Are you being mindful and purposeful? 

One of the biggest mistakes I made was putting my routine on “autopilot.” Wow, that was dumb! 

I wasn’t mindful or purposeful about my goals, my nutrition, or my training and having to start over is proof of that. Don’t get me wrong, having a set routine takes out so much of the guess work when it comes to pursing healthier living, but we still have to be actively participating in the routine. 

I know this won’t apply to everyone, but for me I can’t do “fake it ’til you make it.” To simply go through the motions feels empty or hollow. I like simple, yet dynamic. I get distracted when I feel like I am in a bleh kind of rut. I like to prove that I can do something when my self-doubt says I can’t. 

But I got lazy. 

I went on autopilot, forgot my plan, and failed each time I tried something new. Why? Because I wasn’t being mindful or purposeful. This goes hand-in-hand with yesterday’s post about planning (so if you haven’t read it I would encourage you to do so). We have to be actively participating in our routines documenting body comp changes, making adjustments to workouts, and our meals to maximize the return on our investments. 

Sure, there are things that are “set it and forget it” within our lives. I fully appreciate the practice of Einstein wearing the exact same outfit, like a uniform, everyday – because it freed up his mind to observe the world around him. Making a week’s worth of meals is much the same. It’s one less thing to think about, but what you are making as those meals is important. Are you eating or fueling your body for a purpose? How we approach our planning and how engaged we stay with it makes all the difference.

I can pinpoint with certainty when all of this really fell apart for me. No less than 2 weeks before I finished P90X there should have been a concrete training plan in place. But there wasn’t and I drifted from workout to workout until I stopped altogether. 

Don’t make the same mistake. Plan and execute. Be active and get your hands dirty with the process. 

Remember, we are ordinary people trying to live extraordinary lives. ~ Erik 

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