We were talking about "getting the exercise habit" and I thought I would share one of the similarities I see between CST and "PnP," Dr. Kathleen's food programs at Radiant Recovery.
One of the habits we establish is, balanced meals at regular intervals. This turns out to be an uber-uber skill that contains many, many skills within it.
The biggest challenge for me for steady meals was making time for it
on all levels.
I made time to get the food ahead of time. I made time to eat it
properly. I made ENOUGH time to eat ENOUGH. I moved other things out
of those time slots. I stopped my brain from going a zillion
directions at once to stop and eat. And I made time to consciously
pay attention to the downstream consequences of the meals (have
journal will journal.)
Each of those skills took quite a few trial-and-error FANTASTIC
escapades. No wonder my getting the habit of regular meals was so involved. I had been the most careless grazer ever (and I know that is saying a lot)
The same challenges and skills are showing up as I deepen my daily practice of movement.
I am using the template we are designing here of movement after every meal, with some of them being the "hard" sessions. And it is sure showing up the times I blow right from meal to daily life with no thought of movement health! oy!
Happily, what I learned when taking care of the food foundation translate well to movement. It's not automatic or easy but at least I have the tools, I know how, and I know I can do it because I did it before.
Also: I am glad I did the food first. It makes a stable foundation for everything. I have sympathy for people still looking for food and exercise programs and who want to fix EVERYTHING from day one. When I started I honestly did not know how much I had to do and it's a good thing - I would have been discouraged. Instead, both PnP food and CST movement concentrate on "the next thing" instead of *everything* so it is constantly do-able, challenging and hopeful.