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Episode 76 – Dr. Will Cole – Functional Medicine & Nutrition

Dr. William Cole D.C, graduated from Southern California University of Health Sciences in Los Angeles, California. He has his post doctorate education and training in Functional Medicine and Clinical Nutrition through The Institute for Functional Medicine and Functional Medicine University. Dr. Cole consults both locally in the Pittsburgh area and via webcam consultations for people around the world. He specializes in clinically investigating  underlying factors and customizing health programs for chronic conditions such as thyroid issues, autoimmune, hormonal dysfunctions, digestive disorders, diabetes, heart disease and fibromyalgia.

Dr. Cole has been featured numerous times on Pittsburgh news affiliates WTAE-TV, KDKA-TV and WPGH-FOX. He is a health writer for international publications such as mindbodygreen and lectures nationally.

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Episode 75 – Emily Ann Peterson: Bare Naked Bravery

Emily Ann Peterson is  a singer-songwriter, author & creative consultant inspiring courageous expression. After a debilitating neurological disorder changed her life as a professional cellist, Emily Ann learned to find her “barenaked bravery” and is now inspiring others to do the same.

The Book and the Podcast:

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Episode 74 – Leah Weinberg – Color Pop Events & Entrepreneurship

Leah Weinberg is the Owner and Creative Director of COLOR POP EVENTS – a New York City based Wedding planning company. Color Pop Events focuses on the details and lives in the logistics. Now in her fifth year of business, Leah excels at her work as she leverages skills like organization, attention to detail and client service from her prior life as a commercial real estate attorney.

Her colorful work and party planning tips have been published online and in print with Vogue, Glamour, Marie Claire, Martha Stewart Weddings, the Knot, Brides and more.

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Episode 73 – Laila Ali – Boxing and Thinking Outside the Box

Laila Ali is a retired world-champion boxer, author, entrepreneur, wife and mother–and the daughter of the late, great Muhammad Ali. Did you know that her dad did not want her to box? That boxing is “a man’s sport”? No? Well, now you do. I love this episode with Laila and learned so much about her amazing life.

Laila’s Books

Reach: Finding Strength, Spirit and Personal Power 

Food for Life: Delicious & Healthy Comfort Food from My Table to Yours Laila’s Podcast:

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Episode 72 – Kyle Kingsbury – UFC Fighter and Total Human Optimization

Kyle Kingsbury is a retired UFC Fighter and is a proponent of “Total Human Optimization” with Onnit. We talked everything from suicide and drugs to fasting to working out to fighting with the UFC.  Learned a bunch in our short time together.

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Aubrey Marcus’ book: Own the Day, Own Your Life: Optimized Practices for Waking, Working, Learning, Eating, Training, Playing, Sleeping, and Sex :

Episode 71 – Jeffrey Davis: Tracking Wonder

What a refreshing conversation with the amazing Jeffrey Davis. Jeffrey is a speaker, author, founder of Tracking Wonder & Brand Artistry Labs. “Wonder is your surprising advantage,” Jeffrey says.

You don’t have to surrender or suppress your curiosity. Whether you’re an executive, professional, creative, or entrepreneur, you are a storyteller. And you don’t have to sacrifice your big idea in pursuit of profit. Forget about choosing between being “responsible” or living a fulfilling life. You can do both. Today, we live in a world where you can build a meaningful business and life while also making a living and a difference.

We talk about mostly parenting, creativity and life… but such a great time with this amazing Wonder. :)

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Episode 70: Brad Cooper: Godspeed – The Race Across America

“Let’s ride our bikes across America!” Many of us would say, “Huh?!?” if someone called us and made a statement like that -but not Brad Cooper when his acquaintance, Jerry Schemmel asked him.

This conversation is with Brad – and it was such a fun time learning about this bicycle race stretching over a week and from Oceanside, California all the way to Maryland.

The documentary film, Godspeed: The Race Across America hits theaters on May 22 for a showing – don’t miss out!

The Team:

Brad Cooper:

Brad is the co-founder and currently serves as the CEO of US Corporate Wellness, an organization that partners with corporations to bring specific, sustainable engagement to the management of individuals’ health and wellness. He also co-founded the Catalyst Coaching Institute. Brad is a nationally recognized speaker and has authored several books. Brad is an 11- time Ironman finisher (4 times at the Hawaii Ironman World Championship).

