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Bring it On
By Crabby McSlackerphoto: U.S. Air ForceSo it's Holiday Season!But wait, where's Santa Claus? No Menorah? No sugar cookies or snowmen or pine trees? And what's with the spunky aviator gals in leather jackets, that's not very Christmassy!Well, okay, traditionally the holidays are a time for festive celebrations, fun, frivolity, togetherness, and generosity. But also they're a time for year-end reflection. And my goodness, what a year 2017 has been!What a year indeed.So, setting aside any bright moments you may have enjoyed in your personal life this year (and I'm hoping there were many, many of them!)... does anyone else th...
Source: Cranky Fitness - December 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Crabby McSlacker Source Type: blogs

Live Longer, Stay Sharper: Now, With Substance Abuse! Er. Use. I mean Use.
 image viaartstackBy Crabby McSlackerThis post is a classic example of Selective Reporting: You see some headlines you like, so you skip merrily over the exhaustive research and analysis you should be doing in order to decide whether they're even valid. So much more fun to simply embrace the results!Welcome to Cranky Fitness. Perhaps you mistook this for a scholarly health resource?Anyway, in the spirit of "sounds good to me"... How about a couple of studies saying that (1) drinking impressively large amounts of coffee every day may increase longevity and (2) drinking alcohol moderately,or even heavily, as l...
Source: Cranky Fitness - October 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Crabby McSlacker Source Type: blogs

Processed Snacks and Desserts: What the Hell, Let's Have Some!
 viaflickrBy Crabby McSlackerAre you one of those people who eats only healthy whole foods, having absolutely no desire to consume tasty and convenient items created in some huge factory somewhere, packaged up and shipped thousands of miles away to your very own neighborhood grocery store?Well, congratulations!Enjoy that little cute little plate of fresh cut veggies and hummus. Savor that teeny-tiny handful of raw nuts. Arrange those fresh apple slices into a Pinterest-ready photo broadcasting your virtue.Me? Sometimes I buy processed stuff in boxes and bags and cartons and resealable pouches.My meals are generally pr...
Source: Cranky Fitness - October 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Crabby McSlacker Source Type: blogs

Hate Strength Training?
By Crabby McSlackerStrength training, alas, is still considered a crucial ingredient in the ever-changing recipe for a fit and healthy life.  Omitting this key ingredient is like trying to make meringue with no egg whites--the results may be disappointingly gloppier than you were intending.But it's not just about looking more buffed or losing weight more easily. There are plenty of importanthealth benefits from strength training that I'm too lazy to list. But trust me, strength training is good for you in ways that cardio is not! You need both.Of course I realize that many peoplelove weights and hate cardio. To me thi...
Source: Cranky Fitness - October 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Crabby McSlacker Source Type: blogs

WTF Is Your Problem?
 Do you ever feel like the different parts of yourself aren't lining up properly?In this case, I don't mean anatomically, I mean psychologically. As in: the "smart" part of you is going "I really need to do this Thing, I'll get right on that tomorrow! (ie., exercise/quit smoking/schedule a colonoscopy). And the other part of you, the part that is stupider but is actually in charge of what you end up doing is all "Ha! Like THAT's ever gonna happen!"Of course, there's always the helpful motivational slogan popularized by Nike, "Just Do It, Asshole." Hmm. I may be remembering that sligh...
Source: Cranky Fitness - October 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Crabby McSlacker Source Type: blogs

When Life Gets Weird
viamaxpixelBy Crabby McSlackerSo it looks like it's going to be another summer of Not Blogging Much, which I guess is better than Not Blogging at All. Because, yeah, life's getting awfully weird and distracting of late. But how about I at least make time for a quick update, an epiphany, and a question for y'all?Quick Update:Many thanks again for all the support, encouraging words, prayers and healing vibes sent in my Mom's direction. And you know what? You guys must have some impressive clout with the Universe, because she's getting better! While the treatment has been rough going, it seems to be working qui...
Source: Cranky Fitness - July 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Crabby McSlacker Source Type: blogs

