Gain Through Pain

I would like to briefly share with you a little of my story and how I used exercise to work through the challenges life has brought to me and how you too can also benefit from exercising through the frustration and emotional sometimes physical pain. Eventually it will all workout.

The Early Years

I have always been a very active person when I was younger. I remember my father use to take me bike riding in the streets of Bronx, NY. I could barely reach the pedals on that huge 10 speed bike, but I did my best to keep up. In Junior High I played Softball on the Police Athletic League for about 1 season. I used to play a lot of Sponge ball with my childhood friends. We also did a lot of bike riding, and when I say a lot I mean A LOT!! We would ride all over most of the 5 Boroughs and sometimes even New Jersey just to get a slushy from 7 Eleven. High School I can honestly say Physical Education was my favorite class. Here was when I was introduced to the weight room. Even though I did not know what I was doing I still enjoyed the way my little muscles at the time felt especially when I did curls. A few years after I graduated High School in 1995, I got my Commercial Driver’s License and started driving Ambulettes, School Buses and even did some work with a Moving Company. In March of 1997 my father passed away and that was very hard to accept at the time I coped by just drinking a lot with my friends and burying myself with my work, which was driving for the Ambulette service at the time.

The Military Life

Fast Forwarding to September 2004 I decided to enlist in the Army. Weeks before I was supposed to ship out, I was reading about the requirements to pass the Army physical Fitness Test. It was 55 Pushups, 40 Sit-ups and a 2-mile run in 15:30. So I started working on my pushups and sit-up’s and my run so I would not have no trouble in any areas. I felt ready and I was excited to go until day Zero at Basic Training. It was truly a culture shock when I got off of that bus. It was kind of like one of those scared straight TV shows where all the inmates are surrounding you and are in your face yelling, except they were Drill Sergeants. Before Basic Training, I weighed 155 pounds. After weeks of running, pushups and a lot of eating Army potatoes (which were good by the way) I graduated Basic weighing 195 pounds after 8 weeks! I was really impressed by the results. I looked and felt like a different man. My wife was also very impressed too!

 

The Deployment

On February 24, 2006 it was my time to deploy to Iraq. I was going to through a vast series of emotions which I have experienced before but never experienced them all at once which was excitement, sadness, anxiousness and fear. I was excited to be going on this new adventure. I was sad because I never been away from my family for such a long time. I was anxious because I did not know what was to come, and I was fearful that I would not come back to my family. A few months went by and we started to get a rhythm going which was go out on our convoy, (which was all night missions) Come back in the morning eat chow sleep for a little and then go to the Gym on the Base which was 24 hours! I Loved working out at my convenience and it helped me keep my mind off of the stress of the missions (which was transporting fuel on roads with Improvised Explosive Devices) and missing my family. So the Gym helped out with that a lot and that’s when I started taking more of an interest in weight training. I started reading Muscle and Fitness Magazines and ordering supplements from GNC. (A lot of Supplements) I started building a workout routine by combining what I read in each of the magazines and tailoring it to my own needs. My favorite exercises were Bicep Curls and Triceps Extensions and my favorite muscles to work out was obviously my Biceps and Triceps. I loved the way I felt after working out my arms.  I started reading more about Arnold Schwarzenegger and his workout routines and I mirrored my workouts from his. I found my routine and I did not want to change it.  

Tragedy

On June 9, 2006 the unthinkable happened. One of my good friends got killed on a convoy. It was devastating to the Unit and myself especially since we were good friends and were talking the day prior. I felt empty and numb. It felt like a dream and I wanted to wake up, but it wasn’t. I lost all desire to do anything and my morale was low. All the things I enjoyed doing I did not want to do no more I just wanted to just stay in my room which I did for a few days. Eventually I decided that in order for me to get through this I needed to do something instead of just sitting and dwelling on everything that happened I had a lot of things going on in my mind anger, sadness, guilt, rage you name it I probably felt it. So reluctantly I decided that I should go to the Gym. Once I got to the gym I immediately felt like this is where I needed to be.  When I started I was just going through the motions doing one of my full body routines. Then I noticed something, that everything that I was feeling all the emotions I was going through had went away. So, I stayed longer, I did more and when I left I felt exhausted but felt better than how I did when I got there. I could not believe I was in there for about 8 hours just working out!!

The Coping Mechanism

So ever since that day I knew that whatever I am going through and feeling that the gym was the place to be, to gain physical strength and well as emotional strength it was my outlet. And the reason I am sharing this is because I know that there is someone out there that may have gone through the same thing or is going through it right now and if this can help in some small way then I am glad I was able to share it.  So, what I am saying is that no matter the situation you can get through it, never give up, persevere. It has been years now that I have used the gym and exercise as an outlet. It’s not only helps me stay in shape, but it also helped get through and resolve most of my issues. As I am training I utilize that time during my workout to decompress or think about solutions to any issues that I have or to release some pent-up aggression I may have been feeling. And when I do that I notice that one I don’t really count my repetitions most of the time, so I do a lot more, and two I am in there for a good amount of time. I know there are plenty of other ways to deal with emotional stress or other problems in life so I am not saying that this is the only way, but it is a way to cope. Thanks for reading there will be more to come.

