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Matt Hessen  “In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.” - Buddha

Today, like many days recently, has been bitter-sweet... But, at the moment, I’m choosing to focus on the #sweet! ❤️ Still so honored be chosen as one of the first #FRinfluencers... “You’ve got to take the good with the bad, smile with the sad. Love what you’ve got, and remember what you had. Always forgive but never forget. Learn from mistakes, never regret.” 🙏🏽 #FitRepublicUSA #ThisIsOurTerritory #fitness #fitfam #exercise #gym #workout #flex #muscle #health #wellness #vegetarian #mentalhealth #wellbeing #mindfullness #instafit #igfitness #fitspo #live #love #laugh #learn #grow #forgive #forget #bittersweet #notalone

Wow... I’m speechless... But I couldn’t be more proud or honored to help represent such an amazing company as #FitRepublicUSA! ❤️ Thank you for the opportunity to continue influencing and empowering others by adding your company’s strength to my messages of total health and well-being. I struggle with my own personal wellness on a daily basis which has been the driving force behind me reaching out and opening up to others.

I’ve always loved Fit Republic because of their similar community/family oriented mindset and I can’t wait to see where this partnership will lead us! 💪🏽❤️ Thank you, thank you, thank you!

#FitRepublicUSA #ThisIsOurTerritory #FRInfluencer #Grateful #fitfam #fitness #health #wellness #nutrition #mentalhealth #mindfulness #win #moveforward #supplements #fitspo #goals #mind #body #soul #live #love #laugh #learn #grow #notalone #thankyou

#Grateful for yet another opportunity to contribute to the greater good today... The #SpecialOlympics needed volunteers for their #basketball tournament so I jumped in feet first. Met some amazing athletes and people and was able to escape reality if only for a few hours. The pride and passion these #athletes bring to the table is unreal and I’m so thankful for the chance to be a part of this unforgettable experience 🙏🏽❤️ #FitRepublicUSA #ThisIsOurTerritory #volunteer #help #olympics #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mindfulness #mentalillness #live #love #laugh #learn #grow #forgive #mind #body #soul #compassion #understanding #heart #give #gain #fitfam

“Heavy is the #heart that bears the weight of every soul it touches...” For all the pain I have caused, every tear I made shed and every frown I’ve created; I need to make mends, I need to make peace, I need to right wrongs, I need to forgive, I need to forget, I need to let go, I need to find strength and faith in the unknown and I need to not be afraid of the demons within me. I need to close my eyes, I need to exhale and I need to be unselfishly selfish. 🙏🏽 “Heavy is the heart that's always been broken but refuses to show it... Heavy is my heart 💔” #journal #journey #pain #hurt #strength #feelings #thoughts #therapy #trying #fitfam #mentalhealth #prayers #depression #fighting #self #mindfulness #live #love #laugh #learn #mind #body #soul #struggle #release #nomore

I almost forgot to share this! Being an introverted soul, sharing personal stories has never been easy for me. But as I become older and, hopefully, wiser I am learning that voicing these things can actually help someone else who may be suffering in silence with a similar issue. Thanks to #FitRepublicUSA I was given another opportunity to do so and recognized in the process... #thankyou ❤️🙏🏽 this is such a cool way to interact and connect with people via a nutrition company that actually cares about their customers and athletes... and on #ValentinesDay; what’s not to #love about that? ❤️ #ThisIsOurTerritory #FitRepublicUSA #health #mentalhealth #awareness #share #care #listen #speak #mindfulness #life #love #laugh #learn #forgive #teach #grow #speakup #grateful #smile #fitfam

Thank you so much Sheri for allowing us the pleasure of helping your adorable little #GirlScouts earn their “staying fit” badges tonight!! ❤️🙌🏽 Such a fulfilling experience to teach these girls about nutrition and making healthy decisions. If we can just influence one of them and prevent a single case of body dysmorphia, eating disorder, or fear of food; then i served my purpose 🙏🏽 I was a child myself when my battle with food and my body image began. I was scared and embarrassed and I didn’t know how to manage my issues or who to talk to and I carried this problem with me into my adulthood; still to this day actually 😕 this is why my heart felt compelled to play a more active role on educating our youth in becoming happy and healthy in their own skin; because they are all PERFECT... just the way they are 🙏🏽 by putting health education first we can guide these children to a better future one healthy choice at a time. ❤️ I couldn’t be more #grateful
#FitRepublicUSA #ThisIsOurTerritory #health #fitness #wellness #children #kids #scouts #education #nutrition #live #love #learn #laugh #grow #truth #perfect #fitfam #selflove #mindfulness #smile #healthylifestyle #healthyeating #toocute