High Tech Tuesday!
Photo download via xray delta oneBy Crabby McSlackerShould we be worried about the impact of so much easily accessible technology on our fragile human brains?There is much hand-wringing on the subject, and even a little research out there. Are portable machines turning our minds into mush, screwing with our relationships, infantalizing us, and disconnecting us from reality? Not to mention causing us to walk in front of buses and plunge off piers into large bodies of water?Maybe! But that's not today's post.Today I'm just doing a quick lazy show-and-tell about a couple of recent technological finds. One of them I ...
Source: Cranky Fitness - July 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Crabby McSlacker Source Type: blogs

Unsettled
photo: x-ray delta oneBy Crabby McSlacker So life has taken a few possibly ominous turns lately.And while I've been googling the heck out of various health-related issues for my own edification, I'm not really feeling up for taking that research and trying to write anything useful about it.Oh, and the whole upcoming Fourth of July holiday... not something I'm really itching to blog about. For obvious reasons, I'm not feeling all that patriotic this year. Instead, I hope it's ok if I go a little more stream-of-consciousness with this post.Maybe I'm a little depressed? Very weird for me. Anxiety is usually more my ...
Source: Cranky Fitness - July 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Crabby McSlacker Source Type: blogs

Simplest, Dumbest Cardio Workout Trick Ever
image credithereBy Crabby McSlackerSo this post features one of those weirdo counter-intuitive motivational hacks that you either: (a) already know or, (b) are going to think sounds totally insane.It's for those days when you're having a Really Shitty Workout.I already knew the trick, and have probably already written about it. But guess what? I forgot. And then I remembered again. And it's come in handy a few times recently.You know what I'm talking about, right? You can see it coming less than two minutes into your run or swim or whatever. Something is Just Not Right. You're only warming up and you're already counting th...
Source: Cranky Fitness - June 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Crabby McSlacker Source Type: blogs

Worth 1000 Words?
By Crabby McSlackerSo if a picture is worth a thousand words, and a short video is made up of hundreds of pictures, is a short video worth hundreds of thousands of words? And what if you don't make the video yourself but steal it straight off YouTube?So yeah, this video, which all of you have probably already seen by now but I hadn't, cracked me up. And it offers a little metaphorical motivational encouragement. (Note: you can turn off the sound if you're at work, you don't really need it).Are there "stairs" in life that others seem to ascend and descend with no problem, but somehowyou just can't seem to get the ...
Source: Cranky Fitness - June 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Crabby McSlacker Source Type: blogs

The Bilingual Brain: Benefits and Befuddlement
Photo:wikimediaBy Crabby McSlackerMy latest folly: I'm trying to learn a new language. Spanish! Which among other uses, might come in handy for a pair ofsnowbirds always on the lookout for warmer climates to flee to during winters.But I did not study Spanish in school, or in any other setting ever. I'm starting from absolute scratch. And yeah, I did spend many years in California, where Spanish is widely spoken. But my brain was completely impervious! None of it ever registered. Even the annoying ad campaign for Taco Bell didn't manage to teach me the meaning of "Yo Quiero Taco Bell." How could "Yo" mea...
Source: Cranky Fitness - June 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Crabby McSlacker Source Type: blogs

Let's Hear it for Rationalization!
By Crabby McSlackerSo yeah, I didn't get around to writing a blog post this week, unless you want to try to count this one. Does it make sense that my turning 57 today somehow prevented me from posting somethingearlier in the week? No, it does not!It also doesn't make sense that the passing of another year should grant me immunity from the effects of eating gratuitous Evil Things, or consuming potent beverages, or generally doing whatever the hell I want.Don't f*ck with me on my birthday.upload fromx-ray delta oneI get spoiled on my birthday, by my most awesome wife, who always makes it special. So special the holiday has ...
Source: Cranky Fitness - June 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Crabby McSlacker Source Type: blogs

Lifetrak Zoom HRV Review
By Crabby McSlacker As a greedy, gadget-obsessed health blogger, I was pretty psyched to get the opportunity to review theLifetrak Zoom HRV Zoom HRV activity tracker. (And, full disclosure: I got to keep it).The Zoom measures a wide variety of activity metrics from your wrist (or ankle, or forearm). What you donot need to use the Zoom: a chest strap!So I've been testing the Zoom out for a couple of weeks in true Crabby McSlacker style: misunderstanding instructions, forgetting to hit "record" to begin or end my workouts, failing to appreciate the nuances, and finding myself too lazy for a comprehensive data compa...
Source: Cranky Fitness - May 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Crabby McSlacker Source Type: blogs

