Consciously Committing: Love Your Body 2012

Love Your Body Day is Wednesday, October 17th, and my goal is to get ALL of you to sign a pledge to making a conscious commitment to be  your own body champion.  Below, you’ll find The Body Warrior Pledge that I drafted four years ago and is featured on Day 2 of Beautiful You.

Pledge your desire to champion yourself by hitting the comments section below, sharing with us which statement you are making the MOST conscious commitment to embrace, what your first step will be in that journey, and then signing off with your name. Then, share this link with all of your girlfriends who should also be championing themselves and start a mini revolution amongst yourselves.

Sign the pledge by midnight EST on October 17th and you will be entered into a Love Your Body Day Grand Prize drawing which includes signed copies of my book and a little bit of other goodness.

Let’s start our journey to body warrior amazingness!

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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11 responses to “Consciously Committing: Love Your Body 2012”

  1. CJ @ Fill the Well

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

    This is by far the most powerful pledge for me. I will be sharing this!
    CJ @ Fill the Well recently posted..Be the Unexpected {Day 9 in 31 Days of Filling the Well}

  2. Cecile

    What a powerful and touching poster! love love love it!

  3. Meg C.

    There are so many! Each time I read this pledge I find new inspiration.

    For Love Your Body Day I pledge:
    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.

    Meg C.

  4. Alex Knepp

    I love this, and need to remember it more often. I pledge to love my body for what it is, not what i want it to be.

  5. Shannon

    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 plan to remember, on a daily basis, the wonderful things my body does for me, like giving me a child.
    Shannon E.
    Shannon recently posted..Emotional eating.

  6. Lucy

    There are two of these statements which I will be most consciously embracing, not only on Love Your Body Day, but every day. I have recently been subject to degrading and hurtful comments from strangers on the street which have become a source of self deprecation and hurt, so to combat this and love my body I pledge

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

    As a result of the comments that have been made, I’ve been struggling to reign in my inner monologue and eating disorder dialogue. It’s been a week of overwhelming thought processes, so in order to love my body I pledge

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

    I promise to remember everything my body does for me, and to remember and appreciate it for supporting me and not giving out even after I’ve neglected it and punished it. Even though I tried to shield my body from the outward attacks and I know that I was powerless to stop most of it, I most certainly should not have joined in on the attacks my poor body endured.

  7. Brenda

    I pledge:
    To be the primary source of my confidence.

  8. Samantha P.

    I have already signed the Body Warrior pledge as part of the Beautiful You journal experience. I shared one for that particular entry and today I’ll choose a different one:

    I pledge:

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

    I’ve always prided myself on being unique. I love who I am on the inside. I need to realize that my outside is just as unique as the inside. Not looking like everyone else is part of that uniqueness. I often forget that.

  9. Katy

    Thank you so much for this! It speaks to me on so many levels.

  10. Angela

    To stop blaming my body. To stop trying to escape from my feelings by using restriction. To get rid of sick clothes and accept myself now.
    Angela recently posted..The Romance Of An Eating Disorder

  11. Heather Kelly

    Thanks for the reminder! I needed that today.

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