Posts Tagged ‘Exercise’

The satisfaction of Frugalistic Synergy

January 11, 2013 4 comments

Frugalistic Synergy

The other day, I happened to be going past a Target and decided to go in to get some Cumin (one of my favorite spices).  As I rounded the kitchen gadgets corner on my way to the spice aisle, a stand mixer caught my eye.  I do quite a bit of baking and stand mixer sounds like quite a luxury.

Anyway, the strange thing was that instead of trying to figure out how to afford it while playing with the store model, my brain did the opposite.  I suddenly screamed “I don’t need this stuff!  There’s nothing you have that I want!!!!” (in my head of course).  And I walked out of the kitchen gadgets aisle feeling empowered and ready to take on the world.

I guess once you consciously work on frugality for 3-6 months, you get so good at it that your body does it for you!

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Can you put a price on fitness?

December 30, 2012 6 comments

AZ1I’m considering dropping about $2,400 on a Crossfit membership in 2013.  That’s about 10% of my 2012 budget.

I’ve been going back and forth on this issue for a few weeks and I’ve decided to finally pull the trigger.  In the past, the only fitness costs I’ve incurred are the sign-up fees for marathons/half marathons.  It got me thinking about what the price of fitness should be.

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Setting crazily-optimistic goals

December 17, 2012 12 comments


I’m often reminded of the parallels between running and building wealth when I’m out on a cold morning jog.  They both come down to learning how to work hard, setting goals, and sticking to a plan.  A recent post by Mrs. PoP on this subject motivated me to write this piece about the importance of crazily-optimistic goals.

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Elevators are a lot of fun when you rarely use them

October 25, 2012 Leave a comment

Remember when you were a kid, riding the elevator up and down, amazed by the magic column of buttons that took you wherever you wanted to go?

I work on the fourth floor of an office building, and whenever I step onto the elevator in the basement, and am magically transported 4 full stories, I get a little nostalgic.  I know this may be a little unconventional, but when I decide to use the elevator, I’m always amazed…

For the most part, I take the stairs.  It seems irrational to get into a box and use electricity to lift me four floors when my body is entirely capable of doing in myself.  In fact, it’s awesome for my body every time I choose the stairs.  The first time I did it, I got a little winded, but now I can scurry up them like a champ.  Why wouldn’t I build great exercise like that into my day?

Sometimes I see others waiting at the first floor for a lift up, and I say hi as I walk past them to the stairs.  They sometimes do a double take when I pass them again as they are stepping out of the elevator on the fourth floor

 I am always confused when I’m walking with coworkers, and they want to take the elevator down two floors!  Every time I laugh a little on the inside about how ridiculous their choice is and go along with them (so as not to seem rude).  I hop on the elevator with them and enjoy the experience.

So anyway, the point is that if you rely on yourself to accomplish stuff most of the time, easy and mindless activities like riding an elevator can even become treats on occasion. 


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