Here is my interview with Anthony Fazio, one of the Founders of Temperance Training. Anthony, Rob Thomas and Timmy Mustion came together in 2017 at CrossFit HYPE in Boca Raton, Florida, to create “Sober Sundays,” a CrossFit class for people in addiction recovery. Since then, Sober Sundays has grown into: Temperance Training, which offers daily workouts for people in addiction recovery; The Temperance House – a sober living home that integrates a self-care lifestyle into an outpatient treatment plan; and, the Temperance Training Foundation, an organization that promotes wellness throughout South Florida.
The exponential growth confirms the sober active movement’s growing recognition as a movement that reduces relapse rates and improves quality of life. Temperance recently expanded to Daytona Beach and will likely continue to grow in the years to come. For more information on Temperance Training, visit www.temperancetraining.org. For more information on Spiritual Adrenaline, visit: www.spiritualadrenaline.com.
I visited CrossFIT HYPE back in December 2017 and taped a number of interviews with Fazio, Rob and Timmy. You can check them out below:
Sean S. loves walking all around New York City for both his physical and mental health. Last year, Sean took the Spiritual Adrenaline Challenge and lost 22.7 pounds! Most of the weight was lost walking!!!! Now Sean is going to help others looking to feel better, get out in a non-judgmental activity and learn to be present and enjoy the true beauty of New York City. For more information on “Walks with Sean….”, visit the Sober Active New York City Facebook page. For more information on Spiritual Adrenaline, visit www.spiritualadrenaline.
Alexandra Talbot is a Canadian Recovery Advocate, Certified Health and Life Coach, Competitive Bodybuilder on Team Carlie’s Angels and now the founder of Sober Active Canada.
Alex is an addict and alcoholic with three years sober. She has recognized the power to choose recovery and has made it her highest priority the last 3 years – one day, one rep, one meal at a time. For 28 years, Alex abused substances in complete disregard for her health and wellness. Substances took from her any dignity she may have had. With a burning desire to change her life’s course, she finally surrendered and turned it over, flipped the script, woke up and leveled up some 38 months ago. Alex will tell you she believes “Recovery is a workout, so work out your recovery. Fitness and nutrition have proven viable approaches to my recovery, complemented by my 12-step program. At 41 years of age, I’m in the best mental, physical and spiritual shape of my life – brain, body, spirit fit!” I asked Alex what advice she has for others, here is what she had to say: “A healthy self is to heal thy self. Providing a judgment-free environment open to all people in, stages of and pathways to recovery, Sober Active Canada fosters health, hope and healing amongst its community of like-minded individuals actively addicted to bettering themselves. Its locally based, Canada-wide events effect and support lifestyle change through beginner workout and physical group activities coupled with 12-step style format meetings.”
You can reach Alex as follows: IF: @soberactivecanada E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org IG: alexytalbot_healthyxxl E-mail: email@example.com For more information on Spiritual Adrenaline, visit www.spiritualadrenaline.com
Every single one of us can make a difference in these difficult times. How we go about inter-acting with others in our community, on social media and the world around us can have a profound impact. The impact can be negative, or it can be positive. I want to introduce you to Chris Bilyk, a sober person in addiction recovery and what he used his stimulus check to do.
Chris decided that other people needed help more than he did. He took the funds and used it to build out a website. You can check it out on www.stateofgratitudeusa.com. He’s designed t-shirts with his logo “State of Gratitude”. You can purchase t-shirts on his website and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to needy individuals and/or organizations, in the addiction recovery field.
On its website, State of Gratitude shares its philanthropic vision:
“Individuals coming out of rehabilitation treatment facilities often have been out of work for a lengthy period of time, typically around 30-90 days, and have had little to no income during that time. Coupled with the burden of bills and other expenses, this can seem like a crippling and daunting situation to anyone fresh on a new path to sobriety.
Here at State of Gratitude, we want to help facilitate a fluid transition from treatment to the outside world lessening unnecessary stress to help you focus on getting back on your feet. Whether you use the money for sober living expenses, groceries, or a cell phone bill, we are here for you.”
Good for you Chris. You are a role model for putting the needs of others before yourself. If it’s true that you cannot keep what you have without giving it away, you are golden. Support Chris and State of Gratitude by visiting his website: www.stateofgratitudeusa.com I bought a shirt and cannot wait to wear it. Make sure to spread the message about Chris and what he is doing. Small acts of kindness add up…
Johnny Armijo is leading the charge for the sober active movement in New Mexico. He’s a Peer Support Specialist for Albuquerque Center for Hope and Recovery and is the lead representative of the Addict2Athlete (“A2A”) program in New Mexico.
Johnny was born and raised in Pueblo Colorado. He grew up with a normal life, amazing family with no substance abuse by his parents or other immediate family members. He had his first drink at the age of 11 years old and it was a downward spiral from there. He was drinking on a daily basis through school while also playing sports. He got his first DWI at the age of 19 and has dealt with law enforcement and probation for over 20 years while in active addiction. He’s been clean from drugs and alcohol for 3 ½ years. He has been with the A2A program for 3 years and as he credits the A2A program with saving his life. Nothing worked for Johnny until he found the sober active movement and solution.
Johnny’s story of hitting rock-bottom, spending seven years in prison and now enjoying many years sober and helping others attain the same is inspirational. He’s a proud Dad and Grandfather who is very open about his struggles early in life but more importantly, how he moved past them. Make sure to check out the full interview tomorrow.