Brief Story To My Transformation

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Hello,

My name is Edwin. I have been posting some blogs here and there. Three so far, one was on Building Computers, second was a guide on clothing and the recent one was based on healthy shakes. I know it has not been much and have they have been coming out sporadically, I will try to get some sort of schedule going, keeping them on a consistent date.

So, here it is. in 2009 my first child was born. It was unexpected and nerve-racking, especially for a 19-year-old, yes, I was young. I had just graduated high school. This meant I needed a job asap, so that is what I did. I was hired to do some security work. It was a terrible job. Due to the terrible scheduling, I never got to see my new-born and the pay was not worth it, Grave Yards will kill you, eventually. Not, only did I get out of work at 8 am but my college classes started around 930 am. This was a terrible time for me. Not being able to see my family was hard, not only that, to add to the fire, my children’s mother was pregnant year and a half later, even though she had Birth Control on her, she was the 1 percent it didn’t affect.

240 lbs, hating myself
240 lbs, hating myself

By this time my wife, and I were already having trouble in our relationship, we lost a lot of love for each other and the only reason we still stuck around was because of our children. In the four years of working security I have gained 70 lbs and a terrible relationship with my wife. All I did for the company was sit down in front of monitors, while listening to IGN podcast all night, it was probably not the best thing for my health, not forgetting all the soda and chips I would eat during my shift to stay awake. So imagine what this did for my body, how unattractive and grumpy I became because of it.

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When arriving home. My children’s mother and I never got along, after our first daughter turned one, we really could not stand each other. Constant arguing for the smallest reasons and never any resolutions, respect was out the window. Always trying to ignore her, so we wouldn’t fight anymore, I would sit down and play video games all day. By all day I mean, Black Ops over 48 days played, not forgetting all the other releases that came out that year and years to come, I have given up in school, friends and marriage, I just wanted to escape. The only way for me to do so, at the time, was by sitting at home and playing games, ignoring everyone else around me, as I did when I was a child during my parents marriage. No one taught me what to do when going through life. I was a kid with no real guidance growing up.

b9e2423a24212e6ae9a042073b1d24ecBut, in life there is no excuses, in the real world, excuses will not get you far, the world will still eat you alive. This, I started to notice during my depression stage, I realized, what I was doing was not good for me and not fair for my family. I was tired of being this down, depressed guy, being stepped on by everyone around me because of what I have become, irresponsible, socially awkward, hermit and man-child… ( this was a description I got, when I asked my loved ones how I was a couple of years back) and more.  No one took me seriously because of what I just listed.

metal-gear-solid-rising-2So, I decided to make a change. in late 2013. I finally decided to return to school, registered for 2014. Then I spoke to my supervisor and told him I was going to start school again and if I could switch from full-time to a part-time schedule, no more 90 to 100 and some hours time periods for me, no more over time for a job that I hated, with a passion. ” we choose our destiny, we choose what we want to do, no one else to blame but us”. I started to think independently and responsibly. Started to become a bit more selfish with my own well being instead of everyone else’s. But, the biggest decision for me was finally breaking up from a toxic relationship, because, believe it or not, bad relationships can ruin people. Sometimes, you just have to make that change in your life, if it is a girlfriend/boyfriend, friends and even family. We need to learn when to cut bad connections from our lives. But, I am not talking about burning bridges, but respectfully avoiding bad relationships. Letting the other person understand you are finished with them, trying to not make it a big conflict, instead making it a mutual understanding.

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Favorite K1 fighter

In late August, I decided to go back with an old mentor of mine, my wrestling “old” coach. He owns his own Dojo in the town I currently live in, a successful entrepreneur and well-respected man. I decided to drop by and ask him if I may start working out with him and train under his style of fighting. Deep inside knowing, I wanted to compete again. This is where the real transformation in my life started to take place. If you have anyone you look up to or remember someone who always gave you good life advice, try to surround yourself around them as much as you can, become a sponge and absorb the things they teach you.

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We all need to change, Even Mario Changed throughout the years. Change is crucial for our maturity.

