Thursday, July 16, 2009

Patterning

Today I was reflecting on the little patterns and habits we allow ourselves to fall into. This stemmed from having a discussion with one of my clients who is a Phd student. We were comparing notes about the art of procrastination. Why is it that we feel so much better when we get the job done, rather than put it off. Yet procrastination is one of my worst vices.

When we do rehab on clients, it can take 2000- 3000 repetitions of the new movement pattern over and over for it to be integrated into our nervous system pathway and response - so I'm taking the same tack with procrastination, eating well and staying lean.

Each meal is an opportunity to cement a good pattern and considering that most people eat 42 times a week, continual practice is necessary to keep building these new habits. So, if you fall over, get straight back up and start working on grooving your new behaviour patterns into your psyche. The good news is that you don't have to be perfect, just consistent most of the time.

After yesterday's cardio whacker (RPM and STep), I only had to teach Step this morning which was a relief, my entire body is in a world of pain from Tuesday and I'm lining up for more punishment in the morning!

3 comments:

Ashwee said...

Hey there!

I totally agree with you. It really takes a while to get in the groove of new hablts (particularly food habits) but once I'm in the swing of it, it just feels great!

Thanks for the inspiration

Raechelle said...

Gotta love a punishing workout! It just feels so good! :-)

Kerry W said...

Where's the 'like' button on this thing? :-)