New site design!

Hi Team! We are excited to share with you the new site design for MikedUp Blog! Take a minute to poke around and let us know what you think. Hopefully you agree this is a change for the better, or if you’re finding us for the first time – no worries – we plan to tweak a few more things in the coming weeks. If you have any comments or questions let us know by commenting on the post or by contacting Mike. Have a great week! -Mike P.S. – Don’t miss Monday.

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The spending freeze – jump start your budget

  You’ve seen the medical dramas on TV… We’re in the emergency room with tall, dark, and handsome doctors and nondescript nurses all crowded around a motionless victim. Loud noises tell us the heart rate is flat-lining and we’re short on time. “Get me a crash cart, now!!” Said crash cart arrives a split second later – almost like it was part of the script – and as the doc grabs the paddles and rubs them together he yells, “Clear!” The electric current lifts this victim up off the table and then leaves, slamming the body back to the gurney. This is touch-and-go, and we’re on the edge of our seats because we honestly don’t know if these breaths may be this guy’s last… Cut to commercial. “Let H&R Block he…”   Let’s pretend you are the doctor in this scenario and I’ll ask you a question. Have you ever […]

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The value of group fitness

I know from personal experience that guys can at times be intimidated by group fitness classes. You go to the gym, the Y, or wherever you go to workout and you walk by one of those rooms and all you tend to see are the ladies. “Are guys not allowed in that class? Will it be awkward if I’m the only one in there with a bunch of women? Maybe that’s more of the ’toning’ class when I’m looking for some of the ‘bulking’ variety.” These are thoughts that have gone through my head at some point in time. However, I am extremely grateful for my lack of caring when it comes to certain awkward situations – many types of group fitness classes have been amazing motivators, calorie burners, and drivers toward my overall fitness. If you’ve taken part then you know what I’m talking about. If not, here are […]

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Card workout challenge – Results

Hi team! Great work to all who stepped up to the Card Workout Challenge! You guys and gals crushed it this week… Nice job.   I was thrilled to hear the feedback and am glad that we had such a great turnout. The fact that so many people participated really had me motivated – it also gave me an idea…   We had such a great turn out this week that we may be working toward a fitness week each month. New workout for a new month – gotta keep the body guessing! Stay tuned for what’s ahead.   Thanks if you were one of us who took part, or if your finding this post later in time please feel free to try the challenge and let us know how you do.   I want to send a shout out to a new friend of mine, Tom (pictured below). We […]

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Card workout challenge day 2

Hi team! So… How’d it go?? Was the workout harder than you expected? Easier? Are you still working up the courage to try it out? Whatever the case, thanks for reading! I had people come up to me and say, “I’m in!” To which I responded, “That’s great…! for what?” People are excited about this. I hoped that would be the case but I’ll be honest – didn’t know what to expect. Thanks to all who are in or those who plan to start soon, I really love the feedback! Great work to all who are stepping up to the Card Workout Challenge! The results for my first two days of Fitness Week are in the table below. Also, feel free to check out the instructional video below if you didn’t see it last time. Stick with it! Talk later in the week, Mike   Day 1 Day 2 Time (minutes) 16:43 […]

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The card workout challenge

Welcome to Fitness Week at MikedUp Blog! This is a 100% affordable, portable, and adjustable workout that I most likely got from somebody (to that person – I apologize), and we are going to turn it into a challenge. I do this workout regularly when I don’t have a ton of time or a fancy gym to do kettle bell swings, ropes, or whatever other highly effective fad I’ve recently taken part in. This is the card workout. Workout explained first, challenge later.     What you need: A deck of cards, towel, stopwatch, water, and a propensity to sweat… a lot.   The workout: Start with your cards shuffled up. After you start your stopwatch, you will then simply draw one card at a time and the card will tell you what to do. First, the suit determines the exercise.   Card Suit Exercise Hearts Burpees (cardio & all […]

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Index page

All posts sorted alphabetically by category (we will be a week or so behind with updating this page):   Finance 10 Financial musts before age 20 Financial must 1 Financial must 2 Financial must 3 Financial must 4 Financial must 5 Are you missing the ‘Golden Era’ for an opportunity to refinance? “Cut up your credit cards!!” (Wait… what? Why?) Financial pillars for us millennials Do what you love Protect your income Sit down and make a budget Eliminate bad debt Learn to live below your means Pay yourself first Work with knowledgeable professionals How a $10k IRS bill makes you re-evaluate your tax strategy Mailbag – do I track cash transactions No, not everyone needs a budget (guest blogger – Dan) No excuses – pay like a champion (response to the few who say it can’t be done) Not your granddaddy’s wireless plan – stop overpaying (guest blogger – […]

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10 Financial musts before age 20 (5 of 5)

This is the fifth and final post in our Financial Must series, where we’re aiming to provide you with a tremendous foundation to achieve your financial goals. We have the previous eight Musts listed below to remind you what we’ve covered. If you’d like to read about those in detail, check out Must Post 1, Must Post 2, Must Post 3, or Must Post 4. Thanks for reading! 1) Find a way to earn an income and do it at an early age. 2) Set goals for yourself financially, and make sure at least one is attainable in the short term. 3) Open a checking account. 4) Get a credit card with a low limit. 5) Do not put anything on that credit card if you don’t have the money for it in the bank. 6) Start an investment savings plan. 7) Live frugally and save as much of your income as possible. 8) Learn to separate needs from […]

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April plans

  Other than April Showers, here are a few things we’re excited to share with you in the coming weeks! Our April plans:   A workout challenge is coming your way very soon. Competing against yourself, or a friend of yours, is on the docket. This is complete with ‘instructional’ video with backdrop not consisting of a beige wall… I’m very excited about this one. We are also working on a post about experiences with group fitness. The final installment of our 10 financial musts under age 20. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed the 8 previous Musts. These last two complete our foundation for more in depth financial posts in the future. Segue: Towards the end of the month I plan to share with you a story of Jon and Heather, a married couple who are on track to pay off $82,000 in student loans… In 15 months!! They are well over […]

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The real survival guide for new dads (3 of 3)

  This our third and final installment of The real survival guide for new dads series. If you’ve missed our first two – feel free to check them out here (first) or here (second). Otherwise, let’s read some entertaining stories and maybe learn a thing or two.   The fourth trimester. The first few months after your baby is born are often referred to by this moniker – and for good reason. Positives during this time included: Monica wasn’t vomiting any more, we got to meet our beautiful daughter, and… you know I can’t remember too many details but things were looking up. There were a few things to keep an eye out for though…   I hate you means I love you? Postpartum is legit. So legit, in fact, that postpartum depression is shown to severely affect 1 in 7 women in the subsequent months after birth (1). Take ‘severely’ out of the equation […]

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