February 24, 2010

So Long, Everyone!

So, wow. This is my last scheduled post for Cranky Fitness.

I figured I should leave you all with some sort of thoughtful, inspiring finale. An earnest but well-crafted farewell, filled with genuine gratitude, a nostalgic round-up of fond memories, some sincere good wishes, and a few helpful, hopeful, final words.

But then I realized that someone was actually gonna have to write the damn thing.

And wouldn't it be weird if Crabby McSlacker's goodbye post was earnest, thoughtful, and inspiring? I'd have to hire out, and you'd probably notice the difference, and you'd wonder where all the swear words and incomplete sentences went.

So I'm afraid you're stuck with regular old Crabby McSlacker, saying a rather half-assed goodbye. Sorry! I'll try to keep it short and simple.

First off, a few administrative things:

1. There are still a couple more days of the old Cranky Fitness, and Jo and Gigi haven't said their goodbyes yet. (And yeah, I know it's confusing that there are three of us).

2. Even after my cobloggers sign off, Cranky Fitness will still exist, just not as an ongoing blog--it will be more like a regular website. And there may still be occasional updates, so check back every now and then!

Also, I'm hoping to come back and organize the posts by topic so you can find things in the archives more easily. There is some actual health research back there, as well as questionable advice, bad puns, pointless quizzes, and a ridiculous number of LOLcat pictures and Natalie Dee cartoons. I promise I'll come back and knock some cobwebs off and tidy up the shelves a bit.

3. To cope with blog withdrawal symptoms, I may be using that dadburned newfangled "Twitter" thing I recently signed up for. I still don't quite get what the point is, but I've discovered that the 140 character limit is still more than enough space for me to express all my profound thoughts. I wonder if I'm brilliantly succinct? Or just completely empty-headed?

Wait, that was a rhetorical question...

Anyway, whether you're already on Twitter or if you just need an excuse to sign up so that you can find out what it's about, please follow me! Not that I'm desperate or anything. I don't mind being that geeky kid in the playground no one wants to eat lunch with. Really, it's nice not to have to share my sandwiches, and peace and solitude are conducive to deep and meaningful reflection, don't you think?

4. Some of you have asked about my new job: yes, it is web-based and involves health writing, hooray! But, well, I'm afraid it's a commercial-type site and not a blog. It involves medical equipment and honestly, it's not probably anything you'd want to read on purpose. The site hasn't launched yet, but when it does I'll mention it on Twitter, and you can go there and think: Oh! Well, Crabby was right, this isn't very much like Cranky Fitness. Let's just buy some expensive medical devices and then leave quietly and pretend we never clicked.

And now for some final thoughts:

Oh my gosh, I am SO going to miss you guys!

Some of you, like Leah and BunnyGirl, have been here from the first few posts. (This is back in the day when I wrote, quite awkwardly, in the third person. I don't actually recommend you go back that far to browse). Others of you have started coming to Cranky Fitness more recently. But none of you probably have any idea how much it's meant to me to get to hang with you.

I love reading your comments, visiting your blogs, receiving your emails, and spying on you through our stat program to see which pages you've visited and what search terms you used to get here. (Oh, sorry, did that last part creep you out? Don't worry, the stat program doesn't give bloggers your actual name or address or picture or anything. Yet.)

Cranky Fitness readers are unrivaled in their original, insightful, and hilarious comments on everything from self-esteem and weight discrimination to push-ups, fish oil, and semi-naked soccer players. I often share my favorite comments with the Lobster, and she agrees: you guys are the best.

And I've been especially lucky to share the blog with such wonderful cobloggers. Fortunately Merry, Jo, and Gigi all have blogs of their own and I hope you will follow them at Sheesh, Chunky Monkey Mama, and Head Nurse.

So gosh... I guess this is it! I've had a total blast with this thing.

Photo: Plan 59

Goodbye! Be good to yourselves! And thanks again for all the good times.