Jerry Schemmel:

Jerry is a local Denver radio personality currently serving as the play-by-play announcer for the Colorado Rockies Major League Baseball franchise. He has previously served as the play-by-play announcer for the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves and Denver Nuggets. Jerry is a seasoned triathlete and ultra- distance-cycler. Jerry is also a highly sought after motivational speaker and the author of “Chosen to Live” and “The Extravagant Gift”.

About Race Across America

Race Across America (RAAM) is one of the most respected and longest running ultra-endurance events in the world. RAAM is seen as a pinnacle of athletic achievement not only in cycling circles but the greater sporting community as well.

There is no other race in the world like RAAM. There is no race that combines the distance, terrain and weather; no other event that tests a team’s spirit from beginning to end. The Race inspires everyone who has been a part of it – racer, crew, staff and fans alike. RAAM is the true test of speed, endurance, strength and camaraderie, the ideal combination of work and play.

About the Movie:

GODSPEED is a riveting documentary with Jerry Schemmel and Brad Cooper and their quest to win the 2015 Race Across America ultra cycling competition.

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Episode 69: Bob Clagett: I Like to Make Stuff & Making Time

Bob Clagett likes to makes stuff, AND help others find their inner craftsperson–through an amazing YouTube channel with well over a million subscribers: I Like to Make Stuff. Whether it’s music, websites, software, furniture, vintage scooters or motorcycles—you name it–he likes to make it.

He is the father of four, husband of one and loves his life completely. He recently left the software industry to make stuff for a living and started I Like To Make Stuff. I Like To Make Stuff is a place to chronicle the work and interests of Bob Clagett with the aim of providing inspiration to the DIY and maker community.

The YouTube Channel:

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The Book: Making Time

“I wrote a book about my journey to becoming a full time content creator, and some of the things I learned in the first two years. It’s not a how to book, but instead stories and experiences that I didn’t expect and never dreamed of.”

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Episode 68: Melissa Hartwig:  Whole30 and “The Same 24 Hours”

Melissa Hartwig and I were fighting.  Okay, so no we weren’t… but we had an exchange on Instagram that could have gone several ways.  And the way that two intelligent, hard-working and badass women do things? Well, they discuss with respect, kindness and in a way of growth.

[Hence, this podcast!  (We did it!)]

Melissa Hartwig is a Certified Sports Nutritionist who specializes in helping people change their relationship with food and create life-long, healthy habits. She is the co-creator of the original Whole30 program, a four-time New York Times bestselling author (It Starts With Food,  The Whole30, Food Freedom Forever, and The Whole30 Cookbook). She has been featured by Dr. Oz, Good Morning America, the New York Times, the Wall Street JournalDetailsShapeOutside, and SELF, and ranked #27 on Greatists Top 100 Most Influential People in Health and Fitness in 2017. Melissa has presented more than 150 health and nutrition seminars worldwide, and is a prominent keynote speaker on social media and branding, health trends, and entrepreneurship.

Melissa enjoys kettlebell training, yoga, hiking, solo traveling, and riding her motorcycle. She lives in Salt Lake City, UT.

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Instagram: @melissa_hartwig
Twitter: @melissahartwig_


Episode 67: Nicole DeBoom: Running this World and Skirt Sports and Stuff

Can I say how much I LOVE NICOLE DEBOOM? Thiiiiiiis much!

Nicole is the founder of Skirt Sports – she started with the goal of helping women find strength, power and happiness through running. Today Skirt Sports has expanded from its initial running skirt to a full line of inspirational women’s fitness apparel sold in hundreds of stores across the US and throughout the world as well as a huge focus on events as the main driving force for women to move their lives forward.

Shes continue to lead the company as the Founder & CEO, now balancing the challenge of staying fit, running a business and chasing around a young daughter!
She also has an amazing podcast “Run this World” where we first “met” officially!
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Episode 66: John Young:  “The Hammer”

Why do they call John Young “The Hammer”?  Well, you’ll have to listen and find out.  In this episode, Meredith and John talk about everything from racing to bullying to parenting.  John is the first person with dwarfism to complete an IRONMAN triathlon. He’s also an avid athlete – running several marathons, including Boston, and is tackling a really cool goal this year.

