Love Your Body 2008: Pledge Allegiance to Your Body

September 30, 2008 at 5:12 pm 30 comments

So, here’s the deal.  Love Your Body Day is 2 weeks away and my goal is to get all of you to sign a pledge to be your own body champion.  Below, you’ll find The Body Warrior Pledge that I drafted earlier this year.  Pledge your desire to champion yourself by hitting the comments section below, sharing with us which statement will take the most determination from you to embrace, and then signing off with your name (check out the comments– I’m first!).  Then, send this link to all of your girlfriends who should also be championing themselves and start a mini revolution amongst yourselves.  Twice a week, I am drawing prize winners from all of the folks who have signed the pledge.  The first drawing is this Sunday so go ahead and get you and your friends in the drawing.  And no fear:  if you don’t win a prize the first time around, your name will stay in the bucket for the subsequent drawings!     

 

The Body Warrior Pledge

Because I understand that my love and respect for my body are metaphors of my love and respect for my self and soul, I pledge to do the following:

To stop berating my body and to begin celebrating the vessel that I have been given.  I will remember the amazing things my body has given me: the ability to experience the world with a breadth of senses, the ability to perceive and express love, the ability to comfort and soothe, and the ability to fight, provide, and care for humanity. 

To understand that my body is an opportunity not a scapegoat. 

To be the primary source of my confidence.  I will not rely on or wait for others to define my worth.

To let envy dissipate and allow admiration to be a source of compassion by offering compliments to others.

To gently but firmly stand up for myself when someone says to me (or I say to myself something harmful.        

To change the inner-monologue in my head to one that sees possibility not problems, potential not shortcomings, blessings not imperfections. 

To give my body the things that it needs to do its work well:  plenty of water, ample movement, stretches, rest, and good nutrition, and to limit or eliminate the things that do not nurture my body.   

To see exercise as a way to improve my internal health and strength instead of a way to fight or control my body. 

To understand that my weight is not good or bad.  It is just a number, and I am only good.   

To love my body and my self today.  I do not have to weigh ten pounds less, have longer hair, or to have my degree in my hand to have worth.  I have worth just as I am, and I embrace that power. 

To recognize my body’s strengths.     

To no longer put off the things that I wish to experience because I am waiting to do them in a different body.

 To understand that a body, just like a personality, is like a fingerprint: a wonderful embodiment of my uniqueness.     

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  • 1. rosiemolinary  |  September 30, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    I’m in and paying particular attention to:

    To give my body the things that it needs to do its work well: plenty of water, ample movement, stretches, rest, and good nutrition, and to limit or eliminate the things that do not nurture my body.

    x Rosie Molinary

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  • 2. Brenda  |  October 1, 2008 at 8:26 am

    I’m in!!

    To love my body and my self today. I do not have to weigh ten pounds less, have longer hair, or to have my degree in my hand to have worth. I have worth just as I am, and I embrace that power.

    X Brenda Pavlov

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  • 3. fightingwindmills  |  October 1, 2008 at 11:38 am

    I will help you spread the word. I’m in.

    Reply
  • [...] Today, her name was drawn as last week’s winner.  Want to have a shot to win books, movies, tees, or other goodies?  Then make a pledge to be a body warrior.  The next drawing is on Wednesday so hurry up and sign on to Love Your Body!  [...]

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  • 5. Just for today « Hijas Americanas  |  October 7, 2008 at 9:18 am

    [...] Want to make the Body Warrior Pledge for yourself and sign up for prizes?  Do it today!  [...]

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  • 6. mglatzel  |  October 7, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    i love this!
    sign me up.

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  • [...] Read more and sign up for the pledge to receive prizes at Love Your Body 2008: Pledge Allegiance to Your Body « Hijas Americanas. [...]

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  • 8. SarahB  |  October 8, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    *To love my body and my self today. I do not have to weigh ten pounds less, have longer hair, or to have my degree in my hand to have worth. I have worth just as I am, and I embrace that power. *

    I pledge!

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  • 9. Evo  |  October 8, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    I’m here from Shakesville via Viva La Feminista!

    I’m in!

    -Evo

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  • 10. jenn  |  October 8, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    I pledge all of these, but especially to give my body the things that it needs to do its work well: plenty of water, ample movement, stretches, rest, and good nutrition, and to limit or eliminate the things that do not nurture my body.

    Thanks for this! I’m sending it on.

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  • 11. rosiemolinary  |  October 8, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    Jenn,

    Great timing! Your highlighted point is mine as well and it came across my screen just as I was reaching for candy corn. Thanks for the intervention! Rosie

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  • 12. Jill  |  October 8, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    Pledging! Thanks for the forward jenn

    Reply
  • 13. Just for Today, I pledge « Hijas Americanas  |  October 8, 2008 at 10:24 pm

    [...] a drawing for all sorts of goodies (t-shirts, signed books, movies)?  Well, head on over to the original contest post and sign on.  The next drawing is Sunday, October [...]

