Walking In A Winter Wonderland

Last month, I fell short of my monthly walking goal for the first time since I stopped working 30 months ago. My goal is 12,000 steps a day and I’ve reached at least that many steps whether sunny, rainy, cold, or snowy until I averaged just 11,755 in October. Related: Fitness Activity in Early Retirement I could have probably jumped on the treadmill for ~75 … Continue reading Walking In A Winter Wonderland

Health Insurance for 2019 – First Take

Tomorrow is Election Day.  It far exceeds April Fool’s Day in terms of the number of people who get pranked!  A lot of this year’s focus continues to be on health insurance, so with November Open Enrollment now here, I thought I would take a quick look at what premiums we are likely to pay in 2019. I titled this post as a ‘First Take’ … Continue reading Health Insurance for 2019 – First Take

Bam! My Interview with Kiplinger’s

A couple months ago, I did a 45 minute phone interview with a reporter writing for Kiplinger’s on health insurance for early retirees. She said that she had read our FIRE story on this blog and in particular a post called “Health Insurance – The Biggest Worry For Early Retirees” caught her attention. She appreciated that we had included the dollars & cents in the … Continue reading Bam! My Interview with Kiplinger’s

Work Stress & Health – By The Numbers

For the last 6 years I worked at the MegaCorp I officially early retired from, I was a Corporate Officer and had the benefit of getting Executive Health benefits.  Since we live in Minnesota, that meant I could go to the Mayo Clinic or a similar program (I usually went to one closer to the office) and be put through a full-day physical once per … Continue reading Work Stress & Health – By The Numbers

The Best Things In Life Are Free (and Outdoors)

Last week I had the pleasure of enjoying dinner with a good friend that I haven’t seen in more than 15 years.  Michael and I were long-ago colleagues at a now distant MegaCorp and I have always enjoyed his perspective on life, family, and happiness. This is a guy who does a great job prioritizing all three and not letting work, money, and business get … Continue reading The Best Things In Life Are Free (and Outdoors)

Fitness Activity In Early Retirement

Early retirement isn’t just about finances, it is also about keeping yourself healthy.  I am happy to report that I have continued my diligence in tracking my fitness activity into my second year of early retirement.  My daily fitness level is up dramatically compared to my former working self.  Since April of last year, I have boosted my daily steps by almost 70% to an … Continue reading Fitness Activity In Early Retirement