Working out, training, disciplining my mind and body. This is what I was missing, working out and pushing our bodies is part of our nature, it is our primal instinct. Biologically we are creatures of movement and activities, we are not meant to be sitting down for hours through out the day and doing nothing, we must move around and be active. This was my missing piece. Since I have started training and eating healthier, I discovered so much potential in me.  Found that losing weight and fitting into smaller clothing made me feel confident and not be so scared when striking a conversation with people, thinking this person is going to be smarter than me or just not understand me. “Conversation is an art, for some it is natural, for others it takes time to perfect it, but when you do, it opens opportunities to great relationships”. Now I, personally strive to be a better person every day, an educated and kinder person, if it is on the bus, in school and even on the internet. It is important for me to be better than what I was yesterday. We can all make a change of the body and mind.

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Bringing this short story to a conclusion. I would like to help those who have been in similar situations, inspire those who are looking for inspiration. We are not all the same and we all have different backgrounds, different stories, but we all are humans, we have solutions and are capable in helping others around us. This is the reason why I started this blog, for the people I was watching and hanging out with, people I know are still in this looping circle of uncertainty. Friends who are still ignoring their families and some still not wanting to move out of moms and dads house at age 30, with nothing planned out for the future. People like me, when I was going through heavy depression, I was alone and did not really have anyone to talk to that would understand what I felt. I do not blame them, because depression and just, not being happy with your results, sometimes can become difficult to understand.  I would like to try to help the best way I could, explain what I did to help you get better mentally as I did. Because I am still growing, I will gladly walk this road with you.

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Especially now, I know we have smart, smart geeks out there, but are just afraid to express themselves because they do not feel mentally strong. But you are, if you are reading this, just believe in yourself, you may feel like you do not belong around all this other people, “cool” people. You do! You are awesome, we are in a new era, an era where your brain is very important to the world and for others around you. Our tech and entertainment industry is getting bigger every day, more jobs and opportunities are becoming available for those who have always been a part of the industry or wanted to work for those companies they looked up to, but we have to remember, this companies are in the real world, with real people, which means real interactions. Let us work hard and keep in mind that we can get anything we want when we work hard for it, with of course calculated planning. I hope this helps you guys/gals to get out and make it happen.

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Geeks With Style Out!

Healthy Drinks For The Desk Troll

Most people today work behind a desk. Sitting down all day, while sipping on coffee and soda, . When lunch comes by, many of us make the decision to go out and grab a quick snack, sweets, sandwiches and more soda. Usually consuming food which wont benefit us in the long run, especially for those who sit down all day for a living. Even some gamers, usually Mountain Dew and Doritos are a gamers strict diet. I know, I’ve been there. But, we can change that, lets remember, we still want to live a long healthy life, after all, we have no save points in real life.

This article came up while drinking my kale shake. Made me think how good it feels being active during the day compared to drinking a soda. I, like many, sit behind a desk during work and school. I gained a lot of weight when hired for a desk position. I was weighing in at 250 lbs on the scale, people I am 5’8. My health was bad. But, changing my eating habit and getting back into training has really changed my life and look, for the better. Now I dropped down to 190 lbs, and currently cutting down to 175 lbs.

In this article I want to give you 3 recipes and how beneficial they are. How easy and quick you can make them. How delicious they can be and still be healthy for you. It really beats the hassle of having to chew veggies, when instead you can drink your vitamins on the go.

Benefit

When blending your veggies and fruits, they tend to stay intact. This means all the nutrients will stay in the drink while consuming it. Also means you will be receiving good amounts of fiber. Fiber will help your digestive system, protect you from cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and help regulate blood pressure. For those who cannot eat veggies and fruits due to time and for most people, boredom. Shakes are fun and time efficient.

Recipes

Reason why I did not put in specific amounts, is because I believe it is always up to the person. We are not all the same when it comes down to our bodies.

Every ingredient has a link, click on them to learn more about what the benefits are. Never hurts to be informed.

