Favorite Posts of 2008

December 23, 2008 · 13 comments

Another year has almost come on gone and spurred on by Blogapalooza I have put together a list of my favorite posts from each month of 2008 - in chronological order starting in month number 1, January:

Running Milestone Achieved - I had a goal of running for one mile without stopping and I managed to finally do it. But then like Forrest Gump I kept on running, running until I had run two miles without stopping. Three would have to wait. And is still waiting.
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A Time For Action - Nothing super special about this post other than I liked the writing - and the observation about late night eating that is still a problem for me.
9 Tips For Kick-Starting Your Dormant Weight Loss Blog - I had let my writing slack off a little bit and I wrote this post to shake me out of my slump.
What Inspires You? - I’m still struggling to define what inspires me.
Bike Winner Announced! - I announce the winner of my biggest prize package to date - almost $500 worth of prizes. I’m hoping to do more contests in 2009.
Weightloss Struggles Continue - A constant theme in 2008 was struggling with trying to lose weight. I like this post because it reminds me of why I keep this weight loss blog - as a vehicle to make these little vents that hopefully are cumulative into a successful outlook at some point.
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In Which I Tell My Wife About My Weight Loss Blog - I finally out myself to my wife. I had been a closet weight loss blogger until this post.
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Reducing the Clutter of Life - I don’t feel this post got the accolades it deserved - I really like it. I’m still dealing with clutter every day.
Number nine
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Losing Weight is Hard - Wherein I make the brilliant, never-before heard observation that it is hard work to lose weight.
Hiding the Oreos - This post seemed to resonate with people - apparently other guys get their Oreos hidden too!
Thanksgiving is Black Thursday for Dieters - I get hungry just reading this post. Point made!
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4 Reasons I Shouldn’t Eat Cereal for Breakfast - Do you eat breakfast cereal? I really shouldn’t and here are four reasons why.

2008 was a tough year for me in many respects but nevertheless it is fun to look back it at through these posts. Happy early New Year and good luck to all of us in 2009!

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Andrew is getting fit December 23, 2008 at 3:35 pm

My favourite was definitely the running post. You inspired me mightily and helped me keep up my running. I couldn’t run a mile back then and now I’ve run about 900 of them! Thanks John.

That’s just awesome Andrew - I’ve got to find a way to get myself inspired again in the same way.

Greg December 23, 2008 at 8:02 pm

My favorite was the Oreo post. It resonates with me, pre-weight loss.


We keep the Oreos out in the open now and lately I’ve been pretty good about staying away from them.

LisaNewton December 24, 2008 at 9:06 am

My favorite is your weight loss blog post. Blogging has become a challenge, a frustration, and a love all at the same time, for many of the reasons you stated.

But, in that vain, I’ve started a new blog about a completely different subject matter. When you have time, please take a look, especially if you crave a view of the beach during the winter.

Happy Holidays to you and family, John.

Thanks Lisa - great pictures on your new blog!

Merry December 24, 2008 at 11:38 am

I agree, the running post is inspiring. But I love all of these posts!

Thanks Merry. “Merry” Christmas and Happy New Years to you!

Lyn December 24, 2008 at 9:34 pm

I really appreciate this list. I’m relatively new to your blog, so this is a good way for me to get a feel for your writing. Thanks!

Glad you like it - yes, this is good intro for new readers, my challenge is keeping it up for 2009!

Angie December 24, 2008 at 11:12 pm


What a great retrospective of your year. I’m so glad I discovered your blog! I loved your “outing” blog to your wife.

I hope 2009 brings you much good fortune, love and goodness.

Merry Christmas!

Thanks Angie - I wish the same for you and yours.

Trent December 25, 2008 at 10:16 pm

Merry Christmas!

and a Happy New Year to you too!

MizFit December 26, 2008 at 6:16 am


off to read the ones I missed along the way…

Thanks! I’m hoping I see similar ones from my semi-regular reads - great way to catch up I think.

Merry Mary December 26, 2008 at 11:50 am

This is a great post idea. Every post on the list was a good one so I can’t pick a favorite. Hope you had a Merry Christmas!

Sure did, thanks. Looking forward to a great New Year too.

Garry Conn December 29, 2008 at 4:31 am

Post #7

The letter to your wife, Amy, that was pretty cool. What did she say after reading the post?

Well she knows I blog so it wasn’t much of a surprise I don’t think.

Tom Rooney December 31, 2008 at 11:05 am

Thanks for taking the time to write this year John. The inspiration from you as well as the comments from us help to make it a unique group that all get healthy together. Not a bad way to go.

Thanks Tom - and great point, we are a team.

Steve v4.7 December 31, 2008 at 1:32 pm

“…Clutter…” is one of my favorites- and the Oreos one. Oh, and the one about… Hey, I gleaned something from all of them. Thanks for the inspiration, John, and best wishes for the coming year.

Thanks Steve, I appreciate it. But as far as inspiration goes? People need to be checking you out for that…

Steve@weightlossweapons.com January 2, 2009 at 9:05 am

#3 I just read and agree with your tips. #7 is great as well. I kept it from mine for about a week then she found out on her own.

Thanks for all your posts in 2008 you are an inspiration to everyone struggling with their weight.


Thanks Steve. She found out within a week? She must be quiet the sleuth!

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