Time to HIIT it?
photo: theDepartment of DefenseBy Crabby McSlackerIn the last few years, you've probably heard the same unwelcome advice quite a few times: for optimal health, you should be adding some High Intensity Interval Training to your weekly routine.But all too often, nutrition and exercise research gets overhyped and exaggerated. Just let enough time pass, and other studies can come along to soften or even reverse recommendations that all the excited "experts" were so adamant about.In the case of something as odious as High Intensity Interval Training? It makes a lot of sense if you've been waiting to be absolutely sure...
Source: Cranky Fitness - May 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Crabby McSlacker Source Type: blogs

Giveaway Winners and a Happy Belated Mother's Day!
By Crabby McSlackerSo first off, thanks to everyone who stopped by to comment on our book giveaway here at the blog, oron Facebook, or even via direct email, an option a few of you chose. I've assigned y'all numbers and am going to fire up the ol'random number generator in a minute. Isn't it exciting when I do this in Real Time?Yeah, so ok, I guess if I don't hit "publish" until the whole post is written, you're not reading this yet, so it's more like Surreal Time, but work with me here.But before I spin the Big Virtual Interweb Roulette Wheel, I just want to acknowledge all the awesome mothers out there, my own ...
Source: Cranky Fitness - May 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Crabby McSlacker Source Type: blogs

Why We Overeat and How to Stop: Book Giveaway!
image:clipartfestBy Crabby McSlackerDoes anyone else out there struggle with eating too much, or eating the wrong things, or not feeling sufficiently motivated to exercise?Even those of us with fancy degrees and initials after our names, who've studied this stuff extensively for decades and know exactly what we should be doing... we often screw it up just as badly as anyone else does. We may even be in the "healthy weight" range, yet only manage it with much unnecessary angst, inconsistency, martyrdom, acting out, and ill-tempered griping.So WTF is up with that? Why can't our highly evolved brains save us fr...
Source: Cranky Fitness - May 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Crabby McSlacker Source Type: blogs

Mystery Trip!
By Crabby McSlackerSo one might wonder: where the hell did the Crab go? She barely got back to blogging before skipping town yet again, not managing even one meager blog post in the last two weeks. And sorry, this is one of those disjointed rambles accompanied by random photos. Longtime readers may recall this is customary after I come back from a trip having left half my brain cells behind.Anyway, we actually went to a couple of different destinations...These Vagabond Shoes...One of the places where they're always longin' to stray, well it's not all that mysterious, it's New York City. Short visit this time but a bla...
Source: Cranky Fitness - May 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Crabby McSlacker Source Type: blogs

Forest Bathing and Awkward Anniversarys
photo: pixabayBy Crabby McSlackerYep, Today Cranky Fitness is 10 years old.Holy crap, right? It's hard to believe. How could such a half-assed enterprise have endured an entire decade?The quick answer is of course: it hasn't. Not really. That's why it's an awkward anniversary. I've taken huge breaks, wandered away, reappeared, disappeared again, and generally gotten shockingly irresponsible about bloggingBut hey... somehow the blog is still here!So you may have questions: what does the blog anniversary have to do with Forest Bathing? What the hellis forest bathing? And will this post contain any gratuitous nudity...
Source: Cranky Fitness - April 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Crabby McSlacker Source Type: blogs

On the Road Again...
 By Crabby McSlackerAre you ready for a blog post chock full of healthy travel tips, amusing anecdotes, surprising discoveries, inspiring advice, and breathtaking photos of scenery and wildlife?Oops, sorry! You probably want to type a different URL up there in your search bar. Did you not realize this was Cranky Fitness?As it happens, I've done some decent "on the road" posts before, both of the "holy crap look how pretty this is" variety, as well as the "here's how to exercise at gas stations even if people think you're a psycho" kind. But we've only got a brief layover on this, our elev...
Source: Cranky Fitness - April 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Crabby McSlacker Source Type: blogs

