|||5||| habits

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|||5||| habits

As I was reading an article this morning about habit formation I realized that habit comes even when we lack motivation. Honest truth: I am probably going to wake up most mornings d.r.e.a.d.i.n.g to put on my belt. It’s HOT outside and the thought of an extra layer just doesn’t make me giggle. As humans we need reminders. At first, even applying my reminders felt like work. Though after just a few days I saw how much I was dependent upon them and how rewarded I felt after taking action the moment I was reminded.

When I listen to the good advice I give myself I feel empowered (does that make sense?) I love this quote which sums up how I feel about creating new habits.

“This is why the reminder is such a critical part of forming new habits. A good reminder does not rely on motivation and it doesn’t require you to remember to do your new habit. A good reminder makes it easy to start by encoding your new behavior in something that you already do.”

Example: Judah and I have a dance party every morning (we both are super silly and happen to be morning people). We usually spend 3-5 songs doing this = about 15 minutes of constant moving. I now engage my core without releasing. It is all about engagement {but isn’t that life?} … When you are with your children haven’t you noticed how they CRAVE eye contact and play? (phone aside, you dive in and engage them) Notice how they are perfect angels? It’s the attention. And they aren’t wrong for wanting it.

NOW. Let’s give our body the attention or  • e n g a g e m e n t • that it deserves!

With that being said I think today we should map out your normal routine and create a focal point throughout your day. It could be something as simple as setting an alarm on your tele at consistent times, labeling parts of your house so when you walk into a room it is seen, making silly rules for yourself that every time you take a drink of water you will apply your new habit. Whatever it takes do it, it takes time to turn a habit into a behavior, so start today. Make it a staple over these next 12+ weeks.

What behavior are you talking about Hope? I am talking about PULLING YOUR BELLY BUTTON TO YOUR SPINE.

By holding in your core (not sucking in) everything will begin to feel AND look different (thank heavens). Your belly has floors that run vertically. Level 1 – Level 5. If you can pull your belly button in a small portion (drawing it back to the spine) that would be considered Level 1. Think of it as someone shooting an arrow through your belly button and through your back. This is the motion you want! Level 5 would be as far back as you can pull in. This supports your abdominals, lower back and organ…it even helps your overall posture!

Pay special >>> attention >>> while running (ha, yeah who does that!), getting out of bed -you want to use the log roll to side then push up – like in pregnancy… (again, any outward exertion makes it worse), picking up kids, lifting weights, getting groceries, you name it. Engage your core and you will decrease that terrible back and pelvic pain.

Now, if I see some of you around town with a new tattoo “belly to spine” I’ll know who the extremist in the group are.

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