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    Lose Weight Without Hating Your Body! By Lynette Marie

    Lose Weight Without Hating Your Body! By Lynette Marie

    There seems to be a great divide on social media when it comes to weight loss:⁣

    1. “Weight loss is TOXIC! Dieting is a sign that you hate yourself & you should stop that. Eat everything you want, only workout if you feel like it, and just love your body as is!”⁣

    2. “Nothing is better than FIT! Skipping a single workout means you’ve failed. Not hitting your macros on the nose means you’ve failed. Food is fuel, nothing more. No excuses. WORK. HARDER.”⁣

    We often struggle to find the middle ground between these two schools of thought.⁣

    And I get it: I used to diet HARD, feel restricted, get upset, and think “I shouldn’t have to do this. This is so unhealthy. I should just be FREE. Tracking food is SO disordered! Im done!”⁣

    Then I’d let myself go: stop tracking my nutrition, slow down on workouts, eat anything I wanted (& then some), claiming that any restraint of any kind was “restriction”… but then a few months later, I’d realized I’d gained 10 pounds, feel really unhealthy and lethargic, dislike my body, and get back on some sort of strict diet.⁣

    And for a while - hating my body DID fuel my diets. I had a terrible relationship with my body, and so I forced dieting upon it in order to lose weight.⁣

    But within the last few years, something has changed - I genuinely love my body. Bigger or smaller, I have so much love and respect for it.⁣

    Sometimes, I choose to lose a few pounds. I know this will be hard for some people to believe, but it truly is NOT out of hate for my body - just preference. Lynette at 155 pounds is awesome. Lynette at 148 pounds is also awesome. The latter just fits into my jeans a little better 😉 And I prefer that.⁣

    But by NO MEANS do I hate me a few pounds heavier.⁣

    Weight loss does not have to mean you hate your body any more than choosing NOT to lose weight must mean you love your body. Your love for your body is a separate journey - not defined by weight loss or the lack thereof.⁣

    You can love something and still want to change it or improve it.⁣

    Have you ever felt guilty for wanting to lose weight?



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    Postpartum Mother of 3 Shares Her Diet Story! by Christina Kassel

    Postpartum Mother of 3 Shares Her Diet Story! by Christina Kassel

    We recently celebrated our third child’s first birthday and let me tell ya, pregnancy and postpartum with two older children that have school and activities and all the associated work for parents that comes along with having active children felt like a much heavier load with a newborn added in.

    The good news is that by Baby #3 you’ve got most of it down so that things work like second nature!

    Our first two children were born without complication, but premature. Our eldest was born at 33 weeks, our middle child at 36 weeks, and with our youngest my husband gave me a shot of progesterone each week for 20 weeks at home to keep him in and we got to 37 weeks and 4 days!

    Along with medication, I truly think that a better approach to fitness and my nutrition were instrumental in helping Ben and I make it to full term, giving us the opportunity to have an amazing, couldn’t have been better birth center experience.

    Because my doctor and I were concerned about keeping Baby in as
    long as possible, diet was definitely something we discussed.

    While she knew my history as a competitor, endurance athlete and Coach, she knew I had a solid understanding of good nutrition, but we covered the essentials again, looking to ensure we covered all of the bases that we could in terms of providing my entire body the support it needed for quality sleep, digestion, energy, and even things like making sure my iron levels were high enough without supplementation.

    ICON Meals was a downright game changer there. I kept it simple, typically aiming for a lean protein, a veggie and a different carb source each day, but with the buildable feature for custom meals I was able to make sure that my energy needs were being met without going overboard.

    Sweet potatoes are a great example of something I would definitely not take the time to prepare for myself, but something that I enjoyed daily thanks to my ICON Meals, offering up Vitamin A and C, manganese and fiber.

    You can’t underestimate the importance of fiber when we’re trying to keep pregnant Momma’s regular and satiated without spiking blood glucose levels!

    We could dive into the nutritional benefits of not only the different veggies routinely featured and available at ICON Meals, but also the amazing options available as carb and protein sources, but the real game changer was the convenience factor.

