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From this point forward
I will not stand
to be unhappy
any longer.
I will not stand
to be broken down,
broken apart,
broken-hearted.
From this point forward
my success does not depend
on my waistline
and my strength does not depend
on my weakness.
My biggest fear is not
the nutrition label.
From this point forward
I will not worry those
who love me.
I will not look at those
with hip bones
and rib cages
and be jealous.
I will not be afraid
to eat the birthday cake
you made me.
I will not measure
every morsel as if
any more would make
it poison.
From this point forward
food is not my enemy
and Ana is not my friend.
Size zero is not beautiful
and 90 pounds is not ideal.
I am no longer
enslaved by my scale
and it is not an awful day
when I weigh enough
to donate blood.
From this point forward
the only things coming
out of my mouth will be
words.
I will no longer be called
Disgraceful,
Disgusting,
Distasteful.
From this point forward
I am
Inspired,
Indestructable,
Independent.

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SamiLou said...
Jun. 6, 2011 at 7:43 pm:
love this <3 it gave me chilss! so empowering! i hope you are doing better now :)
 
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DisicpleofChristandJesusEnthusiast said...
Jun. 6, 2011 at 3:31 pm:
This is very inspiring. I always feel like this, Thankyou for writing this, it has opened my eyes.
 
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GBoland said...
Jun. 6, 2011 at 2:43 pm:
I love your poem! I can't tell you how many times I've felt the same way in your poem. It is so inspirational and brilliant! Keep writing!
 
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Katiedog15 said...
Jun. 6, 2011 at 2:38 pm:
Totally love this poem. It's very inspiring!
 
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MidnightSol said...
Jun. 6, 2011 at 2:04 pm:
Brilliant!  That is just one of the words i can think of to call this poem.  Amazing, perfect, absolutely true.  Those work too.
 
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hellspawn16 said...
Jun. 6, 2011 at 11:21 am:
I love this poem it is truly inspirational and I think everyone should abide by this not try to inpress everyone else just yourself be who you are and dont worry about what anyone else thinks because noone can expect you to be anyone else but yourself. life is to short to be anyone else or try to act any certain way be yourself because everyone else is already taken.
 
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Natalie P. said...
Jun. 4, 2011 at 11:52 pm:
This is a truly beautiful poem. As someone who has tried to make this pledge to herself many times, I am incredibly inspired. Keep writing. :-)
 
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reeree14 said...
May 31, 2011 at 1:21 am:
This was very inspiring to me, and I'm glad that someone was able to bring up this issue and put it into beautiful words. You are a very good writer. Please keep it up:)
 
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JustAnotherOwl said...
May 27, 2011 at 11:23 am:
This was beautiful. So inspiring. I can't even explain how much it means to me. I have friends who go through problems similar and I made a pledge to myself a long time ago to stay strong (:
 
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bluegirl440 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 25, 2011 at 11:27 am:
absolutely inspiring
 
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H0peF1ames said...
May 15, 2011 at 3:22 pm:
Good for you! Don't ever try to demoralize yourself, because you are so much better than what you think you are!
 
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lolxxaddict said...
May 15, 2011 at 3:02 pm:
I love this so much,,and I agree with most of the comments here that it's very relateable ! Keep the beautiful writing coming :) Great Job
 
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PunkClassicOne said...
May 15, 2011 at 10:07 am:

I love this poem. I think most people can relate to it, and while I can't, I still like it. Girls don't hear thing like this often enough. 

Very beautifully written, love the message in it :) Keep writing!

 
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MoandBrowniegirl This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 15, 2011 at 2:21 pm:
Although I agree, I think it would only be fair to mention that sometimes it the most effective way to convey a message is through simplicity, so that everyone who reads it understands. It's an important enough message that it would be a shame to let people miss it for the sake of literary loftiness. And although we may have heard this message again and again, obviously the message hasn't totally sunk in or the issue would have resolved itself. I quite like it. Keep it up!
 
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xXprettybrowneyesXx said...
Apr. 25, 2011 at 12:50 pm:
wow. th8is poem was so strong. i understand everything you said. i can relate alot. thank you. you gave e strength.
 
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blossomgirl said...
Apr. 23, 2011 at 8:06 pm:
Wonderful and beautiful
 
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poohbearswife said...
Apr. 23, 2011 at 8:03 pm:
i think everyone should take this pledge. great job
 
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HayleeLayne22 said...
Apr. 23, 2011 at 8:00 pm:
Thanks so much for this!
 
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MrsLadySlimShady said...
Apr. 23, 2011 at 4:33 pm:

Wow, this is beautiful.

I really needed this, thank you.

 
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ashleyn said...
Apr. 23, 2011 at 3:29 pm:
I love it! Well written and well said, I'm so glad you wrote this pledge.
 
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