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Is There a Correlation Between Blogging and Weight Loss? Help Us Find Out.

Martinus Evans is a man on a mission, to get healthy, lose weight, run his first full marathon in October and blog about every step of the way. Known by his popular online moniker “300 Pounds and Running,” Martinus recently attended FitBloggin to mingle with fellow fitness fans and flash his infectious smile. In one short year he’s gone from sedentary college student with muscle aches and fatigue to a grad student writing his master’s thesis on social media/blogging and weight loss.

If you’ve got 10 minutes to spare, he could use your help.

300 Pounds and Running

Martinus is currently conducting a short survey to aid in the collection of data for his thesis. If you’re a weight loss blog writer or reader, he’s looking for you!

Click here to take the online survey about why you write or read blogs about weight loss. You’ll be part of the very first social media study of its kind and just for playing along, you’ll automatically be entered in a drawing to receive one of three $100 gift cards to the store of your choice.


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How Fitbloggin’ Founder Roni Noone Lost 70 Pounds and Became a Tough Mudder Addict

Roni Noone is one of our favorite healthy bloggers and for good reason. More than eight years ago she lost 70 pounds and still boasts a lean, strong body today despite two kids, plenty of diet blunders and a hectic schedule. The best part about it? She’s just an everyday mom being real, trying to stay healthy and inspiring others to do the same. If you’ve never met Roni, prepare to be inspired.

Roni’s weight struggles began around age 12 when she saw a photograph of herself and didn’t like what she saw. “That’s when I started obsessing over becoming thinner – skipping lunch and trying not to eat much at home,” she said. “I starting the yo-yo cycle of deprivation and binging, and I did that throughout high school.”Roni-Noone-Before-and-After

Though it helped her maintain a “healthy weight” through her teens, the cycle of binging and starving did her more harm later on in college. By the time she graduated she weighed 210 pounds, and the struggle didn’t stop there.

After college when the low carb craze was all the rage, Roni hopped on the band wagon and cut out nearly all carbs from her diet. Though it helped her lose weight initially, she inevitably gained it all back. To make matters worse, she and her husband were hoping to start a family soon, so reaching a healthy weight became critical.
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Open Invitation to Fitbloggin’ Attendees to Guest Blog

Well, Roni Noone (and team) did it again! Fitbloggin‘ (appeared) to be a grand success as the third annual event wrapped up this weekend. The health and fitness blogging conference attracts hundreds of bloggers and well-aligned brands from all over the country to converge on Baltimore’s inner harbor for a fun-filled, fast-paced, invaluable weekend. This was the third year that DietsInReview.com was able to attend (this year I presented on SEO for Bloggers), and certainly not to be our last!

One of the better sessions of the weekend was presented by Carla Birnburg of MizFit, which focused on attracting and working with media. A lot of great ideas were shared, including guest blogs. If you’re ready to work on stretching your guest blogging muscles, we’d love to have anyone from this year’s Fitbloggin’!

Carla said she dedicates 90 minutes every day to pitching herself and her brand to media of all types and sizes. She does this early in the day to assure her emails get received and before other obligations get the best of her schedule. I was one of the louder individuals in the audience, but as the recipient of hundreds of writer and brand pitches every week, I wanted to ensure the Fitbloggin’ attendees knew how to break through the noise.

I advised everyone to keep that initial email short and sweet – four sentences at most to quickly introduce themselves and their (really awesome) story idea. As well, to be sure their blog or site URL was included in the email. It’s even fine to speak to the brevity of the message, and suggest a more in depth conversation or pitch that can happen if the editor is interested.

Well Fitbloggin’ bloggers, I’m interested! If you want to guest blog, use my email on the business card I shared or click here to email me.
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Health Buzz June 8: Fitbloggin’ Tickets, Fat to Fit Trainer, and a Vegetarian Weekend Dinner

Two Ways to Win a Ticket to Fitbloggin’ 2012

Find out how to win a trip to Fitbloggin’ 2012! The third annual fitness blogging conference will be held in Baltimore during the month of September. DIR, along with hundreds of veterans and new fitness and health bloggers, will learn, play, and work out with others during September 20-23.

Miss USA 2012 Stays Fit with Zumba and a Small Meal Diet

Judges in Las Vegas crowned Olivia Culpo of Rhode Island as the new Miss USA. Olivia hasn’t always had a bikini ready body. The beauty queen gives detail of how she stays fit and healthy.

Drew Manning Completes Fat to Fit Journey by Losing 70 pounds

Most people dream of having a fit body, but for Drew Manning experimenting with his fit physique was an experience he will never forget. Drew Manning, a personal trainer, went from fit to fat to fit in a one-year time span. Drew documents his journey for others to prove to the world getting an over-weight body fit takes time and dedication.
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Two Ways to Win a Ticket to Fitbloggin’ 2012!

There aren’t usually a lot of reasons to look forward to the end of summer, but this year there is one big reason to do so… Fitbloggin’! In September the third annual fitness blogging conference takes place in Baltimore. Once again hundreds of veteran and new fitness and health bloggers will join to learn, play, and work out from September 20-23.

We’re going – of course! And we want you to go with us. Roni at Fitbloggin‘ has given us two tickets to giveaway. And we’ve got two ways you could be one of the winners!

1. Comment on this blog post. That’s pretty simple. Leave a comment below telling us why you HAVE to go to Fitbloggin’, and why it just won’t be the same without you there. We’ll do a drawing on Friday, June 29th to announce the drawing winner for one ticket.

2. Join the #Fitbloggin Twitter party on Tuesday, June 12. We’ll be hosting a live Twitter party @DietsInReview on #Fitbloggin to talk about summer recipes, fitness, travel plans, and of course what we love about Fitbloggin’. That night we’ll draw one winner for a Fitbloggin’ ticket and give away some other cool DIR goodies. Party starts at 8:00pm CST; so put the kids to bed and charge your laptop!
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