Early morning treadmill walk. So early it was the only light in the room. Even the pups were too sleepy to get up with me. (The cat just glared at me but what’s new about that?)

It’s really hard to explain what a big deal it is for me to wake up before my alarm with enough time to get in a walk before work. I have had insomnia lifelong which was bad enough but after gaining so much weight I used to sleep so poorly that sometimes I would go days and days without a decent night. I’ve been driven to tears when a doorbell or yard worker noise has woken me up on a rare morning of trying to catch up. Sometimes everything in my life has seemed to revolve around trying to get some sleep.

Waking up early of my own accord and wanting to exercise just hasn’t been something that ever happens to me. I’ve lost 34 pounds, and the way that has affected my sleep has literally been life changing. I go to sleep more easily, I sleep harder, I never snore anymore, and I wake up feeling rested and ready for the day. And occasionally I wake up and jump on the treadmill first thing.

There are lots of reasons to wish I had started getting healthy a long time ago, but this #nonscalevictory is one of the biggest ones. It’s definitely something I wish I could go back in time and tell my old self that if I would just start doing it, everything would change. Even sleep. Especially sleep.

Does anyone else relate to this? What’s the thing that has changed that you wish you could tell your old self would get better?

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