Yesterday's Well column in the NYTimes discusses the evidence suggesting that small changes don't matter that much when it comes to weight loss. I applaud mainstream coverage that recognizes that being a certain size isn't just a matter of "eats too much" and that if you could just "cut out sweets" you'd be skinny or whatever. I also liked the passing mention of the fact that exercise and eating well have impacts far beyond weight loss - it's good for your cardiovascular system, your nervous system, and your mood.
So today I did my one run. It was a short, half-walking/half-running 20 minutes. I'm trying not to do too much too fast and burn out, but rather to take the Mysore approach of adding a little bit at a time when you're ready. The temptation to get back in bed was strong. But I overcame, remembering what I'd written yesterday. And I succeeded in getting outside (yay) before work (double yay) and felt good doing it (triple yay).
I enjoy being the first one in the office in the morning. I like the quiet, and the (admittedly overly self-righteous) ability to roll my eyes at yet another email from a colleague saying s/he is running late. That used to be me, and I love that it isn't anymore. And exercise is the thing that makes it possible.