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Episode 65: Lizzie Velasquez: Dare to Be Kind

Lizzie Velasquez was cruelly dubbed “The Ugliest Woman in the World” on a viral YouTube video over ten years ago. Born with an extremely rare congenital disease called Marfanoid–progeroid–lipodystrophy syndrome that, among other symptoms, prevents her from accumulating body fat and gaining weight. Out of that horrific YouTube incident, rose a fire and a desire in Lizzie to use her talents to become successful, motivate others and show what it means to be kind. Her 2013 inspiring TedX talk, “How Do You Define Yourself” has over 4 million views. Her documentary, A Brave Heart, is a must-watch for everyone -especially those with tweens and teenagers. Her paperback book, Dare to Be Kind, is out now.

Enjoy the episode with Lizzie.

Get the Book: 
Dare to Be Kind: How Extraordinary Compassion Can Change the World

Paperback now:

The Documentary:
A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story

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Episode 64: Benjamin Hardy: Willpower Doesn’t Work

Ben Hardy is an author and the #1 Writer on  I met Ben at a conference last year, and he listened to me ramble about my scrambly ideas about my second book.  We decided to record a podcast, and the rest is history. The big news is, however, his NEW BOOK is OUT NOW!

The Book: Willpower Doesn’t Work

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Episode 63:  Kelly Roberts:  She Can and She Did (f/k/a Run Selfie Repeat)

Run Selfie Repeat. #SportsBraSquad.  She Can and She Did.  #BQorBust. “I set out to inspire people who were struggling to find a way to feel proud of themselves.”  Kelly Roberts is in the house!  We talk about running, injury, the hot guys in the NYC half marathon, the haters, the sports bra squad and more.

She writes on her site:  “When I started a blog called Run, Selfie, Repeat in 2013, I had no idea what the hell I was doing. I had just “gone viral” for taking selfies with “hot guys” behind me while I tried to survive a half marathon. Suddenly, I found myself on Good Morning America and was struggling to navigate the fleeting hurricane that is going viral.

“That’s when my badass lady gang swooped in and encouraged me to start a blog and run with my five seconds of fame.

“I wanted to inspire people who, like me, had a hard time with physical activity (that’s putting it lightly – I used to call myself the President of the “I f*cking hate running club”). I set out to inspire people who were struggling to find a way to feel proud of themselves. And so, I started a running blog because despite the fact that running consistently humbled the hell out of me, it also gave me a way to set a tangible, seemingly impossible goal, and work to make it a reality.

“A lot happened in a very short four years. I met the royals, went from “I don’t think I’m a runner” to a 3 hour and 41 minute marathoner(!!!), started the #SportsBraSquad, landed the cover of Women’s Running Magazine(!!!), and saw thousands of badass women cross their very first finish lines.”

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Episode 62: Cheryl Haworth

Cheryl Haworth is a 3x Olympian in the sport of Olympic Weightlifting. While does not consider herself a pioneer of women’s weightlifting, most everyone else does. Haworth was one of four Americans to compete in women’s weightlifting’s Olympic debut in 2000, and she was one of two to medal, earning bronze in the +75 kg. class at 17 years old in Sydney.

Before retiring in 2010, Haworth’s list of accomplishments included a bronze medal at the 2005 world championships, three Olympic appearances, a Pan American Games gold medal, three junior world titles and 11 national titles (the most by any U.S. woman).  For those reasons and more, Haworth was inducted into the USA Weightlifting Hall of Fame in 2015.

She is also the star of the documentary, Strong!

She now coaches weightlifting in Atlanta, Georgia and is a truly kind, compassionate and wonderful person. Enjoy this episode!

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Her Accomplishments

  • Bronze Medalist in Olympic Games (2000)
  • Olympic team member (2000 + 2004 + 2008)
  • Junior World Champion (2001 + 2002)
  • Senior National Champion (1998–2008)
  • Silver Medalist in Junior World Championships (1999)
  • Pan Am Games Champion (1999)
  • Goodwill Games Champion (2001)
  • Inducted into the USA Weightlifting Hall of Fame (2015)

Where You Can Train with Cheryl

BTB Fitness in Atlanta (Buckhead):

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Episode 61: Dr. Kelly Brogan

Dr. Kelly Brogan is a revolutionary MD who asks this question: “What is the happiest, healthiest version of yourself that you can imagine?”

[Pssssst! How many of YOUR doctors ask that question?]

Dr. Brogan has spent her medical career helping women reclaim their lives without drugs, without antidepressants and taking back their health. I will admit that I was hesitant to consider talking to Dr. Brogan–only because her work is so sensitive, so personal. But she is NOT in the business of shaming women–quite the opposite. Her work is empowering women to take control. And I had to share her work once I read her book.

