Vacationing Done Right

Have you ever gotten back from vacation and felt exhausted? Like you need a vacation from your vacation. Have you ever gotten back from vacation and been in shock by your trip’s costs? Like you didn’t realize eating out for every meal and paying for every amenity wouldn’t add up. Have you ever gotten back from vacation and lost track of all your goals? Like your vacation ended your diet and workout plan that you were doing so well at.

Well, vacations don’t have to be like that. I just got back from my first vacation this year, and with some thoughtful planning and great support, I can say I vacationed right. I feel refreshed and excited to get back to work. I spent what I had budgeted so I have no stress and am ready to start saving for the next. I maintained my nutrition and fitness goals. And, I’m super happy with the experience.

In this post, I’ll detail the things I did that made my vacation successful.… Read More

Never Stop Optimizing

It’s easy to become complacent with your life. It’s easy to be content with your current situation, to be okay with everyday annoyances, to never think about many of the routines and habits you’ve built throughout life. I have some back pain that bothers me but doesn’t everybody? It seems normal. Why would I change the breakfast I eat everyday? It’s quick, easy and delicious. Don’t you have headaches after a workday too? That’s when you know you’ve worked hard… Read More

Step 4: Max Out Your Roth IRA

If you’re on step 4, you’re doing pretty well. You’ve built a proper emergency fund, are receiving an employer match, and have paid off all your high interest rate debt. Now, you’re ready to start investing in your future. It’s time to open a Roth IRA and max it out. This will provide you with additional emergency funds if you need it, but more importantly, a retirement that’ll make you feel more than comfortable… Read More

I Don’t Trust the Food Pyramid or MyPlate

It’s not possible to consume enough protein without meat and dairy.
If you don’t drink milk, you’ll have weak bones from calcium deficiency.
Too many carbohydrates from bread, pasta and rice will cause weight gain.
You should avoid fats to stay lean and fit.
Eating plant-based will leave you hungry all the time.

These are some of the popular myths that many people believe. Myths that are kept alive partially due to the USDA’s inability to publish nutrition recommendations based on the latest research studies. In this article, I’m going to explain the USDA’s food recommendations and why you shouldn’t follow them to a T… Read More

How I Average 25,000 Steps/Day

It’s been said that sitting is the new smoking or sitting is the new cancer. Every year studies have shown the amount of time we spend in an idle state (sitting or standing) is increasing and thus causing many issues, both short term (back, joint and nerve pain) and long term (cancer, heart disease and stroke). It’s also been shown that people who are more active tend to be happier and live longer. And, that a daily 1 hour workout doesn’t offset the harm caused by spending the other 23 hours idle. This is what has led me to live a more active lifestyle… Read More

Step 3: Pay Off High Interest Rate Debt Fast

You’ve already built a proper emergency fund and are taking advantage of your employer’s match if they offer one. Now what? Well, if you want to make any further progress with your financial life then you’ll need to rid yourself of any high interest rate debt. There’s no point in investing any further money to make a 7% return when your credit cards are costing you 16% or your student loans are at 9%… Read More

July 2019 – Physical Health Update

Well… the path to beating my dad’s personal record time for a 5k just paused… and took a few bunny hops backwards. Ten days before the race, I strained my hamstring during a floor hockey game. This limited all my training runs leading up to the race. I think I ran five training runs from the time of injury to the race and each one was 1.5 miles or less. Not ideal preparation for a 3.1 mile race. Still, I was fairly confident going into the race, and even during it until the 2 mile mark. At that point, I had burned out… Read More

You Need to Start Now

It doesn’t matter what your goal is, the best time to start is always now. How many times do you hear people say they’re starting a diet next week? Or, they’re going to cut back on spending after their next pay check? Or, they’re planning on starting a new workout program on Monday? Well the truth is we spend way too much time planning to start something without ever starting it… Read More