Exercise Motivation, The Weird Way
image:flikrDo you look forward to a strenuous workout?If so, congratulations! But the rest of what follows may seem like incomprehensible gibberish to you. If you don't need to twist your brain into pretzel-like configurations in order to motivate yourself to exercise: you are free to resume websurfing. Enjoy a few more videos of rhinos cuddling with meekrats, or watch with terrified fascination as the next Trumpian plans for the apocalypse are announced. Google up a tasty gluten-free avocado brownie recipe! Or hell, go out and run a marathon and follow it up with a nice little nap.There all sorts of healthy ways to motiva...
Source: Cranky Fitness - March 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Crabby McSlacker Source Type: blogs

High Heels: WTF, Ladies?
image:maxpixelBy Crabby McSlackerThere are some ways in which I definitely have a girl brain, not a boy brain. But in other ways, I am a dude. I sometimes find my own gender to be an alien species, incomprehensible in its motivations and reasoning and habits. (For a more complete elucidation of my cluelessness about female behavior, I wrote a much longer post years ago aboutWomen and the Quest for Beauty. Like so many ancient Cranky Fitness posts, it lingers undisturbed in the archives, gathering dust and long forgotten, yet it's better than the stuff I write now. Which makes me a little sad. Though not sad ...
Source: Cranky Fitness - March 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Crabby McSlacker Source Type: blogs

Your First Colonoscopy! What to Expect
Whee! Time for a Tube Up Your Tuchus!image:wikimedia commonsBy Crabby McSlackerSo, some perspective here: for people with serious illnesses who've been through hardcore, painful, debilitating, invasive medical procedures? A colonoscopy is probably child's play. (Although let's be clear, that's just an expression. If your child actually plays this way? We need to talk).But for most people, there's at least a little trepidation. And for many, if statistics are to be believed, that fear is significant enough to skip the procedure entirely! Well sure, it could save your life and all, but really? Do you have to?There are actual...
Source: Cranky Fitness - March 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Crabby McSlacker Source Type: blogs

Should You Get a Tattoo? The Great Tattoo Experiment
By Crabby McSlackerYou don't generally "experiment" with getting a tattoo. That's what makes getting one such a badass thing to do. Whether you're rational and level-headed when that needle hits your arm, or whether you're insensibly infatuated with a new romantic partner, drunk off your ass, bitter about some undeserved setback, or just feeling full of life and tired of being so "sensible" all the time, it doesn't matter: you just signed up for a lifelong commitment. (Or an expensive and painful removal process).Holy crap, right? That's why I've always admired the courage of people with tattoos. Like t...
Source: Cranky Fitness - March 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Crabby McSlacker Source Type: blogs

Is Winter Actually the BEST Time to Train Outdoors?
Guest Post by Lisa Green with Intro by Crabby McSlackerYou see the happy face of the winter exerciser pictured above? That's your first clue Crabby McSlacker didn't write this post. She is a cowardlysnowbird who flees to warmer climates when it gets cold. And she figured a winter picture of her exercising while holding a pina colada on a beach lined with palm trees might not be all that motivating to people in more northerly climates. (Though hell, with this winter's weird weather, you too may be donning your swimsuits and reaching for tropical cocktails).But guess what? It turns out outdoor cold-weather exercising co...
Source: Cranky Fitness - February 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Crabby McSlacker Source Type: blogs

The Snowbird Lifestyle: Healthy Anti-Aging Solution or Horrifying Misadventure?
photo:wikimediaBy Crabby McSlackerSo what's a snowbird? (Besides, apparently, a ski resort in Utah?)I'll offer one definition of a snowbird:a species of silver-crested North American, usually of advancing years, that migrates annually for the winter from colder northern climates to warmer southern ones. Best known for upsetting local ecosystems and annoying year-round inhabitants.Regular readers may be aware that my wife (aka "The Lobster") and I are a couple of those dreaded snowbirds. Yet: we are not all that old. Nor, we hope, are we all that annoying.And it's not just us: Snowbirds seem to be getting younger....
Source: Cranky Fitness - February 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Crabby McSlacker Source Type: blogs

