What the Heck is Cranky Fitness?

Cranky Fitness is a health and fitness blog, sort of. It was started by Crabby McSlacker in 2007, which in blog years, makes it approximately 97 years old.

Photo montage by the awesome Bossy of I Am Bossy

Crabby periodically wanders away and then comes back again, and posting is sometimes infrequent. But somehow the blog still survives!

Would you like upbeat inspirational advice about how easy and fun it is to eat healthy food, lose weight, and stay in shape? Then you will not like it here. One of the founding principles of Cranky Fitness is: Healthy Living is a Pain in the Ass.

Blog topics at Cranky Fitness include general health, fitness, nutrition, personal development, disease prevention, and aging. There is also plenty of miscellaneous griping about unrelated topics.

Disclaimer: Crabby and various other contributors may offer opinions and advice, but can not know your individual situation. Crabby in particular tends to forget where she heard things and mixes things up, so always double check for accuracy. And in particular, do not take any advice seriously and then try to sue when Bad Things Happen. Consult your doctor, pharmacist, psychotherapist, herbalist, chiropractor, dentist, shaman, voo-doo practitioner or other appropriate health professional before doing anything that might affect your physical or mental health.

Sponsored Content:  Sometime products or even cash are offered up in exchange for blog coverage. Despite being a totally greedy product-freebie whore, Crabby will attempt to offer honest feedback and disclose when she got stuff for free or got paid.

About Crabby McSlacker:

Crabby McSlacker, also known as Jan Graham, is a Life and Wellness Coach over at "Live a Little" Life and Wellness Coaching. She is an ACE certified Health Coach, and author of a silly fitness ebook with a swear word in the title.  She is still licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist but doesn't have a therapy practice anymore, she just does the life and health coaching thing which is way more fun. Oh, and eons ago she used to be an attorney, which seems awfully unlikely, doesn't it?

Crabby tries to stay active and keep fit and eat healthy and sometimes makes a decent effort!

But other times, not so much.

Who is "The Lobster?"

Crabby shares a happy bicoastal life with her Most Amazing Wife, known on the blog as "The Lobster." The Lobster sometimes acts as an unofficial, extremely patient blog photographer who will take 347 photos of Crabby in a pair of headphones or shorts or shoes until Crabby finds one she doesn't look too funny in.

Crabby and the Lobster have been together since 1990 and were married in Massachusetts. They both grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, but now split their time between Provincetown, MA, and San Diego, California.  They enjoy camping and touring the country in "Fran the Van," a 19 foot Pleasureway campervan of which they are inordinately fond.

Recent Contributors:

Jan Bono

Jan Bono is a retired teacher-turned-writer on the Long Beach Peninsula, tucked away in southwest corner of Washington state. She wrote a bi-weekly humorous personal experience newspaper column for over 10 years, garnering 11 state awards. Her first published book, in 1995, was a collection of those columns.

Since then, Jan has had four more collections of humorous personal experience stories published, as well as two poetry chapbooks, one book of short romance, nine one-act plays, and a full-length dinner theater mystery play. She’s written for numerous magazines ranging from Guidepost to Star to Woman’s World, and has had 28 stories included in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series in the last five years.

“Back from Obesity: My 252-pound Weight-Loss Journey” is Jan’s most recent book, and can find it in print at Jan Bono Books, or as an eBook on Jan Bono's smashword page . She has maintained a daily “Back from Obesity” tips, tricks, and thoughts Facebook page since August, 2014.

Jan was Grand Prize winner in the Coast Weekend serial mystery chapter contest in 2012 and is currently writing a cozy mystery series set on the southwest Washington coast.

Tiffany Reiss

Dr. Tiffany Reiss serves as an adjunct faculty member for Seattle University, Lake Washington Institute of Technology, American Public University and Walden University. She received her PhD from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in Health Promotion at Virginia Tech and holds a MS degree in Exercise Physiology from Appalachian State University. She is a contributor for the Sports and Fitness Network and is the co-founder of TheHubEdu: A Learning Library.  

Would you like to be a Cranky Fitness contributor?

The blog could currently use help with social media such as Facebook and Twitter etc, blog posts that sound kinda like the ones Crabby writes or are coming from an expert perspective, and possibly some other things as well. There is no compensation, alas, other than speculative future income opportunities, promotional opportunities for your business or website, and extreme gratitude. Being an Official Contributor involves a minimum 3 month time commitment and putting up with Crabby who is the most disorganized delegator of duties ever.

About Former Co-bloggers Merry, Jo and Gigi:

Former Cranky Fitness co-blogger Merry can be found at her blog Sheesh; likewise, Jo hangs out at  Head Nurse. Gigi can be located at Chunky Monkey Mama. Some great posts in the Cranky Fitness archives were written by these fine bloggers!

Questions/Contact Info?

To get a hold of Crabby, visit her very weird contact info page.

Note: if you are in the publishing/entertainment field and are wondering why on earth there is not a whole line of Cranky Fitness books on the best-seller lists already, along with a reality tv show and a broadway musical, she will get back to you ASAP!


  1. For some reason, the blogger platform ate the old "About" page, and with it all the great comments! So sorry to the kind people who stopped by before.

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  4. Came across your blog and I like it! Me and my partner Diana recently moved to Denver from NYC and we are trying to get into a healthier lifestyle! Thanks for the motivation!


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