August 10, 2011

P90X Giveaway Winner (Plus Crabby's Secret Plot to Conquer the Health Blog Universe)

Did you win the P90X giveaway? And what's this about "secret plots?"

So here's the deal:

Hold Up Crabby, Not So Fast: Where the Hell is This Week's Giveaway?

Sorry folks, I'm afraid this week's planned giveaway got postponed! Why? Well, it's a combo giveaway/review, and I didn't actually get around to trying the product yet. Not just because of general laziness, or even the fact the product requires some simple assembly and the Lobster is out of town and she's is the only one in our household capable of assembling anything more challenging than a cup of coffee.

No, as it happens, the excuse... rationalization... really good reason for the delay is that a review post of a fitness contraption really should include demonstration pictures! And the Lobster is the Official Cranky Fitness Photography Department, and she won't be available for a few more days.  So the next giveaway post is just going to have to wait a bit.

Last Weeks Winner: So who did the Random Number Generator bestow with the P90X? That would be:

Commenter #8: Laura (akaWonderWife!)! Congrats, Laura! Please email me to claim your prize by end of day Friday the 12th!

And so what's this about a scheme to take over the Blogging Universe? Well, I'm hoping to get some help here folks.

Sneaky Conspiracy To Help Cranky Fitness (and all your Favorite Health/Fitness/Weight-Loss blogs) Get More Readers:

Here's a weird thing I've noticed from my blog statistics: If you google "best weight loss blogs" or variations thereof, often Cranky Fitness lands fairly high up on the list. Why? I have no idea! And not surprisingly, anything to do with "weight loss blogs" is VERY popular with search engines. (And just wait for all those New Years Resolution googlers.... mmm, fresh tasty newby blog readers who don't know where to go...heh heh heh... sweet innocent googlers just waiting to be snapped up by voracious audience-hungry health and weight loss bloggers, yumm... )

But the sad thing is: googlers who arrive here land on a vintage "readers choice" blog post that misses out on some of the best weight loss blogs, and includes a lot of blogs that no longer exist. Plus, there are no categories for health blogs, fitness blogs, humorous blogs etc!

But what if Cranky Fitness were to leverage this undeserved Google karma and host an updated list of all of the truly best current health, fitness, and weight-loss blogs? The ones that we all know deserve more readers but don't necessarily have advertising budgets or corporate sponsorship? (Though there will be a category for those, too!). Wouldn't that be better for the googlers, better for the bloggers, and, err... um... perhaps better for Cranky Fitness?

Problem is, Cranky Fitness needs to regain lost readership before mounting another Reader's Choice official poll, or it will be a pretty short list.  The big-deal poll (which will also include a giveaway inducement, I'm thinking) probably won't happen until fall.

So then, why am I announcing this now? 

Loyal Readers Get Extra Clout: People who are here now, in the health blogging world's deadest, dustiest, dullest summer season, are my favorite folks! You're the people whose judgment I trust the most.  I've been out of the loop for a while now, and I simply don't know which the best blogs are anymore.  So any of you that comment or email me with suggestions as a result of this post: these will count at least double. And they won't keep you from nominating or voting again later either! Also, this time I'm going to give myself nominating and voting power too, to make sure good blogs don't get left off because no one thought to nominate them, and your choices will be on my mind ahead of time. (Note: all these Nefarious Vote-rigging Schemes will be fully disclosed in the Official Rules of the Reader's Choice Poll, because whatever, who reads the rules anyway?)

So whaddya say? Anyone want to clue me in to the best weight-loss and other health & fitness blogs? A link and a brief description of the blog's awesomeness, either by commenting here, email, or on Facebook, would be most appreciated!


  1. I got nuthin' but wanted you to know I'd been by.

  2. You probably know all of these, but my top 3 are:

    MizFitOnline - No explanation necessary

    YumYucky - because she does her work & eats her cake, too

    MrsFatass / Did I Just Eat That Out Loud - because she is hilarious & has that everygirl quality you can't help but like & relate to

  3. Well..crabby if anyone can conquer this would be you! Of course, you will put your name at the top!

    My list of go to:

    Lorettas Journey:

  4. Leah, I love it when you stop by!!!!

    And thanks Donna, these should definitely be on the list! It helps to have people nominate the ones I already like as well as the ones I don't know about, because I want to see the good ones get the most votes! Last time some of my fave's didn't nearly as well as I thought they ought to.

    And jules, awesome, thank you!!!

