Health is everything. All of the money in the world means nothing if you’re not healthy.
Perhaps the best part of FIRE for me is that I’ve been able to finally get into decent shape. When I had a job, the first thing I’d eliminate in my schedule when time ran out was exercise. Now that I don’t have a job, I exercise right after I walk the children to school. At one point when I had a job, I weighed over 180. This morning, I weighed in at 161. I no longer have hypertension. FIRE has been a game changer for my health.
5 Best People
Someone once said this:
You’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with.
I firmly believe this, so I try to surround myself with the best people who will have me. I want people in my life who will challenge me physically and mentally. I want people who inspire me. Sometimes, inspiration comes from unexpected places.
Amazing Daughter C
My 11-year-old who I sometimes call Daughter C or DC here on the blog came home from school one day in April with this proclamation:
I want to run the Bolder Boulder!
The Bolder Boulder is a 10k run and DC had never been excited about athletics, so I was hesitant. We signed up anyway and she started an after-school training program. The big day came and to my surprise, DC ran the entire course:
We didn’t set the road on fire with our 85 minute time, but we never walked.
Soon after, DC said this:
Dad, I want to keep running!
So we did.
We spent the summer in our running shoes. When we went to San Diego, we ran on the pedestrian path next to the beach. When we visited NYC, we ran in Central Park.
And as summer break came to a close, DC said this:
I want to run another 10k.
So, we signed up for the Fort Collins FORTitude which we ran on Monday:
Two notable things happened at this race:
- We finished 15 minutes faster
- I couldn’t keep up with DC
The last one is why I write today. When we raced the Bolder Boulder, DC struggled to keep up with me. This time, about halfway through the race I was feeling winded, so I told DC that she didn’t have to stay with me. I spent the rest of the race trying to catch up to her, but it wasn’t to be. She finished about 20 seconds ahead and I have a feeling she had more gas in the tank. I was running on empty.
And DC is getting faster every week because she’s in cross-country now. I love it.
I want to enjoy running with DC, so now I run more and push harder than I ever have. DC is making me a better person. DC is making me want to be a better person. Thanks, DC. You’re incredible.
In between catching DC, I’m lifting weights, swinging kettlebells and trying to avoid sweets and beer. Here is what the scale reports:
And brace yourself, here is what the camera shows:
According to the scale, I’m not making any gains. However, I do see them in the pictures. They are small and take a lot of effort, but they are there. Slow and steady?
I continue to be a walking maniac. My goal for 2018 is 6,000,000 and I’m up to 4,522,656. If I continue at my current pace of 18.310 steps per day, I’ll finish the year at 6,683,150.
People frequently complain about the risks of FIRE:
- What if I run out of money?
- How will I get health insurance?
I never hear anyone complaining about the risks of staying at a job. If your work involves sitting, read this nugget from the Mayo Clinic:
While it would be arrogant to say that health insurance isn’t an issue for early retirees in the United States, the fact that I now have time to exercise regularly makes me less likely to have health issues. At 44, I have no aches and pains. I’ve run a half-marathon and two 10ks (prior to retirement, the longest I had ever run was one 5k). I feel great and it’s all because of FIRE.
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