Chicken Pasta Pesto w Chicken Sausage

Depending on how many people you want to serve you can cut the portions in half

Ingredients

1 pack of boneless chicken breasts (8 pack)

2 packs of Hillshire Farms Basil Pesto Chicken Smoked Sausage

1 box of Farfalle and Mini Farfalle pasta

1 Jar of Classico Traditional Basil Pesto

2 Tablespoons of Land O Lakes Garlic and Herb Butter

2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil

Salt

Pepper

Mrs. Dash Original Flavor Seasoning

Bumble Bee Italian Style White Clam Sauce (optional)

– Clean and dice the boneless chicken breast set to the side

– Slice the smoke chicken sausage into circles (you can cut them again after you cook them if you prefer)

– Season chicken with salt pepper and Mrs. Dash

– In a medium size pot bring water to a boil add pasta and cook according to the directions on the box

– Add olive oil to Skillet and set heat on medium to medium high once the oil is hot add the butter

– Add boneless chicken to the skillet and cook approximately 15 min or until no longer pink set aside

– In the same skillet add the chicken sausage and cook till browned. Cut in half (optional) and mix with the boneless chicken

– Drain the pasta and place in a medium bowl add half of the pesto sauce and stir

(optional: You can also add half of the White Clam Sauce if you are using it)

– Add the chicken and sausage mix to the pasta stir and add the rest of the Pesto (and clam sauce if using)

 

MOTIVATIONAL GALLERY

Welcome to my Gallery!!

Back in 2011 when I was in Afghanistan when I had downtime I would go to the gym. Being away from home missing family and friends it was hard to find motivation to go to the gym sometimes. So I decided to make Gym Time quotes about things I have read or heard or even thought about. I would write them down, say them to myself in the mirror before my workouts. This would just spark something in me to just go and crush it in the gym. Soon after that, I started posting it on my Social Media. And when I did that I started getting some feedback about how it help inspired and motivated others to go work out and they thanked me for it. I never realized I was helping to make a difference in someone else’s life and I felt great about doing that so I continued to do it from that moment on. And so that where Gym Time for me came from. Enjoy and I hope it helps to motivate and inspire you as well. -Gym Time

Salmon Croquettes (Patties)

 

 

Ingredients:

3 cans of Bumble Bee Wild Pink Salmon

1 Cup of Progresso Garlic and Herb Bread Crumbs

1 Tablespoon of Minced onions

1 tablespoon of Old Bay Seasoning

3 Eggs (one egg per can) 

1 cup of Mayonnaise (I use Hellman’s with Olive Oil but that’s optional)

2 cups of Flour

1 teaspoon of salt

1 teaspoon of pepper

1/2 teaspoons of onion powder

1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder

Canola or Vegetable oil of choice for Frying the Salmon

Optional: 1 packet of Sazon 

– Clean Salmon by removing the bone and skin set aside

– In a large bowl combine all ingredients and mix well 

– In a medium size skillet heat oil on medium heat 

– Pat salmon into patties of desired thickness and size

– Add patties to the heated oil cook for 2 minutes or until golden brown

– Serve with white or brown rice and enjoy.

 

 

 

Apple Watch Series 3

If you are looking for a watch that you will never part with the Apple Series 3 watch is for you! Now you may ask yourself where can I buy Apple Watch 3 Series for without having to run around town looking for it? Well the answer is right here. I will explain some of the features and tell you the best accessories that compliments your device.

Apple Watch Series 3 Features

This third-generation model of the Apple Watch series was introduced on the 22nd of September 2017 and its by far the best of the Series. What set this watch apart from its predecessors is the built in LTE celluar connection and has both voice communication as well as data. Tired of lugging your phone around the gym or having that annoying armband when running?  It will not be a problem anymore because the AWS3 Come s with Apple Streaming so you can listen to all your favorite music without forgetting about your phone over by the weights or having to adjust your armband when you are running to fit over your clothes in inclimate weather. You can also place and recieve phone calls thanks to the electronic SIM card or eSIM. This means that you will have the same mobile number as your iPhone and 18 hours of battery life to talk about how great your phone really is and all the cool features. Just like the Series 2 the Series 3 is also water resistant up to 50 meters. You also have the option a not purchasing the LTE version if you do not need all the additonal features and fees that comes with the LTE depending on your cellular plan. The Non-LTE Version of the Apple Watch 3 works just as well for those who choose not to pay the extra costs.

Where can I buy Apple Watch 3 Series

You can obviously find the Apple Watch at most Appe Stores if they are available. Being that they are a hot new item they are hard to find in most stores. Your best bet is to go online. You can Find the Apple Watch Series 3 on Amazon as well as your Cellular Providers. I say the internet is the fastest and easiest way to go plus you can do it from the comfort of your home.

