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Loving Yourself: Body Pledge of Allegiance Follow-up

Sunday, March 03, 2013


I now feel more strongly than ever that loving ourselves no matter what, or how we look, or how we feel is indeed the first hurdle we must conquer. Until we are able to do this, we will be vulnerable to self sabotage instead of being on a steady course to where we want to go with steadfast conviction.

I'd first like to take a moment to congratulate those of you who took the pledge, and for being willing to be pro-active in your life. Because of all the positive feedback I have received during this series from each of you who have been reading and following, I am going to continue writing on this subject, not only for my own growth, but for each of you who have committed to do the same via The Body Pledge of Allegiance that you verbally affirmed to me and to yourself.

Do you realize that you committed to the the very first statement when you left your comment on the blog page?

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

This will be our first daily affirmation. We are going to promise ourselves that we will do this. It will be something we will say to ourselves in the mirror every morning. We'll also need to remember throughout your day so when we make a mistake, or get off track - which we will (so accept that fact now) - it will help to remind us of what we're doing. We are learning in a very practical way to be more loving and accepting of us in that very moment.

Now we will add the second statement in the pledge:

"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."


To begin, we must be ever vigilant to be present in the moment so that we can be aware of what is. This is not as easy as it sounds. You will find yourself distracted at times because you will forget as your day unfolds, and you react, only to suddenly realize that you've not been aware. This is where your inner critic will jump in with both feet, and you will have the urge to criticize yourself. However, instead of doing that, what you will need to do is to gently remind yourself "Oh, I forgot", and then you will become present once again. Remember that you are changing a lifelong habit.

These small actions can make a big difference. It is about coming together and offering our strength to one another. Together we are uniting our conviction, and echoing the voices of ourselves, and for women and girls everywhere to love ourselves as we are, no matter where we are. It is the energy of the this conviction, and the movement that will propel us all forward into becoming who we wish to truly be, and ultimately, to achieving all that we are striving to achieve, not only here, but in our lives.

Let's “Spark a mini revolution" of loving ourselves! Together we can do it!

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ZANNACHAN 3/6/2013 4:40PM

    "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 think I'm going to put this on a sticky note near my desk.

As you said--we need to be vigilant. Some days it's easier than others. Today has not been an easy day for me. For a lot of personal reasons, I am not in a good head-space, and finding it hard to be positive about anything, including myself. But I'm aware of it and working on being positive despite it all.

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SUETINGE 3/6/2013 11:32AM

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CHESAKAT41 3/6/2013 8:09AM

    Great blog - giving one confirmation as to what is real!!! If one can't love or take care of themselves first, then how can one love and care for others. All my young years I was too busy caring for my family and never gave a moment to me. 25 years later, he wanted a divorce and the kids were on their own. I have learned so much since that time, but not in a selfish way - I know now I am #1 and I am good to me. I hope many young women of today learn this lesson early in life. Thanks for the terrific blog. LI, NY sends you a wave...
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NOTHN4ME 3/5/2013 2:34PM

    YES!!!

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FITGRL124 3/4/2013 8:12PM

    Love this! Thank you for sharing!!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 3/4/2013 11:51AM

    emoticon emoticon A BIG I love you AND I love me! Let's take the time to count the ways we love ourselves!

I love:

my eyes -- they let me see the beauty in the world!

my lips -- they give me the power to form words, to express ideas

my hands -- they allow me to do so many things for myself!

my legs -- I am blessed that they take me where I wants to go --- generally without complaints!

my brain -- it allows me to make choices, decisions, be who I am!

Outstanding, shoud-be-required-reading-for every-Sparker reading!

HUGS

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PATTISTAMPS 3/4/2013 10:45AM

    YES!!! If we don't love ourselves, how can we expect others to love us. I am a beautiful and caring woman, and I care for myself as well as others! Maybe I am not someone's idea of beautiful, but I know that I am and you are too. and all of use reading this are too (well some may be men, but also beautiful)

Keep us inspired!

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GOANNA2 3/4/2013 9:48AM

    Thanks again for the strong message.
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KIMPY225 3/4/2013 9:14AM

    Great! Keep pushing!

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JANEMARIE77 3/4/2013 8:35AM

    Info so wonderful and true and so very hard to do hearing the inner critic takes alot of work and doesn't happen over night. I think it took me at less 6 months to hear how bad it was and 2 plus years later I'm still working on not allowing it to happen. small steps big results emoticon

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BEYOURBEST1 3/4/2013 7:30AM

    That is great Sharon.
Joyce.

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MARATHONDAD 3/4/2013 7:12AM

    love it

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ONTHEROCK 3/4/2013 3:32AM

    Thanks again! Well said! Together we WILL do this!

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EATVEGAN 3/4/2013 1:54AM

    I'm still with you Sharon. Great blog. I'm only recently realizing the necessity of this.

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COCK-ROBIN 3/4/2013 12:45AM

    I love it!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 3/3/2013 10:21PM

    Love it. Thanks for sharing.

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BECCABOO127 3/3/2013 10:03PM

    I am all for Sparkin' a mini-revolution!

Sure wish I could improve my sister's self confidence. No matter how much a tell her how good she is, she thinks she is bad and unworthy. Self love has to come from the inside, and sometimes can be helped by outside influences. However, it must come from within.

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