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  • Is this you?! Over the past three weeks I’ve received several emails from people asking if I would assist them in losing 20 plus pounds as fast as possible. And some of those emails stressed FAST. Whether you’re trying to lose weight as fast as possible, lose weight without making any changes to your nutrition […]

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  • Raphael Talks Food, Family & Lasting Success

    By Raphael | In Motivation, Nutrition | on August 27, 2012

    Take a peek into my kitchen! You’ll get a glimpse inside my fridge, my pantry, and learn a little about my approach to healthy eating for a lifetime. You’ll have to put up with some of my corny humor, but this is a great starting point for anyone who’s looking to eat better or lose […]

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  • Losing Weight: Strength in Numbers

    By Raphael | In Motivation | on August 6, 2012

    On Saturday I had an experience that I’m not accustomed to on Twitter. I was tweeting with someone I had never had any previous dialogue with. She asked a question about her training and, after a series of exchanges she asked, “How are you doing today? I hate talking about me all the time.” I […]

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  • No Time? No Excuse: The Workout!

    By Raphael | In Fitness | on July 29, 2012

    Time has you by the neck, and it’s squeezing the air out of you. Your latest claim to fame is, ‘I just don’t have time to work out .” Err, sorry, but you do have time. You have time because you’re going to make time. I’ve designed a sweat-producing, calorie-burning, muscle-pumping workout that will take […]

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  • Look at one of your legs. I mean really look at it.  Now, imagine waking up and not having that leg. Visualize it. Think about what your life would be like. How your life would change, how you would feel when you looked in the mirror. How friends, family and even strangers would treat you. […]

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  • A week ago my wife, Pam, gave me a book called “As Far As the Heart Can See” by Mark Nepo. She was given the book at a luncheon and thought I might enjoy it. Nepo is a cancer survivor who writes books that help people gain a better understanding of themselves. His message is […]

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  • A Life or Health Decision

    By Raphael | In Motivation | on February 19, 2012

    I can’t even count the number of people who’ve told me, “I just can’t seem to lose weight,” “I’ll never get this nutrition thing right,” or “I’m destined to be fat my whole life.”  Some people let life happen to them, never seek out information or support, and resign themselves to a life of “I […]

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  • Happy Valentine’s Day Guiltless Meal Plan

    By Raphael | In Motivation, Nutrition | on February 13, 2012

    Happy Valentine’s Day! The great dilemma – to eat or not to eat? That is the question. I’m betting that a lot of people who are trying to lose weight and increase their fitness level may feel a sense of guilt or mental tug-of-war if they go off their nutrition plan to have a special […]

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  • Kick the Craving Trap

    By Raphael | In Motivation, Nutrition | on January 19, 2012

    “Just do it.” I’ve said many times that those words are what will get you to your goal. Errr, but then we’re also dealing with real life, real people, real stress and real problems. According to the latest report from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 3 adults is obese. So it […]

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  • The Number One Diet Resolution For 2012

    By Raphael | In Motivation, Nutrition | on January 4, 2012

    Every time you have a food thought and an intense urge to go off your meal plan in a big way, ask this question:  “What am I asking this food to do for me”? Even if it comes to the point where you’re standing over a cookie jar and the aroma of those chocolate chip […]

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