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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".

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

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PLUMERIA50 3/2/2013 10:56PM

  I never thought to do this! Awesome idea!

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    Nice

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PATIENCE80 3/2/2013 8:56PM

    awesome pledge, very encouraging and motivating and I pledge allegiance Today I vow to start loving my body,no matter how I am feeling, how I look and where ever I am in my journey. thank you for sharing

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CELIAMINER 3/2/2013 8:41PM

    emoticon Love this!

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IMSOOZEEQ 3/2/2013 8:32PM

    I love this blog! Thanks for sharing. Add me to the list!!!

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TEENY_BIKINI 3/2/2013 8:08PM

    You go girl!

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LINDA! 3/2/2013 7:49PM

    Great blog!

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MARYJEANSL 3/2/2013 6:38PM

  Very good goals to strive for, for sure.

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MADAMES 3/2/2013 4:00PM

    Such a wonderful pledge! Please add me to your list.
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KARRENLYNN 3/2/2013 3:18PM

    Good beliefs to live by. I work on those beliefs everyday. Thanks for sharing.

Have a great weekend,

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FIRECOM 3/2/2013 3:09PM

    All of us, especially me, need to heed these words very carefully. Its amazing how good old common sense works.

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PURPLESPEDCOW 3/2/2013 2:32PM

    I am going to post this link on my team's page. Wonderful pledge and add me to your list!

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KNYAGENYA 3/2/2013 1:52PM

    Very helpful!

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MARYRUN1 3/2/2013 1:25PM

    It all starts right here!! Great blog :)

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    Love this blog. emoticon emoticon

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RISAMEANSLAUGH 3/2/2013 1:04PM

    Dear Sharon!

Wow! You knocked the socks right out from under me! Your article has shocked me into the realization that the outside doesn't matter BUT THE INSIDE DOES. When I say "doesn't matter", I'm meaning the superficial sense of SELF. Like you, I'm saying our bodies need care and love and the details (food, exercise, water, etc) are part of that and a "given" in this pledge.

Oh my and you made me cry because you are so VERY, very right! Thank you for putting this out there. I am so grateful to you right now and of course, Spark People for changing my life in this way.

"Ten mucho cuidado" means "take good care". All the best!
sincerely,
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ROSCOEKR 3/2/2013 1:02PM

    Wonderful blog, thanks so much for sharing

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JESSICABOOTY 3/2/2013 12:55PM

    What a beautiful way to live. I'll print this out so I can read it again and again. I'm joining your crowd of admirers who posted above. emoticon

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DRAGONFIRE4 3/2/2013 9:47AM

    these are all something I need to work on too. Great job on your pledge. emoticon

Barbara

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    Great job!

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    Sometimes the hardest things to do:) emoticon emoticon

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ROSES17 3/2/2013 7:04AM

    I love this blog. Thank you so much for this pledge.

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    I too pledge today!! emoticon

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SEAWAVE 3/2/2013 2:44AM

    I've just posted a blog, and referred everyone to yours. It is truly amazing!

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CLOVER2 3/2/2013 1:23AM

    Incredible! I am making the pledge.
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JJ4493 3/2/2013 12:35AM

    emoticon blog and pledge!

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MPETERSON2311 3/1/2013 10:28PM

    thanks for sharing- adding a link to your blog for reference from my blog

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    Thank you so much sharing!! Love it!!

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EMERALDELEPHANT 3/1/2013 3:05PM

    I love this!! Such a beautiful, encouraging, uplifting pledge. emoticon

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KIMCOLLINGS 3/1/2013 2:32PM

    My biggest issue is comparing to others, live or media. I never win. This is the one i pledge to work on. Thank you for sharing these. They have been wonderful to read

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ZANNACHAN 3/1/2013 1:21PM

    I love this! It's not about "I need to eat at least 5 servings of veggies a day and drink my water etc." but about a mindset that says "I love ME and I'm WORTHWHILE and it's WORTH taking care of my body." The rest--exercise, vegetables, water, etc.--all comes FROM that rather thank thinking "if I do this, I will lose weight and be worthwhile." No, we are worth loving NOW, worth taking care of NOW because we are worthwhile.

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ARKPLE 3/1/2013 12:55PM

    It is so hard in our culture to NOT be affected by the media. We know they are out for $ as their bottom line, but their negative body messages are so pervasive. I pledge not to read magazines or articles that exploit the many, varied body shapes and sizes that are normal for women and that favor the starved body shape/size as their norm.



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SUETINGE 3/1/2013 9:21AM

    Kal also forwarded this to me and I love it!

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