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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:


MikedUp Blog is here because I thoroughly enjoy helping others. I also have a nerd-like obsession for 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 in varying places (Ohio, Maui, Costa Rica, the Gulf of Mexico,…). Monica and I took a loan of about $250,000 for her to go to dental school, and we are working to pay off that debt (it could have been much higher). 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 and I look forward to sharing and improving with you in the days ahead! Have a great week.