Pono Board Review (and Discount)
By Crabby McSlacker What exactly is a Pono Board? Do you surf on it? Fling it? Predict the future by letting ancient Hawaiian spirits telepathically move aqua-colored balls around on its sleek wooden surface until your destiny is revealed?Nope, it's none of these things. A Pono Board is a kinder, gentlerbalance board that can be used to add a bit of instability to various exercises in a way that is mercifully unlikely to send you sprawling on your face in an ignominious heap of kluzitude.Ta da!According to The Pono People, it was designed to feel like a beach workout, actively engaging the core, but not too difficult.But t...
Source: Cranky Fitness - February 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Crabby McSlacker Source Type: blogs

Can Recreational Marijuana Be Part of a Healthy Lifestyle?
image: vintagestockBy Crabby McSlackerMore states may be legalizing cannabis, but recreational use is still considered pretty controversial.Getting "high" on purpose, not as a side effect of medicinal use? Many people see that as wicked or sinful. And even more folks dismiss it as silly, weak, reckless, or immature. We're all well-acquainted with the stereotype, right? The lazy, bumbling, airheaded stoner, escaping real life in a cloud of smelly smoke, becoming more moronic and demotivated with every hit.So how could something that can make a person appear so dimwitted and dysfunctional possibly be considere...
Source: Cranky Fitness - February 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Crabby McSlacker Source Type: blogs

Flotation Tanks: Should You Give One a Try?
photo:wikipediaBy Crabby McSlackerSo recently I spent an hour in a flotation tank. Or, as they're also known, an isolation tank, or sensory deprivation tank. Given the current state of the world, we could all use some sort of complete break from reality, right?Or hell, if I wanted to be even more cumbersome about it (and not leave any potential googlers out), I could also say: I undertook some "restricted environmental stimulation therapy," or a "flotation REST."Yep: I lay there naked in the dark, closed off in a little heated box, suspended in a solution of epsom salts designed induce an extreme state ...
Source: Cranky Fitness - January 29, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Crabby McSlacker Source Type: blogs

Extremely Brief Q & A
image:flickrBy Crabby McSlackerQ: There has been no blog post at Cranky Fitness this week, does this mean Crabby has wandered away again? A:No! There will be a new post on Monday. Crabby is just slow that way.Q:Why is this even a post? Does Crabby think anyone gives a crap if she posts on her silly little blog every week?A:Intellectually she understands that no one does. But her brain works strangely. By posting something saying she is not posting, she feels way better about it.(Thanks all, see ya Monday! --Crabby).  (Source: Cranky Fitness)
Source: Cranky Fitness - January 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Crabby McSlacker Source Type: blogs

Resistance Training: Some Helpful Resources
image:pixabayBy Crabby McSlackerSo yeah, wary Cranky Fitness readers may be wondering, which kind of "resistance" are we talking about here?The kind that has you flexing your quads and glutes and lats and pecs? Or the kind that has you gathering in the streets and haranguing politicians and otherwise causing a ruckus?The answer is: both!Getting Physically Stronger:I will "resist" the temptation to start from scratch with a long explanation about the many health benefits of strength training. You know already it's good for your body, plus psychologically it makes you feel all badass and fierce and not-to...
Source: Cranky Fitness - January 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Crabby McSlacker Source Type: blogs

What's the Catch? Barramundi: Go Buy Some Damnit
image source hereBy Crabby McSlackerTired of long-ass blog posts that take forever to get to the point? Well hey, it's a new year, and mixing things up is good, so I thought I'd try something different for a change: succinctness!So here are your five most important takeaways about barramundi, I fish I have come to love, brought to you with 95% less meandering.1.Barramundi is a safe and extremely nutritious protein source, with a hefty dose of the good kind of fat, omega 3. (UnlikeTilapia which is annoyingly popular despite being a really crappy choice nutritionally). It also has other good fish nutrients like vit...
Source: Cranky Fitness - January 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Crabby McSlacker Source Type: blogs

