Exploring Some Other Blogs

April 7, 2010 · 13 comments

Since my sleep pattern isn’t yet back to normal I thought I would spend some early morning hours going through my Google Reader and finding some other weight loss blogs, fitness blogs, etc that I should be following more than I have been. I feel like I am on this constant hunt for inspiration and one way to get that is to engage with some new bloggers.

I subscribe to a lot of sites in Google Reader, far more than I can ever keep up with. I’ve got one group of websites that are also sites I have added to my blogroll and another group of websites in a “watch” list that I have found interesting, or have commented on my site but I have not yet added them to my website.

Because I was really busy before leaving for vacation and didn’t do much online reading during vacation I have a nice archive of posts from the last month or so built up and I figured what I would do is check out the top 10-12 websites in my “watch” folder as based solely on number of posts. It’s not a great metric to use, but it was an easy one so that’s what I went with. As it happens, I think it was actually a good metric to choose because everyone that was posting a lot was actively engaged with their journey and that’s what I need to see.

So here are some of the blogs I have added to my blogroll and who have graduated from the “watch” folder:

  • The Balanced Foodie – The tagline of Katy’s site is “Balancing Health, Wellness, and Great Food” and her posts reflect that. She has a natural, friendly writing style and takes a lot of great photographs of the food she eats. And she has the same green bowls that I do!
  • Fatman Getting Skinny – The tagline of John’s site is “The Weight Loss Journal of John Parkins. Losing 100 pounds in 2010.” John and I have a lot in common other than our first names – he’s got a couple of kids my age and he likes poker and pizza. Most of his posts are videos and pictures. Love his sidebar image with his belly goalline!
  • Jack Sh*t, Gettin’ Fit – The tagline of Jack’s site is “If you think losing weight is impossible, you don’t know Jack Sh*t.” I honestly don’t know why I hadn’t added Jack a long time ago because I have read him for a long time, this one was an oversight that I am now correcting. You probably already read Jack too. If you don’t, prepare to read some some honest and creative writing from a guy who has had great success on his weight loss journey.
  • The Daily Diary of a Winning Loser – Sean has this super long tagline that I’ll let you read, but he’s a former 505 pound man on a mission to lose nearly 300 pounds, and right now he’s lost almost half his starting body weight. Freaking amazing. He writes every day and he writes a lot. Really like when he reflects back on his journey.
  • Kat’s Adventures in Dietland – The tagline of Kat’s site is “Weeding through the hype to find the help and the hope” which is surely something a lot of us can relate to. Love her honest writing and she does a lot of giveaways which I really should start entering.
  • Log My Loss – The tagline of “South Beach” Steve’s site is “This isn’t a diet, it is your life!” Steve has had some great success and has some great insights that he shares. On every post he writes “Don’t just lurk here, drop a comment!” and I’ve been terrible at doing that. I’ll try more now that I have you blogrolled Steve!
  • Health for the Whole Self – The tagline of Katie’s site is “A Journey Toward Balance for Body, Mind, and Spirit.” The reason I like Katie’s site is that she eats really healthy and takes great photos of her food, really sets a good example for someone trying to do the same.
  • Two Lives, One Lifestyle – The Two Lives are those of authors Katie and Kelli who take a lot of great pictures of their food, which I think is why I first started reading their site. I’ve stayed because they are also entertaining and set good eating examples.
  • JAG’s Diet & Fitness Blog – The tagline of JAG’s site is “Obsessed is a word used by the lazy to describe the dedicated” which is an awesome line. She’s had great weight loss success and continues to excel at writing about her journey and taking a lot of pictures along the way.

Go check them out, maybe you’ll find some inspiration too.

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{ 13 comments }

Barry Hughes April 7, 2010 at 7:48 am

I am jumping back on the band wagon and catching up on some of these blogs. Some of them I have never read before so I will check them out. Of course this blog is on my list 🙂

Darren April 7, 2010 at 8:43 am

I’ve not come across a couple of these blogs before and others are on my reading list already.

I’ve only recently started my ‘fitness journey’ but would appreciate it if you took a moment to take a look at my blog.

Thanks,
Darren

Katy ( The Balanced Foodie ) April 7, 2010 at 9:38 am

Wow, John! This was a nice surprise this morning. I really appreciate your kind words and encouragement. 🙂 Thanks so much!

Kat April 7, 2010 at 11:11 am

Thanks for the shout out!

love2eatinpa April 7, 2010 at 2:17 pm

thanks for letting us benefit from your lack of sleep! 🙂

Jack Sh*t, Gettin' Fit April 7, 2010 at 3:30 pm

Thanks for the nod, John. Nice to be put in such good company…

Katie April 7, 2010 at 11:20 pm

Hey John! Thanks for the great review 😀 ! I’m about to go to bed over here but I’m going to bookmark your blog and check it out tomorrow!!

Seth@1010in2010 April 8, 2010 at 2:15 pm

THanks. You listed some that I didn’t know about. Thanks.

Annie April 9, 2010 at 9:19 pm

Thanks, I’m new to the blog scene and trying to find some good blogs on weight loss. I’ve started my own weight loss adventure and still trying to figure out what to post and how often.

William Hanson April 10, 2010 at 7:11 am

Thanks for posting these other blogs. There’s several that I hadn’t seen before. It’s always nice to find another resource to help keep me motivated.

wmhanson

Jenn April 11, 2010 at 7:20 pm

Nice list. Going to have to check these out. Wanting to create a nice blog roll for my site too. Also sent you a message about being a guest poster.

South Beach Steve April 12, 2010 at 6:39 am

John, thanks for the shout out! I appreciate it. There are a lot of great blogs out there, but sometimes they are hard to find. It is good posts like this that help others navigate their way to some of these blogs. I’ll have to check out the rest of your list that I don’t already visit.

John Parkins April 13, 2010 at 9:00 am

Thanks a lot John. I really appreciate it. Stay Motivated and Be Great.

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