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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:

  The pledge is great. Treating our bodies to make them the best
we can be by exercising and eating smart is something I need to work on every day.

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NANAMOM652009 3/29/2013 8:49AM

    This is a wonderful blog and is one that I needed to read today. Thank you for posting. I am going to use this with Biggest Loser team that I am leader of. This is something that we all need to do and to be reminded of. God Bless You! Dixie

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RUFFIT 3/29/2013 8:41AM

    AMEN!!! Thank you for posting!!! Happy Easter!! Moni emoticon emoticon

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GWENDO51 3/29/2013 8:35AM

  I love this. I swear, I was 2 minutes of not getting up and watching Downton Abbey re-runs all day. I also vow, not to beatr myself up if I don't make it to a muscle class or a cardio class, or just decide to do something different. i also vow that If I won't an oreo cookie a couple will not kill me, but a whole bag will. You have made me realize that even with my Fibromyalgia, Arthritis and Rhematoid Artritis, I am whole and complete and I am in in control of my body. thank you soooo much. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANY010113 3/29/2013 8:15AM


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NEWTINK 3/29/2013 7:23AM

    This is just awesome emoticon emoticon

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GRNDMOM43 3/29/2013 3:56AM

    emoticon for sharing now I am going to post the pledge on my blog to make myself accountable. emoticon

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123ELAINE456 3/29/2013 2:42AM

  Awesome Blog!!! Thank You For Sharing It. God Blessings To Everyone. Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care.

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FLEMIDG 3/29/2013 12:36AM

    What an amazing blog. Your pledge is something we should all do. Thanks for this information.

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SSHEEHY1 3/29/2013 12:29AM

    Your pledge touches on all of the issues I personally deal with. Great job!

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PKAY70 3/29/2013 12:21AM

  I like what you have put together, and will use it to help myself as well.
If we respect ourselves and our bodies and minds, we will do the right thing, and respect others as well. Thank you.

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NDKARIKARI 3/29/2013 12:05AM

    this is a fantastic pledge! I'm feeling inspired! My own pledge will follow shortly :)

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SHORTBREAD34 3/28/2013 11:36PM

    I am so with you!! I love it!! Hugs!!

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JAMER123 3/28/2013 11:25PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon
I promise to try to break the habit of being negative on myself.

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CYPATAYLOR2 3/28/2013 10:56PM

  emoticon Thank you for sharing emoticon

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MISSENG 3/28/2013 10:38PM

    Super! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARYANNGI 3/28/2013 10:13PM

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SASSYTHING52 3/28/2013 9:44PM

    really enjoyed ur blog emoticon

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A-DAY-AT-A-TIME 3/28/2013 8:59PM

  Love it! Love it! Love it!

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MARIELEWIS 3/28/2013 8:17PM

  Thank you Sharon, and the other members who shared their comments. A true inspiration. emoticon

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THE-MORE-GIRL 3/28/2013 7:21PM

    I'm with you!

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BREN310 3/28/2013 7:05PM

  Thank you for the wonderful idea. My Pledge to myself:
Each day I will express why I am grateful for at least two parts of my body.
~ Today I am grateful for my heart for beating every minute of every day and never complaining that it is tired and needs to rest; that it is too hot or too cold.
~ I am grateful for my legs for being strong and carrying me throughout the day despite the pain that is being felt today.

Each day I will share my appreciation for at least two other people for something that they do.

Each day I will remember that life is about the journey; to enjoy every twist and turn, and to treat all people I meet along the way with respect.

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SUSIEMT 3/28/2013 7:00PM

    I have made my pledge! It was a wonderful blog! Thank you!

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ELIZACG9 3/28/2013 6:19PM

    I will think of a pledge too... emoticon

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DULCEMADDIE 3/28/2013 5:20PM

    What a great blog, thank you for sharing. emoticon

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JSEATTLE 3/28/2013 5:08PM

  I pledge my allegiance to this pledge! Great blog post, thank you so much!

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CAREYBEARY77 3/28/2013 4:58PM

    I'm not sure what I loved more....reading the pledge itself or all the lovely comments that followed!! Inspiring.

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RUTHEY01 3/28/2013 4:47PM

    Thank you for the great inspiration. I pledge also. You said it all for me. emoticon

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DIJONES1949 3/28/2013 4:33PM

  Love this pledge and I DO PLEDGE! emoticon

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SASSYSAX 3/28/2013 4:05PM

    What a beautiful blog. You are a wonderful writer. Thanks so much for sharing that with us. I will take what you said to heart.

