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Loving Yourself: My Body Pledge of Allegiance

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

I have decided that it is my desire and conscious CHOICE to walk through each step of this journey ahead of me by honoring and respecting the body given to me. I have been thinking and reflecting as I have blogged and researched this month about what I have read and written. It got me to thinking - What better goal can we set for ourselves than to be our own cheerleader and champion? Below you’ll find my Pledge of Allegiance to Myself that I have been working on throughout this month as I have engaged in the introspection of myself.

My Body Pledge of Allegiance:

Today, I vow to start loving my body – no matter how I am feeling, how I look, and wherever I am in my journey.

I promise to stop the self- criticism, negative self talk, and to be present in each moment to stop and acknowledge my negative thoughts, and how I am feeling. This will help me realize that almost everything my inner critic says is not true, and to change my beliefs.

I pledge to never again to participate in a barrage of bashing of myself. This includes picking myself apart when I make an error in judgment or a mistake – no matter how big or small.

I promise to begin treating my body with respect by feeding it what it needs, and taking care of it so it can function as efficiently as it can - no matter what my age.

I promise to recognize that I can only ask so much of my body, and that it deserves to sleep and rest in order to prepare for the next day, and I will honor by giving it at least 7 hours of sleep every night.

I promise not to consciously or unconsciously compare my body to others.

I promise not to be influenced by the media, or the fashion industry in what makes a woman beautiful, or the right size. I know that the media does not set the standards for beauty or my self esteem, and is there only to further their own agendas, and line their pocketbooks.

I vow that I will no longer let the scale or a certain size define me.

I promise to recognize that all body types can be beautiful - including mine.

I pledge to recognize my strengths, achievements, and attractiveness. I will affirm to myself every day that I am wonderful just as I am in that moment.

I promise not to criticize myself, punish myself, or feel guilty when I make a mistake. I am human, not perfect; I know that my mistakes are a way to help me learn, which then helps me become stronger.

I pledge to be true to myself and others because it is who I wish to be.

I promise to stand up, and speak up for myself and others when I hear something harmful or emotionally demeaning said. We all deserve the respect and love of others.

I vow that I will remember that I deserve to love myself right here and right now – in every moment.

Today, and every day from here forward, these are my choices!

It has been my goal this month to help you discover, along with me, how to love yourself more. I have only one question for you now. Are you ready to sign a pledge to be your own body champion?

Pledge your desire to champion yourself by saying so in the comments section below, and sharing with us which statement(s) you will embrace, and then adding your name to the list below. It can be one, a few, or all of them; whatever you feel is pertinent to you at this time of your life.

If you feel strong enough about this endeavor and pledge, I respectively request that you send the link to this blog to your Spark Friends who you think might be interested in championing themselves, or just hit the button "Share This Page With Others".

Let's "spark" a mini revolution of loving ourselves! Thanks for stopping by!

1. Sharon10002

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CATNCAG 1/1/2014 9:52AM

    Sharon I take this pledge with you!!!
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KYPRINCESS 10/5/2013 10:33PM

    Was searching about loving yourself and your blog post was one of the results. Thank you writing this. I have struggles for many many years with loving myself. Thanks for writing this. I pledge!

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ETERNAL_FLAME 7/28/2013 4:15PM

    I am so pleased I read this post today! I was looking for inspiration as to what I want to do to motivate myself and this has definitely helped. I will be thinking about my own pledge today! Thank you for posting and I hope you are doing well on your journey :)

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SUPERSYLPH 6/27/2013 10:22AM

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I, too, pledge all of the above!

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CELETA 5/8/2013 4:34PM

    What a nice piece to read the first day back on Spark. I have lost down to 168 and now, I will continue this journey with this in mind. Thank you emoticon knowing I can do it.

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MAYBER 4/28/2013 11:56PM

    Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts
It is a great pledge you have made to yourself
You are only competing with yourself
One day at a time
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KD7IEM 4/25/2013 11:47PM

  this is a great post

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GEORGE815 4/21/2013 12:13PM

    It's not a diet. Its a chosen lifestyle.

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LYNNIEBUBBLES 4/10/2013 10:04PM

  This was great!

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222NICHOLE 4/3/2013 7:32PM

    This is amazing! Thank you so much. It helped me to see how negative my self image is and makes me want to be better. I especially like the many about stopping body bashing/comparing and trying to love and respect the body. I think it definitely helps in the weight loss/ healthy lifestyle journey to stay consistent if you have a positive image of your body and are grateful for its strengths rather than continually frustrated by its weaknesses. I will work on keeping all of these pledges. Thanks so much for sharing.

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HARTMOM7 4/3/2013 10:28AM

    I vow to define myself and not let other people's definition or disinterest define me or weigh me down...literally.

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RAINBOW410 4/2/2013 9:55AM

    You Rock. I really like the pledge you wrote and reading this inspired me.

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LOLAJO54 4/1/2013 3:49PM

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ISABELLE31 4/1/2013 12:34PM

    This was great! Thanks for sharing!

