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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:
RELIUKKONEN 3/28/2013 12:39PM

    Today I deepen my commitment to self-love, I remove self doubt, all attack thoughts and all my limiting beliefs. I choose to love myself today!
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MARITIMER3 3/28/2013 12:33PM

    I agree. Wonderful pledge. We should all honour it, and by doing so, honour ourselves. Thank you for posting it.

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RPCLEM2000 3/28/2013 12:17PM

    I read this very carefully and I pledge. I'm going to print it out and post it up. emoticon

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JAKESBIGSIS 3/28/2013 12:05PM

    LOVE this!!! I really needed this today!!! Thank you SO MUCH!!!!

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MIRFA71 3/28/2013 12:01PM

    emoticon emoticon I love it!
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I pledge to love my body and appreciate it and respect it.

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DMSGLASS 3/28/2013 11:35AM

    emoticon A very inspiring blog! Thank you for posting!

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JEWITCH 3/28/2013 11:21AM

    Great inspiring blog. Thanks for sharing.

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LEMON2012 3/28/2013 11:20AM

    Love it! Mentally noted it! emoticon

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VIKIHUTCHISON 3/28/2013 11:15AM

    I really love this! And today I pledge to focus less on numbers and diets and more on what my body is telling me that it needs to be healthy, fit, active, and truly feel good!
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MCLENNOX 3/28/2013 11:12AM

  Oh, you have such great vows. I need to add one more:

I promise to stop letting events and others frustrate me. I can only impact what I have control over, so I will focus on those things and let the rest go.

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NANCIARTIST 3/28/2013 11:12AM

    It all looks good to me. I will save it and look at it and use as gentle reminder in times of need. Thank you emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 3/28/2013 11:08AM

  What a wonderful, uplifting blog.......... emoticon

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QSULLIVAN 3/28/2013 11:05AM

    What great aspirations! emoticon

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MSSMITH43 3/28/2013 11:01AM

  I pledge to be the best that I can through the Lord Jesus Christ. I pledge not to judge myself against others. I pledge not to give up no matter how long it may take. emoticon

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MRSSUCESS 3/28/2013 10:56AM

    Hello, Just wanted you to know that I cried when I read this. It seemed as if you wrote this just for me. I am so thankful for this post and I wish there was a way for me to copy this and put it on my fridge. I have struggled for the last seven years with my weight. On a daily basis I find things wrong with me. And every time I try to pick myself back up I fall even harder each time. No one in my house is very supportive with eating right or exercising. I just wanted you to know that I love this. Have a great day! emoticon

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DEBSQU 3/28/2013 10:52AM

  I love this post!!! I have been working on this for several years.This brightened up my day immensely.

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SUNSHINE99999 3/28/2013 10:52AM

  I raise my water glass to your successes. emoticon

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LVMAMAW 3/28/2013 10:50AM

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GRIZ1GIRL 3/28/2013 10:44AM

    Yay, YOU! Woo hoo!

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ADELINA11 3/28/2013 10:42AM

  I Pledge to be the best God intended me to be
To love myself as he does.
I pledge to relax and not be so anxious and know I am doing all I can to be Me .
I Pledge to love me

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GABIBEAR 3/28/2013 10:40AM

    Fantastic blog Sharon!!! Congrats!!! I will think about this and write my pledge too!!!! emoticon emoticon

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AMY-MIMI77 3/28/2013 10:10AM

    This was amazing!!!! Very well said & I pledge right along with you

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CARPROTH 3/28/2013 10:09AM

    You said it!!

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SPARKLEVER 3/28/2013 10:07AM

    I pledge!! Its so amazing how things work sometimes!! I have been thinking exactly the same thing over and over again today and there I came across this blog like bang on! m totally in and yes I feel being thyself and loving thyself is "the panacea" for most of the weight related issues..We encourage transformations and let them manifest when we start loving ourselves and work towards our goals with the positivity rather than with the negative energy of comparision, jealousy, unhealthy fire!
Peace and God bless! emoticon emoticon

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GIRLINMOTION 3/28/2013 9:52AM

    Thank you for the reminder!

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AQUAGIRL08 3/28/2013 9:48AM

    Wonderful blog! You have written a list that all of us can aspire to achieve. Well done!

