Celebrating New Weight Loss Bloggers

January 4, 2009 · 24 comments

The last few months of the year is prime time for starting a new weight loss blog. I’ve decided to highlight the real ones I have found recently. I say real, because unfortunately there has been a rash of fake ones lately. I’m quite confident the blogs represented here are real people with real and interesting stories.

I’m going to do the following for each of the blogs, I hope you follow along and at a minimum do #3:

  1. Write a little blurb about the blog here
  2. Add the blog to my sidebar
  3. Subscribe to the blog

The newest of the new blogs, which was started yesterday, 281 is written by Cincinnati, OH blogger Perfectlychic. Why 281 for the title of her blog? As she puts it, “So where does 281 come in? Well— 281 is where I got disgusted with my life in general. 281.5 to be exact.”

Here is what Perfectlychic would like to get out of her new weight loss blog:

This blog is going to be the story of my liberation- and the tribulations that come along the way. What is my ultimate goal? To be more satisified with the way I look. I would love to break into the 100′s- that would be my ultimate goal! It just seems so ominous— I will be updating with what I’m doing to lose weight-those three dreaded numbers- along with how (if) my life changes because of it.

Turtle Progress
Liz, or Ms. Turtle as she likes to be called, started Turtle Progress “in order to share the pitfalls and insights I experience along my journey to lose 80 pounds and gain some sanity.”

Here is how she introduced herself back in October when she started her blog:

Hi! I’m Liz. The bare facts are that I’m 31 years old and 5′3 tall, and I weigh about 200 pounds (exact weight to be determined at weigh-in this weekend). I haven’t always been fat, but I have already spent several years at my current size. Informal survey says: there’s a lot to be said for being at a lower weight!

Fitbethlin’s Journal
Bethlin doesn’t have as much to lose as most of us, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t deal with all of the same struggles.

Here is how she is approaching her weight loss goals:

Of course, without the stress and time crunch of work, I’m also trying to lose those dratted 30 lbs. Again. I’m following the SparkPeople method this time. I’m in Stage 1, which is basically the “warm-up” before you get really reved up and in full “diet” mode.

Smoke Yourself Thin!
Julie has found blogging as another method for getting support. As she wrote in her first post in November, “I keep hearing all this stuff about support being important, and this will have to be my support.”

Here is how Julie describes her blog:

Actually, this has nothing to do with smoking, nor Troy McClure. I’m a single woman, late 30s, trying to lose 50 pounds and keep it off. So far I’m down 20, and it’s a slow road, filled with exercise but not too much food restriction. I’ve always been a fruit and veggie fan, and was vegetarian for a long time (but not now). I don’t diet, don’t obsess, don’t beat myself up if I eat something fattening occasionally. It’s okay, really. I’ve studied nutrition and biochemistry, but mostly what I’ve learned is from trial and error. And I do mean error!

Should any of you reading this wonder if you should start writing a weight loss blog, please read 4 Reasons You Should Be Writing a Weight Loss Blog. If you had been writing one but have abandoned it, take a look at 9 Tips For Kick-Starting Your Dormant Weight Loss Blog.

Are you writing a new weight loss blog? Have a good new one you are subscribed to? Let me know about it and I’ll look into adding it.

Good luck to all of you!

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South Beach Steve January 4, 2009 at 9:24 am

Great post. Your publicity for these blogs will help them accomplish the first two of your four reasons to write a weight loss blog: building a support network and gaining accountability.

I hope so. Of course time will tell whether they will successfully join the network - the attrition rate for new weight loss bloggers seem to be quite high. But I am hoping a good start will help them!

Ms. Turtle January 4, 2009 at 10:26 am

Oh my stars, what an awesome surprise! Thank you so much for featuring my blog here! I recently decided to quietly “out” myself by putting my first name (rather than my middle name) on my blog, so you can call me Hilary ;) . Can’t wait to check out these other bloggers!

Thanks Hilary! I had noticed the name discrepancy and was wondering about it - that makes sense. Welcome to the community!

Merry Mary January 4, 2009 at 11:15 am

Great post. There are a ton of great weight loss blogs around these days. Thanks for sharing these!

Glad you like them. Let me know if you find any other good new ones to check out.

Andrew is getting fit January 4, 2009 at 12:29 pm

I’ll be visiting. :)

I know you will. With all the comments I see you making all over I don’t know how yo have time to run! ;-)

Sabs January 4, 2009 at 3:24 pm

Great list. Some interesting ones there!

Thanks for the reminder to get your blog added to my blogroll!

JC January 4, 2009 at 5:48 pm

Awesome post. I believe blogging is a wonderful way to keep oneself accountable. I like the blog John. Glad I found it.

Thanks JC. I really liked the posts I read on your blog and I have added you to my blogroll page, I’ll be keeping in touch. Since your blog was migrated from another one I’m not going to count you as a new blogger though - I can see you already have built up a good community. Congrats!

julie January 5, 2009 at 1:21 am

Thanks for noticing my blog! Just in time for me to no longer have time for it-or less time, anyway. I’ll have to look into the others that you’ve mentioned and listed.

Sorry to hear about that! I am hoping you will still be going after your weight loss goals though.

JC January 5, 2009 at 9:22 am

Hey John, thanks for the add! I am interested in watching you progress this year.

