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October 15, 2012 9:53 AM
being able to say "I've been doing MFP for x days" very motivating and an aid to focus. I am not siure when i get to 365 days (or will it be 366) if it will have the same resonance.

That said i have MFP on my mobile and it charges next to my bed so logging in is one of the first things I do each day.
October 15, 2012 10:08 AM

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.

This happened to me when we moved. We couldn't get the cable company out for two weeks, so i was unable to log in on the weekends. frown
October 15, 2012 10:56 AM

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?

Defeat the tyranny of the "or". Why can't we have both? Even though I currently have "perfect attendance," I think that the percentage and total days should be an option for those who choose it.

I don't know about you, but perfectionism is one of the things that got me into this boat.
October 15, 2012 11:51 AM
"I don't log in everyday, but I want it to look like I do."

Oh, they still haven't put in the eye rolling smiley? I keep looking...
October 15, 2012 11:58 AM

I don't know about you, but perfectionism is one of the things that got me into this boat.

Yes, this exactly! I love having perfect attendance so far, but what if I'm in a situation where I can't log in for a day? Will "starting over" be the ridiculous trigger that pushes me away from doing all the good things I'm doing now? I'm a borderline (maybe over the edge) OCD perfectionist, and missing one day could very well be a trigger that sends me sliding backwards.

I like the concept of a "percentage" option - it allows for the gray area that we all need to remember exists.
October 15, 2012 11:59 AM
PLEASE baby Jesus say I opened the app at least once today!

Carley: Hey, you know, sweetie, Jesus did grow up. You don’t always have to call him “baby.” It’s a bit odd and off-putting to pray to a baby.

Ricky: Well, I like the Christmas Jesus best and I’m saying grace. When you say grace you can say it to grownup Jesus, or teenage Jesus, or bearded Jesus or whoever you want.
October 15, 2012 12:04 PM
There should be a "total days logged in" in addition to the "in a row" :D
October 15, 2012 12:05 PM
I've missed 2 days since I joined last June. I spent those days in the hospital. At least now I use the tracker to know "Hey, it's been 400 days since I left the hospital!"
October 15, 2012 12:10 PM

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?

I agree in part... I wish it listed two things 1.) The days logged in a row like the perfect attendance but also (2.) a % (like the 360 out of 365 days ) tracker as well that way you have two things to strive for: the long streak and the longer term big picture :)
October 15, 2012 12:10 PM
I have a friend here on MFP and she logged in late one day just past midnight. She actually contacted the staff here and they were able to reset for her. So for those of you who have had this happen, I would contact the staff if it's that important to you. And like some have said, there should be a better way of tracking this. They also need a "like or love" button! jus sayin'.
October 15, 2012 12:37 PM
Lord help me the day they do a actually logged in and logged their food counter. Image not displayed
October 15, 2012 1:06 PM


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.

^^ this
October 15, 2012 1:35 PM

I don't know if this will help you, but I removed that option from my News Feed. It's under your privacy settings.

Great idea as I felt a bit "out-of-touch" don't seem to make it past 10-15 days
October 16, 2012 6:32 AM
Who knew this thread would generate so many replies.

The days logged continuously is meaning less especially to all the people who have missed a day and then asked to have it "fixed" so that you didn't miss a day? What's up with that? 600 days in a row? It's not true because you had to cheat to get it there. I don't understand how that is motivating. Your only cheating yourselves people.
October 16, 2012 6:40 AM
Why does anyone here care how other people want their own page to look?
October 16, 2012 11:06 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.

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.

I totally understand what you're saying and I know that circumstances are sometimes beyond our control when the internet is unavailable (which is why I agree with MFP posting multiple login/logging stats instead of just the # of days logging into the site) BUT if losing your 200 days in a row status is really that big of a deal then you've got some serious self-esteem issues that need to be addressed because that number is only there to help motivate you to login to the site and make an effort day to day. It's not meant to be a measure of popularity or your commitment to changing your habits. The only person who truly knows your commitment level is YOU no matter what that number is at the start of the day or your diary says at the end of it.
October 16, 2012 11:12 AM
I got up to around 150 days once and then I moved into a new house and didn't have the internet for a couple of days until it got hooked up at the new place.. Streak ruined.
February 26, 2013 7:49 AM
i changed my settings so it doesn't even show how many days i log in. It would be one thing if people that have streaks like that actually log what they do every day, but when they just log in so the streak doesn't get ruined and add in 1 egg for the day, it kind of bugs me.
February 26, 2013 1:00 PM
I see where the OP is coming from, I was almost to a whole year and then, due to my sleep disorder I literally slept around the clock one day and missed it. It was somewhat disheartening. But what the heck, it did make me reassess how I was viewing this whole process.
February 26, 2013 8:03 PM
Well crap.....

Old post is old.
Edited by WendyTerry420 On February 26, 2013 8:06 PM
February 27, 2013 2:02 AM
I also find it demotivating when I miss a day and have to go back to zero, this happens to me often because i go away for weekends a lot. i always track my food before or after im away but it still doesnt help with my log in streak.
March 3, 2013 11:05 AM

Not everyone lives in a first world country where there is Internet connectivity wherever you are. I spent a weekend in an area with no coverage and manually recorded what I ate. Wasted my time obviously :(

This! If you go on vacation you're out of luck in most remote places...
March 3, 2013 11:36 AM
it use to bug me when I missed, now it doesn't matter to me what the days say- but maybe I will turn it off.

I don't always have access to a computer and don't have a smart phone that I can log in from anywhere. I am not going to plan my family vacation around wi-fi hotspots just to log in for a perfect streak.
March 3, 2013 11:53 AM
I agree it is demotivating, i logged in at the start a lot so i can learn what foods have how manny calories in them, after that i kinda stopped logging my foods everyday and started counting them in my head and rounding the numbers so i know about how much i should be eating., but i still log in once a month to post my weight loss progress pictures and enter my new weight and measurements so i will be able to look at my progress later, i also recalculate my daily calories and adjust how much i eat. Its a pain to log in all your food. I agree with you, i think they should have a days out of the total days since you made your account instead of in a row, cause it will look better, and be more motivating.
April 28, 2014 10:59 AM
If you miss a day, it's okay to go and back fill the day you missed. It's very important to keep track of what you eat every day so that if you have some struggles or issues, you can take a look at your meals and and exercise to make adjustments as necessary. With a busy life it's normal to miss a day. Just go back to that day and fill it in. Just don't let too much time go by, or you will probably not remember.

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