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October 15, 2012 8:28 AM
I like the OP's idea of including additional stats (if logging in is going to be tracked) but do agree with others that logging in every day needs to be a priority and a reward for those who do it. If you miss a day or two it's really not a big deal but you shouldn't receive the same notoriety as someone who didn't miss those days.
October 15, 2012 8:30 AM
I totally share your point of view and that is a GREAT idea you're suggesting. I even remove the "_____ has logged for 5 days in a row" message because it makes me so mad! I hope they change that.
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October 15, 2012 8:31 AM
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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.


As I understand it, you don't have a choice not to use it. The Home page messages thread reports your record.

To the Moderator: This is not an issue I care a lot about, but I probably would choose to turn the login record report function off.
October 15, 2012 8:32 AM
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Edited by fp64 On October 15, 2012 8:32 AM
October 15, 2012 8:33 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?


well said! let's toughen up, people.
October 15, 2012 8:33 AM
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I love seeing the days logged in. Ie: ElBandito has logged in for 60 days in a row. I've had that high, up into the 300s... but I've found it incredibly demotivating when you miss that ONE day and the count resets. I'm at the point now where I'm not even tracking... I'm just logging in to get that streak back up.

Could this be represented differently? Perhaps "ElBandito has logged in for 364 days in the 375 days since he signed up! That's a 97% tracking rate". That way it won't matter SO much if I miss a single day and I won't be so crestfallen when I see "ElBandito has logged in for 5 days" again.

That's just me, though. I'm not sure who else might feel the same way.


I have done the same thing alot recently, just log in long enough for it to count for the day, so I don't start over... I like your idea!!!

thanks for the idea I didnt log over the week-end so I logged today and my longest is only 20 days! thx for the idea.noway
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October 15, 2012 8:33 AM
I turned that "days logged" notification off in settings. It was irritating me.
October 15, 2012 8:33 AM
For me, it's not currently a streak, more than an actual number of days that I've been a member of the site. It's nice to see it in plain text rather than having to think for myself laugh
I do know that I'll lose my streak when going on a cruise the week-end after next, and I probably won't be able to log in for 3 days. A bit of a bummer, but oh well :)
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October 15, 2012 8:34 AM
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Bummer for me a few times when I was unable to log in because of no internet. Camping, etc. missed those days, due to no fault of my own, and bam back to day 1 again. So sad. I don't have the phone capabilities, so no internet, no MFP :-(


I agree, the internet is not always available, everywhere, all the time. I live in the Arctic and we can have outages at any time. I go camping in the summer, too. So far, my streak is every day since starting, but I have a vacation coming up where I will be on a cruise ship. I don't know if I will have every day access to internet (extra cost?) so I was planning to write everything down and just log every few days or right after the cruise. But it does suck to know that my "streak" will be blown even though I will be strictly adhering to my food plan.

Of course, those stupid numbers don't mean anything in relation to my overall success, so I keep that in mind too.
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October 15, 2012 8:35 AM
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As I understand it, you don't have a choice not to use it. The Home page messages thread reports your record.

To the Moderator: This is not an issue I care a lot about, but I probably would choose to turn the login record report function off.


My home > settings > automatic news feed update settings
I have not logged into MyFitnessPal for an extended period
I have logged in for several days in a row

Depending on if you have these checked or not you DO have a choice to use it or not.

If you lost your count because of camping or whatnot with no internet...
http://www.myfitnesspal.com/topics/show/279014-days-in-a-row-incorrect

People lose their count ALL the time, regularly enough that they have that thread as a sticky in the tech support forum, it contains the form / info you need to fill out to request the reset.
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October 15, 2012 8:36 AM
I haven't missed one day of logging since I started. However in June I didn't have access to the internet and could not Sync my logging and when I logged into the net again I had lost my streak. It's disapointing however, I know I"ve been tracking every day, I don't need a number on my tracker, just like I don't need a number on the scale to validate me. I can see the results just by looking in the mirror or in the way I fell. :-)

You shouldn't let it discourage you
  10088546
October 15, 2012 8:37 AM
Consistancy pays off maybe?
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October 15, 2012 8:39 AM
I removed that option. I am here for life whether I miss a saturday or not. I am in for the win for me! And a whole lot of support from my pals!
October 15, 2012 8:39 AM
Ya know, I had the same thing happen to me. I was over 100 days in a row, then it disappeared. I try to look at it this way, I'm in it to lose weight. I'm looking at the pounds gone. If there was a prize or a badge or something though, I'd be miffed!
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October 15, 2012 8:40 AM
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I like the OP's idea of including additional stats (if logging in is going to be tracked) but do agree with others that logging in every day needs to be a priority and a reward for those who do it. If you miss a day or two it's really not a big deal but you shouldn't receive the same notoriety as someone who didn't miss those days.