Keeping Healthy New Year's Resolutions: Five Tips!
image found here, where you can actually purchase them.By Crabby McSlackerOkay, first some reassurance: that's a visual pun up there, not a how-to photo. I'm not suggesting you sever any fingertips in order to make your New Year's resolutions easier to keep. Although come to think of it, I'd reach for far fewer Sees candies if I...No. I'm kidding. Let me go on record as Not in Favor of Digital Amputation as a Weight Loss Aid. In these increasingly imbecilic times, one can't take anything for granted.Anyway, the usual caveats:I know many of you are too smart to make New Year's Resolutions in the first place. I wish I w...
Source: Cranky Fitness - December 31, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Crabby McSlacker Source Type: blogs

Appreciating the Holidays during the Shittiest Year Ever
By Crabby McSlackerSo the holiday season has arrived, and traditionally this is a time for joy and togetherness. Yet for many of us, this year hardly seems time for celebration.And I know, this is a health blog, not a political blog. But I feel like I have to acknowledge the elephant in the room---the scary mean orange elephant, the angry beast who defeated the diligent, highly qualified donkey and now rules the world.These are scary times. It feels too fake and weird to just pretend everything is normal.We have a president-elect gearing up to destroy our democracy. Not out of malice or twisted ideology. No, Trump is not s...
Source: Cranky Fitness - December 22, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Crabby McSlacker Source Type: blogs

Healthy Holiday Gifts: Some Thoughts. Because What the Hell.
Portable music players: always a classic!photo:xray delta oneBy Crabby McSlackerHoly guacamole, it's been a long time since I've posted on this blog. I kinda thought I might be done forever.But here I am again! I'm not entirely sure why, it just felt like time to reconnect. And if anyone is actually still out there, it would be lovely to touch base with y'all again. My guess is, posting will still be quite sporadic, but who knows?One problem with not posting for a long time: there are a million shlabillion gerbzillion things that have piled up in my head that I feel like I should talk about. (Okay, perhaps my grasp of the ...
Source: Cranky Fitness - December 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Crabby McSlacker Source Type: blogs

And We're Back! Maybe?
photo: An-eIn response to the thousands... er, hundreds... or, ok three emails I received wondering where the hell Cranky Fitness had gone, I thought I'd attempt a brief update. This is also a test post to see if hitting "publish" will accomplish anything other than exercising my right index finger.While it's true I haven't been posting much lately, I have been intending to post quite frequently! That should count for something, right?  I even have several half-written posts in the works, and lots of thoughts about things having to do with exercise and nutrition and life in general.  So I was ...
Source: Cranky Fitness - May 16, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Crabby McSlacker Source Type: blogs

When Exercise Plans Go Awry: The Ball's in Your Court
By Crabby McSlackerHi y'all!Yep, as you can tell by my accent, I'm still in Texas. Our place in Provincetown Massachusetts is still undergoing renovation.And how's that going?Since our move-in date is fast approaching, we were curious ourselves. So a few days ago some kind friends of ours stopped by the place to snap an encouraging picture for us and...Um....Still a little work to do, apparently.Of course there are all sorts of tempting analogies I could draw between home remodeling and fitness. Because home improvement and self improvement projects have a lot in common, right? Both require patience, planning, determinatio...
Source: Cranky Fitness - March 30, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: J Graham Source Type: blogs

What's Your Inspiration?
Guest Post by DeeHi all, it's Crabby McSlacker, and yes, I'm still alive. Doing great actually!  Just a bit too dithery and preoccupied to do much on the blog lately. So I'm thrilled to bring you another great guest post from Dee over at Break out the Skinny Girl.  Remember not that long ago, she'd just started her blog, and was taking baby steps back into fitness? Well, I guess I'm not the only one who thinks she's hilarious and inspiring, because she's already made it as a finalist in the UK Blog Awards. Yay! Anyway, please welcome Dee back, and don't forget to stop over at her place too on your blog ...
Source: Cranky Fitness - February 21, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Crabby McSlacker Source Type: blogs

Goodbye Girls!
photo: xray delta oneGuest Post by Heather Lee While Crabby continues her travels abroad, this next guest post is by a favorite blog commenter Heather Lee. She also has her own great blog, The Spotted Cat.  Besides being one of the nicest humans on the planet, Heather is a funny gal and quite an inspiration when it comes to getting healthy and fit! This post deals with a what might be a familiar phenomenon for many women shedding excess weight: unfortunately we can't choose WHERE those pounds are going to drop from first. So please welcome Heather Lee! --Crabby For many women, a notable drawback to weight loss is...
Source: Cranky Fitness - August 29, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Crabby McSlacker Source Type: blogs

