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Hi, Team! Welcome to the MikedUp Blog family. I’m Mike, I’m married to Monica, and we have our amazing daughter, Clara.

My blog’s purpose is two-fold – 1) to help you find a better version of yourself through improvements in fitness, finance, and family, and 2) to at least provide some entertainment.

What you can expect to see:

    • 1 main post each week (Wednesdays), where the topic will bounce among the categories above. These are mostly from me but may feature a guest blogger on occasion.
    • 1 ‘Shout-out’ post each Saturday morning, where I share something with you that I’ve read recently from another writer. One requirement – it made an impact on me in some way.
    • “Mailbag” posts filtered in. As our readership grows, so do the questions and comments. Ask on twitter (@RealMikedUp), email, or in the comments section, and your question may be addressed in a future post!
    • A genuine love of life and learning. That joy will hopefully come through in my posts!


MikedUp Blog is here because I thoroughly enjoy helping others. I also have a nerd-like obsession with learning about how to be fit – financially and physically. You can read more about me on the about Mike page – but here’s a paragraph to sum it up:

I played football in college, got injured, gained too much weight, then lost ~65 pounds. I have an intense drive to keep that weight off. My degrees are in molecular biology and ecology. I’ve been fortunate to have worked, a lot – in a bunch of different fields (as a landscaper, men’s fragrance salesman, coach, server, quality supervisor, forensic scientist, and now CEO…) and in varying places (Ohio, Maui, Costa Rica, the Gulf of Mexico,…). Monica and I took out some sizeable loans for her to go to dental school and for us to buy our business (MFD), and we are working to pay off that debt (many posts about each of these in the archives and to come). We believe in credit cards that don’t carry a balance from one month to the next (love the points, hate the interest). We put family first and love vacations. Our world centers around Clara.


Thank you for reading and for being here!

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I’m glad you’re here. Thanks again and talk soon!
– Mike