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What I Live For

Life is all about learning and growing. It's also about doing the things that you love. The What I Live For podcast sets out to showcase the stories of successes and failures of everyday humans in pursuit of the things that they love. New episodes every Thursday.

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Episode 7: Off The Cuff

Since it's been just over a month, I decided to put out another episode. But let's really be honest, I got lazy and just haven't put anything out lately. My bad.In this episode, I talk about random things like social media blackout, the comparison trap, and a little talk on body image. It's a hodgepodge of topics straight off the top of the dome. Enjoy!Be sure to subscribe to the podcast to get all future goodness of this show. Follow me on Instagram (@williegillis).And if you want some extra goodness, check out my other podcast, We Beat Fat. Available on all podcasting platforms.

12mins

7 Mar 2019

Rank #1

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Dumpster Fire Podcast 002: We Still Really Don’t Have A Plan (feat. Crystal @reducedfatmomma)

Daryl and I started a new podcast. If you want to listen to episode 001, go to The Daryl Perry Podcast. This week’s guest is Crystal (@reducedfatmomma). Let us know what you think.

1hr 1min

15 Aug 2019

Rank #2

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Episode 23: Jack (@jackattack9182)

On this episode, this week’s guest is Jack (aka @jackattack9182).    Jack is actively on a weight loss journey and he's currently lost close to 200 lbs. Jack lives a plant based lifestyle and he's also a frequent traveler. On this episode, we talk a lot about the weight loss journey, mindset, negative body image as men, as well as coffee. Jack is a new person that I've recently met through Instagram and I really enjoyed talking with him about his journey and what he has coming up in the future. If you want to connect with Jack, you can follow him on Instagram, ( http://www.instagram.com/jackattack9182 )  Be sure to subscribe to the podcast to get all future goodness of this show. While you're at it, do me a favor and rate & review this podcast. That's how more people can find it as well. Follow me on Instagram ( http://www.instagram.com/williegillis). And if you want some extra goodness, check out my other podcast, We Beat Fat. Available on all podcasting platforms.

49mins

25 Jul 2019

Rank #3

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Episode 18: Jon Symons (@werunwithjesus)

In this episode, we’re starting an interview series. This week’s guest is Jon Symons (aka @werunwithjesus).  Jon is a runner, CrossFit athlete and a Powerlifter who recently broke several state records in his first two powerlifting meets. He also has lost a significant amount of weight in his weight loss journey. You can find Jon on Instagram (http://www.instagram.com/werunwithjesus).  Enjoy our conversation.  Be sure to subscribe to the podcast to get all future goodness of this show. While you're at it, do me a favor and rate & review this podcast. That's how more people can find it as well. Follow me on Instagram (http://www.instagram.com/williegillis). And if you want some extra goodness, check out my other podcast, We Beat Fat. Available on all podcasting platforms.

54mins

20 Jun 2019

Rank #4

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Dumpster Fire Podcast 004: BRB (feat. Kaela @fit.lil.vegan_ and Stephanie @stephmckenna_)

Dusting off the cobwebs to record another Dumpster Fire. (Blame Daryl) This week’s guests are Kaela (@fit.lil.vegan_) and Stephanie (@stephmckenna_). Let us know what you think.

1hr 14mins

14 Dec 2019

Rank #5

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Episode 9: Quitting Social Media For Four Weeks

In this episode, I decide to quit social media for the next four weeks. I also explain why I made such a brash decision. Enjoy! Be sure to subscribe to the podcast to get all future goodness of this show. Follow me on Instagram (@williegillis). And if you want some extra goodness, check out my other podcast, We Beat Fat. Available on all podcasting platforms.

11mins

4 Apr 2019

Rank #6

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Episode 28: Amanda (@mutts_and_miles)

On this episode, this week’s guest is Amanda (@mutts_and_miles).  Amanda is a dog lover and also a runner. She has also lost 90 lbs during her weight loss journey so far. I didn't know much about Amanda before this conversation but we both have a pretty similar childhood and I really enjoyed our chat. She's a lovely person and you're going to love this conversation.  If you want to connect with Amanda, you can follow her on Instagram, ( http://www.instagram.com/mutts_and_miles)  Be sure to subscribe to the podcast to get all future goodness of this show. While you're at it, do me a favor and rate & review this podcast. That's how more people can discover it as well. Follow me on Instagram ( http://www.instagram.com/williegillis). 