Over an' Out,
Crabby McSlacker


  1. Sniff! Take care, Crabby et al. Best of luck with you new endeavor and please come by and visit sometime. Thanks for letting us hang with the cool crowd.

    I'll leave these cupcakes over here on the desk.

  2. I am going to surely go into Cranky withdraw symptoms at any moment. I'll miss you sense of humor with my morning coffee.

    All the best with your career move. It's been fun!

  3. I've. Got. Nothin'

    You will be missed beyond the definition of the word.

    Love & LivingNotBloggingAboutLife,


  4. So sad :(

    I hope you do pop in a while down the road and tell us how living not blogging works ;) I can't imagine cutting it off.

    I hope you find your new job treats you well. You will be missed.

  5. What a sad day... Although I've not *known* you long, you were one of the first blogs on my blogroll... Will miss you.... :o(

  6. Oh, yeah! Just when I was beginning to the into that whole blogging thing! What do you mean this is it? I protest!
    So that was selfish me talking.
    Now for the better side of me.
    Thank you for your blog. I will miss it. All the best in your new career. If I ever get into that tweeter thing I will surely find you there.
    Good luck.

  7. Oh crap I miss this already!

    Next week I'm sure I'll be a basket case. Must warn the Lobster...

  8. It was fun while it lasted. Best wishes with your new gig. Don't be a stranger. we'll miss you.

  9. Bye, Crabby! I'll miss you and your posts, but I wish you all the best for whatever life brings you next!!

    If you're ever in Scotland...

  10. Crabby, Crabby, Crabby!! Call me a foolish idealist, but like the Terminator, I think YOU WILL BE BACK!
    If I am wrong, I still have your email :-)

    Love ya, buddy!!

  11. It's the end of an era.

    This is the dawning of the Age of Non-Crankiness, Age of Non-Crankiness, Non-Crankinessssssss....

    I refuse to say good-bye, 'cause I know I'll be running into you here and there in the blogaverse. Don't forget to say high if you switch identities!

  12. Even though I have rarely commented, I have been reading every one of your posts - I am going to miss them terribly.
    You will be missed by all.
    Take care of yourself and enjoy.

  13. Aww... you guys are so sweet!

    I'm supposed to be housecleaning today and finishing up taxes, but reading comments is so much nicer than scrubbing toilets or chasing down 1099's!

    Will totally miss you all.

  14. You will be missed! Good luck with everything!

  15. Aww, CrabCrab, thanks for the linkie in your final post. This place has been Crabtacular and I will miss it terribly.

  16. I’m really going to miss this blog. This was the first blog I ever read. And I look forward to it every morning. Who’s going to be with me while I eat my oatmeal? Who, Crabby?! Best of luck at your new job. I hope they appreciate your wit and charm.

  17. Sha na na na, hey hey hey goodbye...

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  19. Like all the rest...gonna miss you! And best of luck in the new endeavor. Paying gigs are always a major plus.

    I suspect you're gonna be drafting posts in your head for quite some time. I don't think anyone here would object to an irregular posting schedule if you find you just can't live without us. : ) (And I'm leaving you in my reader feed just in case.)

    In the meantime...catch ya over on Twitter *tweet*!

  20. Awwwwww... boooooo.

    You leaving has reduced my vocabulary to drawn out mono-syllabic utterations.


  21. Oh NOOOO! This is very traumatic. Please stop by and visit fitness blogs. Or get on facebook or something. I'm BUMMED.

  22. Farewell you lovely lass you. I love that crab pic today... I'd say it looks like it was about to give us a cuddle but I know you're not the sentimental kind... maybe it's waving, "So long, SUCKAS!" :) Glad you will still be around on twitter :) Cheers again for all your fabulous writing and best of luck with the new job!!!!

  23. (Delurking). Bummer. But thanks, and good luck. (/Delurking).

  24. Any suggestions on finding a replacement blog for us? Not that the twitter thing isn't great...but...good luck and sorry to see you go!