Tom Rooney January 5, 2009 at 11:50 am


You’re always very generous with your help for those starting out as well as those that have been at it a while. Thanks and I’ve already gave a read and some comments to those above.

Thanks Tom - I know they appreciated it!

Peter January 5, 2009 at 3:46 pm

Thanks for the list - i’ll be checking them out!

Discipline or Regret January 5, 2009 at 5:34 pm

Hi John, I’ll be checking these new blogs out, thanks for the heads up!

I hope all the best for you and your family in 2009!

Take care,

Thanks Andrew, same to you!

Joe S. January 5, 2009 at 10:45 pm

Some good ones there. Besides losing weight and writing my own blog, reading other peoples weight loss blogs my be my 2nd favorite thing to do.

I enjoy reading other blogs too - yours included. Here’s to a great 2009!

Eric Tan January 6, 2009 at 1:07 am

I am starting too… hope i make it to you list of REAL weight loss bloggers… I will have video weigh-ins every saturday along with another fellow blogger for a little friendly competition…

I’m going to add you to my new weight loss blogger sidebar list Eric - good luck in 2009! I see that you are asking for donations that you will return if you don’t hit your weight loss goal. Very ballsy!

Jason January 7, 2009 at 10:47 am

Cool blog. I just wanted to let you know that I have a weight loss blog. It has been a wonderful experience and I only hope to inspire many to believe in themselves that they CAN lose the weight. I have lost 130lbs and kept it off for a year on weight watchers. I have fun reading honest posts from people on the same journey as me. I started running too and that has changed my life a lot. I even ran a 50 mile race. Anyways, cool blog.

Another Weight Watchers success story. I’m really beginning to think I may need to look into them. Great blog, I added you to my new weight loss bloggers links and my blogroll. You have an inspiring story, keep up the great work!

steve@weightlossweapons.com January 7, 2009 at 10:04 pm

Great post John,

I know I will be checking them out. This is a great time of year for weight loss bloggers to start. I just hope that they last past April. I’ve seen too many sites die off after the first few months.

I’ll offer whatever support I can.


I know, it’s always a bummer when you see a blog go dormant. I understand, because there is a lot of hard work all around, but it’s still disappointing. The support from all of us can go a long way!

MamaBearJune January 8, 2009 at 6:01 pm

I took a break but am not dormant! :-) You listed some great newbies and I put them on my favorites list. You are awesome, John. Have to say, my favorite post of the year was your bike winner one!!!!! LOL The snow has put a stop to bike rides for a while here, but I’ll be back on it in spring. Love my bike!

Sorry to hear about your treadmill. Hope you get something new soon!

Glad to hear from you! Not sure where you are, but here in Minnesota it’s a LONG way until Spring!

Ally January 9, 2009 at 4:56 am

Hi, I have just started my blog and new efforts to become a healthier human. The main reason I began the blog was for support and accountability. I am glad I have found your blog and look forward to reading all of your posts.

Be good to yourself
ally :)

Good luck on your journey Ally! I’m adding your blog to the new weight loss bloggers blogroll. Keep in touch!

Ana January 9, 2009 at 7:08 pm

Thanks for featuring my blog John- I’m having a steady amount of hits right now- about 20 a day- hopefully that will grow- but if it doesn’t that’s ok too—- just helps keep me accountable!

Ana :o )

You are welcome Ana - best of luck to you!

Steffi January 10, 2009 at 8:52 am

I just found your blog in looking for resources for my own. Thank you so much for all the great links, info, and motivation! I will be back often!

Sounds great Steffi! I added your blog to my new weight loss bloggers blogroll too. Good luck in 2009!

Sadie January 10, 2009 at 9:20 pm

Hey John! I just wanted to stop by and say Happy New Year! Also, I’ve changed the url of my blog, so I hope you’ll stop by sometime and check it out. :) Great job in finding this list of weight loss blogs! I’m definitely going to be reading them regularly!

Thanks for letting me know Sadie - I updated my blogroll to reflect the change.

Steve v4.7 January 12, 2009 at 11:30 am

Thanks for the glimpse at a few of the great websites out there. Good stuff at all three.

Rob January 15, 2009 at 9:43 pm

WOW what an awesome post! So I started my own weight loss blog almost a week ago now. I am glad I came across your blog and post, I was beginning to wonder if it was worth it!!
please by all means check it out and send me some good vibes when you can!

Great start to your blog Rob - I added you to the new weight loss bloggers blogroll. Good luck!

Melisa January 25, 2009 at 3:50 pm

I was directed to your website by a friend and fellow blogger (Down with Fat) and share the frustration of finding weightloss blogs or websites that are both actually written by real people sharing their struggle to better themselves AND are maintained with regularity if not abandoned all together very early in the journey.

I think the pressure of being followed is one of the reasons I hadn’t really put my blog info out there. I think I wanted to see some success of my own before I shared my story, but maybe my struggles are what might help more people. It’s ironic how so many of us struggle with the same issues and somehow feel as if those same struggles are unique to us. So much so that we rarely find good friends we can share them with. I am fortunate to have good friends I can share these things with. This year will be our year to show not just our before pictures but many progress photos that lead us to goal.

Thank you for sharing your journey.

Thanks for the kind words and for stopping by! Looks like you are off to a good start - I’ve added you to my new weight loss bloggers blogroll.

Steffi January 26, 2009 at 8:53 pm

Thanks for adding my blog, John! Good luck this year!

Thanks, back at you!

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