This week’s #FitRepublic challenge was to tell a story... so here’s mine

Bentley was my dog, my best friend, my counselor, my love and he was my child.
December 14, 2016 was the day I lost all of those things; all at the same time... Bentley began having seizures 4 months prior out of seemingly nowhere. They became progressively worse to the point that my entire days would revolve around taking care of him. I would give him his medicine first thing in the morning, come home on my break to do it again, then again on my lunch break, again after work, at dinner time, before bed and at the end of it all we even had to wake him up in the middle of the night to give him more... Bentley was only 9 years old and he had cancer. 💔😥 You see; we couldn’t have children. It wasn’t in the cards. Therefore our dogs became those for us.

So when that first seizure happened I felt the walls start to crumble around me... I knew something was horribly wrong. We tried everything but honestly, thinking back, there wasn’t really much else we could do for him. The cancer was quick and aggressive and his seizures started becoming more frequent and violent as the medication just slowly stopped working. That last night he barely climbed on my lap and we watched one last movie together (that was our thing) before his final seizure started. But unlike the others this one never stopped... after a few of the longest hours of my life I had to make the call to drive him to the vet in the middle of night and do the ONE THING I always said I would NEVER do... i had to give him peace. ❤️😭 That night, as I felt that last seizure finally stop and the life leave his body was the night my life changed. The walls were no longer crumbling; they suddenly imploded all around me and I fell apart.

I’ve never felt heartbreak like that before and I still feel it today. It was at that moment that I couldn’t fake the “FB smile” anymore and I couldn’t keep hiding the demons I was dealing with inside of my head on a daily basis. My Bentley was literally the scotch tape that was holding me together. (See comments below for the rest of the story)

#FRmystory #FitRepublicUSA #thisisourterritory #dog

I had originally removed this post because I was told that I was just seeking attention... which was NOT my intention whatsoever and I really felt bad if that’s what people were thinking about me. 💔

But then today; I ran into a friend who’s 19 year old daughter was struggling with similar things and having a really hard time. She thanked me for being open and for posting things that are honest and real about my struggles with my own mental health and mentioned having me speak with her daughter since I can relate to what she’s dealing with... 😥 of course I will
We also had a kind hearted friend take her life in the last week at the age of 31... leaving a beautiful family behind 💔😔 Everyone keeps saying “I never would have thought... I never would have imagined... I never...” And it’s because nobody knew.
This is the price that is paid by being afraid to speak up and ask for help. This is the price that is paid when they can’t speak up for fear of being judged or labeled as crazy, dramatic, needy, emotional or attention seeking... this is the price that is paid because someone feels so hurt and sad and alone that they see no other viable option in sight and just want the chaos going on inside their head to just stop, if only for a moment; at any cost.
So SPEAK UP! Reach out... cry... beg... plead... do whatever you can to get help 💔 and NEVER turn your back on someone reaching out to you; you never know the pain that may exist inside of them or how much courage it took for them to speak up. Be kind, be loving, be empathetic and be human. You literally might just save someone’s life someday. 🙏🏽 I promise; you’re NOT alone 💔😥 *Disclaimer - As for those of you who see posts and topics like this as a cry for attention and a source of opportunity to prey on the vulnerable... then kindly go f*ck off because nobody (especially me) is interested in your shallow minded bs or advances. Thank you.* #mentalhealth #mentalillness #mindfulness #suicideprevention #suicide #depression #anxiety #dysmorphia #speakup #dontbescared #reachout #please #listen #live #love #laugh #learn #forgive #FitRepublicUSA #ThisIsOurTerritory #FRovercome #fitfam #yourenotalone

A little over a year ago I heard the dreadful “SNAP” of my right patellar tendon as I was warming up with light hack squats... things just haven’t been the same since. BUT, i’ve been holding on and I’ve found some new #motivation and inspiration in my beyond #beautiful #gf and amazing workout partner @berdil1983 who’s been supporting my battle with overcoming #mentalillness and pushing me to explore new opportunities with her all while becoming a better version of ourselves. Moral of the story; find what you’re passionate about and surround yourself with like minded positive people willing to struggle and grow with you... then just jump the hurdles together as they come 💪🏽 simple as that! Happy Monday everyone ❤️ #fitrepublicusa #thisisourterritory #FRovercome #fitfam #health #workout #gymlife #fitness #diet #exercise #nutrition #vegetarian #physique #muscle #legday #flex #mentalhealth #mindfulness #grateful #live #love #laugh #learn #swolemates

