49 days in: Time to celebrate!3 min read

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So, 49 days in and I am still going strong! I have had a setback or two, but am still doing well.  This was supposed to go out yesterday, but time got away from me, so I’m finishing the post this morning.

Here’s my success story so far! I was very happy to step on the scale this morning and be pleasantly surprised that I was now down below 215 lbs! Today’s weigh in puts me over 15 lbs lost overall, so I am now about 1/3 of my way to my goal weight of 185!  


My workouts were better, but since last Sunday, have all but been halted. I had a great run last Sunday, finishing a 4.5 mile run, but I think I overdid it because my left knee has been hurting since. I have had throbbing pain since and have been icing my knee nightly but not getting a ton of relief. I know that my stats have dipped a ton this past week, but I’m going to be stopping in and seeing the doctor at walk-in care tomorrow to see if they can see if I did more then just strain it. I will have to update and let you know how it goes.

However, even though my activity has slowed, I’ve still been trying to stay active and move around to the best of my ability.  I am really hoping to figure some new things out tomorrow. I might have to take a break from running in favor of biking or something that doesn’t have so much impact on me in the future.

Eating Better

As far as eating goes, I’ve been doing a pretty good job. My wife and I have been doing more meal planning ahead of time and are getting better at prepping meals that are healthy and nutritious while still being on the frugal side as well.

We’ve been cycling through chicken, salmon, and ground turkey recipes this past week and it’s worked out very well as the food I’ve been eating has been filling and also very lean and nutritious. Another thing I’ve been doing is using skim milk or rice/almond milk in my coffee instead of my favorite French Vanilla creamer. I’ve started to get used to the taste and have been trying to limit my creamer intake to just the weekends. However, I’ve found that I do drink my coffee slower when I have the milk in it because it’s not as flavorful. The only drawback to this is that I don’t drink as much water this way because I am still trying to finish my coffee.

For breakfast, I’ve been cycling between oatmeal with a fruit cup, egg sandwich with half a slice of cheese, smoothies, or cereal with a banana. Each meal is good and they all fill me up for a good amount of time!


Learning is probably where I’ve had the least success. I’ve not had as much time to read about fitness/health because of all the tech news events going on (WWDC and Google I/O) but I should be able to get back to it since things are starting to calm down for now.

Things I’m Going To Be Focusing On

I think I’m going to focus heavily on just trying to continue to eat well with portion control and sticking to my plan. Hopefully, I will be able to get back to exercising after I get a few answers about my knee as well. and Lastly, I will be trying to find some more new recipes to try that keep things fresh! If you have any favorites, please don’t hesitate to send them over. You can email them at [email protected] or just leave a link in the comments. I’m thinking about starting another section on this blog dedicated to recipes that I’ve made and tried, basically a review section. Anyways, until next time, keep on moving and losing!

As far as celebration goes, I went ahead and dived into a pizza last night to celebrate! I didn’t eat as much as I usually do, but wanted to celebrate in a fun way!

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Steven Goodwin

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Steve Goodwin, a stay-at-home dad of two girls is passionate about finances and is helping others just like you get out of debt and build wealth handling money God's way. His goal is to inspire people like you to gain control of their finances by destroying debt and building wealth using their cash flow.
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  1. Add ibuprofen around the clock for a few days in addition to icing a few times/day – that should help the knee if it’s simply a strain. Will reduce the swelling. And when you get back into your running (slow at first!), make sure you have a good running shoe. It’s worth the extra money for a high quality shoe. Trust me, I learned the hard way with a strained achilles. Good luck!

    • Thanks for the tips! The doctor gave me an anti-inflammatory prescription to take until I’m feeling better and told me to do squats and calf raises starting in a few days. I can tell it’s already working as I’m already feeling less pain.

      I will have to look into some new running shoes. I currently wear New Balance though.

      • They’re good shoes – just don’t wear them for too many miles. Many shoes have a life expectancy, your shoe store should be able to tell you as each brand & style is a little different.

        • Thanks, I’ll make sure to do that next time I’m out searching for new shoes then! Have a great day!

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