Retirement Guys: Retirement wonder dietWritten by Nolan Baker Mark Clair | | email@example.com
Time Is Flying By
Another year has come and gone and as always, it seems that time continues to fly by. I (Mark) was thinking about it being 2015 and was reminded of way back when, that I wondered what the year 2000 would be like. What would I be doing? How successful would my career be? How would my family be doing? Back then it seemed a long way off. Here we are, 15 YEARS BEYOND THAT!!! Wow. It makes you feel old and it makes you feel like there is no time to waste in getting things done. It also makes you feel like there is no time to waste in living life to the fullest. Are you making it a habit to enjoy life? Are you making it a point to find joy in each and every day? If you’re not, I would highly recommend it. It is very easy to get caught up in the day-to-day routine of solving the problem of the day or going through the motions without, as they say, “stopping to smell the roses.” I make it a point to try to find joy in each day, even in the little things. Sometimes it is stopping for a moment to say to myself, “wow, this sandwich I am eating is really good! I am thankful to be able to sit here and eat it.”
I’ve Been On Every Diet Known To Man
With the new year comes New Year’s Resolutions.” I can’t tell you how many diets I have been on. Let me see, there was Weight Watchers, the Atkins Diet, Mercy Weight Management, NutriSystem, The Zone Diet, the HCG diet, and yes, the cabbage soup diet. Makes me want to gag thinking about it. Most of these diets actually worked in getting weight off. The problem was sticking to it. You know what happens when you are left to your own devices. To eat that cookie, or to not eat that cookie? More often then not, I just eat it.
A Plan Plus Accountability
I think the diet I liked the most was Mercy Weight Management. Like all of the diets the advantage of following them was a structured plan combined with accountability. This particular plan included consuming meal replacements, shakes, lots of water, a minimum amount of fruits and vegetables, exercise, and the accountability of a weekly meeting with the dreaded weigh-in. One of the reasons I liked this diet was that I didn’t have to think too much. Just follow the plan. The key components of success is Plan + Action + Accountability. As long as I followed the plan and was faithful in showing up for the meetings, I was successful. You know what happened the minute I began to slack off. I can remember my dad, who battled being overweight all his life, had to lose weight for something very important. He was to be a missionary to the far off country of Korea with a predetermined launch date, but he would not be allowed to go unless he lost 40 pounds. I remember him having to send a letter each month reporting on his weight loss progress. He knew if he didn’t get it done, he could not go. Pretty big deal when you realize God is counting on you. Needless to say he got it done and our family was off to Seoul, Korea for five years. Accountability works.
Is This You??
When it comes to retirement planning there are some things we hear all the time. Like, “I want to make sure I don’t outlive my money,” “I want to make sure I am doing things right,” I have many accounts all over the place and want to get things organized for retirement,” “I am not sure my investments are doing the best they can for me,” “my estate plan is outdated,” etc. Like our weight and eating habits, with our finances it may be a matter of getting things under control with a plan plus accountability.
The Retirement Wonder Diet
We call it, The Retirement Game Plan. Managing your money, protecting your assets in retirement and efficiently planning your estate. My partner, Nolan Baker talked about some of the elements in our column last week. You can read it here: http://www.toledofreepress.com/2015/01/06/retirement-guys-financial-resolutions-for-2015. Adopt a New Year’s resolution of getting your retirement planning in order. It just takes a plan and some accountability. You can get more information on The Retirement Game Plan by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy New Year!!
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