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If you re-type your status due to a typo, or re-post your blog, go into your own Feed on your Spark Page and delete the extra post or blog. That way, when your friends see your activity in their Friend Feed, they won't be confused by the extra postings, or accidentally receive an "error" message when trying to read multiple versions of the same blog.
"But I'm not doing anything different and I've plateaued!" I think we sometimes hit plateaus due to changes that are so subtle that we're fooled. Check out your Spark Summary Calendar in "Reports" so that you can see the "big picture" at a glance. Compare your daily totals from a time frame that had good results to the trends during the plateau. I found by doing that, subtle things jump out at me and I discover slight changes in nutrition and fitness that can be tweaked to put me back on track.
If I'm uncertain about my weight loss accomplishments or am wondering if my exercise is paying off, I go shopping in my closet. Invariably I'll find something I've forgotten about that hasn't fit in a long time, that now looks and feels fabulous. What a motivator! (And easy on the budget too!!)
When you first become a Sparkie the site can be overwhelming, and you can miss out on great features. The best way to maximize the resources and get a full "tour" is to go to Sparkpoints in My Trackers. If you check out the different ways to earn points, you'll quickly be introduced to all major site features.
It's fun and motivating to compare your goals, fitness, and nutrition plans to other Sparkies and Spark Friends. But don't toss your program out the window for the sake of switching up to "compete" with someone else. Instead evaluate whether you're getting the most out of your own program, and realize that you might be "apples versus oranges" if you try to fit into someone else's shoes. Appreciate your own efforts too while applauding the efforts of others! Do what's right for you.
If I want "bacon and eggs" without the guilt, I spray my pan with Pam and toss in one teaspoon of Oscar Mayer Real Bacon bits. (Note that normal "serving" is one tablespoon.) I let them sizzle in the pan until I smell the great bacon aroma, and then scramble in my egg or egg substitute. Nutrition count for this REAL bacon is 8 calories, 1/2 gram of fat, and 57 mg of sodium - way less than any other "bacon" option. It totally satisfies "the bacon jones."
Understanding that you can't obsess over this daily, it is nevertheless a good idea to look at this periodically to understand the relationship between things happening in your nutrition and fitness trackers. You need approximately 3500 deficit calories to lose a pound. If you meet your minimum suggested calorie intake but stay under the max, and you do the recommended amount of fitness daily, you'll see how that daily differential adds up to modest, healthy weight loss weekly.