Shieldmaidens fought in battle and often led their own men. To match a hardened warrior, armed to the teeth and bristling with muscle you need more than just strength. You need fortitude, some killer tendon
strength, agility and a core of steel, oh, and as much upper body
strength as you can muster. The Shieldmaiden workout is designed to take
you through your paces, give you a little of what you need and a lot of
what you want (or is it the other way around?). Either way, you will
definitely come out tougher at the other end of it.
.::Jeanne D'Arc::. Here’s my piece for the Lady Knights/Women Warriors zine put together by my friend Julia Scott, Roxie Vizcarra and Abby Boeh. An overwhelming amount of talent will be in the book, and will be sold at MoCCA this year, April 6th through the 7th.
As women, we have barriers put up in front of us constantly. There is NO denying this. The hardest barrier to break down is often the one limiting our self-love. We need to encourage each other, lift each other up. When one woman succeeds in her goals we all do.
Loving each other can be difficult, but the hardest person in your life to love is yourself.
In modern society, women are encouraged to hate themselves in one way or another, whether we feel it or not, we are all affected by this way of thinking.
When is comes to fitness, weight loss and really anything to do with our bodies, we come face to face with the beasts that seem to have the power to tear our self-worth and motivation to shreds.
A main foe in this fight is the unforgiving, heartless companies that take money in return for crushing guilt and a sad array of products that were meant to give us the ‘bikini body’ we all dream of. Instead we are left back at square one.
Companies that promote dieting as a means of weight loss always play on shame and guilt, and while this is effective in some ways, it wears us down. No one likes being scolded where praise is expected and particularly where it is necessary. So when we treat our bodies with this kind of cruel attitude, we hurt ourselves. It’s traumatic and unfortunately it’s become way too normal.
Motivation is a delicate fire and healthy motivation that lasts involves loving yourself and a desire to improve, not punish.
When you see progress, you will naturally feel an urge to continue. That’s why the earliest part of switching to a healthier lifestyle is hard, because it is in that first month or so that you are going to stumble and want to quit. It takes a combination of motivation, desire and discipline to keep going and to be consistent.
Without a genuine appreciation and love for yourself, your body and how amazing it is, you won’t be able to fully grasp the reason behind a new, healthier lifestyle and why it’s the best thing for you. When you learn how truly amazing the body is and how hard it works to keep us alive, you will want to improve it, nourish it and love it.