Her book, A Mind of Your Own: The Truth About Depression and How Women Can Heal Their Bodies to Reclaim Their Lives – has four a half stars on Amazon on a sensitive and controversial topic–women reclaiming their lives and their health. I know it changed the way that I will forever look at pharmaceuticals.

She writes, “Many of us are far from our ideal vision of health. Meanwhile, mass media, drug companies, and the food industry hope we stay there – reliant on them. I’m here to tell you that you have choices and the power to change your life. You can get healthy and live happy – without drugs. I know, not just because of my medical training, but also because I’ve been where you are. On a beautiful day in NYC I got some bad news. The reason for my brain fog, why I’d repeatedly lost my keys, was literally losing my hair, and going through an excessive amount of cocoa butter lotion, along with other symptoms: postpartum thyroiditis, or Hashimoto’s disease.

“Despite many years earning my medical credentials, I was not ready for a life dependent on pharmaceuticals. So, I searched for an alternative – and I found the gentle, hopeful world of natural self-repair. Two-and-a-half years and one pregnancy later, I was symptom free – and prescription free. But, more importantly, I’m on a mission. Now, in addition to my training as a psychiatrist, I’m also board-certified in integrative and holistic medicine, helping women get healthy and happy – without drugs.

“Depression isn’t a disease. It’s a symptom. Learn more in the new book, . Purchase your copy today! ”  – Dr. Kelly Brogan

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Episode 60: Chrissie Wellington

For me, Chrissie Wellington is the epitome of heart, grace, athletic prowess, mental toughness and kindness. I was inspired by Chrissie from the second I entered the sport of triathlon–and I continue to be inspired by her to this day.

Her new book, To the Finish Line : A World Champion Triathlete’s Guide to Your Perfect Race, is available now.

Another favorite episode.

Get the Books

To the Finish Line:  A World Champion Triathlete’s Guide to Your Perfect Race

A Life Without Limits:  A World Champion’s Journey

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Episode 59: Another Mother Runner Icons, Dimity McDowell and Sarah Bowen Shea

The Mother Runners are here! Founders, mother runners and inspiration behind “Another Mother Runner” – the virtual aid station for all runners–near and far, moms and not, new and “old,” and inspiration abounds. Authors, social media entrepreneurs, podcasters and more. Sarah Bowen Shea and Dimity McDowell – so much fun! Enjoy the show!


Tales from Another Mother Runner, Run Like a Mother (2010) and Train Like a Mother (2012),

“For a woman, being a mom and a runner aren’t always complementary identities. In fact, when you add a career, partner, and possibly even a social life to the mix, finding time for all of it can be as challenging as tiptoeing across your child’s room in the middle of the night without stepping on a Lego.”

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Episode 58:  Fit Legally: Rachel Brenke

Founder of Business Bites podcast, and several successful business brands including TheLawTog®FitLegally, and BlogLegally, Rachel is also a mother, wife to a disabled Army Veteran, practicing, lawyer, five-time author, cancer-survivor, Team USA Athlete, and champion of all endeavors entrepreneurial.

Through her podcast, brands, and 1-on-1 services, Rachel helps creative entrepreneurs form businesses, draft contracts, and successfully navigate intellectual property law by providing copyright and trademark protection tools.

“Creativity can be more than a passion—it can be a livelihood too. But only if you’re willing to develop the business plan and legal protection necessary to thrive.” – Rachel Brenke

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Episode 57: James Lawrence: The Iron Cowboy

50 Iron distance races, 50 states, in 50 days. Meredith and James talk about some of the ups and downs of this incredible journey, the TEN YEARS of hard work that happened LONG before the 50-50-50, and Meredith asks him ONE question that he has NEVER been asked before.

Repeatedly mocked for choosing a goal so big, Lawrence took on the challenge of doing 50 Ironman races, in 50 consecutive days, through all 50 US States. His journey will make you laugh, cry and possibly squirm in your seats in disbelief. James lives with his wife, Sunny, and their five children in Utah. After breaking several Guinness World Records, James wondered if he had truly found his mental and physical limits. He knew there was more. Experience firsthand the remarkable journey of James Lawrence and his family.

James is originally From Calgary, Alberta Canada. He grew up a wrestler and later in life became to love endurance racing to escape the hectic routine of Corporate America. After losing everything in 2008, James turned to his new found passion for triathlon racing and went on to break two world records within three years. In 2015 James accomplished the unthinkable despite everyone saying his end goal was impossible. He completed 50 Ironman distance triathlons, in 50 days, in each of the 50 United States — The 50-50-50.

