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    Celebrate Small Victories! From Todd Abrams

     

    Isn’t it crazy that we’re almost halfway through 2021? I hope you’ve been able to get where you want to be.

     

    Have you been setting goals and knockin ‘em down? Celebrating even the small milestones and minor victories along the way? It’s so important to break down the microscopic successes we’ve achieved to feel rewarded. It’ll help you feel accomplished.

     

    Remember: better is perfect. Build your kingdom brick by brick and eventually you’ll smash those big dreams.

     


     

     

     

     

     

     

    Stay connected with our CEO, Todd Abrams.

    Want to be featured by ICON Meals? Submit your stories to info@iconmeals.com or send us a DM on IG or Facebook!

    Staying in Shape When Life Feels Too Busy by Travis Just

    Staying in Shape When Life Feels Too Busy by Travis Just

    How does bodybuilder and entrepreneur Travis Just stay in shape when he’s running a business, traveling, and raising twins? That’s the #1 question he gets — and here’s his answer:

     

    Make Health A Priority

     

    Great health is a major priority for Travis, and he devotes time to it! Without good health, everything else in life suffers. Who cares how much money you make if you can’t enjoy the benefits of your hard work — vacations, quality time with family, doing hobbies you love, etc…

     

    Travis Just (TravelingWithTrav) Working Out - ICON Meals

     

    It Gets Better

     

    The problem is most people quit working on their health before they feel and see life-changing results. At the beginning of a get-healthier journey it sucks. It’s super hard and everything hurts and you’re sacrificing “good food” while everyone around you eats whatever guilty pleasures they want.

     

    Here’s the thing though:

     

    When you push through the suck and get to the place I’m talking about, everything changes. Your desire for unhealthy food is viewed differently. Your taste buds change. You actually look forward to “treat meals” weekly and savor every single bite.

     

    Travis Just Healthy Eating - ICON Meals

     

    Planning Makes Perfect

     

    Plan, plan, plan. It’s all about having your food ready to go! When we’re scrounging for food at the last minute, we almost always make worse choices than if we had something prepped and ready to eat. ICON Meals has turned our world upside down when it comes to planning and being prepared for our crazy busy lifestyle.

     

    No Excuses

     

    Get rid of the excuses! I used to yoyo diet every few months — I’d eat super clean, work out like crazy and feel great, and let myself roll back down the hill to start over again. Ugh. It’s easy to get caught in this trap. Why do we care what out-of-shape people think, as if they have what we want anyhow? 

     

    I finally decided years ago to live how I want. I realized most people gave me a hard time about how I eat because they were uncomfortable eating poorly around me.

     

    We get one body and one life. Live it the way you choose.

     

     


     

    Follow Travis Just and his family on IG at @thehomeless_millionaires and @travelingwithtrav

    Want to be featured as an "Everyday ICON?" Submit your stories to info@iconmeals.com or send us a DM on IG or Facebook!

    Wait! Read This Before Making New Year Resolutions! By Mike O'Hearn

    Wait! Read This Before Making New Year Resolutions! By Mike O'Hearn

    A Clean Slate⁣

    Today, at the very beginning of a brand new decade, is the perfect day to give yourself a clean slate…by cleaning out your kitchen. Take a look through your pantry, fridge, freezer and cupboards. Chances are high that you’ll find unhealthy packaged foods that are not in line with your healthy eating goals. Get rid of it all! ⁣
    Give yourself an advantage by starting 2021 with a wholesome kitchen that’s free from temptations and pitfalls. ⁣

    Did you accomplish your goals this past year? (YES or NO)

 If “NO” then answer these 5 Questions for insight into your failure.