1hr 10mins

29 Aug 2019

Rank #7

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Episode 5: Goals For February 2019

In this episode, I discuss my goals for the month of February. Be sure to subscribe to make sure you get future episodes of the show. Follow me on Instagram (@williegillis).

16mins

4 Feb 2019

Rank #8

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Episode 36: Crystal (@reducedfatmomma)

On this episode, this week’s guest is Crystal (@reducedfatmomma).Crystal came into my life during a bad time. After losing weight years ago then subsequently regaining, I felt like a failure and Crystal was that shining beacon of hope that told me I was wrong. Since that day, she's become like family to me.I describe her as my annoying little sister but she's more than that. She's a mom, wife, and just an amazing human being. I can't see my life without her in it. And in this episode, you learn more about her upbringing, why she cries so much, and what it takes to be a mom of two special needs kids.I hope you enjoy our conversation as much as i did.If you want to connect with Crystal, you can follow her on Instagram, ( http://www.instagram.com/reducedfatmomma)  Be sure to subscribe to the podcast to get all future goodness of this show. While you're at it, do me a favor and rate & review this podcast. That's how more people can discover it as well. Follow me on Instagram ( http://www.instagram.com/williegillis).

1hr 24mins

17 Oct 2019

Rank #9

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Episode 32: Jess (@fatgirlifts)

On this episode, this week’s guest is Jess (@fatgirlifts). I've been friends with Jess on Instagram for years and this is the first time we've actually had a phone conversation. Jess has had one hell of a year. From being in and out of the hospital for blood clots and other health ailments to caring for her aging relatives, she's been through hell and back and still manages to have a smile on her face through it all. Jess loves weight lifting and she also currently on a path to live a healthier life in whatever capacity she can. She's funny and she doesn't let life get her down and I appreciate her for sharing her journey through it all. I hope you enjoy our conversation as much as i did. If you want to connect with Jess, you can follow her on Instagram, ( http://www.instagram.com/fatgirlifts)  Be sure to subscribe to the podcast to get all future goodness of this show. While you're at it, do me a favor and rate & review this podcast. That's how more people can discover it as well. Follow me on Instagram ( http://www.instagram.com/williegillis).

1hr 13mins

26 Sep 2019

Rank #10

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Episode 31: Gary Cantrell (@garycantrell)

On this episode, this week’s guest is the one and only Gary Cantrell (@garycantrell). Gary is the king of media, in my opinion. He's a pure workhorse and his content shows. Gary is involved with podcasting (over a decade in the medium), vlogging, social media and also he has a love for the art of wrestling. This podcast wouldn't exist without him and I hope you get to learn more about him as we dig more into his past and find out what makes him tick. I hope you guys enjoy this conversation with Gary as much as I did. If you want to connect with Gary, you can follow him on Instagram, ( http://www.instagram.com/garycantrell)  Be sure to subscribe to the podcast to get all future goodness of this show. While you're at it, do me a favor and rate & review this podcast. That's how more people can discover it as well. Follow me on Instagram ( http://www.instagram.com/williegillis).

56mins

19 Sep 2019

Rank #11

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Episode 41: Kaela (@fit.lil.vegan_)

On this episode, this week’s guest is Kaela (@fit.lil.vegan_).Kaela is one of my new friends in the land of Instagram. In just a short amount of time, Kaela has lost 101 pounds and continues to kill it on her fitness journey. She's a machine and her work ethic shows the results that she's earned.I'm always drawn to people who aren't afraid to outwork everywhere. Not in the way of being competitive but in the aspects of being completely driven and Kaela is definitely it! I had a blast chatting with Kaela and I hope you guys enjoy our conversation.If you want to connect with Kaela, you can follow her on Instagram, ( http://www.instagram.com/fit.lil.vegan_)  Be sure to subscribe to the podcast to get all future goodness of this show. While you're at it, do me a favor and rate & review this podcast. That's how more people can discover it as well. Follow me on Instagram ( http://www.instagram.com/williegillis).

