Tuesday, 2 March 2010

One run or one cookie?

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.

Marchathon: 2 for 2.

18 comments:

jogblog said...

Welcome back to blogging, it's been a long time!

fitartist said...

Very well done on doing before work, such a struggle in this grim winter. Good to see you back :)

tracyfood said...

The Well blog has had some pretty awesome posts about how maybe there's more to health than weight, and oh, maybe the body isn't a bomb calorimeter so enough with the "calories in, calories out" B.S. My favorite part of that post?

“'I’m not saying throw up your hands and forget about it,' Dr. Friedman said. 'Instead of focusing on weight or appearance, focus on people’s health. There are things people can do to improve their health significantly that don’t require normalizing your weight.'"

ZOMG! Sanity! I love it! Also I am curious to hear more about Yoga Sutra since my cousin recommended them to me once upon a time. But I am obsessed with Kundalini style lately, so maybe they're not even relevant to me...?

lifestudent said...

ok, I skipped a run tonight and ate THREE cookies. what does that say about me I wonder ;)

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kizzy said...

I agree that small changes don't matter that much when it comes to weight loss..
You've go a very nice blog..I had a great time reading.
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kizzy said...

Good to hear you back...Congrats on the run..