Top Ten Family Finance Articles #2: Slimming my MII Addition

January 18, 2012
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I’m in the 10 pound challenge that Newlyweds on a Budget is organizing for the winter and I can’t wait. I put on roughly 10 pounds since graduating college and another 10 pounds since meeting my wife all those years ago. Now, I’m dedicating myself to going back to college…in weight.

On one hand, I am very pleased to see how stable my weight has been. I’ve only put on 20 pounds in 9 years. I attribute it to relatively healthy home cooking. I’ve been a garden slug when it comes to exercising. That’s one thing that needs to change if I’m to succeed.

So to help me, I’ve dusted off my copy of WII Fit. I probably won’t be using it much for exercise, although I’m certain that I will to some degree. It does have a great weight management/training tracking system to keep me motivated. Plus, it’s a video game and since I’m a gaming nerd, it seems only natural for me.

What’s My Weight Today

I fire up my WII Fit and as always, the game is giving me all kinds of attitude.

“It’s been 669 days since your last visit.” (Thinking: not quite two years…)

“Would you like me to give you some tips on how you can be more consistent with working out?” I select “no.” (Thinking: Geez…it’s only two years. Don’t be so clingy!)

“How’s Mrs. Smart Family Finance’s posture looking?” (Thinking: Is this thing going to report to my wife what I say? It’s got to be a trap)

After the Gestapo questioning, I select body test. It’s time to find out the real damage. As usual my MII starts out nice and slim and plumps up like a ball park frank until the dial lands on 185 pounds.

How I Plan on Losing 10 Pounds

While my eating could always use a little more improvement (who’s couldn’t?). I don’t plan on making large changes. I’ll reduce some of the minor snacking that happens at work. That’s about it.

Over the history of my life, my eating has always been improving. I went from eating meat, fried potatoes, chips and candy to a very diverse family menu. The best part is I enjoy the food now more than I did!

My main strategy is to exercise. It will actually be a tough goal too, because as of today, I still don’t have my workout space ready. We’ve been shifting things around in the house because we are nearing the completion of a three-year remodel. I’m planning on working out before work in what used to be our master bedroom, now known as the messy large room filled with crafts, clothes and other assorted messes. I have some cleaning up to do.

I also don’t have all the equipment I’d like. I’ve got an elliptical, which is really all I need. However, I do get bored of it. I also would like a bike and a weight set. We don’t have a lot of money to spend, so I’m not sure when or if I’ll be able to acquire them. If it weren’t winter, I’d simply settle for running and biking, but the now 6 inches of snow on the ground seem so forbidding at the moment.

Top 10 Family Finance Articles

Now that you know the history of my weight; how about some great family finance articles?

  • Any post that I inspired to write is worth reading. Debt Black Hole tests the best value on truck batteries. Besides being a manly topic that makes me feel all rugged, Dave also explores a very important finance concept: is it better to pay more now for something that might last longer, or just buy the cheapest thing I can find?
  • There was a good reason why Suze Orman was flustered over PT Money’s post about her pre-paid debit card; he was dead on. Pay particular attention to how Philip deconstructs the misleading marketing scheme Orman is peddling. Her card can’t possibly help with your credit score, so why is Orman marketing it as if it could?
  • As usual, Disqus doesn’t like me and won’t let me comment on So Over Debt. However, the wordpress link pingback is still fully functional. If you don’t know where to start teaching your young teen about personal finance, Jayden walks you through 4 important lessons.
  • Jeremy at Personal Finance Whiz takes on the tough topic of when to get rid of your car and buy a new one. When I figure out the answer, I’ll write up a post and share my brilliance. Until then Jeremy makes some excellent points.
  • Pets cost a lot of money. Even if that pet is only a three pound yorkie named “sprout” and eats a mere 3 Tbs each day. Our emotional desired for buying a pet can sometimes override our finance priorities. Young Family Finance puts some financial reality to dog ownership.
  • Everyone’s favorite red sauce and cheese pie comes with high fee strings attached. Len Penzo dissects the rapidly rising pizza delivery charge. It’s not delivery, it’s a wallet shake down.
  • It seems like careers are harder and harder for use employees to manage. One trap we can find ourselves snared by is a dead-end job. Invest It Wisely has five indicators to help you spot promotion stagnation.

Carnivals that Have Featured Smart Family Finance

Yakezie Carnival at Broke Professionals

Carnival of Financial Camaraderie at Boomer and Echo

Best of Money at Sustainable Personal Finance

Festival of Frugality at Magical Penny

Carnival of Financial Planning at Skilled Investor Blog

Carnival of Retirement at Passive Income to Retire

Personal Finance Whiz Round Up at Personal Finance Whiz
Yakezie Carnival at Prairie Eco Thrifter

Carnival of Financial Camaraderie at My University Money

Totally Money at Family Money Values

Festival of Frugality at The Frugal Toad

Carnival of Wealth at Control Your Cash

Carnival of Financial Planning at Skilled Investor Blog

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6 Responses to Top Ten Family Finance Articles #2: Slimming my MII Addition

  1. Financial God on January 18, 2012 at 1:29 am

    Thanks for including my 5 signs of a dead end job from IIW! :)

    • Shaun on January 18, 2012 at 1:51 am

      Thanks for the great post and for stopping by!

  2. Wayne @ Young Family Finance on January 18, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Thanks for including me!

    • Shaun on January 19, 2012 at 3:57 am

      No problem!

  3. Jeremy @ Personal Finance Whiz on January 18, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    I always get angry when I see my stupid Mii plump up on Wii fit.

    Thanks for including my post!

    • Shaun on January 19, 2012 at 3:58 am

      This time I’m going to get the better of my WII fit! I’ll be sure to let you know the feeling of having a non-plump mii.

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