  5. Aside from Cranky Fitness, the first two that come to mind are:


  6. Hmmm, the best one's I've seen, you are already know about. Some of the funny blogs you link to, and list in your sidebar. Sorry.

  7. My favorite is The Great Fitness Experiment, which I'm fairly sure you already know about. :) I can't wait to see what others come up with though.

  8. Wellness Mama

  9. Really appreciate the suggestions, and looking forward to checking 'em all out!

  10. Well, here's a few of my favorites these days:

    Bitch Cakes
    Girl Heroes
    Health Breaks Loose
    Why the Weight?
    No More Bacon
    Great Fitness Experiment
    Mizfit (of course)
    Debby Weighs In

    I love all of these blogs because they are DOING IT (no, not THAT). They are walking the walk and inspiring others to do the same.

    That's just my .02. :)

    That's all I can think of off the top of my head

  11. OooOOoo fun! I love all of the below because they feature great info., and a lovely storyteller behind the screen.
    Peas & Thank You (not a weight-loss blog, but i love her sense of humor, vegan recipes, and little girls!)
    Adjusted Reality
    Jack Sh*t Getting Fit
    Eat Move Write
    A Jogger's Life

  12. You and Miz are the top of my list, the rest i just catch on occasion. If i added more to my list of "must read daily," i would need 36 hours in a day.

  13. I don't know how I could narrow down my favorite blogs to just a few. I am inspired by so many people no matter where they are on their healthiness journey. I can't even believe Jill (the Sassy Pear) actually mentioned my blog here, I'm honored *blushing.*

    If I was forced to come up with a short list I would have to start with the Jen and all the Prior Fat Girls/Guy. From there it would move on to the following:
    Cammy at The Tippy Toe Diet (MY HERO!)
    Diane at Fit to the Finish
    Lyn at Escape from Obesity
    Tina at Carrots and Cake
    Angela at Oh She Glows (even though I can't cook, I love me some Green Monsters)
    The Amazing MizFit
    Shauna, the one and only DietGirl BitchCakes
    The Kim Challenge
    Tricia at Endurance Isn't Only Physical
    Biz at My Bizzy Kitchen (YUM!)
    Katie J is on her way
    Jasmine at Eat Move Write
    Karen at Waisting Time
    Leslie at Something Brilliant is Brewing
    Feed Me I'm Cranky
    Anonymous Fat Girl
    Tammy at From Fat to Fab
    Shelley at My Journey to Fit
    ..... and SO MANY MORE...
    Oh, damn, you said a few, didn't you? Well, I can go on and on so maybe you should just go and check out ALL the blogs I follow. There are so many great ones there and I love each and every one of them for various reasons.

  14. oops! that should be

  15. Fitness, you're definitely my go to crab. Um, my only go to actually. I'm more a hit-and-run fitness reader.

    But I have to say my other favorite health/wellness blog is Health Breaks Loose by Leslie Goldman. ( More women's health and body image issues, and funny as all get out. She originally wrote for iVillage when I found her but has now branched out on her own.

  16. Oh and also? I hate you. Because now my blog roll is going to have to include more of the blogs linked here-in. And really. Did I need more blogs to read? Probably not. But will that stop me? No, no it will not.

  17. Alas, all I have to offer is you, and MizFit. I occasionally follow a link from somewhere, but I don't add more blogs to my daily feed. No, really. They're not like chocolate, I can stop anytime.

    Mary Anne in Kentucky

  18. I think all my favorites are already listed here (except mine of course, Lol!) but I still had to comment to say Yippee, I won I won!! Thank you! I emailed you my info :)

  19. Well, I see all the ones I would have suggested are already here but I can add

    Dr. J:

    Before & After:

    Finding Radiance:

    And you have a long list of the others I would have put in for too! Amazing amazing bloggers out there & I am sure I missed some!

  20. Mine because I give honest straightforward useful information and I can be trusted because I am a doctor! At least people used to trust doctors.

  21. I like Bitchcakes...honest, stylish and real.

    ...and ditto for Yumyucky and the great fitness experiment...

  22. Cranky Fitness
    Heath Breaks Loose
    No More Bacon
    Roni's weigh
    Amazing Adventures of DietGirl

  23. Once you're tried Cranky Fitness, how could you look at any other blog?

  24. Hey folks, I REALLY appreciate the nominations! And feel free, if you continue to think of them, to stop back again. Loyal readers put up with a lot here and deserve Extra Credit and certainly Extra Voting power when it comes to picking best weightloss/health/fitness blogs.


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