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  • 14. Angelica  |  October 8, 2008 at 10:38 pm

    I pledge!

    especially this part….
    “To give my body the things that it needs to do its work well: plenty of water, ample movement, stretches, rest, and good nutrition, and to limit or eliminate the things that do not nurture my body. ”
    Being in college can really make you put these things way down low on the priority list.

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  • 15. Suezette  |  October 8, 2008 at 11:05 pm

    You know I’m so in!!!

    I pledge to love my curves and to share the love of my curves!!!

    Woootwooo!!!

    Reply
  • 16. Sarah G.  |  October 8, 2008 at 11:41 pm

    To no longer put off the things that I wish to experience because I am waiting to do them in a different body.

    This I pledge!

    Reply
  • 17. veronica  |  October 9, 2008 at 12:25 am

    I’ll sign it…not sure I can live up to it, but by signing on, I will try even harder.

    Reply
  • 18. Yvette  |  October 9, 2008 at 1:08 am

    Ive been telling myself Im SEXY for yrs now..lol.. I love the smartass,silly, nerdy ME! :-)

    But Hey If U want to give me a prize for it ..OK Sign me up My friend!!

    Reply
  • 19. elizabeth  |  October 9, 2008 at 8:14 am

    This is the part of the pledge that I will have to work hardest on, and then the rest will follow:
    To change the inner-monologue in my head to one that sees possibility not problems, potential not shortcomings, blessings not imperfections.
    I am recently realizing how very hard on myself I am! I pledge!

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  • 20. Michelle  |  October 9, 2008 at 9:19 am

    I pledge!! I am a sexy, smart and crazy goddess of a woman!!! I pledge to embrace and flaunt every single one of my beautiful flaws. I know how wonderful I am and I pledge to let everyone else know it too.

    X Michelle aka Mistress Rich Delish

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  • 21. Maria  |  October 9, 2008 at 12:37 pm

    This is something I’ve been working on for a while now, but I still have room for improvement….

    To give my body the things that it needs to do its work well: plenty of water, ample movement, stretches, rest, and good nutrition, and to limit or eliminate the things that do not nurture my body.

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  • 22. Just for today, I pledge… « Hijas Americanas  |  October 9, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    [...] a drawing for all sorts of goodies (t-shirts, signed books, movies)?  Well, head on over to the original contest post and sign on.  The next drawing is Sunday, October 12 and then I’ll do a drawing a day leading up to Love [...]

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  • 23. Roslynn  |  October 9, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    Sign me up too!!! I pledge all of the above, paying special attention to the following:

    To be the primary source of my confidence. I will not rely on or wait for others to define my worth.

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  • 24. steph b  |  October 10, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    IM IN!! this is my favorite part:
    To stop berating my body and to begin celebrating the vessel that I have been given. I will remember the amazing things my body has given me: the ability to experience the world with a breadth of senses, the ability to perceive and express love, the ability to comfort and soothe, and the ability to fight, provide, and care for humanity.
    I need to thank my body for all the things I have made it through!!!!
    This is so beautiful I actually printed it out and put it on the wall beside my bed! Ive been thinking about it and Im going to write my own when I get time so it can be more personalized. :) what a wonderful concept/idea.

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  • 25. Cecelia  |  October 10, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    I came over here via Viva La Feminsta.

    I am in! I love this! =)

    I will link this up to my blog so others can know about this wonderful pledge and hopefully I can direct and encourage a few others to come over here.

    Reply
  • 26. Jules  |  October 12, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    to love my body and myself today…..

    im in

    Reply
  • 27. Just for today, I pledge… « Hijas Americanas  |  October 12, 2008 at 5:47 pm

    [...] a drawing for all sorts of goodies (t-shirts, signed books, movies)?  Well, head on over to the original contest post and sign on.  There are several drawings a day through Love Your Body Day.  You just have to sign on one time [...]

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  • [...] Body (Every) Day: The annual reminder to love who you are was Oct. 15. Hijas Americana has posted a very cool pledge to be your own body champion (via Viva La Feminista, which has more good [...]

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  • 29. christinaalicia  |  October 11, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Sign me up- this will be a great challenge. These will be my greatest challenge: To change that monologue in my head and To let envy dissipate and allow admiration to be a source of compassion by offering compliments to others. Complimenting others is sometimes harder for me to do than criticizing others, because I feel bad about myself… which is not a generative way to handle those feelings. I pledge to love and respect myself and my soul!

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  • [...] Read more and sign up for the pledge to receive prizes at Love Your Body 2008: Pledge Allegiance to Your Body « Hijas Americanas. [...]

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