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FITWITHIN 3/28/2013 3:48PM

    I was feeling your bad yesterday, and it was very refreshing to open up my mail and see your blog. Thank you

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SPARKLINGME176 3/28/2013 3:30PM

    I'm signing, too!
Thanks for sharing! emoticon emoticon
You deserve a BIG WooHoo for this! Check out our new team.."The WooHoo Lounge" Very fun! Very Inspirational!

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AUNTB63 3/28/2013 3:05PM

    This is an awesome blog. Thank YOU for sharing this pledge. I will be taking the time to write my own version, using yours as a guide. I believe this is something everyone can profit from. emoticon

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MICKEYH 3/28/2013 2:38PM

    Great pledge !! Thanks for sharing !! emoticon emoticon

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CLAYFEAT 3/28/2013 2:38PM

    Wonderful blog ..I think we all need a little reminder every now and then when life gets hectic..

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OAFETALO 3/28/2013 2:30PM

  Thank you so much for this beautiful reminder. I too pledge allegiance! Who better to align oneself with than the self. emoticon

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SVELTEWARRIOR 3/28/2013 2:30PM

    Great Blog!!!!!

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JUMPINJULIE 3/28/2013 1:44PM

    Pledge to all of them. Great blog.

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GARIANNA1 3/28/2013 1:39PM

  This Pledge is definitely a keeper!


Long may it wave!!!!!!


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TGANTT 3/28/2013 1:30PM

    My pledge of allegiance to my body:

You are the "temple of my familiar" --- a sacred body housing a sacred soul, and you are part of a sacred universe that welcomes us all to be at home.

Your hair is a crown for the head that keeps your beautiful brain protected.

Your face is a candle that can be lit with a smile.

Your hands are instruments to be played for good.

Your hips signify your femininity.

Your knees carry the weight of the upper body in order to keep you grounded.

Your legs propel you forward or seat you comfortably in meditation.

Your feet are on the ground, your heart is in your hands.

Your eyes see so many opportunities to be healthy and satisfied.

I am grateful for you.

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BAREFOOT40 3/28/2013 1:24PM

    I never before thought of pledging allegiance to myself. What an awesome concept! The hardest part for me is comparing myself to others, but I am now able to recognize when I do it and remind myself that I am on my own journey to better health. Thanks for the great blog. emoticon

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TRIXIETEXAS 3/28/2013 1:23PM

    What a great reminder for all of us. Thank you!

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GENTLESIMON 3/28/2013 1:22PM

  These certainly are beautiful words... and I understand the importance of affirmation.

I would like to add, that I pledge to not be hard on myself if I cannot at all times, live up to these expectations.

I pledge that in making every effort to live up to them, I will make every moment about energetic integrity -The energy of love,

As this is a growing awareness, I will choose to be ever more self lovingly aware of the feeling of the energy of the food (& drink and everything else I ingest) that I choose / the way I prepare that food / way I eat / the reading material I choose / the music / the energy of each and every conversation / the way I walk / exercise / the way I get up in the morning and go to bed at night / every time I meet my children, my wife and equally so, how I meet a stranger, the store manager, receptionist, every human being...

...That every time I meet another human being, I am really also looking inward at the same time at the energy I hold in my body, and choose love, to meet them with.

I pledge to not rely on the recognition and acceptance of others, in order to be the love that I am.

I also pledge to not seek something more, something better outside myself, than who I already am, in my Innermost Truth, which is everything I need to be and can be.

This is my pledge, which I will work with, until all my choices leads me back to to Union with the love I already am, that we all are and all originally came from.

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YICHE12 3/28/2013 1:05PM

    I loved your blog! Thanks for the reminder to love oneself. emoticon

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SORLANDO21 3/28/2013 12:50PM

    Love it!!

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MOWINELADY 3/28/2013 12:46PM

    Thank you for a great blog. I have said the same thing but differently that we have to stop the negative attitude to ourselves.

I love the idea of using a pledge to reinforce this goal.

I pledge to enjoy my life each and everyday.

I pledge to acknowledge my accomplishments and not focus so much on how far I have to go. It is the journey that makes life interesting.

I love your image and would like to use it if that is okay.


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PITTER6 3/28/2013 12:44PM

    Yes I also want to FLY "finally loving yourself", It is so much better than setting around with a broken wing. emoticon

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SLICKEM05 3/28/2013 12:44PM

    Awesome Awesome Awesome BLOG! you blessed me Sharon...Today I pledge to be just as encouraging to MYSELF as I am to others. I am the person that lots of people come to for advice. I always have a smile but am most critical of myself. God made me special. I will celebrate the marvelous woman he created me to be! Thank you for all the powerful reminders! Woo Hoo! Rock on.. emoticon

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