  25. Wow. You've been my first morning read for so long I don't know what I'll do! I've looked forward to starting my day with a giggle.

    Good luck in the future and I'll see you on the twitterside!

  26. See you on Twitter, Jamie! Really enjoy your thoughts and humor and crankiness. Am sure it will come through on Twitter. Very good luck in all to come for you.

  27. Sure - you've got this neat stuff about fitness and all but where's the part about how to say goodbye? You will be missed!

  28. I will miss you, my crabby friend! Drop by blogland once in a while and let us know how you're doing, ok? Take care!

  29. Farewell Crabby and good luck with the new (paying) gig:o)

    I have been a long time lurker and have been following you for a while now. I appreciate your honesty and humour.

    Good luck and remember that there are a bevvy of us out here that would love for you to come back some day!

  30. I'm already in withdrawal.

    I hope your job is all you want it to be, and more.

  31. Another one here who will miss reading you first thing in the morning - nothing like a crabby fix for a cheerful start to the day!

    I've gotten so much from this blog over the years, so much entertainment and information that has helped me be healthier and happier.

    Thank you for all the care and effort you've put in, and good luck to you, I will miss you very much..

    So long...thanks for all the fish!...I mean, laughs!!

  32. I'll sure miss you, Crabby! I'll be keeping you in my blog reader, though. That way if you have a change of heart, I'll be one of the first kids on the block to know.

    I'm afraid I'm not much for Twitter. Are you on Facebook?

    Good luck with the new job and all your endeavors. Love to you and the Lobster! Go forth and lead rich, healthy, happy lives. Or just eat more cupcakes.

  33. We all have to go some time. By you leaving, you're teaching us more than you know.

  34. Wow! I can't believe I'm just getting back to blogging and reading, but you're going :( Best of luck with everything, and I too will keep you in my Reader just in case.

  35. I'm so sad to see the end of Cranky Fitness. It's been a great ride. Thanks for taking me along. I wish you and the Lobster a lifetime of happiness. I'm going to go have a good cry now. You will be missed.

  36. Good luck with everything!
    I will totally stalk you on Twitter...if I can figure out how to work the damn thing.

  37. I wish you the best with everything, thanks for all the posts.

  38. I'm a "real life" friend of Crabby and Lobster. I read Cranky Fitness every day, but I've always been too shy to comment, which I know makes no sense. Today is momentous, however, and I want to say goodbye publicly to the funniest, smartest, coolest blogger in the sphere. I think we'll all feel the real impact next Monday, and it won't be pretty!

    Best of luck, Crabby. The new gig is lucky to acquire your many talents.


  39. I didn't post a lot but I totally loved reading your blogging adventures. You will be missed.

    PS: You can change your mind at any time! We won't hold it against you.

  40. I'm so sad... I just love reading your posts. I wish you nothing but the best, Crabby, and I do hope that you update more often than not. You will be sorely missed in the blogoshere. Thank you for all of your insights and humour and for imbuing everything you wrote with that uniquely crabby quality. Hugs!

  41. So sad so see you leave, but will remember you fondly :)

  42. I am following in Dr. J's comment! YOU WILL BE BACK.. or else me & my hormones might come after you!!! I miss you already!

    Seriously, I wish you all the best! And I so admire your honestly & your intelligence!

    I don't Twitter so you might have to throw an email my way! I don't think I can take one more thing to be "addicted" to! :-)

  43. I came in on the tail end but I've enjoyed your post very much. Good luck with everything and please stop by my blog every now and then.

    Rahim Samuel
    Publisher, Wellnessbymanymeans.com

  44. awww, crabby! i was dreading this post. anyway, like everyone else has said, i'm going to miss you, and don't disappear from around the blogosphere totally.

    remember, just because you're not posting doesn't mean you can't comment. ;)

    and oh yeah, i <3 the crab picture today. :)

  45. Awww.... *sniff* ... I'm gonna miss you! You were one of the bloggers who talked me into having my own blog!
    Hope you drop in periodically and say hello!
    I'm not on Twitter, but we can stay in touch on facebook.

