A pledge of allegiance to my body

Yesterday I had to weigh myself and prep a blog (set to be posted for tomorrow)

As part of our challenge, we are required to have progress check-ins and this one was to share our weight and waist measurements.

It left me ….. Unhappy, depressed and frustrated with myself and my body and saying some not so great things about myself.

I found this pledge today (noted below) and it seemed to come at a perfect time!

I think many people spend too much energy focusing on negatives about their bodies and their own self image. I know for me it is a daily stress and I am never happy.

It is time to change! It is time to get rid of all that negativity and embrace life and embrace ourselves no matter what point in our life journey we are at ! It’s time to know we ARE good enough. And for me, it just time to friggin accept me and love me!

So to all you people out there that question yourselves or your body image … You are amazing the way you are. Love yourself and find the positives in each and every day!
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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.

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!

Here is where I found the pledge: http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_individual.asp?blog_id=5267578

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Kin’s Green Fighters Cancer Fundraiser …. “ONE THING”….

Saturday March 9, 2013 … Mark it on your calendar!  Come visit me at Kin’s Market in Guildford from 2-4pm and share with me your “ONE THING”.

Last weekend all 13 of the “Green Fighters” met.  What an awesome group of fighters, each with their own story & journey towards a healthier life.  As I have mentioned before, part of our participation in this 13 week challenge means that we also have weekly challenges to take part in.  Some are individual challenges, a few are in store challenges and many will involve YOU….. the reader.

Each challenge also offers a prize at the end, some challenges will also be offering readers a prize as well.

My first in-store (Guildford Kin’s Market) challenge takes place Saturday March 9, 2013 from 2-4pm.  I will be there helping the staff out, prepping delicious samples of fruit and veggies,  and distributing literature from the Canadian Cancer Society.  The challenge part of this day for me (and each of the other participants at their own designated stores) is for us to chat with the customers and have you all fill out your “ONE THING” on a post-it note.  Whomever collects the most post-it notes, out of the 13 challengers, will receive a new Bike, Helmet and Water Bottle from Canadian Tire!

So, what does “one thing” mean? This is a pledge to yourself … Pledging “one thing” you can do to improve your health.  My one thing, is to consistently exercise and continue to eat more fruit and veggies.  What is your one thing?… Why not come visit me March 9th and write it down?!

As well, I will be collecting donations that will go to the Canadian Cancer Society.  If this is something you wish to make a donation towards, my fundraising page can be found at: http://cancerevents.kintera.org/angiebunnell  Please share with family and friends.

If you do wish to make a donation, however do not want to make a donation online, please let me know and we can arrange to meet-up for a visit or I can let you know my mailing address.

You have all been such an awesome positive supportive group of readers already, and I look forward to sharing this 13 week journey with you all.  Your words of encouragement are just that… encouraging! I love it & appreciate each and every one of you!