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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)

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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.

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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

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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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