Integrity is defined as the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles. It is doing what you say you’re going to do when you say you’re going to do it. Most of the time peoples integrity to one another is great. However, a lot of the time ones self integrity is awful.

Take a good hard look at yourself and ask what you think of yourself? Are you happy with who you are, how you act and how you look? Yes, continue doing what you’re doing. No, I’m sorry to inform you but your self integrity is bad and it’s time to make a change.

How many times have you said ‘my new diet starts on Monday’ or ‘this year is the year I’m going to make a change’? If you’re all the sudden thinking “oh eff that’s me”, then the integrity to the most important person in this world (yourself) needs to change.

This can also apply to your training day to day. Saying you’re going to train that day and never following through.

Integrity is doing what you say you’re going to do when you say you’re going to do it. The problem is we tend to go the full hog and over promise, then under deliver, and then boom – you’re back at square one.

We recommend you take baby steps to achieving a new you. Take a look at this article we’ve previously written called “5 easy steps to achieving your fat loss goals“. Implement these steps one at a time, week by week.

Although 5 weeks seems like a long time to implement change or to see improvement, remember you have to undo what’s already been done. Implementing new habits week to week and rewarding yourself for doing so is your first steps to a new you.

When it all comes crashing down and the weight of everything feels too much, remember you’re doing this for you because it’s what you said you wanted to do. Don’t give up on what you want the most for what you want now.

Once you have implemented these 5 easy habits it’s time to start dialing in your exercise and/or your nutrition.

Remember that integrity is also doing the right thing, even when no one is looking. This links into being true to yourself and your goals and taking the steps to achieve those goals even when you’re on your own. Try not to rely on other people to motivate you or you’ll fall off the wagon every time you’re alone. This is common of people who consider themselves “emotional eaters”, where they rely on other people to make them happy and so when there is no one around to cheer them up, they think that food is going to provide happiness but it ends up causing the opposite effect because it takes you further from your goals and leaves you feeling helpless and guilty.

If you’ve had a bad day, try going for a walk or doing some meditation (exercise is always a much better outlet then eating unfavourable foods), rather than reaching for the choccies or biccies!

The goal is to find a balance that works for you but always having integrity for yourself and your needs.

If you need help with your training or nutrition, you know where to find us! Commit to yourself and your results and you’ll be amazed at how quickly you can create positive new habits!

Matthias Turner

I have a love for health and fitness, music and laughter as well as a deep passion to help people. Follow more great advice from Matty on Instagram.