Valentines Day

Not having a significant other on Valentine’s Day sucks.  The older I get, the more it sucks.  I am not stating this to get attention.  I am not stating this to get sympathy.  I am stating this because I know there are a lot of people out there who can relate.  I am always happy for others who are happy.  When I have the opportunity to see people who are loving life, it puts a smile on my face.  When I see couples holding hands, showing each other affection, my heart smiles.  But the reality for me, and I know the reality for a lot of others out there, is the fact that life can be very lonely.  Even when we are surrounded by others, even when we have deep, connected fellowship with other humans, such as friends, family, co-workers etc., the truth is, there is nothing that can replace the fulfillment, love, joy, and security of a significant other.  There is nothing more beautiful then loving and being loved, deeply, intimately, and securely by a significant other.  If you find yourself alone today in the midst of those you are surrounded by, if you find yourself yearning for the beauty of a life shared with a significant other, if you find yourself frustrated today, let me encourage you with this…….Life unfolds as life unfolds.  Use this season of life you are in right now to refine yourself, improve yourself, and prepare yourself for the time when your significant other appears.  Be the best version of yourself today, tomorrow, and in all the days to come.  Continue to be a leader.  An example.  Someone to follow.  Continue to serve.  Continue to learn.  Continue to love.  Continue to be someone that someone else would want to be with.  No matter what you are feeling today, no matter how overwhelming your emotions may be today, today is a gift, today is an opportunity, and today is beautiful.  Open your heart, and allow your light to shine.

Chris Ward: Like A Bigfoot Podcast Host, Ultrarunner, and All Around Good Dude

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-6vqqh-a76930

Chris is the host of Like a Bigfoot Podcast.  Chris’ podcast is an awesome listen for anyone who is interested in physical culture and self-improvement.  Chris is also a Husband, Dad, ultra-runner, and 7th grade science teacher.  Chris and I have a fun, relaxed conversation about a wide-array of topics.  Chris and I have a handful of things in common, including our home state of Iowa.  We start off our conversation discussing some “Iowan” things and then dive into mindset, teaching, ultrarunning, the importance of being an example for youth, and much more!  Chris is a super positive and good dude!  We had a lot of fun with this episode!  Enjoy!

Chris’ Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/likeabigfoot/

Website:

http://likeabigfoot.com/

127 Fit Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/127fitness/

The Vision

127 Fit/Fitness

127:

The 127 in 127 Fit/Fitness is a reference to the Bible verse, James 1:27, which states, Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans (fatherless) and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.  (NKJV)

Fitness. – We fitness.

Thoughts. – We share thoughts.

Life. – We live life fully.

Vision Statement:

127 Fit/Fitness exists to help the hurting.  Specifically, to help those hurting youth who are without a father.  Our focus is to teach, mentor, and lead fatherless youth through the gift of physical fitness.  We have all been given a gift to give.  Until our final breath, we will relentlessly strive to pass on our gift of physical fitness to the next generation.

Be Someone to Follow:

Be a leader.  Be an example.  Be the leader.  Be the example.  Be someone to follow.  Each day.  Every day.  No matter what.  The youth are watching.  Observing.  Imitating.  We need to be better.  Stronger.  Kinder.  We live fearlessly.  Boldly.  Relentlessly.  Passionately.  We need to live in love.  We need to live in service.  We need to live in community.  It’s not about us.  It’s about others.  We dream.  We wander.  We explore.  We discover.  We learn.  We live.  We teach.  We model.  We fail.  We succeed.  We pass on.  Our days are short.  Our days are numbered.  Be someone to follow.

Podcast:

The 127 Fit Podcast is a platform for individuals within the health and fitness community to be able to share their story, that those who listen would be positively impacted.  Each of us has a unique life/fitness story.  At 127 Fit/Fitness, we firmly believe in the power of an individual’s story!  You never know when your story is shared, how it may impact someone who hears it!  We all have ups and downs in life, sometimes, we just simply need to know that someone else has gone through, or is going through something similar to us.  The podcast is also an opportunity to connect, interact, and build life-long relationships with those of us who are passionate about health and fitness!

Health Foundation:

Sleep

Nutrition

Movement

Mindset 

If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.

-Proverbs 24:10

Joe and Samantha Todd: Spartan Barbell (Strength, Hardwork, Dedication)

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Joe and Samantha Todd are the owners of the powerlifting gym, Spartan Barbell in Colorado Springs, CO.  Joe and Samantha are the first couple I have had the pleasure of interviewing on the 127 Fit podcast.  We had a great conversation covering a wide array of topics that included, marriage, parenting, nutrition, powerlifting, and the importance of strength for women, among many others.  Joe and Samantha have many years of experience in the iron game.  If you are a strength athlete, or are interested in getting into the iron game, this episode will not disappoint!  Enjoy!  Please make sure you like, subscribe, and most importantly, leave a review on iTunes!  Thanks!

