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Motivation ARCHIVE

  • 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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  • Fight Fat During the Holidays

    By Raphael | In Fitness, Motivation, Nutrition | on November 10, 2011

    Beware.  You are about to enter the most difficult time of the year from a nutrition and exercise standpoint. It’s the time of the year when temptations abound, your mind plays tricks, hectic schedules and family gatherings stress you out, and you start thinking that maybe you’ll just face your weight issues in January. After […]

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  • Shed the Fear of Fitness

    By Raphael | In Fitness, Motivation | on October 12, 2011

    I recently read a study posted on Science Daily about the amazing benefits of exercise and how a 50-year-old can be just as fit as someone 30 years younger. It’s an excellent article and something I’ve been telling people for years. But what happens when articles like this just aren’t enough? There are thousands of […]

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  • Gym Fear: Because I’m Fat

    By Raphael | In Fitness, Motivation | on August 24, 2011

    I was working out in the gym this morning and a very overweight woman was working out close by. She was about 5’2″ and it appeared she needed to lose about 100 pounds, though that’s not what really got my attention. What I noted was how focused and intense her workout was, and how she […]

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  • People tend to fear starting a weight loss plan because they never seem to get it right. They start, life gets in the way, the process becomes too difficult, the temptations become too easy to give in to, and they quit. I’ve seen history repeat itself time and again, and what I see is that […]

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  • The Diet Hideout

    By Raphael | In Fitness, Motivation, Nutrition | on June 30, 2011

    Sometimes what you don’t say says more than you realize. The diet hideout. See if this sounds familiar. You courageously declare that you’ve had enough, and you’re going to lose those haunting, pain-in-the-a** pounds that have been teasing and calling you names for so long. Enough – you’ve had enough with the overanalyzing and excuses. […]

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  • 3 Steps to Killer Legs

    By Raphael | In Fitness, Motivation | on June 16, 2011

    What would you be willing to sacrifice for great-looking legs? I’m not talking about a little bit of improvement. I’m talking about a transformation. Would you clean up your nutrition and be consistent? Would you commit week in and week out to your weight training and cardio workouts and challenge yourself? Would you work to […]

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