Updates: October 28 – November 3

This week, I’ve been struck by the realization of how incremental effort and change can add up to a big result. For the past two years, I’ve had ongoing issues with my right knee and have never put in the effort to address the issue. I went to physio for a bit, but never kept up my exercises. I’ve done yoga, but never more than once a week at the most. Considering my Mom is a physiotherapist, I really should know better! Two weeks ago, CF encouraged me to pick up my daily exercise routine, and for the past two weeks, I’ve stuck with it. I’ve incorporated some of my old physio exercises and yoga stretches to develop a 15 minute routine every day. I really didn’t think that such a short amount of time could have such a big impact, but today I’m going off to play soccer and for the first time in years feel like I can actually move and compete to the best of my ability. Strenuous activity like soccer will really test the knee, but I’m hopeful that the progress I’ve made is real.

The same can be applied to personal finance. Small, daily changes can add up over time. This is the philosophy we live by and thus far has served us well.

Now on to some other great articles from around the web this week:

 

  • My Alternate Life is back from her blogging hiatus and discusses Why I’m not Ready to Buy a House. Whether you buy or not, the important thing is knowing where you’re at personally and I think Jordann has a really good handle on things here.
  • It doesn’t take much to stay in shape, and it doesn’t have to hurt your finances. Mo Money Mo Houses is proving it by picking up running!
  • In reference to National Save for Retirement Week, Frugal Rules shared a simple but effective infographic on How to Save for Retirement.
  • A big shout out to Tim at Canadian Dream for being mortgage free at 34! Tim was one of the first PF blogs I started following, so it’s great to see his progress.
  • I always knew that Halloween was pretty expensive, if you really get into it, but I had no idea how expensive. Freedom 35 Blog looks at some average costs of Halloween.

 

Thanks to everyone who included us this week!

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12 Comments

  1. Thanks for the mention. Glad to hear the knee is doing better!

  2. Modest Money says:

    You’ll have to show me those physio exercises and stretches sometime. One of my knees hasn’t been quite right for a long time. And thanks for the mention.

  3. Good for you mate. I often tell my mates who want to get into fitness that you need to think small increments. You can’t just jump in and drive up 160 lbs on the bench press you have to inch your way up little by little, day by day. You are right, it’s just like finance, every little bit adds up until you reach the goal. I like this analogy. Glad you are out playing soccer again!!! Mr.CBB

  4. That’s awesome about your knee sand thanks for the mention!

  5. Liquid says:

    Thanks for mentioning my post. That’s really cool your mom is a physiotherapist. It always helps to have a specialist in the family. I’m sure you’ll have continued success if you keep up your exercise routine.

  6. I think exercise can cure just about anything if done correctly. I’m glad your knee is doing better. It isn’t fun to not be able to do the things you enjoy because of pain.

  7. Eddie says:

    Soccer will sure test your knee! :)
    As someone who plays 2x a week, it sure is a solid work out, and an extremely great cardio exercise. Take it easy on the knee, and remember to take it slowly.

  8. WorkSaveLive says:

    I’m glad your knee is doing better! It’s amazing how much stuff remedies itself when you just work out and do some cardio! My wife and I have been getting more intense with getting in shape this past week…I’m just hoping it continues for a long time. :)

    Thanks for the mention!

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