Introducing the 5 Million Step Challenge

As part of my ongoing goal not to die, I’ve decided to make one of my new year’s resolutions public. (I hear that’s the best way to accomplish your goals.) Technically it’s not really a new-years resolution since I didn’t decide to start doing it until February 13. But it is something I hope to achieve during 2018.

My Sedentary Life

I live a relatively sedentary life. My job requires me to sit for most of the workday. Historically my leisure activities have also kept me in the seated position. Except of course when I get off the couch to grab a bag of chips from the kitchen.

That sedentary life, coupled with a less than impressive diet resulted in some alarming news from my doctor.

Since that time, I’ve cleaned up my diet (mostly) and have increased the physical activity. I’ve been trying to run 2-3 miles a few times each week, and much to my wife’s surprise I’ve actually kept it up.

Why 5 Million Steps?

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Conversations with my Kids – Valentine’s Edition

kids humor, conversations with my kidsIt’s been a while since I’ve shared some of the funny things my kids have said. So I thought Valentine’s Day was as good a time as any to revisit this series.

What does it take to make it into the Valentine’s Day Special? Well, it has to be sweet, maybe even a little sappy. Or the conversation has to be about relationships or possibly even about sex.

Happy Valentine’s Day, I hope you enjoy!Continue reading →

Rumors of My Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated

If you are one of the few hardcore MSF readers, you may have wondered where I’ve been over the last month. (Thanks to Chrissy, HCF, and Mrs. Groovy for the e-mails, it helped get me back to the keyboard.) I had planned on taking a couple of weeks off of blogging but enjoyed the newfound freedom so much that a couple of weeks turned into six.

But it’s time to get back to the grind, with one or two changes. First, I don’t plan on writing as frequently. As much as I have like having a consistent weekly blogging schedule it has become increasingly hard to keep up with. I’ll likely publish more when I have more time and less frequently when my time is consumed by other endeavors.

The second change will be spending less time on the peripherals of blogging. Unfortunately, this means less Lego artwork this year, probably a few more grammatical errors, and sadly less time on twitter. I’ll do my best to keep up with these aspects of my blog, but I’ll likely be practicing the adage of ‘better done than perfect.’

Since I’ve been off the radar for a while, I thought this would be a good post to give you a few updates on some of the key areas I write about. Continue reading →

Epic Christmas Collaboration

The creativity of the Personal Finance Blogging community never ceases to amaze me. I am very honored to have played a very small part in a Personal Finance rendition of the 12 Days of Christmas.

The creative genius and ringleader behind this bit of video mastery is I Dream of FIRE. He approached me a few weeks back with a crazy idea. I was happy to help and sent a few of my quirky images his way.

He then held a gruelingly competitive American Idol style singing competition. The Budgeting Epicurean emerged victorious while lesser competitors crumpled under the pressure. Or it’s possible, she may have just Continue reading →

High Risk of a Heart Attack

As I close in on my fourth decade on this earth, I realize it’s time to start getting serious about my health. I’ve made some incremental improvements to my health after getting my first kidney stone 5 years ago.

However, most of those changes focused on my diet, which went from horrific to embarrassing. As I approached my late thirties, I certainly wasn’t eating like a teenager anymore, but I also wasn’t eating like a responsible adult. Far too much sugar (my one and only vice) and far too few fruits and vegetables. My sedentary life and unhealthy diet began to show up on my scale and on my waistline.

Time to Visit the Doctor

I also hadn’t had a yearly physical for close to 2 decades. Continue reading →