Spartan Barbell Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/spartanbbell/

Website:

https://www.spartanbarbell.net/

Upcoming event for Spartan Barbell:

Spartan Barbell will be sponsoring @junkyard_training Ladies ONLY meet! As a Valentines Day special, we are offering a discounted 12 week meet prep program to any lady that signs up for this meet! Whether it’s your first time, or you are an experienced lifter, this meet is going to be a blast! Send a DM if interested, and tag all of your girlfriends!

127 Fitness Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/127fitness/

Amy Morrison: MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Wellness Coach, XPT Trainer, and Owner of True Core Health

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Amy is a well-rounded individual.  She not only has her Master’s degree in counseling, she also is an XPT certified trainer, wellness coach, and owner of True Core Health.  Amy is a wealth of knowledge.  Her and I cover a variety of topics in our conversation, but we focus mainly on her counseling practice.  We cover counseling topics such as anxiety, body image, and the importance of knowing that you are worthy.  Amy and I met up in Denver, CO at Just BE Kitchen.  Our conversation takes place outside, on the back patio of Just BE, it was a bit windy and chilly that day, so be mindful of that as you listen.  You may also hear a few side conversations or side laughter during our chat, there were other customers on the patio with us:)  Thank you Just BE Kitchen for allowing us to record the podcast at your beautiful location!

Amy’s Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/truecorehealth/

Amy’s Website:

http://truecorehealth.com/

127 Fitness Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/127fitness/

You Never Know…….

You never know the impact you may have on the life of a child. A rightly spoken word or a timely action, could literally, alter a child’s life. As we shift from adolescent to adult, as the years go by, most of us tend to lose the innocence, the beauty, and the purity of childhood. We tend to lose sight of the most important things, the most valuable things in life. A lot of us, lose sight of reality, the older we get. We forget childhood. We forget innocence. We forget the beauty. We forget the purity, of youth. We forget the dreams of yesteryear. We become negative, hurried, busied, stressed, and frustrated adults. People who live life going through the motions, because that’s what we “have” to do. Take a step back with me. Take a look back with me. Remember. Reflect. Step back to your younger years. Look back to who you were. Remember the excitement, the anticipation, the joy, of a life as a child. Reflect on your childhood dreams. So innocent. So beautiful. So pure. AMAZING. You are still that child. The innocence, beauty, and purity still exist, no matter what you have gone through, no matter how hurt you have been, no matter what you have suffered. You are still a child. There is still excitement. Still anticipation. There is still joy deep within your soul. Your dreams are still available. Attainable. You never know, until you try. You never know, until you take that step of faith. You never know, who you could be. You never know, how much you matter to the children around you. YOU MATTER. God has bestowed gifts, talents, and abilities to you. You are loved! The kids, the youth, the children in your life, they want you. They need you. They are starving for your love, affection, and attention. YOU MATTER. THEY MATTER. Let love flow. Let kindness flow. Allow yourself to be vulnerable. Accessible. Real. Allow yourself to dream, once again. Allow yourself to feel, once again. Allow yourself to matter, once again. Allow yourself to be a child, once again. Extend your hand to the hurting. The hurting child, children, in your life. Be a servant. A servant to the least of these. Boldly. Relentlessly. Fearlessly. Allow your life to be transformed by a child. Allow your life to transform a child. Be strong. Be open. Be an example. Be someone to follow. Today, tomorrow, and until you have breathed your last. Live life fully. Live life for the children. For the next generation. Be the reason. The reason a child has hope for a brighter tomorrow. You never know…….

Eric Hinman: Content Creator, Social Media Influencer, and Fitness Enthusiast

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-b2pum-a5989f

Eric Hinman is an entrepreneur on many fronts.  He is currently a content creator and social media influencer.  Eric is sponsored by and promotes brands such as, Vital Proteins, Lululemon, Optimum Nutrition, Rockin’ Protein, Saucony, YumButter, among many others.  He also owns a couple of restaurants and a gym in his home state of New York.  Eric is also an avid health and fitness enthusiast.  He has competed in triathlon and currently trains in the functional fitness space.  Eric has a wealth of experience as well as knowledge that he shares on this episode.  This recording takes place outside of Wonder, in downtown Boulder, Colorado.  It was a cloudy, chilly day, with a lot of car traffic and people passing buy during our interview, but we got it done!

Eric’s Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/erichinman/

Website:

https://www.erichinman.com/

127 Fitness Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/127fitness/