  46. Oh Cranky! I refuse to say good-bye because you aren't done with me yet:) All the same, the fitosphere will not be the same without you. Thank you so much for entertaining, informing and (oh, yes!) INSPIRING so many of us for the past few years. Best of luck in all your future endeavors!

  47. Sometimes it's just time, and I know it, but I will miss all the Crabbiness! Thanks for all the past posts and for leaving the site up. My very best to you and the Lobster too.

  48. We'll miss you! I swear, I might have to go eat a few cupcakes to recover, PLUS look at half-naked soccer team pictures. Then I'll feel a *little* bit better ;D

    Thank you for doing this blog as long as you have! You rock!

  49. aww man... I already miss you, Crabby! I will be in some serious withdrawl here soon. still leaving CF in my reader, dammit.

    Hope the new gig is fun (or at least not painful) and rewarding.. and to see you around. drop by on occasion and let me know how you're doing!

    Gigi's right in today's post - going out on the top of your game is WAY better than continuing on like the plague. or Dick Clark on new years eve. :)

  50. Thank you so much for starting up this blog and for leaving it up! It's been a great source of information and motivation for me to workout and I really appreciate all the effort you and your co-bloggers have put into it.
    I wish you all the best for the future.

  51. I'll miss you! I'm following you on Twitter! Follow me @Healthy_Heather and @daily_dose

    Hope you'll continue to entertain us!

  52. Sad now. :(

    Best of luck to you though. Hope to see you around the blog-o-sphere.

  53. Aw, sad! I'll miss you guys. Good luck in your new endeavor!

  54. You'll be missed, Crabby. May life get better and better for you and the Lobster.

    All the best,

  55. "Brilliantly succinct" is the correct answer. My English teachers were always telling us to be Concise--but they wanted ten pages of conciseness....

    I feel the withdrawal symptoms coming on already.

    Mary Anne in Kentucky

  56. Well gosh, I don't really know what to say.

    You're great. Glad the timing of our blogs coincided and we got to hang out.

    Best wishes. Let us know when you get really famous.


  57. That made me feel sad. =c I was just really getting into your blog. Now I have to get used to not reading it.

  58. By Crabby. I suppose I'll have to inject a little crab into my own daily life now.
    I'll miss stopping by :)
    What am I going to do with all these cupcakes?

  59. take care crabby!! I wish you luck!

  60. Bye Crabby! Best of luck to you!!

  61. Although I knew this was here I didn't read it until today...I just didn't have the strength.

    I will miss your Crabbiness and I will miss your Lobster "tales."

    Thanks for being you!!!

  62. i'm late to the farewell party so i'm sure I missed the cake. :)

    i look forward to tweeting with you and hearing about your expensive medical devices!

  63. My Goodness! I was just getting comfy with taking you for granted- lurking and leaving, if you will- and then you go and...and... and GO!

    Best to all of the crankettes and to you, Crabby , in all your future adventures! Thanks for the fun!

  64. I HEART YOU CRABBY! We'll miss you. Hang around Twitter lots so we can share in the crankiness, okay? Good.

  65. Hi Crabby,

    This has been my healthy home for so long. It is the only healthy blogsite I visit, so, I guess I'll just have to follow the website.

    Thanks for all the wonderful information, not to mention the fun!

    Hugs. Terrie

  66. I've been delaying reading this because I don't want it to end. I will miss having my Cranky dose of advise and all the wonderful links.

    Best of luck to you Crabby.

  67. Dude. So I haven't been here in like a year (and I totally rememeber the whole third person weirdness) and what? You're gone? Why must all good things come to an end??

  68. Another late arrival! I just get back into blogging and find one of my oldest blog buddies has shuffled off into the sunset.

    Drat Crabbie! Those were good times.

    I wish you well with your medical devices. Just don't get your claws caught in the mechanism.

    Much, much love to ya my little Crab.

  69. I really like this blog.............!


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