    When sudden hunger would hit, I knew I had a tasty, consistent, balanced meal available that would make me feel good. Now, at a year postpartum with an active toddler, two busy big kids and both parent’s working and taking our athletic goals seriously, it’s been an absolute gift from the Universe to be able to just have a stock of meals for my husband and I that we can grab on lunch breaks, know that we will enjoy and they help support our consistent effort towards our health and fitness.

    Whether you have a special dietary need, you work in an office and have to pack lunch or you’re at home with what feels like a million kids and a more things to do, having nutritious meals on hand that you can enjoy and allow you to take something off of your to-do list is so worth the investment!

    I’m a huge believer in the use of systems to make life easy, and my “ICON Meal for Lunch” system makes balancing check ins and client calls with a loud one year old assistant Coach that much easier!

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    How to Beat Unfortunate Circumstances! By CEO, Todd Abrams

    How to Beat Unfortunate Circumstances! By CEO, Todd Abrams

    We all go through life and make choices. But, sometimes you're put in a situation at no consequence of your own doing, like COVID19, or the weather we're currently dealing with all across the United States, or any other unfortunate circumstance that may land in your lap...
    In times like these, you have to lean on your own routine.
    Adopt the mentality of 'what can I do to come out of this situation BETTER'. This is actually the time to begin planting more seeds in all of the areas of life that mean the most to you. For me, those areas are:
    • Family

    • Friendship

    • Faith

    • Finance

    • Health

    I spoke with someone over the weekend who was upset, he had bought an online course and wasn't finding the benefit. But, it had only been 3 days since he purchased the course.

    I said, "dude it doesn't all happen at once." You've got to look at it this way: How are you putting once piece in front of the other to get the results that you want? It might be 8 weeks, 12 weeks, a year from now. That's okay, you have to put the pieces in place. Keep the vision, be a leader, and guide the ship through proper action.

    Don't except excuses, get rid of the victim mindset. If you don't have the motivation yourself, find it through someone else.

    I personally have a list of 3 things that I MUST get done in my business on a daily basis to move the needle forward.

    I know that if I accomplish those 3 tasks I'm moving in the right direction. These aren't mundane "pay the bill" type of tasks, these are measurable milestones that I'm accomplishing  to ultimately fulfill a higher level target.

    1. Figure out what's important to you.
    2. Identify your targets.
    3. Do the hard stuff first, everyday.
    THAT'S the recipe for internal happiness and external success, regardless of the situation.






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    A Day of Eating 6 Weeks Out From The Olympia! With Derek Lunsford

    Derek Lunsford is an IFBB pro and Team ICON athlete. Derek's preparation for the 2020 Olympia consisted of of a strict diet and workout routine, which adjusted as the competition got closer. At the time of this video he is 6 weeks out from 2020 Olympia and consuming a total of 2,292 lean calories per day.

    Watch the video to see a full day of eating with Derek Lunsford.

    In the video Derek eats 6 meals, each meal is listed below. Use ICON Custom meals to make your very own custom portioned meals, like Derek.


    1. 8oz  Cod, 6oz green beans

    2. 8oz  shrimp, 1/2 cup white rice, one can of green beans

    3. Pre-workout meal - 50g Protein shake and cream of rice (50g of carbs)

    4. Post-workout meal - 50g Protein shake and cream of rice (50g of carbs)

    5. 8oz shrimp, 1/2 cup white rice, one can of green beans

    6. 8oz chicken, 6oz green beans



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    Mark Bell's Carnivore Diet

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    Throughout Mark's inspiring journey of self mastery he has lost 100lb. Over time, Mark has entertained various diets, although Mark's current diet has become his favorite! 

    Mark says, "I’m working on being in the best shape of my life while creating some semblance of a life and balance." Watch the video to see what Mark is eating (and doing) on a daily basis to stay in shape. 

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    IG: @marksmellybell
    Facebook: @marksmellybell
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