RELEASE DATE: September 1, 2018
Fit for Joy: The Healing Power of Being You
Training Body and Mind through COURAGE and FORGIVENESS
“The more fit I became; the more unhappy I was…why?”
In this intimate memoir, first-prize fitness competitor and personal trainer Valeria Teles invites you to reflect on the idea that joy is an ever-present choice.
From a young age, Valeria yearned for a life that would bring her joy. She hoped to find it in relationships and a successful career, but neither brought a genuine smile to her face. She then discovered fitness, which became her escape—keeping her even further from the truth, until she could no longer live without joy.
During a meditative period away from the fitness world, Valeria learned that exercise and enjoyment belong together, and that forgiveness is essential for personal healing.
Now a student of Buddha’s teachings, she shares her vision for conventional fitness that is integrated with emotional and spiritual well-being.
Fit for Joy will inspire you to establish a harmonious mind-body connection that is based on self-knowledge and self-love. Insightful and tender, this book will show you how freedom, joy, and peace come from courage, and that courage can be found by being true to yourself.
Praise for Fit for Joy
Tamilee Webb, fitness expert and star of Buns of Steel and Abs of Steel —
Valeria’s story is raw, real and from the very depth of her soul. I’m sure many of us in the business of fitness can relate to parts of her journey. Reminding us we are more than our bodies, we are souls having experiences in our body, in search of our true JOY.
April Pfender, Bestselling Author and Meditation Instructor —
An inspiring look at a journey that aims to set the foundations of healthy living through a mindset of healing the inner-world.
D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review —
Fit for Joy: The Healing Power of Being You comes from a personal trainer who advocates a different approach to fitness: one that blends a memoir with a focus on finding joy in life.
Valeria Teles thought joy would lie in family and career; then looked for it in the fitness world. Nothing brought her the kind of feeling she was looking for; and, indeed, her pursuit of fitness soon became a form of escape.
The memoir portion of her book is important because it not only traces her personal quest, but cements the development of mind/body experiences that together create joy. From introductory chapters linking early trauma to later distortions in perceptions and belief systems to the influence of relationships and the journey from failure to fitness, Teles creates a progressive set of realizations that carry readers through different thought processes and experiences.
These, in turn, lead to newfound revelations about fitness, depression, the rise of spiritual thinking, and how fitness and spirituality actually dovetail. At each turning point Teles examines the experiences, choices and perceptions that either lead her towards or thwart her pursuit of joy. It’s this progressive attention to detail that makes her journey so familiar and compelling.
Perhaps the greatest strength of this memoir lies in such reflections. More so than most fitness autobiographies, Fit for Joy goes beyond advocating a belief or charting a path: it surveys the barriers to achievement which are created by both self and other influences.
Teles provides exact discussions about this psychological and spiritual process, and that sets her story apart from similar-sounding books.
An acceptance of spiritual reflection is one prerequisite for thoroughly appreciating this story’s approach: something readers might not anticipate from a fitness saga. Those who hold such openness will discover a treasure within: the treasure of Telles’ exploration and clear discussion of a process that can be duplicated by others, avoiding the common pitfalls too many may experience.”