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    1. Were your goals clearly written down and reviewed regularly?⁣⁣

    If you’re ambiguous about what you are setting off to achieve then it will never culminate in anything concrete. By writing down your goals in specific, clear terms and reviewing them regularly, you’ll be on track to achieve huge things in 2021.⁣

    2. Did you use the SMART System for defining your goals?⁣⁣

    SMART Is an acronym for setting achievable goals. It stands for SPECIFIC, MEASURABLE, ATTAINABLE, REALISTIC and TIME BOUND. Don’t skip over this step – setting SMART goals is the difference between achieving your dreams and having yet another year slide by without any measurable results to show for it. Use the SMART filter for setting goals — and REFLECT on and REVIEW your RESULTS with regularity.⁣

    3. Did your goals align with your values?⁣

    If your goal was to lose weight and to finally achieve a lean, fit, healthy body then why did you continue to glorify greasy, unhealthy food? Why did you look at exercise as a punishment to be avoided? Your value system must line up with your goals. In fitness this means having a positive attitude about exercise and healthy eating. ⁣

    4. Did you create accountability around your goals?
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    Who did you tell about your goal to finally lose the weight and get fit? If you kept it to yourself then you missed out on a huge opportunity for accountability and support. This support is what you lean on through the tough times when jumping off the wagon seems like the only option. ⁣

    
Take a moment to reflect on the answers to these questions above BEFORE answering the next question.

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    5. What was the root cause of your failure?
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    I don’t know what your specific root cause of failure was, only you do, but I can tell you confidently that if you join my program in 2021 you will blow past your failure to achieve the success that has always alluded you. 

You get one shot — one life — so what are you waiting for?⁣

    It’s time to expand, grow, seek, achieve.

 Feel the fire — fall down, get up, shake it off and get back in the game.

 2021 has the potential of being the best year yet... but it starts right now.

    Let's Keep training like Warriors and keep dominating your path. For more lifestyle and training philosophy, or nutrition tips, check out www.mikeohearn.com

    @mikeohearn on Instagram

    - The Titan Mike O’Hearn, 4x Mr. Universe

    What Human Pattern Is Holding You Back? By Ann Marie Lawrence

    What Human Pattern Is Holding You Back? By Ann Marie Lawrence

    People have so many patterns they follow which hold them back from succeeding! I am not here to call you out on your “bad” patterns, but I am here to help you identify them so we can acknowledge and move forward. 

    Which of these patterns is holding you back?

    1. Putting others first and yourself last. When you do this, you lack the ability to give to others around your full potential! If your cup is empty, you can’t fill anyone else’s.

    2. Controlling others. Focusing everything on other people and trying to perfect them before you have even started working on yourself. Note: Don’t be a hypocrite.

    3. Assuming the worst. The reoccurrence of negative thoughts brings consistent anxiety in your life leaving you unable to grow. 

    4. Playing small. You’re not living up to your true potential!

    5. Perfectionism. The socially acceptable form of procrastination that we regard as high standards. Note: TAKE ACTION! Making imperfect progress is better than doing nothing at all with the obsession of "perfection" holding you back.

    6. Doubting your higher wisdom, heart, or your intuition. Our intuition knows best, although our primal mind thinks it's unsafe. When you aren’t taking risks, you kill your soul! Take uncertain action everyday! Do something that scares you everyday. 

    7. Addiction. Anything that is negatively taking time away from your purpose. Addiction and obsession are two very different things. Know the difference! This is distracting you from your true potential.

    8. Procrastination: not taking the actions you know you need to because you’re SCARED. Scared of either failure OR success.

    9. Toxicity. Holding on to anything that doesn’t serve you!

    10. Need for approval or acceptance from your peers and family; most likely fear of isolation.

    Identify your old “bad" patterns and begin to make a shift! YOU are responsible for your results in life.

    Stay connected with Ann Marie Lawrence on IG at @annmarielawrence

    Want to be featured as an "Everyday ICON?" Submit your stories to info@iconmeals.com or send us a DM on IG or Facebook!

     

    Tips to Boost Your Mood with Team ICON Member April Imholte

    Tips to Boost Your Mood with Team ICON Member April Imholte
    I would venture to guess that most of us feel pretty amazing when we are taking care of our bodies and allowing time for some R&R. Unfortunately the busyness of life can sometimes overtake prioritizing what we need most. Stress consumes our days, which in turn can lead to a decrease in mood and energy. If you find yourself struggling, here are just a few natural ways to boost your mood and overall well being.

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