Half Sick of Shadows
This is another guest post from Genie, yay!  You may remember the previous post about her inspirational fitness journey, and might have been wondering about some of the specifics. So she generously offered to supply a few.(And where is Crabby McSlacker and why the heck is she so slow in posting any of the great guest posts she's received?Well, at the moment, Crabby and the Lobster are cruising the Rhine, and while she doesn't expect any sympathy on that front, the internet aboard has been extremely pissy and mean, and it dislikes Crabby in particular and goes into hiding whenever she even LOOKS at her computer.  ...
Source: Cranky Fitness - August 27, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Crabby McSlacker Source Type: blogs

Can Money Ever Buy Happiness?
Photo: x-ray delta By Crabby McSlackerOK, so I'm not foolish enough to suggest that money can generally buy happiness. Otherwise, why would so many rich people be miserable grasping insufferable poopy-heads?  But in my experience, there are indeed times when thoughtful financial investments can reap substantial experiential rewards.For example, travel comes to mind as an awesome place to spend some cash in order to chase a bit of joy and excitement and fresh appreciation for life.  Which is the reason I am posting this the day we're taking off for an adventure in Europe!  (As you may recall, it is all t...
Source: Cranky Fitness - August 22, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Crabby McSlacker Source Type: blogs

Seen in NYC
So this isn't a real post, just a handful of photos I took on the road in New York. I'm heading back home today. And I will try to forgo extensive whining about my back injury, whatever the hell it is. A Progress Report (or an Amusing Lack of Progress Report) on physical therapy may follow at some point, but I'm really hoping to write one of those cheerful "my triumphant return to working out!" sort of inspirational things, not another bitchstravaganza of frustrations and gripes. So I'm thinking I"ll give it a bit more time.Meanwhile, no running or biking or ellipticalling or weights. But lots of walking rig...
Source: Cranky Fitness - August 7, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Crabby McSlacker Source Type: blogs

Deciding I Don't Want to Die
Photo: Ann Larie ValentineBy Genie; posted by Crabby McSlacker I am seriously psyched to bring you this guest post--it’s quite inspiring and motivating, as you shall soon see. And another cool thing? This was sent by a heretofore anonymous “lurker,” who challenged herself to tell her story in a more public venue.  However, I need a favor here. I'm hoping that when you get to the end and think to yourselves: "I want to hear more from Genie, she should have a blog of her own!" that you keep your big traps shut about that, ok?  Say instead, "I hear starting a new blog is kind of a pa...
Source: Cranky Fitness - August 4, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Crabby McSlacker Source Type: blogs

Will Restricting Carbs Make You a "Fat-Burning Beast?"
photo: pixabayBy Tiffany Reiss; With a Long-Winded Intro by Crabby McSlacker So for years I've been intrigued by notion of "Fat Adaptation," a concept advanced by Mark's Daily Apple and others. The idea is that by strategically restricting carbohydrates, you can reprogram your body to use fat as fuel instead of glycogen. According to Mark:If you’re fat adapted, the genes associated with lipid metabolism will be upregulated in your skeletal muscles. You will essentially reprogram your body. With that comes great benefits!  Like more energy available during exercise and throughout the day, and an ea...
Source: Cranky Fitness - July 30, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Crabby McSlacker Source Type: blogs

Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are!
photo: xray delta oneBy Crabby McSlackerSo, a couple things to run past you guys this morning.First up...Can I coax you into sharing your thoughts with lovely appreciative Cranky Fitness readers in a guest post?And yes by "you" I mean YOU! ... You there, who are reading this right now, whether you are blogger or a regular commenter or a quiet lurker. Not if you are too busy, of course.  Or if you have a commercial site and have been harassing bloggers relentlessly with "did you get my email" follow-ups in order to find a home for your generic prose and spammy links. Or especially not if y...
Source: Cranky Fitness - July 28, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Crabby McSlacker Source Type: blogs