@berdil1983 was feeling a little shaky this morning so we wanted to give her system a little glycemic spike... so naturally, I suggested some candy! lol but in doing so we discovered that 2 of our healthy #doughnuts are WWAAYYY more nutritionally substantial and fulfilling than a compatible mere 2 starburst chews... 😱 crazy to see the size and the nutrition facts side by side! So she opted for the doughnuts, the shakiness subsided almost immediately and she was happy all over again... just goes to show what a difference small better choices throughout the day can make 💪🏼☺️ stay healthy my friends!

#healthy #health #fitness #diet #exercise #nutrtion #vegetarian #fitfam #recipe #vs #healthyfood #healthylifestyle #healthyeating #yum #food #foodporn #instahealth #live #love #laugh #learn #mind #body #soul

So we had an amazing response to our healthy protein #doughnut idea... so much so that not only did mostly everyone already eat all of the roughly 10 dozen we made this weekend, but we have another round of orders being placed for tomorrow 🤦🏻‍♂️ so... when in Rome! Taking orders for another batch tonight and we are also taking orders for those of you who want to try my cookies (up to this point I have been making these only for myself since I became a vegetarian macro counter 5 years ago). Both delicious and maco friendly! (.5g fat, 5g carbs, 4g protein per doughnut and 2g fat, 11g carbs and 7g protein per cookie) $12 per dozen for either 💪🏼😬 let me know ASAP!

#healthy #diet #exercise #nutrtion #vegetarian #iifym #foodporn #muscle #cookies #yum #food #recipe #order #fitfam #fitness #healthyfood #healthyeating #healthylifestyle #gym #eat #live #love #laugh #learn #mind #body #soul

TAKE 2!! Almost #perfect! Density is spot on (fluffy and light) and the flavor is killer! We added a fresh apple and still managed to cut the #macros in half all while keeping it gluten free and vegetarian friendly 💪🏼 We just need to adjust the frosting and we are golden 👌🏼😍 ps. We each just had 4 of them and we don’t even feel bad about it 😎 lol #DoughnutsPorVida 🙌🏼 #health #healthylifestyle #healthyeating #healthyfood #fitness #diet #nutrition #vegetarian #muscle #recipe #fitfam #fitrepublicusa #thisisourterritory #yummy #live #love #laugh #learn #cooking #foodporn #winning

We did it!! Our first batch of delicious cinnamon vanilla protein doughnuts came out better than we even expected!! 😍 macro friendly, gluten free, filling and nutritious... leg day tomorrow is gonna be a breeze 💪🏼😎 #KissMyDoughnutsKrispyKreme

#health #diet #nutrition #macros #vegetarian #doughnuts #fitness #fitrepublicusa #thisisourterritory #gymlife #fitfam #exercise #recipe #live #love #laugh #learn #yummy #foodporn #smile

Me and @berdil1983 have been working our butts off on getting all these #health and #fitness projects up and running... but it’s important that we don’t lose sight of our own goals and needs along the way. With that said we just slipped on our #FitRepublic BCAA’s while we killed #armday and brainstormed more ideas for our meal prepping business and nutritional seminars 💪🏼 work, play, love, live... I can’t even tell which is which anymore 😉❤️ #fitrepublicusa #thisisourterritory #fr #fitfam #diet #exercise #nutrition #vegetarian #muscle #biceps #flex #workout #gymlife #live #laugh #learn #love #grow #train #weightlifting #gym #motivation #neversettle #swolemates

This is something I always used to say... but then #life took over and hurdles kept popping up one after another and I lost sight of my focus. But; I’m determined to make #2018 different, better, which means it’s time to get back to being me and to start cracking these cookie jar lids wide open 💪🏼😎 happy #MotivationMonday everyone!

