15 Simple weight loss hacks that helped me lose 65 pounds

 (Photo by SMW) Losing weight and trying to keep it off is tough business. It takes determination, sacrifice, and a hard-nosed attitude that can say, “No man. I’m not eating that. Not today… I know I love cake but I’m not doing it!”   If you’re able to fight the devil on your shoulder and win more often than you lose, who knows – you may just find a brand-new version of yourself you never knew existed. That’s what I did, and I’m so grateful.     I was able to lose about 65 pounds, lower my blood-pressure from the ‘let’s watch this’ range to the ‘nice work’ range, and eliminate aches and pains associated with carrying around so much extra weight. It’s gotta be one of the top 5 things I’ve ever done.   Even better is the fact that we have 4 other people in our family who […]

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Fitness week workout – 25 minutes of fun

Hi Team!   Have you ever had trouble finding a short and focused workout that fits into your busy schedule and still gives you great results? If so, look no further! This is 25 minutes of fun.   Welcome to another Fitness Week at MikedUp Blog! This one is complete with a short – body weight centric – workout that really makes you earn some R&R when it’s all over.   I’ll explain the workout below, but when you’re checking out this week’s video you’ll get to see me and Caleb (1 of 3 brothers-in-law) going through the workout. Caleb is like me in that he’s a former/at times current athlete who played some sports in high school and college. Where he goes above and beyond is the fact that he’s currently in the Army National Guard, been deployed, served 11 years in the Army, and currently training to prepare […]

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Happy Mother’s Day

Hi team! We know that momming can sometimes be a thankless job. So for all the moms out there – especially those closest to us – “thank you!” Thank you for showing us the lines when we step outside of them, thank you for being a friend when we need one, and thank you for showing us what it is to be a strong and loving woman. -Mike

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When playgrounds fight back

You know when you’ve got a perfect Sunday in the spring. “The birds are back in town” – and may or may not wake your wife up just a bit too early. Hey, the windows were open because there’s no topping a cool, crisp, freshness during the night. The temperature dips around the mid-50s in the early morning then climbs to a steady 73-75 at mid-day. There isn’t 1 visible cloud in the entire sky, and the plants are finally starting to buy the fact that it’s springtime (we’re in Ohio and day-to-day temperature fluctuations can be astronomical this time of year – flowers, freezing, flowers,…).   Monica and I knew this was one such Sunday. Most of the weekend chores were done on Saturday so we had some spare time. Secondly, we were in that solid window before dinner and right after Clara’s afternoon nap. Timing was right. It also […]

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Warren Buffett bet huge on index funds – here are 5 reasons why you should too.

(Photo by SMW)   Warren Buffett is the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway and widely regarded as one of the most successful investors in the world. If you’re not too familiar with him as a professional, just know that many people attempt to model their investment strategies after his. Oh, and he’s worth billions, if you’re interested in that sort of thing.   As reported by Fortune and National Public Radio (and many other outlets), about 8 years ago Buffett took a bet of $1,000,000 against Protege Partners, a money management firm.   What was the bet?   Over a 10 year time period, who can pick the more successful investment? Simple as that.   How did this bet take shape?    Buffett challenged the hedge fund world in a speech – Protege Partners took the bait.   Where do the winnings go?    The winnings (which were invested themselves – […]

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May forecast

Hi Team! I’m excited to share with you some of what we have in store for May – but first I want to say a huge ‘thank you’ to all our readers! We’ve had a great response in our first two months since launch and we truly appreciate you all being here! With that being said, here’s some of what’s in store for May: Warren Buffett made a significant wager about 8 years ago. Although his strategy in this bet has been widely reported, I’m excited to share my opinions about why his bet has been so successful to this point. Sometimes a perfect Sunday makes for a nice day at the park and sometimes 30 year-olds shouldn’t play with kids’ toys… Because said 30 year-olds injure themselves – this will be one such story Of course we have a new fitness week coming your way very soon! And yes, this will […]

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Sometimes you have to setup a breast pump with your mother-in-law…

This is a 99% true story (my memory isn’t what it once was so that accounts for the 1%).   Monica and I were getting steamrolled by the lack-of-sleep train that was Clara’s first few weeks of life. We had the unique and seemingly backwards situation that I was afforded 12 weeks off from work while she had about 6 to play with. Breastfeeding was going well, Clara was eating pretty regularly, and Monica was starting back to work. (Yes fellas, ‘breast’ will be used frequently in this post.)   We had done our prep work before Clara was born – you know, put up the crib, washed clothes, figured out the car-seat (or so we thought)…     Another thing we took care of was ordering the breast pump from our insurance company. It came in the mail and quickly found its way to a closet. Things were moving […]

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New ‘Start here’ page added to the site

Hi Team! In an effort to add features to MikedUp Blog we have just added a Start here page to the site. The idea is to give new readers a quick glimpse into who we are, what to expect from the blog, and why we’re here. Take a minute to click on the link above and check it out. If you’re looking for a little more info about me – check out the about Mike page or email me. In separate news – we had great response from our article about Jon and Heather (the young couple paying off oodles of student loan debt in little time). If you haven’t read this one yet – I recommend the read. If you have, no worries, we have more interview/project pieces in the works. As always, Thank you for reading! We appreciate you being here and look forward to sharing more in the coming days. If you’re […]

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These two are on track to pay off $89,000 in student loans in 15 months – and they didn’t win the lottery

  …Noah Syndergaard (Pitcher for the New York Mets) is standing on the mound and staring intently at his catcher’s movements. He seems satisfied as he stands tall and mean mugs the runner on second. It’s the bottom of the 9th and that guy represents the tying run. He cannot advance. Syndergaard winds and delivers…   “Was it a strike?” Jon’s mind searches for the answer as he is roused from the dream by something gently poking his cheek. He realizes the dream is gone as consciousness overcomes him.   Now it feels like there are a few tiny sticks prodding his cheek so he swings and grabs. Nothing bothering his face but now it’s in his hand. Jon opens his eyes to find… a Boxelder bug (a stink bug). Not cool man. He sits up and sees them all over his room. He’s living with 6 other guys and initially chalks […]

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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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