LinkStuff – Fitness Update Edition

by Mike Holman

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I decided to take last week off on a blogging vacation. Things have been pretty busy and it was quite nice to take some time off.

Fitness updates

I haven’t mentioned the diet or the pushups lately, so here is an update:

Weight – After dropping down to 180.0 lbs (from around 191) earlier this year after a rather unpleasant, hardcore diet, I gained a few of those pounds back. After reaching 184.5 pounds, I started dieting again, but not as intense as the last time.

I cut out evening snacks and have been watching my portion size at dinner. I’m now down to 180.5 which is great, but I’d like to keep going and get below 180.

Pushups - I’m still doing the 100 pushup challenge. I try to do the workout twice a week, but sometimes it’s only once. I’ve been stuck on the week 3, day 1 workout for a long time. That particular workout is to do five sets of pushups – 12, 17, 13, 13 and 17+ pushups. I can easily do the pushups and can finish off with 25 or 30 as long as I take a good rest between sets.

The problem is that the workout calls for a 60 second gap between sets which makes it very difficult.

Last night I attempted the workout with a 60 second gap and did the first four sets ok, but could only do 8 pushups on the final set. I’ll keep at it.

The RESP Book 2nd Edition – Still in progress, I haven’t done a lot since I took last week off, but I’m still hopeful that I can get this out for September.

On with the links

Sustainable Personal Finance had an interesting look at his financial plan.

The Oblivious Investor explains that you should set up your asset allocation as if all your investments are in one portfolio.

Joanna Slater from the Globe & Mails says the foundation continues to crumble in US housing.

Michael James says that people pay a high price for smooth cash flow. I had no idea that you could pay property taxes and insurance annually for a discount. I’ll have to look into this.

Rob Carrick notes that owning a house isn’t a good choice if you can’t afford it.

Scott Ronalds from Steadyhand has a humorous look at a terminally sick healthcare ETF.

Barrie McKenna from the Globe & Mails says a postal strike would have fewer consequences. He mentions that employees can get a maximum of 7 weeks of holiday. Wow!

Canadian Capitalist covered the BMO Covered Call Canadian Banks ETF. His call? Leave it alone for now.

Boomer & Echo found 4 hidden costs when you sell your house.

Million Dollar Journey wrote about technical risk ratios.

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Echo

Welcome back from your vacation Mike, and thanks for the mention!

2 Michael James

As always YMMV, but I’ve always paid car and house insurance yearly, and property taxes twice per year. Thanks for the mention.

3 Fernando Margueirat

Mike

> Barrie McKenna from the Globe & Mails says a postal strike would have fewer consequences. He mentions that starting employees get 7 weeks of holiday. Wow!

This is misleading. They don’t start with 7 weeks holidays, that’s the maximum they can get after several years of working for Canada Post. They want to reduce it to a maximum of 6 weeks, but again, no one will start with 6 weeks of vacations.

4 Sustainable PF

Thanks for mentioning us Mike.
I had hoped to get part 2: The Future done this week but it looks like it may be on hold for a few weeks. When I do get it done we’d love to get your input on it!

5 Mike Holman

@Echo – Thanks!

@MJ – I’m going to look into those discounts.

@Fernando – Thanks for the clarification – I misread his statement. Seven weeks of holiday is still pretty nuts however – I’d love to get that much.

@SPF – No problem.

6 Canadian Capitalist

I pay property taxes twice a year. I always check if insurance payments monthly are annual payments/12. If monthly payments are the same, I pay monthly. This is worth checking at every renewal.

Thanks for the mention!

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