Healthy Holiday Tips for a Fun and Festive Season

Mel, our resident clinical research nurse, is back to share some great healthy holiday tips for the upcoming holiday season. Whether you’re hosting a holiday party or just generally trying to avoid holiday weight gain – some healthy tips from an industry professional are perfect for the season!  Mel has done the research and worked with the patients, so without further pause – here are some of her great tips!     The “heavy” hitting holidays are here – so we need to be armed with some healthy holiday tips! It starts with Halloween and various fests (pumpkin and apple to name a few) then moves on to Thanksgiving, Christmas and other religious holidays.  Let’s not forget about birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, retirement parties, going away parties and on and on…… This translates into many occasions to eat, and, not the healthiest foods.  But why?  Why have these joyous occasions turned […]

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Who is the Fittest Personal Finance Blogger?

Who is the Fittest Personal Finance Blogger? #fitnessbloggers #fitness #health #exercise #gainz

Ohhh, do I have a treat for us today!! I’ve gathered up all of the fitness bloggers (actually, financial bloggers) in the world (who were within shouting distance and wanted to take part), took them out of their mom’s basements (they’ll be back before dinner, moms…), and I issued them a challenge (and asked a few questions)! What was that challenge? “Where are you at with your current fitness level? Where would you like to improve in the months ahead? How will you get there? And perhaps the most important question – Who is the fittest financial blogger of them all?!?!?   There can only be one!   jkjk – it’s not like I’m competitive or anything (don’t ask my wife or any of my friends or family, OK – cool). 😉   Here, your favorite personal finance ‘nerds’ will see if we have the chops to be “fitness bloggers”   […]

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How to Get ahead of the calories – a Thanksgiving strategy

How to Get Ahead of the Calories - A Thanksgiving Strategy #fitness #calories #exercise #activity #discipline

This is not a research-backed, peer-reviewed, piece on how to get/stay healthy during the coming holiday season. If that’s what you’re looking for, please see Mel’s – our clinical research nurse – post (Healthy holiday tips). There, she’ll help guide you to make smart choices in terms of portions, meals, and food items while still enjoying fellowship and family during the season.   This post is for a different crowd. The crowd that knows Thanksgiving is a few days away and that means 3 things:   1) The best food day of the year is upon us 2) We get to hang out with family, watch football, and play games 3) Did I mention – the best food day of the year is upon us    For those of us who know that bad caloric decisions are in our immediate future, no amount of portion control or, “Which pie type has fewer […]

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Why you Should Start P90X3 – A Complete Review

The original P90X program changed my life at a time when I needed it the most. After that transformation (almost a decade ago…), I kept on with maintaining my then “new” and decent fitness level until I found what I call the best workout program I’ve ever used – P90X3 helped me get even stronger, better, and more confident. In this post, I’ll describe why it’ll work for YOU too.     It’s that time of year again… You know – the time when years transition from 1 to the next, bad habits are shunned for good, and resolutions are made.   Let’s put aside for a moment that about 88% of those granite-clad and unbreakable New Year’s resolutions fail, and call this what it is. Some of us are big-time into fitness, some will join our tribe, and another group will join our tribe then fall off the fitness train after a […]

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Hey Cancer – You Picked the Wrong Bitch (Part 2)

Hey Cancer - You Picked the Wrong Bitch (Part 2)

This is the second and final portion of a story from Jen – a wife, mother, daughter, …, a breast cancer survivor, and a badass. Please click here to read Part 1 of Jen’s story and then come back here for the ending.   As I said in the first half of Jen’s story – this is quite possibly the most important post that has been published on MikedUp Blog. Thank you so much for reading…   Here’s Jen picking up where she left off:       August 4, 2017   Exchange day.   I was so excited about this surgery! This was supposed to be the end of this journey for me, and because the exchange is a far less complicated procedure than a mastectomy, I was optimistic about the road ahead.   The surgeons simply open you up, remove the expanders, tweak the pockets that will hold the […]

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Hey, Cancer – You Picked the Wrong Bitch…

