Bogleheads’ Top Five Posts for the week from DH (Dear Husband)

Bogleheads  is an outstanding financial forum I’ve followed for years. It’s members include many bright and caring people to whom I’m in debt to for their wisdom.  But sometimes I don’t have time to surf the net and thought maybe the same might be true for some of you.  So I decided to comb through and select articles I find interesting in the hopes you might benefit as well.  Continue reading “Bogleheads’ Top Five Posts for the week from DH (Dear Husband)”

Is Financial Independence possible for a single Physician couple?

Recently I posted an article about women’s biggest financial regret: not investing enough and missing out on the magic of compound interest. A friend who is a retired oncologist asked me:

 

“I applaud your frugal lifestyle and investing in your future independence, but can your frugality be transferred to those with less robust circumstances?”

 

Indeed, could our current customized lifestyle be transferred to those who aren’t a dual physician couple?

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What it feels like when both spouses work part-time

“Daddy, will you be here in the morning?”

“I will.”

“YES!!!!” a little boy screams—grinning widely—as he runs up the stairs for bedtime.

 

Conversations like this are happening a lot in our household lately since DH (dear husband) quit his partnership. And each time I hear something like this, I smile, and my steps are a bit lighter.

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Frugal ways to Lose Weight—Part II*

This is part II of a two part series on frugal ways to lose weight. To pick up where we left off last week:

6) Fasting has health benefits besides just cutting weight. I think this is why so many religions in the world incorporate it into their religious practices—look at the month of Ramadan going on right now all over the world.

Ideally you should be doing a twelve-hour fast every night but that’s a whole other topic (about offloading the glycogen stores from your liver).

I often use intermittent fasting to cut—or even maintain—weight. When I do, it’s only one or two days a week. I would recommend reading a few articles about intermittent fasting before you try it though. If you do it incorrectly, you’ll end up Continue reading “Frugal ways to Lose Weight—Part II*”

Frugal ways to Lose Weight—Part I*

I thought I’d address one of the most frequently asked questions I get from friends and family. And I do mean incredibly frequent—even when I travel overseas, I get asked how to lose weight.

Weight is a tricky subject and I’m bound to stick my foot in my mouth with something I say here. But I would be failing as a writer if I shied away from discoursing on difficult subjects—and part two of this blog covers some uncomfortable points.

So I’m going to plow ahead anyway.

Because my biological father was obese and died of a heart attack at age sixty-two, I tend to be acutely aware of what being overweight does to one’s longevity. My genetics also makes me— as a physician—a bit more bold about speaking out on weight issues in America and how to help people stay healthier so they can avoid Physicians like me (seriously—no one ever wants to see a Palliative Care doctor. We’re one step before Hospice!)

Most women want to lose just ten percent of their weight.  When they do, they’re allegedly more likely to want to have sex because they feel better about their body image (sex is more complicated than just losing weight though—see part 2 next week).

You can lose—and maintain a healthy weight—without spending gobs of money on fancy diet systems. I gained exactly sixty-three pounds with each of my pregnancies. Here’s what I learned during my postpartum weight loss journeys (besides those last five pounds stick like glue):  Continue reading “Frugal ways to Lose Weight—Part I*”

Money and Labor Saving Cooking Device: Guest Post from DH

This post is for those with no cooking skills who would like to cook and save money!

 

I grew up with parents who were excellent cooks and was fortunate to marry someone who has even more culinary skills. So I felt woefully inadequate whenever trying to prepare a meal.

 

My first attempt to cook was “Pirate Stew” which apparently had uncooked potatoes in the middle. Who knew it was important to cook food until it was done?

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