#fitrepublicusa #thisisourterritory #fr #fitfam #cookies #motivation #mindfulness #mentalhealth #goals #work #skills #determination #neversettle #quotes #think #mind #body #soul #live #laugh #love #learn #grow #win

It’s #SuperSaturday at #goodwill and look who I ran into! 😍 I told her “watch, I’m gonna win the raffle” and when they called my ticket number I gave it to her and she collected her #prize! Absolutely #love my little #CaliBear ❤️ and of course my #brother @hrhessen finds the random hilarious junk along the way lol gotta love random #family meet ups... #thrifting #thriftstorefinds #thriftshop #cute #goddaughter #smile #funny #happy #mindfulness #grateful #win #raffle #winning #beautiful #toocute #fitfam #pueblo #colorado #thisispueblo

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone...” - she got me! The only person to EVER convince me to try a #Yoga class with her and I must say I kinda liked it :) thank you @berdil1983 for convincing me to step outside of my comfort zone and to experience something new with you that we can now also share together. Just goes to show that with the right people and circumstances; we will never stop growing 💪🏼❤️ #FitRepublicUSA #ThisIsOurTerritory #FR #corepoweryoga #fitfam #health #fitness #diet #exercise #nutrition #vegetarian #muscle #macros #iifym #gymlife #happy #live #laugh #love #smile #enjoy #grow #mindfulness #mentalhealth #swolemates #openmind #openheart #skysthelimit

#FitRepublic doughnuts for the win!!! 💪🏼😍 @berdil1983 couldn’t even wait to get out of the parking lot before destroying a box! 🤣 seriously tho... soooo good! Almost worth a weekly drive from #Pueblo just to get them lol

#FitRepublicUSA #ThisIsOurTerritory #FR #fitfam #health #fitness #diet #exercise #nutrition #vegetarian #muscle #macros #iifym #gymlife #happy #live #laugh #love #smile #enjoy

Talk about a rough #Christmas... seriously one of the hardest holidays seasons I’ve ever had to get through for a plethora of reasons. But at the end of the day; I’m #grateful to have this #beautiful and kind hearted woman by side. We have had our share of ups and downs this year (if not way more than our share). But our paths keep coming back together and I want nothing more than to make this work. Thank you @berdil1983 for being patient and understanding with me as I am trying to be for you. The universe brought us together for a reason and I’m determined to find out what that is... ❤️ #AnOwlAndHisBerd

#bf #gf #love #couple #fitcouple #merrychristmas #fitfam #mind #mindfulness #body #spirit #live #love #laugh #learn #forgive #grow #mine #yours #ours #together #smile

My neighbors all know that it’s just me and the dogs here... I’m pretty sure they think I’m a drug dealer just trying to lure their kids down the street 🤦🏻‍♂️ lol #stayoffmylawn! 🤷🏻‍♂️🎅🏼 #christmas #lights #decoration #decorate #decor #xmas #holiday #pueblo #colorado #grateful #joy #live #laugh #love #learn #mind #body #soul #santa #griswolds #goaway2017 #forreal #deuces

Caught the #bonfil truck in town today! Did you know that one #donation can save up to 33 lives?! So awesome... ❤️ get on the bonfil website to schedule a time to join the club :) #blood #donate #christmas #help #savelives #grateful #mindfulness #mind #body #soul #live #laugh #love #learn #fitfam #veins #health #healthylifestyle #give

Enlarged heart and “abnormal stress test”... looks like I’m headed back tomorrow to see another cardiology specialist 🤦🏻‍♂️💔 I guess the good news here is that when people say I have a “big heart” it’s physically true now 🤷🏻‍♂️ that’s all I got... I’m going back to sleep now 😔

#health #fitness #dr #doctor #cardio #cardiologist #heart #ekg #stress #tired #sleep #medical #broken #overit #nomore #imdone #giveup #youwin #tappedout

We all have good and bad days... (some more than others 🤦🏻‍♂️) but last week this was my reality and I was lucky enough to have this unbelievably #beautiful #kind and caring #soul stay by my side at a very scary time for me... thank you @berdil1983 for being you and for all that you are. I couldn’t ask for anything more or anyone better; you’re it ❤️. I know that life is hard and I’m not sure what the future holds but I’m praying that it continues to involve us holding each other in all the good times and bad and every day in between ❤️🙏🏼 #timewilltell
#live #love #laugh #care #genuine #bf #gf #fitcouple #hospital #heart #ekg #sleep #nap #rest #rhabdo #caring #hugs #wired #fitfam #mygirl #prayers #wishmeluck #thankyou #foryou #grateful #forgiveness

SOLD!! This bad boy went quick... 4 days on the market closed in 2 weeks! 💪🏼 I’ll definitely take a #win wherever I can get one these days! 🙏🏼 #realestate #realtor #pueblo #colorado #home #sale #sold #agent #selfie #sign #closed #hustle #work #grateful #grind #smile #live #love #laugh #schwabe #callme #doit

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