October 15, 2012 6:30 AM
I think the goal of myfitness pal is to provide you with the tools that have helped people reach their goals. Which tools you use is up to you. I would not use a tool if it demotivated me. It is a choice thingy. I see no reason to change the way it is set up. If I missed logging in a day but I know what I ate then I just put it in later. It's the bottom line for me that counts. Did I lose or gain..did I keep my committment to myself.
  5830278
October 15, 2012 6:33 AM
I got to the point I almost don't care - I just don't like it when someone congrats me on logging on every day for 2 weeks when I really have been on most days since March. I was off for a week in July on vacation with no computer access, and every so often I'm away for a day or 2 with no computer access, but it's not like I gave up for a week or two and stopped logging.
  19361481
October 15, 2012 8:04 AM
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Its like perfect attendance. If you miss one day you don't have perfect attendance. Why must everything thats hard to do be made easier?


You know....I was agreeing with the OP but I like how you phrased this. I agree with your statement.


I agree with this.



Me too.
  25419612
October 15, 2012 8:06 AM
yeah I know!! I should be at about 270 days but I've logged in an hour too late sometimes it's not fair! Then it comes up "Missdannii has logged in for 5 days in a row!" and people are saying well done and I'm like......... hulk smash..........
  14254630
October 15, 2012 8:07 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

Its like perfect attendance. If you miss one day you don't have perfect attendance. Why must everything thats hard to do be made easier?


You know....I was agreeing with the OP but I like how you phrased this. I agree with your statement.


Ditto
  16046320
October 15, 2012 8:10 AM
Are you loosing weight ?? Who gives a **** how many days in roll you logged in . Does it really matter ?? ITS JUST A NUMBER
  24004555
October 15, 2012 8:10 AM
you can remove this from you feed all together. I leave mine, but generally delete the post right away.
October 15, 2012 8:11 AM
Absolutely agree! Great idea.
October 15, 2012 8:12 AM
I personally would hate to see a xxx of xxx days since signing up because I didn't actually start using the app until 6 months after I signed up. Something like that would totally kill my streak! I'm on day 395 today.

The best option is to email support with an explanation of why you missed and ask them to reset it for you. I was on a cruise a couple weeks ago with no access to internet (I wasn't about to pay $27 per day for satellite access) so even though I was logging to the best of my ability, it didn't credit me for the days. I explained the absence to support any they were happy to fix it for me.
Edited by skylark94 On October 15, 2012 8:13 AM
  5078525
October 15, 2012 8:12 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

QUOTE:

Its like perfect attendance. If you miss one day you don't have perfect attendance. Why must everything thats hard to do be made easier?


You know....I was agreeing with the OP but I like how you phrased this. I agree with your statement.


Ditto


This.

It's not about how many days you log in, but the lifestyle change. The fact that you are making the conscious decision to make better choices is what should be important to you.
October 15, 2012 8:13 AM
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...Besides in today's day and age is there really every a time that you literally go the ENTIRE day without access to the internet from 12 AM to 12AM? ....


When I went to North Carolina on my motorcycle in May I was still logging my food but I lost connectivity on my phone for the last 3 days of the trip. I lost my streak and by the time I got my phone reconnected, I'd lost my motivation. It was hard to get back and I'm just now getting back up to speed. Every time I saw that number reset I got more and more discouraged. I even made a blog post about it. It is silly how demotivating that is but it is.

I'm back up to 35 days and back to logging and losing.
Edited by LadyBuell On October 15, 2012 8:19 AM
  16849571
October 15, 2012 8:16 AM
QUOTE:

Its like perfect attendance. If you miss one day you don't have perfect attendance. Why must everything thats hard to do be made easier?


Eh, I disagree. That's like saying messing up one day (or more) of your food choices wrecks the experience of your progress simply because of one day (or more.)

Logging in isnt hard at all, its actually been made SO easy to do that it boils down to managing your own time to get here.

With THAT said- people have lives, and should use this as a tool, not a crutch. When I left for the summer I panicked for almost 2 weeks prior because I was going to lose my login streak and not have constant access to MFP -online-. I used my phone app offline, and updated it every day -offline- but couldnt update until day 7 every week. So my streak didn't pick back up until after Labor day weekend. I was off living my life, and glad that I got over my phobia of losing "live" MFP.

I would love to see something that spoke more of dedication rather than a streak, I've been a member since Jan however my days actually here aren't accurately reflected since those numbers are only my consecutive days logged in. Folks have lives, and ya - it can be frustrating to see the count reset because you had a busy weekend away from technology.

