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Having Integrity with Yourself


Thursday, January 17, 2013

I want to write this blog at the beginning of this challenge because after many rounds I have seen some patterns emerge among a minority that are very limiting to those that follow them. This blog is not a condemnation of anyone. It is designed to help anyone reading look to see if they are short-changing themselves so they can make a correction. This blog was not written about any one person. It's just a composition of many things I have seen over the past years.

The word integrity has it's origins in the Latin language. It comes from that math word INTEGER which we all remember is a WHOLE number with no fractional part! I have seen people say:

"Integrity is measured by what you do when no one is looking."

Some dictionaries list it as "incorruptible" and "sound".

My question for you today is do you have integrity with yourself? Do you treat yourself with fairness and honesty?

Let's look a little closer.

Do you play fair? Do you weigh and measure your food or do you just glob a bunch of mashed potatoes on the plate and eat another spoonful from the serving spoon?

Do you measure out a serving size of M&M's but eat 3 more from the bag before putting it away?

Do you eat those leftover french fries or chicken nuggets from your child's meal and not track them?

Do you write down 30 minutes of cardio when you spent the first 5 minutes at the gym combing your hair and talking to someone in the locker room?

Do you look up all the values for whole bread and take the lowest calorie one instead of the one that is closest in gram weight to what you ate?

Do you weigh in with a .4 pound gain on the scale and say "maintain" figuring you can "fix" it next week?

Do you see the problem with this? You are not tricking some "DIET LEADER" you are shortchanging yourself!

It is not easy to face our own shortcomings but most of us that have become obese have them. The key is to recognize them and change! Long before you will have success on the scale in any sustainable way you must FIRST have success with your own mental attitudes. You must have INTEGRITY WITH SELF.

Once you are on a "sound footing" you can honestly evaluate where you are and how you got there. You can then make a plan for change. The only person you are cheating is yourself. Have integrity. YOU are worth it!

Press On!

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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
PAMAPPLE 1/18/2013 10:36PM

    Integrity is SO important with these challenges since we have nobody actually checking up on us to see just how much we weigh, how many ounces we eat and drink, how much exercise we really did when we forget to check our watch when we start.

On the other hand, there seems to be so many honest team members who really tell it like it is, that I really believe that is what truly makes BLC such a wonderful weapon to have in our arsenal to wage war against those excess pounds and inches!! Thank you for such thoughtful insight!!

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GOING-STRONG 1/17/2013 11:14PM

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JENAE954 1/17/2013 11:13PM

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COCK-ROBIN 1/17/2013 9:42PM

    And you have integrity! Good show!

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COCK-ROBIN 1/17/2013 9:42PM

    And you have integrity! Good show!

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TACONES 1/17/2013 6:59PM

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PINKANGEL73 1/17/2013 6:47PM

    I'd bet that we have all done a few of these things at some time or other - a bad day or even a bad week!

But if we can't be 100% honest with ourselves at least 90% of the time we will never move forward. You are spot on as usual.

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L*I*T*A* 1/17/2013 6:30PM

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JEANNETTE59 1/17/2013 6:18PM

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FUSIONFITNESS3 1/17/2013 5:39PM

    Great challenge for all of us.

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ANNIEMAE56 1/17/2013 5:12PM

  Thank you for this blog. It really hit home made me stop and think about my actions.

thanks again
debbie

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DEE797 1/17/2013 5:05PM

    Terrific blog and something I needed to read today.

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LYNMEINDERS 1/17/2013 4:27PM

    Brilliant blog...thankyou

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MAGGIEVAN 1/17/2013 3:53PM

    I did not know there are so many ways to cheat. Goodness me... The truth is being told in our bodies as it will show the weight no matter what we record. The battle is really won or lost in the mind. Thank you for sharing these thoughs. I hope it is an eye opener for many people.

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LADYJ6942 1/17/2013 3:00PM

    Great blog and every so true. To lie on a the challenge is one thing, sure you hurt your teammates but more importanatly you are short changing and hurting yourself.

If you claim to have done it really have done it, no lies, no games. Like Mandi's signature line says: regardless of what you write down the body keeps an accurate account.

Good luck!!!

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THEMRSH 1/17/2013 2:21PM

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JODROX 1/17/2013 1:03PM

    Yup, sounds good to me!

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PAANDRUS 1/17/2013 10:39AM

    Very well said! Thanks for the "check up" !

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GODIVADSG 1/17/2013 10:36AM

    Thanks


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MJRVIC2000 1/17/2013 10:20AM

    Maintain a tender heart always as we deal with life's challenges. God Bless YOU! Vic.

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ASTRA58 1/17/2013 10:18AM

    Very true that we only shortchange ourselves when we are not completely honest with how we are tracking our fitness or our meals. Most of us are guilty of this one time or another and that's okay, but the trick is to be consistently true to yourself.

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GRACED777 1/17/2013 10:15AM

    I have some times of greater integrity than others. Life works best for me when I walk in integrity--thanks for the reminder.

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