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MARTINE08 4/1/2013 12:30PM

    Well true.... we are so very hard on ourselves...harder than anyone who loves us.....!
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MISSLISA1973 3/31/2013 11:20PM

    What a great pledge! Thanks for sharing!

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BYKRYD62 3/31/2013 8:52PM

    Well said !!!

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KATHY391 3/31/2013 5:52PM

    thank you so much for this post. very motivating!

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DWEXCEL 3/31/2013 8:47AM

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us! It's beautiful and perfect and I love it, and I'm going to keep it!
For the person who said there's no way they can love their body, please, please, please, re-read this, and really work hard to get here. This is such a very important point in the journey here that we're all on, and we've all been where you are.

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BAILEY346 3/31/2013 12:04AM

  This makes me feel like I am not alone in my struggle. Thanks!

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LJM0161 3/30/2013 6:30PM

  There is no way I could ever pledge this. Don't mean to be a Debbie downer,but I hate my body. Getting older it not very nice to some of us and the bad thing is I can't do anything about it! No matter how many miles I run or how many sit ups I do.

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4RASCALS 3/30/2013 3:16PM

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I vow that I will remember that I deserve to love myself right her and right now -- in every moment.

Learning to love myself is one of my goals for April.

You are an inspiration to all. This is something we should all write for ourselves.

Thank you

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FUTUREHOPE49 3/30/2013 6:49AM

    Wonderful ! Thank you for sharing. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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VIAPAPILLON 3/30/2013 3:42AM

    Thank you Sharon! This is exactly what I need emoticon

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BARHAAS 3/30/2013 3:32AM

    Here here! Right on sister!!!!!!!! emoticon

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JITTERBUGJOY 3/30/2013 2:54AM

    I pledge!!

Everything you wrote has been in my head for so long and I have been telling myself that all of it is the positive way I should be thinking about myself and treating myself and yet I never seem to actually listen. Reading those words from someone else gave them a much more powerful impact. How true these words are!!

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KUKUMI 3/30/2013 1:44AM

  Thank you for the blog I needed this today happy good friday

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EOWYNRUSS 3/30/2013 12:06AM

    I pledge. And I found this blog so motivating, I printed off a copy for myself, and one for a friend of mine, who does not have access to Sparkpeople. Thank you for being so inspiring.

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ILIKETOZUMBA 3/29/2013 10:07PM

    That was amazing! A really really great pledge. Thank you for sharing!

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SHELANGRO 3/29/2013 9:55PM

    I liked this blog so much as it really is so good, that I printed it and will stick it on the fridge door to read often.It is just the motivation I needed to get my act together. Best wishes , Doreen emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IAMTOLOSE 3/29/2013 8:44PM

    I pledge too!

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JOANNEHOLL1 3/29/2013 6:59PM


What better Post than to read yours on Good Friday! Thank you! You are really Sparkin'!

(How do we sign our name on #2 line?)

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JIBBIE49 3/29/2013 5:01PM

    Week of 03/28/2013 - Featured Blog Post

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GODSFREEGIRL 3/29/2013 4:40PM

    I choose to see my flaws as beautiful and unique...Thanks for posting this!

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RPCLEM2000 3/29/2013 4:02PM

    I really love this blog. It provides me with the encourage I need that I don't receive at home. Thank you.

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WISEDIETER 3/29/2013 3:46PM

    I pledge to be healthy in body and mind

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    I pledge!! Thanks so much for sharing this!!!!

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CHERYLSBUTT 3/29/2013 1:58PM

    I pledge to model your thinking as Iprogress

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KU2013 3/29/2013 1:35PM

    I pledge to be healthy not only for me but, for my beautiful family! emoticon

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AMANDEES76 3/29/2013 12:42PM

    This is a great Pledge and thank you for sharing it. It is true that we are all usually our own worst enemies but from this we can change how we think, see, and feel about ourselves. Keep pushing!

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NANCYPAT1 3/29/2013 12:36PM

    This is so AWESOME - it really says a lot about the way to true health, happiness, and success - not only with the number of the scales but in LIFE in general. THANKS for sharing this will us all.

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MISSDEE333 3/29/2013 11:56AM

  I truely needed this. This has inspired me to make my own pledge :-)

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BLUEBLOMMA 3/29/2013 11:12AM

    Thank you so much for this. This showed up in my messages at a crucial time for me. I was feeling down and just about ready to give it up. Then I read through your post and felt - relieved a bit. I have taken your post and saving it and printing it up to pin to my wall just in cases I feel defeated.

Thank you =)

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GREEN-EYED-LADY 3/29/2013 11:12AM

    Wonderful Blog - Thank you !

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BD_1985 3/29/2013 10:19AM

    A very lovely post that put a lot of things into perspective for me. Thank you so much for sharing. I am happy to hear you love yourself the way you deserve :)

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PENOWOK 3/29/2013 9:47AM

    Very nice!

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