Demotivating, nah. But frustrating, sure.
  16299701
October 15, 2012 8:17 AM
in the 3 years i have been here, i have missed logging in twice. each time was because we went on a vacation where there was no internet access/cell service. i even logged all through my father's death and funeral, so it was demotivating that first time to get congrats for logging in 5 days when i knew i had been here longer. the first time, i was around 550+ days and the second time around 280. i currently just passed the year mark again, but now i don't find it that important. i actually delete it from my newsfeed, so i am only getting comments for every extra 15 days logged in.

i do like the idea of a percentage!
October 15, 2012 8:18 AM
Must confess - I don't care. I work on the computer most days of my life, and it's convenient to log in, and important to be accountable to my goals, so I do. But when I get a day off, I don't want to be near the computer. I don't need that particular atta-girl.
October 15, 2012 8:20 AM
It would have bothered me earlier in the process but I lost my '260 days' while camping the last 2 weeks. I realize that spending time with my family and having some fun was totally worth it. It's important to be dedicated to your health but that number isn't the most important. For me, the number on the scale is, and oh yeah, my family. :)
  15245486
October 15, 2012 8:20 AM
I think a lot of people feel this way. I on the other hand, get sad when I think I've been here almost 2 years now and have only lost 10 pounds (over and over again). It feels like a fail even though its not a fail. If I had never heard of MFP I might have gained 50 pounds by now. I really have adopted new and better eating habits and I am more conscious of what and how I eat just being here.

I'm all for the change of ticker. It just all in the way you look at it.
October 15, 2012 8:21 AM
It IS a frustrating issue. There are times that I have problems with my computer. I go in the AM, and my computer is having problems (or MFP is . . .) something is running slow - so I am multi-tasking as I get ready to leave for work. BUT sometimes, I forget to comeback and log back on. Once I hit work, it's just too busy to check in. Maybe I will have a chance to reset things when I'm back home again, but somedays, no. so the damn thing just re-sets.

There should be something that is user friendly for a missed day here & there.
  18726097
October 15, 2012 8:21 AM
I found losing my days to be very liberating & would perfer to be able to switch it off all together.

Is there an option to remove it? or if not, can there be?
  8281978
October 15, 2012 8:23 AM
demotivated? by a number from a computer program that doesn't care if you just log on to keep your count up or to actually do some tracking

dude....seriously.....you might want to rethink your goals
October 15, 2012 8:23 AM
I just removed the counter so it does not say it!! There are times when I don't log in because of travel or what not until after midnight or whatever...and times, like this weekend when I was on a retreat, where I have no internet.

I am not here for the count, ya know? I agree it may be important for some people (recognition is a WONDERFUL motivator!) but I would rather be recognized or complimented on my success rather than my count.

Just my 2 cents!
  2564737
October 15, 2012 8:23 AM
It's an option under "contact us" to reset your days logged in counter is you can't get on-line due to a technical fault or lack of reception. I'd have never got to 600+ days without it - I wasn't going to log in form my phone on a work trip to Belgium!
  5028084
October 15, 2012 8:24 AM
Yeah, I don't care about days logged in. :D I don't log in on the weekends. Weekends are tech free for me, even MFP tech free. :P

Still, I think you have an interesting idea!
  10697651
October 15, 2012 8:24 AM
The only reason I like it is so I can hold it over my friends heads that I am better than they are....
October 15, 2012 8:25 AM
For me, the streak is over-rated. Not that I"m not impressed by some of my friends who have hundreds of days. I know them, and I know they are hitting it seriously every day. I, on the other hand, simply have my browser set to open a tab in MFP. While I've been here for over two years, I've had weeks where I didn't even visit MFP - but because my browser is open I racked up a great "attendance" number. When I deactivated and reactivated I was relieved to not have that number hanging on me. I felt like I hadn't deserved it and didn't want the accolades that came with it. I then went the opposite way, and if I knew I wasn't going to track for a day (basically have a cheat day) I purposely stayed away so my tracker could reset. That way my streak represented "good days meeting all my goals". That, to me, is more valuable than an "attendance" number.

Oh, and I hit 5 days on Saturday - and it doesn't bother me a bit.
October 15, 2012 8:28 AM
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Its like perfect attendance. If you miss one day you don't have perfect attendance. Why must everything thats hard to do be made easier?


Because it's not that important. If you go into school or work sick in order to maintain your perfect attendance record you risk making others sick.

Because the average record is more important.

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