Hey Cancer - You Picked the Wrong Bitch #remission #cancer #journey #family #breastcancer #surgery #fight

This post will be unlike most things you can find on MikedUp Blog. Normally, I will help to solve a pain point in your life in some aspect of fitness, finance, business, or personal relationships… But not today. Today, I am humbled and grateful to bring you the ultra-personal story of a breast cancer survivor – from life before cancer all the way through to present day…   But this isn’t just any story from some random person… Much like the story I wrote about in 2016 – where a man deployed to Afghanistan away from his wife and child to wage war who ended up returning home in critical condition, not knowing if he would survive the multiple surgeries ahead of him… I too know the key character in this story pretty well.   Jen (as you will read below) is a wife, mother, scientist, … a little OCD (her own […]

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How to Not Gain a Single Pound Over the Holidays

How to Not Gain a Single Pound Over the Holidays #avoidweightgain #health #healthychoices #exercise #nutrition

Just because it’s “a thing” doesn’t mean we have to submit to the typical winter hibernation… When the weather turns colder, the days retreat shorter, and the average person tends to pack on 5-7 pounds during the winter months (John’s Hopkins). Well, here at MikedUp Blog, we’re doing everything we can to avoid holiday weight gain.   As my 3 year old says, “No. No…” (she also waves her finger while saying this). No extra pounds are welcome on this guy. And they shouldn’t be welcome on you either.   Let me issue you a challenge right here and now   I’m not gaining a single pound this holiday season. In fact, I vow to lose those 5-7 pounds. Are you game for doing the same?   If so, here is our game plan to avoid holiday weight gain   1- We’re going to make healthy holiday choices   Last […]

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Shout-out: I’m a dad and a business owner in my 30s with a 6-figure income — here’s how I spent my money during a recent week

(Photo via Business Insider)   Hello all!   Our Saturday morning shout-outs highlight a post/article/book/other that I’ve come across lately that deserves exactly that: a ‘shout-out.’ The goal here is to hopefully introduce my readers to other authors or bloggers that have had an impact on me, my writing, and my life.   This week’s shout-out is: I’m a dad and a business owner in my 30s with a 6-figure income — here’s how I spent my money during a recent week   Click here to check out the post!   Last Friday, MikedUp Blog saw probably it’s most significant moment since inception. I’ve been incredibly lucky to have some posts featured on amazing and well-read blogs. I’ve even had a post that got picked up on Marketwatch – and, believe me, we have celebrated each and every one of those wins! But last week, I had the fortunate opportunity to […]

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The Simple Way I Lost 65-Pounds – For Good!

Achieving a greater level of fitness is simple. But it’s not easy. It can be so easy to get caught up in complicated plans and detailed workout schedules… After a decade of struggling with my weight, I found out the truth – that there is a simple way to lose weight… You just have to work your butt off.   How would I know? Well, about 7 years ago I looked in the mirror and saw a version of myself that I didn’t respect. And for some reason, at that moment I decided to make a change in my life.   I started eating better, exercising more intentionally, and getting better sleep. And although I knew that this transformation and weight loss wouldn’t happen overnight, I started making gradual progress. Each and every day… One day after the next.   Then I looked up a year later and saw a […]

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How I Increase Productivity and Get 25 Hours Out Of a Day

How To Increase Productivity By Getting 25 Hours Out of a Day #productivity #efficiency #goals #tasks #progress #personaldevelopment

To successfully increase productivity for an extended period of time, it is essential to have a well thought out plan in place. Sure, you may get lucky and be ultra-productive for a few weeks or months, but eventually, the absence of a solid plan will lead to increased stress and burnout. Trust me… I’ve been there.   But once I had a handle on my stress and anxiety, I turned my focus to a full proof plan that would allow me to increase productivity while still enjoying the finer things in life…   This is that plan:   (Photo courtesy of Justin Montemarano)     “Dude, how in the world do you find time to do all of that?!? It’s like you get 25 hours in a day…”   This was a friend’s response after hearing about my revolving priority list (below). It wasn’t a beat-my-chest brag sesh’.     […]

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