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Motivation ARCHIVE

  • Swim, Bike, OUCH: One Triathlete’s Story

    By Raphael | In Motivation | on October 10, 2013

    Sometimes we need someone to show us what it means to be committed to a goal…

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  • Weight-Loss Inspiration at 15

    By Raphael | In Fitness, Motivation, Nutrition | on May 28, 2013

    Last week I was having a phone conversation with a business contact interested in hiring me as a consultant for the fitness section of a website. Towards the end of the conversation I was asked…

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  • 64 Pounds Lost: Almost to Goal

    By Raphael | In Motivation | on March 26, 2013

    “I feel like a new woman and could not have done this without you.” 64lbs of body fat, GONE! Rashmi’s email came to me on the day she hit the 64 pounds lost mark, an achievement she can…

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  • The Solution to “I Hate My Diet”

    By Raphael | In Motivation, Nutrition | on January 28, 2013

    “I hate my diet.” That’s what people start feeling when they go on a traditional “diet.” Let’s be honest: Dieting sucks.  We think we have to eat foods we hate, starve ourselves and that it’s about getting from point A to point B (i.e., When I lose these 25 pounds this ordeal is over, and […]

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  • Show and Tell…the Truth

    By Raphael | In Fitness, Motivation | on January 14, 2013

    Perplexed, startled. That was my reaction when my friend Scot recently told me that I have to stop hiding. And that I have to start telling the truth. Wait, what?! Me, who prides himself on being honest and on having the utmost integrity, being accused of hiding out? Being dishonest? Sometimes it pays just to […]

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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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  • 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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