We eliminated $200.60 in normal spending this month – here’s how

  Photo by RNM   There comes a point for most of us when you’re looking at the monthly budget, and after considering income and fixed expenses (contracts and bills), we don’t have a whole lot left over. You scratch and claw trying to cut variable expenses (groceries, fun money, unnecessary items) and consider starting a side hustle just to create some breathing room.   I’ve done all of these and after a while it becomes just as painful as you may imagine… You get run down because you’re working so much and having no fun. You start seeing the same scenery over and over again because to switch it up and drive to another part of town costs gas money. Then, inevitably, at the end of the week (or month if you’ve got some willpower) you break down, take a night off from the side hustle, and take the […]

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MikedUp Blog updates for late spring!

Hi Team! I want to give you a quick update on some MikedUp Blog happenings. A) You guys are crushing it! Thanks to all who turned out for fitness week this month, and to the readers who have been checking out the posts and sharing our content! We couldn’t be more appreciative. Thanks! B) We have some exciting posts in the works that will be coming to you in the very near future. Experimentation with finding ways to save money in the monthly budget (this one may surprise you), experimentation with a variety of fitness classes and routines that us fellas typically stay away from (I’m excited to break down some barriers with this one – already in progress), and our story about a modern-day veteran – a hero – and his tough journey home. I  hope you’ll enjoy these and the posts coming after them as much as I enjoy writing […]

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The ‘play date’ – how guys in their 30s make new friends

  I look back to college and remember a time when grilling out with the fellas, having ‘a’ beer, and enjoying some game/sporting event was a regular occurrence. We didn’t need a reason to start that process at 1:00 in the afternoon… It was Saturday and that was reason enough.   Anything was on the table: philosophy, religion, politics, sports, and thoughts about why Florida was a better spring-break destination than Virginia Beach. Great times and next to zero responsibility.   Fast forward 12 years and the situation is slightly different.   We’re saving up for a few projects/purchases for around the house and although a grill is rapidly approaching the top of that list – we’re not there yet. The stove works though, so we’ve got that going for us.   There is still beer in the fridge, but thankfully Busch light (no offense to my friends still on […]

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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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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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