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Episode 56: Amy Morin: Mentally Strong People and Parents

As a psychotherapist turned author, Amy’s mission is to make the world a stronger place. Her education and expertise as a psychotherapist, combined with her personal experiences overcoming tragedy, give her a unique perspective on mental strength.

In 2013, Amy introduced the world to the concept of mental strength when her article, 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, became an anthem read by more than 50 million people.

She’s been dubbed the “self-help guru of the moment,” by The Guardian and Forbes refers to her as a “thought leadership star.” Her advice has been featured by numerous media outlets including Time, Fast Company, Success, Business Insider,, Fox News, CNN, CNBC, and Today. She also appears in a Red Bull TV show called Visions of Greatness.

She lectures across the globe to provide trainings, workshops, and keynote speeches that teach people how to build their mental muscle. Students from 42 countries access her online mental strength course.

Amy’s also a lecturer at Northeastern University. She is a columnist for Forbes, Inc., and Psychology Today. She also serves as a parenting expert for Verywell.

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Past Episodes

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Episode 55: Ted Rubin: #NoLetUp
Episode 54: Richard Turner: Dealt
Episode 53: Randy Spelling: Unlimiting You

Episode 52: Natalie Brenner: This Undeserved Life
Episode 51: Michael Stevens: Mind Field
Episode 50: Jason Jaksetic: Spartan Racing
Episode 49: Craig Kulyk: Create Good Mornings
Episode 48: Diane Berberian: Lose of Sight and Seeing Life
Episode 47: Josh Mathe – Trail Running and More
Episode 46: Mike Reilly : the Voice of IRONMAN

Episode 45: Christine Goodner: Music, Children and the Suzuki Method
Episode 44: Kim Stemple and We Finish Together
Episode 43: Down Syndrome & Law Syndrome
Episode 42: Rob Jones: Double-Amputee and 31 Marathons in 31 Days in 31 Cities
Episode 41: Ally Faber: Treacher Collins Syndrome and Nolan
Episode 40: Anthony Malone: Yoga and Life
Episode 39: Dr. Aviva Romm

Episode 38: Louise Green: Big Fit Girl
Episode 37: Erin Musto: Maddie’s Mark
Episode 36: Dina Griffin: Metabolic Efficiency Training
Episode 35: THE Dr. Shefali: Conscious Parenting

Episode 34: John Kim: The Angry Therapist

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Episode 33: David Dillard-Wright: Meditation and A Mindful Life
Episode 32: David Garrow: Barack Obama and Pulitzer-Prize Winning
Episode 31: Kim Dinan: The Yellow Envelope
Episode 30: Jeff Goins – Real Artists Don’t Starve
Episode 29: Annie Grace – Naked Mind and Alcohol

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Episode 28: Mirinda Carfrae:  IRONMAN World Champion and Mom-to-Be
Episode 27: Natalia Cohen:  Losing Sight of Shore

Episode 26: Kyle and Brent Pease: IRONMEN Times Three
Episode 25: Josh Mathe:  I, Athlete
Episode 24: Sarah Hepola: Blackout
Episode 23: Scott Rigsby: Unthinkable & Making an Impact
Episode 22: Deb Cheslow: Unrealogical and Brave
Episode 21: Dr. Anthony Jay: Estrogeneration
Episode 20: Michelle Kalinski
Episode 19: Lesley Paterson: The Brave Athlete

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Episode 18: Jeff Galloway: Running and Walking and Running
Episode 17: David Leite: Notes on a Banana
Episode 16: Lauren Handel Zander:  Maybe It’s You. (Cut the Crap)

Episode 15: Megan Melgaard: Fix My Swim
Episode 14: Dr. Darryl Johnson:  Marijuana (Yes, Really)
Episode 13: BethAnn Telford: Brain Cancer and Beyond
Episode 12: Audrey Sanchez: Balanced
Episode 11: Dr. Michael Greger: How Not to Die
Episode 10: Jason Cohen : #BigChangeTheFilm

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Episode 9: Bridget Quinn: Art and Life
Episode 8: Sika Henry
Episode 7: Susan Wintersteen: Savvy & Generous
Episode 6:  Holly K. Dunn: Sole Survivor

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Episode 5: Danielle Grabol: Fear No Distance
Episode 4: The Pease Brothers: Together We Wheel
Episode 2: Anna Woods: She Strength
Episode 1: Heart Rate Training with Gerry Halphen

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