That's the thing, they make it only about logging into the website. I get that those that haven't missed a day in 2 years should get all the bells and whistles but many of us here are very committed and missing one day should not be punished that way. In my personal case, the first time I missed 1 day after logging daily for nearly 200 days was because I didn't have access to the internet where I was. I still watched what I ate and didn't lose my commitment but it sure demotivated me to get the "5 day in a row" message.
I think they should send you back to the start if you miss 3 days in a row.
  10147934
October 15, 2012 8:40 AM
That is how I fell off my diet last time. I was totally discouraged. Working hard this time to not let little things like that get in my way of getting healthy.
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October 15, 2012 8:41 AM
I agree, I've gone up to the mountains a few times on camping trips so I have no service and that resets it. It is kind of sad when you get up into the 100's or 200's and then it goes away because of not being able to log in not just because you are being lazy or something.
October 15, 2012 8:44 AM
I don't even track that -- I'd be more bummed to have my ticker suddenly go back to square one and say "0 lbs. lost" or "114 lbs. to go." My body is going to respond to what I actually put in it whether I write it down or not. So if there is the occasional day where I am so slammed or out of it that I forget to log in but I still eat healthy, I'm not inclined to put too much worry or sweat into it. If I don't login because I am ashamed to admit what I ate that day cuz it's not so healthy, I should let that motivate me to do better tomorrow, not obsess over the one day out of sync. Maybe that's just me....but I have way better ways to spend my time and energy than trying to meet some standard to show off for everyone else....this is for me, not to impress anyone or make anyone like me any better. If someone is going to change their opinion of me because I lose or gain weight, so not a real friend. My real friends liked me the way I was, like me now and will still like me when I get to where I'm going!! Anyone else can just cut loose and go hang out in the shallow end with like minded people as far as I am concerned.
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October 15, 2012 8:47 AM
It should be easy to do workaround this if I am not mistaken, especially if its less than a day off, just change temporarily to a timezone earlier than yours, change your system date to an earlier time and re-enter your previous days activities / food and the revert, I haven't tried it, but don't see a reason why it wouldn't work! happy
October 15, 2012 8:56 AM
System - ie your personal computers time won't affect it. But you can shift west a few zones (depending on location) to buy yourself a few extra hours, mine is set to give me until 2am local to complete logging My computer itself is set for the actual time, and it works just fine as long as I complete by midnight for the zone set.

But that has nothing to do with the days logged in thing, the days logged in is 24 hour periods that you have connected to MFPs servers at least once. Seems to be 24 hour periods since 6 am Monday log in and not until 1pm Tuesday has lost a count (mine) 31 hour gap. But MFP was quick to reset it when I filled out the form in tech support forums "days in a row incorrect"
  3335912
October 15, 2012 9:06 AM
You can have MFP reset it by sending them an email, I did that around day 50 because I had actually logged in on my Nook Tablet while on a weekend trip with my sister, but it didn't recognize it for some reason. I didn't feel any guilt for having them fix it because I had logged in, but it simply wasn't my fault it didn't get recognized, which I've noticed happens sometimes if I log from my Nook Tablet.

At the time, so early in the process, it did matter a great deal and was very motivating. For me now that I'm past 100 days, seeing what day it is isn't really a motivation for me, the results are and I could remove it off my feed.

Maybe you should do a report that tracks progress to help you with your motivation if your day count is off? I know that I discovered the reports recently and it put a huge smile on my face to see the progress graphs. That does a lot more for me than seeing that I've logged in x amount of days.
  9663654
October 15, 2012 9:17 AM
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The only reason I like it is so I can hold it over my friends heads that I am better than they are....


This made me chuckle!!

Seriously, I don't get the big deal, but, then again, everyone is different!!
  2564737
October 15, 2012 9:30 AM
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This made me chuckle!!

Seriously, I don't get the big deal, but, then again, everyone is different!!


This; I don't really understand, but my motivation is seeing inches fall off!
October 15, 2012 9:33 AM
I would also prefer a percentage.
If you miss a day and restart at 5, it is quite annoying as not all your friends remember you have been around for quite some time already.
October 15, 2012 9:35 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 do too. Even though I sadly fell sick with a flu and slept through a day without logging in. grumble
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