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ADELLLY 3/28/2013 9:46AM

  thank you for posting this.

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LCOOK447 3/28/2013 9:45AM

  emoticon emoticon emoticon I love this message that you have posted. One of my favorite post I have read yet.

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PURRRPY 3/28/2013 9:44AM

    I pledge to love myself as I love others
I pledge to take better care of my body - by watching what I eat
I pledge stop making comments about myself
I pledge to enjoy and live in the moment
I pledge that every morning will be the start of a new day
I pledge to log onto SparkPeople everyday


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FYFE82 3/28/2013 9:29AM

    I pledge that from this day forward I will look the at the accomplishments I've made and not how far I have to go. I pledge that when someone gives me a compliant I will allow myself to enjoy it and say thank you, not correct them and say I missed that week's goal. I will allow myself to glow in knowing how much stronger I am getting. I will not let myself feel bad for making a mistake in my diet or not working out 7 days a week. This is my pledge to myself!!!! emoticon

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LGCHAPMAN62 3/28/2013 9:24AM

  That would be the second commandment of God. Love yourself so you can love others. I agree with your pledge......Great reminder to read everyday. I hope its ok I copied and pasted to print out...

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NESHAMA123 3/28/2013 9:24AM

    Loved this. I plan on writing one for myself. Very inspiring!

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NSTARSMITH 3/28/2013 9:24AM

    Thank you sooo much for your blog. It is a WONDERFUL Pledge!

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MICHELLEKEEGAN1 3/28/2013 9:18AM

  I pledge to think about this pledge before I put food in my mouth. I pledge to not eat just because I am stressed , instead to do a 3-5 minute exercise or movement and then drink some water and continue by doing an activity that needs to be done.(laundry,dishes so forth). I pledge to be disilpined to myself and God and to take it one day at a time like I did when I stopped smoking 14 years ago. I promise to remind myself I still have kids who need my help and my death would put them in a homeless and horrrible situation. I will remind myself that I am being selfish when it comes to eating and that I need not to satisfy the sugary desire that I have at that moment...
I pledge to see beautiful results come this summer.

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NIKKIJ55 3/28/2013 9:05AM

    Wonderful pledge! Thank you for sharing!

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ANAANA7 3/28/2013 9:04AM

    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. Thanks for sharing. I too take this pledge, Linda (anaana7)

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SUZLOOZ 3/28/2013 9:01AM

    I take the pledge. Amen, sister!

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STEVIEBEE569 3/28/2013 9:01AM

    Much success to you with your Body Pledge of Allegiance! You can do it!

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CJURICK 3/28/2013 8:52AM

    Beautiful Sharon. This is exactly where I've landed in the last month or so and it's UNBELIEVABLE the difference it makes. My attention is focused on the things really important to me- after years and years of channeling my energy into hatred of myself. Now I am allowing myself to go out in the world and make a difference to myself and others!!

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HLOCHRIDGE 3/28/2013 8:43AM

    Great blog!

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PYNETREE 3/28/2013 8:40AM

    Great empowering blog! I am going to take the Pledge too! Thanks for this ! emoticon

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QUAIL75 3/28/2013 8:19AM

    Great blog! I will take the pledge too! emoticon

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JEWELMAKER1 3/28/2013 8:19AM

    You have got it together! Good luck with your healthy choices and in taking good care of yourself.

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JAIMESIZED 3/28/2013 8:12AM

    I really LOVED this blog! This pledge is right up my alley!

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NICOLED40 3/28/2013 8:10AM

    Great post full of inspiring, self-esteem boosting thoughts. Thank you!

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KITT52 3/28/2013 8:00AM

    great blog Sharon.....


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GRACE-FUL 3/28/2013 7:57AM

    Thank you for your encouragement as I begin ~AGAIN~ on this journey to NEW LIFE!
HAPPY EASTER to you as well!

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 3/28/2013 7:56AM

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this!!! Thank you!

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OFGREENGABLES 3/28/2013 7:41AM

    I'll start with your pledge...and then try my own

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OFGREENGABLES 3/28/2013 7:41AM

    I'll start with your pledge...and then try my own

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