Linkies!
photo: X-ray Delta OneBy Crabby McSlackerSo the last week or two I was in a bit of a funk.  And I'm still struggling with minor transitory stuff like injuries, and the resultant lack of exercise, and a potential new restrictive diet. (FODMAPS anyone? Copious whining about that to follow, if it indeed happens). Plus of course there's the usual dreaded Crapload of Stuff That Really Freakin' Needs to Get Done But Where The Hell to Find Time?And yet? Funk gone for now!  Perspective returned.  Back to feeling mostly good about life. (At least for a congenital pissypants grouchbucket).I know that research says&nbs...
Source: Cranky Fitness - July 25, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Crabby McSlacker Source Type: blogs

Secret Menus and Special Requests: Staying Healthy When Dining Out
By Crabby McSlackerSo it turns out many chain restaurants have "secret" or "hidden" menus--there's even  a blog called hack the menu devoted to describing items you can order that are not listed on the regular menu.The problem? Almost all of these secret items are even more evil and poisonous than the usual craptastic chain offerings. They may make you feel more like a hip insider as you use the special secret passwords and score an exclusive treat--but the items themselves don't deserve any coverage on a healthy living blog. Even one as half-assed as Cranky Fitness.There is one notable e...
Source: Cranky Fitness - March 24, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Crabby McSlacker Source Type: blogs

Takin' Care of Business
image: x-ray delta oneThis is just a short post today, with one quick idea, and totally unrelated link.First the link: it's a beautiful and powerful post, "The Cure for Not Being Good Enough," by Charlotte over at The Great Fitness Experiment.Seriously, it's well worth an extra click.Anyway, here's what I'm trying to do today, and I'd like to pass it on as a quick suggestion:Blow Off Something You Habitually Take Care of And Deal With Something Less Pressing but More Important That You've Been Avoiding.You know there's something, or maybe a whole list of things that you've been putting off. And you've been f...
Source: Cranky Fitness - March 21, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Crabby McSlacker Source Type: blogs

Giveaway: Rick Hanson's Hardwiring Happiness and The FBG's Anti-Diet Book!
By Crabby McSlackerSo today we have a giveaway featuring 3 copies of each of these fine books...So SIX Winners! Plus the giveaway includes Canadians!And yeah, this is the weirdest blog post formatting ever, and I shudder to think what happens on a mobile phone, but I couldn't figure out any other way to not put one book "on top" and the other "below."Both are well-written helpful books by writers I'm already quite fond of: The "Fit Bottomed Girls," (Jennipher Walters and Erin Whitehead), and Rick Hanson.  So it would bug me not to treat them equally--even though I know the authors themsel...
Source: Cranky Fitness - March 19, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Crabby McSlacker Source Type: blogs

Three Annoying Questions for Gigi of Gigi Eats Celebrities!
photo: the unquiet librarianInterview By Crabby McSlackerOur next victim for "3 Annoying Questions" is the hilariously healthy Gigi at Gigi Eats Celebrities. Her videos and blog posts on celebrity diets, fitness trends, and other aspects of healthy or deranged living are so fun and informative that we can almost forgive her for being all gorgeous and talented and clearly destined to be a big-time celebrity herself. So please welcome Gigi as she bravely fields Crabby's "3 Annoying Questions!" Ready Gigi? 1. Which celebrity would you currently most like to eat and why? For the obvious reasons (well t...
Source: Cranky Fitness - March 18, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Crabby McSlacker Source Type: blogs

Strange Adventures and Assorted Announcements
Photo:  X-ray Delta One By Crabby McSlackerSo Happy Saint Patricks Day!  Although aside from a green shirt that makes an appearance in a photo or two, I'm afraid we're not doing much on that theme today.This post is partly about seeking out "adventure!" But, if you are an anxious person, fear not. I haven't changed my opinion that there is absolutely nothing wrong with embracing your comfort zone, and staying way the hell away from "adventures" other people suggest if they seem too risky or otherwise unappealing.However, there is still a lot of excitement and novelty to be had in the world fro...
Source: Cranky Fitness - March 17, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Crabby McSlacker Source Type: blogs