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    ICONIC Interview With UFC Fighter Clay Guida

    ICONIC Interview With UFC Fighter Clay Guida

    Clay Guida, is one of the most popular MMA lightweights in UFC history. A professional competitor since 2003, Guida also formerly competed for Strikeforce, the WEC, King of the Cage, and Shooto. He was the inaugural Strikeforce Lightweight Champion.  Clay's nickname “The Carpenter” is all about his ability to outwork opponents in the Octagon! We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Clay for a little Q&A!

    How long have you been doing mixed martial arts (MMA)?

    I started fighting MMA before I started training in 2004.

    What made you want to do what you are doing? What’s your story? 

    I started fighting by accident. I went to watch my big brother Jason make his professional debut, and I jumped in to replace an athlete that dropped out last minute. I fought on 1 hours notice and never looked back.  Here we are almost 20 years later still having fun and competing.

    What has been your favorite fight in UFC so far? 

    I have several favorite fights but I’ll give you two.  

    1. My STRIKEFORCE LW Title fight was 25 minutes of wrestling and cardio against a highly touted opponent.
    2. My UFC debut which we won by submission of the Night!!!

    Why ICON Meals? What makes us different? 

    ICON has set the bar in the meal prep world. Their team is professional and the products speak for themself. Fresh, healthy, delicious and always at your doorstep. They’ve been life savers during training camp and fight week!!! ICON MEALS 4LIFE!

    What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?

    1. Be helpful and kind to others. 
    2. In life, just like in sports, live everyday, and play every play like it’s your last, because you just never know.

    Who is your biggest inspiration? Why?

    The sport of wrestling along with my parents and family inspire me to do great things! I came from a small village, while my parents worked 2 jobs to provide a better life for me. They got us in sports and being from a small town I forced myself to have bigger dreams of competing at the highest level in sports!!!

    How do you balance your UFC career and life demands?

    The balance is simple for me…I’m constantly traveling, fishing, and going to professional sporting events, and live music with family and friends so I can focus once I’m in training camp. 

    What do you want your legacy to be? How do you want to be remembered?

    I want to be known as the most exciting fighter, that gives the underdog hope! If you out-work everyone, you’ll always have a chance to be successful!!!

    I want to be known as the athlete that leaves the crowd on their feet and wants to see me compete for 1 more round!!!

    What is your current focus? Any plans for the future?  

    My current focus is to stay as active as possible in the UFC, and show the world we keep improving with age and experience.

    Plans for the future are to continue building our fishing guide service “gillzandthrillzwithguida” and start another wrestling club in South Florida with my buddies and brother.  FISHINGISLIFE WRESTLINGISLIFE 

    What are your favorite ICON Meals? Or favorite thing about ICON Meals?

    Every single ICON Meal is my favorite!!! Haha

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    Titan Talks with Mike O'Hearn

    Titan Talks with Mike O'Hearn

    You woke up this morning and began making choices.

    You chose whether or not to exercise, to eat a healthy breakfast, or to do something productive.

    You chose whether or not to eat that donut, to sleep in, or to watch an extra hour of TV.

    At the end of each day, the sum of your choices pushes you in a direction.

    It could be pushing you in the direction of fitness and health if your choices were predominantly wholesome.

    Or the sum of your choices could be pushing you in the direction of weight gain, health issues, and problems.

    I find this perspective to be helpful when it comes to making a major body transformation.

    It’s tempting to feel helpless in changing your body when you have so many pounds to lose and so much work to do since you aren’t able to do it all in one day.

    However, by capturing the power of each day by making wholesome choices, you will be pushed in the direction of weight loss and health day after day, week after week.

    Until one day you’ll look in the mirror and see that you’ve arrived at your ultimate destination: a lean, healthy and vibrant you.

    So embrace the power of each choice that you make today, and allow a momentum of good choices to push you through to your goal.

    Today is a big deal. Today is all you have.

    Make the most of today.

    And remember I am here if you need the extra push! Don’t Lighten up, TITAN UP! 

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    Hacks to Break Mindless Eating

    Hacks to Break Mindless Eating

     From Kristie Barker ( @kristiebarkerofficial )

    When we’re bored it’s easy to chomp on snacks without thinking. We call it mindless eating and it could be keeping you from losing weight. Your progress slips the moment you start mindlessly eating. A spoonful of peanut butter here and a cracker there add up quickly.

    It’s easy to graze due to boredom, wandering aimlessly and grabbing a few pieces of candy along the way. Equally easy to watch a movie and accidentally eat an entire bag of chips. Ever go to the movie theater and eat all your popcorn before the trailers are over? Mindless eating caused by distraction.

    Take action against mindless eating — and lose that weight you’re working so hard to lose — with these three simple hacks:

    Hack #1: Track Your Eating Speed

    I’m a confessed speed eater. I can inhale an entire dinner in five minutes, and start going back for snack packs. Are you like me? We speedy eaters need to slow it down — it takes your brain 20 minutes to realize your stomach is full, and we gain weight by stuffing ourselves before the signal kicks in. 

    The next time you’re eating while watching TV, use these helpful tips to make it last 20 minutes (about the same time as an episode of Friends):

    • Set your fork down between each bite.
    • Chew your food thoroughly.
    • Take 3 sips of water between each bite.

    Hack #2: Make Bad Eating Inconvenient

    Grocery stores use a classic psychological trick to get you to buy certain items: they put it at eye level and make it effortless to grab and go. As a species we prefer the path of least resistance. We can use this to our advantage.

    Rearrange your cabinets and fridge. Put the healthy stuff (like your ICON Meals) in the very front, and relegate the fruit snacks to the back. Make the junk food hard to reach, and you’ll never mindlessly grab them again!

    Ok, last hack. This one is super easy.

    Hack #3: Visual Reminder

    This is an easy one!

    Sometimes an external reminder can help take us out of boredom and back to reality. Write this on a post-it: “Don’t give up what you want most, for what you want now.”

    Stick that visual reminder wherever you need to snap you out of mindlessness and help you make a conscious choice.

    Use these three hacks to keep you from mindlessly eating, and go after those long-term goals without sabotaging yourself!

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    Building Momentum

    Building Momentum
    You’re at the beginning of your fitness journey…you haven’t started anything yet. So you have no momentum. But as you go, you begin to check mark off one day of completing your workout and your nutrition, then you mark off the next day, and the next day - you may not see results yet, but you’re focused on the work and you are silently, but surely gaining momentum. 

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