Recently, I posted that I had been Struggling with staying fit in June. I was exercising, but, not as often, and not as intensely as usual. I’m feeling much more confident again now. I know the cause of this turnaround is that I have restored my integrity. Exercising and living a healthy life is one of my core values. Without it my integrity is challenged and I don’t cope very well with the affects of that loss of integrity. I’m not making myself wrong about this at all. It’s just life, and if there’s one thing I know, it’s that life continually throws up challenges, and we cope the best way we can at the time. I’m pretty sure that when the virus first struck and I had to go into isolation, I really did need the break, but I became too comfortable, and let that break go on a bit longer than was necessary.
What is Integrity
I look at integrity ,as living life in alignment with your core values, that is, those things that are important to you. Two decades ago, I completed a one year leadership course that had a huge impact on my life. A major focus of that course was integrity. I came to see the importance of integrity, to living a balanced and happy life, and have never forgotten those lessons. I’m definitely not saying that I’m perfect, and live a life of perfect integrity at all times. Nothing could be further from the truth. Integrity can be a struggle at times. In the way I live my life, integrity, in relation to being on time, or doing what I say I will do, when I say I will do it, are easy ways to stay in integrity. Integrity to myself and to my values is much more difficult. But in my opinion, it’s worth making the effort. I know that I feel much better about myself when my thoughts and actions and my integrity are in alignment.
“A person with integrity demonstrates sound moral and ethical principles and does the right thing, no matter who’s watching…….To have integrity means that a person is self-aware, accountable, responsible, and truthful and that their actions are internally consistent” – www.thebalancecareers.com
How do you restore integrity
- Recognise where your integrity is out of alignment
- Understand what caused you to fall out of integrity
- Make a committment to do what needs to be done to restore your integrity
- Make a plan or set a goal to restore integrity
I was able to recognise very quickly where my integrity was out of alignment. My fitness routine was failing, and as a consequence I was feeling stressed, unhealthy, and out of control. It is very easy to understand why this happened.
After living a very busy working life, to find myself unexpectedly having to self isolate, was a shock. I didn’t just slow down, I almost came to a stop, which at the time was a good thing. Slowing down or stopping meant that I now had time to think about everything that was happening in my life, both positive and negative. These thoughts caused me much stress, and I allowed myself to wallow a bit, and become comfortable for far too long.
I’ve been in isolation now for almost four months, and, in Victoria, we are now having a second wave of the virus. It looks like isolation will go on for much longer, than we first expected, so I’m pleased to be getting out of this negative way that I’ve been living. I had forgotten about the main reason that I try to stay fit, and that is that I’m training for my retirement.
My vision of being retired is living a life of fitness, and having time to do this. I’d love to be one of those super fit grannies that we see on social media. I plan to use the next few months to work towards my retirement goal.
I have made a commitment to myself, and I’m now making it to you, to do whatever needs to be done to restore my integrity. My new plan started on July 1 and that is to do some form of exercise every day, as I did before isolation struck. I have noticed that my fitness level has dropped so I’ve made provisions for that in my exercise plan and set new goals for myself.
I feel challenged and excited by these goals. Since 1 July, when I set my goals, I’ve been walking every day. On wet days the walking has been on the treadmill. It’s a different walking experience, but I love being able to do intervals with both speed and inclines. I have no excuse not to go into the gym, as I have a fully equipped home gym. I’m back to strength training now on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. On Tuesday and Thursday, gym work is cardio, which could be an RPM cycle class, or rowing or time on the cross trainer. It can also be a combination of all the cardio equipment that I have, which is my favourite way to do cardio in the gym.
Below is a snapshot of my past week in fitness, both walking and in the gym. The cycling graphic below came up a few days ago on my Facebook memories. It says it all about why I love cycling.
I’d love to hear of your self care tips for life for what is being described as our ‘new normal’. How are you looking after yourself while the virus is with us. I love reading your comments and promise to reply to all.
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