 Apple Watch Series 3 Accessories

The best Apple Watch Series 3 accessories are sometimes a pain to find. My favorite accessory gives you a couple of  accessories in 1!! I reccomend the OLEBR Apple Watch Stand. This has some unique features 1. It ‘s a iwatch charging stand. 2. Its an iPhone charging stand. 3. It is a wireless charging stand for your AirPods. It is compatible with all Apple watches as well as the iPhone 5 all the way up to the iPhone X. Its works with your iPad Air and Mini too. I feel that this is the best apple watch charging stand and a great price too.

 

Apple Watch Series 3 Review

So what are the apple watch rumors and reviews?  Well there were reports of there being issues with the LTE connectivity and the Wifi is unreliable because it joins other unauthenicated wireless networks which interferes with cellular connection. The AWS3 currently runs on watchOS 4 and recently there has been an update to fix this which is the Apple watchOS 4.0.1 update.

Conclusion

Just like any product every one has their good and bad especially when they first come out. All the kinks and bugs have to get worked out. But Being an Apple Watch owner I have not really been disappointed. Aplle usually is good about fixing issues with their products. So I hope you found this helpful and I wish you all the best!

 

 

 

 

Scrambled Eggs and Salmon

This is one of my favorite meals to eat for breakfast right after working out it is packed with protein (about 30g) and very filling.

Scrambled eggs and salmon
Ingredients:
One can of bumblebee boneless skinless salmon in a can.
3 Eggs
½ cup of heavy cream
Salt and pepper
Green onions or Scallions (for garnish)

Place Salmon, Eggs, Heavy Cream and Salt and Pepper in a bowl mix until well blended.
Spray Non-stick Skillet with nonstick cooking spray and heat on medium high.
Add mixture to skillet and cook until desired consistency is reached
Garnish with Green Onions and enjoy!

Top Fitness Watches

If you are’re seriously into maintaining fitness, fitness trackers is definitely an indispensable tool. Here I will discuss all the features of each watch and how you are are able to increase your degree of fitness making your life better using a fitness tracker.

The First top rated fitness tracker is the Fitbit Blaze Smart Fitness Watch. This watch has some cool features like Seeing   simplified heart rate zones for quickly checking exercise intensity during workouts with PurePulse(TM) continuous, wrist-based heart rate monitoring (no uncomfortable chest strap required). Use multi-sport tracking to track runs, cardio, cross-training, biking and more. Effortlessly and automatically record other workouts to your dashboard with SmartTrack. Enable connected GPS to map your routes and see run stats like pace and duration on display. (when your phone is nearby) Track steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed and active minutes. Stay connected with call, text & calendar alerts and notifications from your favorite apps like Gmail, Facebook and more (when phone is nearby). Start a FitStar workout on your wrist and get step-by-step instructions and graphics to ensure you are complete each move correctly. This watch continually tracks your heart rate, your steps, stairs climbed, calories burned, active minutes, miles, exercise, and sleep. It works with the FitBit app, which can also help you are keep track of your calories consumed and it works with apps like MyFitnessPal and other compatible apps. It tracks your water intake, and weight. You can also set notifications to come through from your phone to your watch, such as text messages, phone calls, calendar reminders, and control your iPod, iPhone, etc music from it. you are also have the ability to set it to your dominant or non dominant wrist, silent alarms, all day sync with your phone, etc. It also has FitStar workouts built into it.

The Next is the Garmin Forerunner 35 Watch This is fairly priced lower than the Fitbit but it still has some great features such as a built-in GPS – built-in to acquire satellites quickly to track how far, how fast and where you are run, even under tree cover. No phone required! 24/7 heart rate monitoring – warm gives you are heart rate all day and night -no additional Strap required. Vibration alerts – helpful vibration alerts notify you are of running prompts, activity tracking milestones, smart notifications and virtual pacing progress. Updated display – new high resolution display that is perfect for indoor/outdoor viewing. Smart connectivity – auto uploads, smart notifications, live track, music controls and automatic sw updates. This watch is very good on price as well as being simple to use and read, shows just enough information without being overwhelming. It is waterproof and it has GPS without carrying your phone. It has a great activity tracker, cardio tracker and sleep tracker. The step tracker and sleep tracker are great tools. You will never have to take this watch off.

Finally, the Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate + Fitness Wristband the least expensive of the two at about 150 dollars this watch has PurePulse continuous, automatic wrist-based heart rate tracking to better measure calorie burn all day. Excel in your workouts using simplified heart rate zones (Fat Burn, Cardio and Peak) See call, text & calendar notifications on the OLED display; Automatically track how long and how well you sleep and wake with a silent vibrating alarm. Get a better understanding of your fitness level and see how you can improve over time with a personalized Cardio Fitness Score; Use Connected GPS during run mode to see real-time stats like pace and distance on your wrist. Track all-day activity like steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed and active minutes. Another Feature is the personalized guided breathing sessions based on your heart rate.