This unique body of work adds an ancestral, archetypal dimension toward re-infusing, even resurrecting the natural female drive to move. When an authoritarian tone about nutrition, health and fitness entered our culture, admonishing that women should exercise, something precious became inadvertently trampled on, in some women.
“So, like many women before and after me, I lived my life as a disguised criatura, creature. Like my kith and kin before me, I swagger-staggered in high heels, and I wore a dress and hat to church. But my fabulous tail often fell below my hemline, and my ears twitched until my hat pitched, at the very least, down over both my eyes, and sometimes clear across the room.”
Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D
Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman ArchetypE
When women are admonished to ‘get in shape’, to create and stick to a fitness plan, some do well enough. Others do not. There is a hidden One within the Feminine Psyche, the inner female mammal which may be understood as a She-wolf who is protective and may refuse to cooperate until what she is protecting is much better understood.
A reclaiming is at hand!
Common Criterion of Exercise Resistance Syndrome
Read through the following statements typically made by those who have some degree of Exercise Motivation Loss. The Treatment Hints follow each statement…
I love the way exercise makes me feel, but I don’t seem to make it a priority to do it consistently.
I've just never been athletic. Even as a child, I was more sedentary and was the last picked on teams. I’m just not an “exerciser”.
I have never liked exercise: I do it because I should. Although I like the way it makes me feel, I dread the struggle with my workouts.
For some puzzling reason, I get anxious when I exercise, so I barely endure it; mostly I avoid it.
I go to the gym since that is what my peers or family does and yet these stints don’t last. I never think of doing anything else…just go to the gym, get on the treadmill while I watch TV or try to lift weights...before I know it I’ve made other plans.
I think the culture of fitness and exercise is vain and self indulgent. I can’t seem to find my own philosophical spot from which to do it.
Depression has been a very real part of my life, and each time it comes back, I have no life drive to exercise at all. It's hard to try to start up again after I feel better.
Everyone where I exercise are fit and wear tight and sexy outfits. I don't want to be looked at or judged while exercising.
I was an elite athlete. Now I can't get myself out there.
I start exercise with each new diet. I quite when I fall off the diet. Why bother exercising if I'm not dieting as well?
I dislike exercise and just plain don’t do it. I feel guilty and lazy, which only makes it worse.
I am too overweight and out of shape to exercise; I might injure myself trying. I’m caught in a vicious cycle of being too big and unable to exercise to lose weight.
Compared to my super-runner dad (or exercise-obsessed mom), who made a big deal out of fitness, it was insinuated that I was different, even lazy, and that made me seem worthless on some level. I could never measure up, so why bother?
I am at a complete loss as to why really I don’t make the effort toward myself. I’m not worth taking care of myself. People say to choose to take care of myself first...that is inconceivable.
I was once very athletic. That was a different lifetime, and I can’t seem to find the former “me”.
My father (brother/whatever male family member) made comments about my body, as he does other women’s bodies – I’m very uncomfortable with this, something is wrong with it, and I don’t want anything to do with his ideas of women should be fit.
I am so impossibly out of shape, I couldn’t stand the shame in what low level I would have to start at to even get to step one. I have an active life in my mind, but my body just follows along and gets me around.
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“Francie’s work is truly, and necessarily, a game changer in the industry of over eating disorders and exercise resistance.
Her Exercise Resistance and Reclaiming work stands alone with its roots in archetypal psychology, and transformation across every level from psyche to cell physiology.”
Kelly Solar LCSW
Eating & Exercise Disorder Specialist,
Former Collegiate Athlete
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