57mins

21 Nov 2019

Rank #12

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Note To Self 002: Slowly Making Changes

Talking things out is therapeutic. Going back to where I started and sharing more about my headspace in regards to weight loss and my relationship with food. Hopefully, this helps me and maybe someone else too.

8mins

8 Sep 2019

Rank #13

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Episode 42: Thanksgiving Special

On this special Thanksgiving episode, this week’s guests are:  Nikki (@bronc787) Daryl (@yourlevelfitness) James (@jamesaaronsimpson) Rachel (@hopefulraeofsunshine) Gary (@garycantrell)Over the past few months, I've been sharing a daily list of 10 things that I'm grateful over on my Instagram stories. But I wanted to try something a little different for the podcast.I had this idea to bring together 5 different people and just ask them questions about gratitude and reflecting on the past 11 months.I was lucky enough to reach out to several people and they accepted this idea as well. This podcast episode was a passion project and I wanted to make something special for the holidays as people are heading out to travel to see loved ones and I wanted to share other people's perspectives when it comes to gratitude as well.I hope you guys have a safe and happy Thanksgiving and I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I enjoyed creating it.Be sure to subscribe to the podcast to get all future goodness of this show. While you're at it, do me a favor and rate & review this podcast. That's how more people can discover it as well. Follow me on Instagram ( http://www.instagram.com/williegillis).

1hr 55mins

27 Nov 2019

Rank #14

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Episode 3: New Year, New Podcast

It's a new year and time to get this podcast off the ground in 2019. In this episode, I talk about where I've been, where I'm going with the podcast moving forward and what I have planned for 2019. Be sure to subscribe to get all future episodes of the podcast. Follow me on Instagram (@williegillis).

7mins

29 Jan 2019

Rank #15

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Note To Self 012: Podmas Day 7 - Seek Human Connection

Talking things out is therapeutic. Going back to where I started and sharing more about my headspace in regards to weight loss and my relationship with food. Hopefully, this helps me and maybe someone else too.

5mins

8 Dec 2019

Rank #16

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Episode 34: Erin (@erinsinsidejob)

On this episode, this week’s guest is Erin (@erinsinsidejob).Erin is a personal trainer, blogger and food enthusiast. Her story is unlike any that I’ve heard her. She shares the story of going from an academic with dreams of being in the pharmaceutical industry to an addiction to drugs and alcohol that ultimately led to her serving 9 months incarcerated. Erin has came out of all that on the other side and is living the life that she wants regardless of her past. She’s a great friend and I’m excited for y’all to her her story.If you want to connect with Erin, you can follow her on Instagram, ( http://www.instagram.com/erinsinsidejob) and on her blog, (http://www.erinsinsidejob.com). Be sure to subscribe to the podcast to get all future goodness of this show. While you're at it, do me a favor and rate & review this podcast. That's how more people can discover it as well. Follow me on Instagram ( http://www.instagram.com/williegillis).

51mins

9 Oct 2019

Rank #17

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Episode 4: Weigh In Wednesday (January 30, 2019)

On this episode, I introduce a new segment to the podcast, Weigh In Wednesday. I recap my weigh in for the week, how I achieved my results for the past week, and what I want to improve on going into the next week. Be sure to subscribe to get all future episodes of the podcast. Follow me on Instagram (@williegillis).

12mins

31 Jan 2019

Rank #18

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Note To Self 022: Podmas Day 17 - Is This Working For You?

Talking things out is therapeutic. Going back to where I started and sharing more about my headspace in regards to weight loss and my relationship with food. Hopefully, this helps me and maybe someone else too.

4mins

17 Dec 2019

Rank #19

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Note To Self 014: Podmas Day 9 - Take Time To Reflect

Talking things out is therapeutic. Going back to where I started and sharing more about my headspace in regards to weight loss and my relationship with food. Hopefully, this helps me and maybe someone else too.

8mins

10 Dec 2019

Rank #20