Teresina: The dangers of not working out

April 3, 2006

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Photo by Roger Bourland

Heart disease is the number one killer in this country, and most of it is reversible. Diabetes is no longer for the old, it is taking over our young people, and can be reversible if caught early. Diabetes, early signs of heart disease, and obesity are at epidemic proportions. And in our children! This is serious. We are not meant to live life ailing. If you have children, give them life-long skills now; skills that will help them escape the fear and self-deprecation you have so often felt.
Try to keep health part of who you are moment to moment. Take a deep breath, and with every thought, envision yourself as a healthy person. Every ride. One ride at a time.

PAIN
It doesn’t matter who walks into my studio–a thin, fit firecracker of a gal, an overweight Mom, an injured (physically or emotionally) man, or an obese child – all share pains and obstacles that are relative. One of my favorite quotes is from the film “The Princess Bride:”

“Life is full of pain, Highness, and anyone that says otherwise is trying to sell you something.”

Having been injured, I don’t wish it on anyone. The pain is secondary to the limitations and aggravation that come with it. These are very real concerns, especially for those of us that have been injured, or are recovering; carrying thirty pounds or more of excess weight; are pregnant or elderly.

FEAR
Thank you, Marianne Williamson for changing my life:

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. [“A Return To Love” by Marianne Williamson.]

When fear guides us, we pay the price. FEAR is a most destructive emotion. It acts is without concern, lacks clarity, and worst of all creates disease and anxiety. Anger, jealousy, and addiction are remnants it leaves in its path. I’ve lived in fear: It was terrifying. It’s not a constructive emotion. I avoid it whenever possible, and I hope you are able to do the same. The progress we make with R4YL! can eliminate fear and replaces it with health confidence, and exuberance. How do I know, because I’ve been able to do it myself. I see it in my clients everyday. Never being afraid you’re going to be fat again can bring an inner peace that instantly dissolves fear!

[From “Ride 4 Your Life!” by Teresina Sullo; © 2006]

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