Kale Shake

This is shake is very common, you may mix this with, really anything. But, this is how I personally tend to make it. Results have been great.

If you want, you can add in more veggie and/or fruits, go ahead. As-long as you keep in Kale and anything green inside. ( Not Mountain Dew)

Berry Energy Shake
Perfect picture from the internet, you can keep it simple 🙂

I try adding fresh items in my shakes and tend to stay away from packaged items. The moment I arrive home, the ingredients go inside the freezer and ready for the morning blend. You can also implement the items as they are. Always comes down to preference.

Protein Shake

This drink is the newest of the three I have been drinking. It is a little heavier then the others. For me it is used after I work on strength training and a good hike up a hill.

Water!

Not a shake. But, I have noticed how many people just don’t drink water! The main element we should be putting in our bodies. PLEASE PLEASE drink more water. This article may be very informative on why you should drink more water. http://dranthonybiz.com/featured-articles/drink-water-on-empty-stomach–100–cure-japanese-study.html

Remember to stay active, if you are sitting down all day, remind yourself to stand up and walk for a while. Same for gamers and TV enthusiast. Get up and go out for a walk. Make an effort to walk around your house for a little bit. Maybe you herd of a story about the guy who died a while back, due to playing a lot of HALO. 

 Yup, this happens a lot. Read this article if you like. Lets stay healthy my friends.

Once you start drinking any of this shakes, you will see results. Of course, do not drink a shake and later during the day eat a pizza. Obviously, we live in a imperfect world, so breaking diets happens through time to time. Just remember when you are about to eat junk, ask yourself, “do I deserve it”.

Hopefully this three recipes come in handy.

Link I loved from Huffpost, more recipes.

Geek In Style Guide!

Nerds With Style

Through out my life, I never had anyone teaching me anything about my appearance and how important it was. Between the ages of 2 – 7, I was dressed by my mother. Very fancy, ties and nice little shoes, with my hair parted to the side, Madmen style. Instead of stealing other men’s women, I was stealing kids milks.

Once I was given permission on what to wear, well, lets say I was no stylist, actually, the very opposite. Wearing a red Pokemon shirt, two sizes bigger, with my favorite, faded and over sized jeans. This was me, thinking I looked cool. Yes, everywhere I went by the way. Now, in retrospect, it was embarrassing. This was an issues all the way up to high school. Training in martial arts and hanging with computer nerds did not help my appearance at all. Martial Artist always wear sport shirts with running…

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Geek In Style Guide!

Through out my life, I never had anyone teaching me anything about my appearance and how important it was. Between the ages of 2 – 7, I was dressed by my mother. Very fancy, ties and nice little shoes, with my hair parted to the side, Madmen style. Instead of stealing other men’s women, I was stealing kids milks.

Once I was given permission on what to wear, well, lets say I was no stylist, actually, the very opposite. Wearing a red Pokemon shirt, two sizes bigger, with my favorite, faded and over sized jeans. This was me, thinking I looked cool. Yes, everywhere I went by the way. Now, in retrospect, it was embarrassing. This was an issues all the way up to high school. Training in martial arts and hanging with computer nerds did not help my appearance at all. Martial Artist always wear sport shirts with running shoes and my Computer friends would wear metal band t-shirts and running shoes. Both similar except one group of friends actually used running shoes, for running.

Over a year ago I decided to make a change in my appearance. I was tired of looking like a slob. I have fallen into a state of mass depression. Yes, I was lost and getting tired of people not taking me serious. If you like it or not, the fact is people judge and interact with you depending on  your appearance.

I’ve seen the change. Before people judged me as a slob, lazy, and irresponsible person. Honestly, many of those statements were true. Now it is the total opposite, I am greeted with respect, people seem to want to strike a conversation with me and I definitely have made more connections, which I know will be helpful in my future. Personally, I feel a lot more confident with myself now, then I have ever been.

How did it happened

First things I did was, I put down all the video games for a moment and hid away from all my negative friends. Grabbed my old gym bag and laptop, then I went of to work on myself. I started researching the best diets and ways to change my personal style. It was time to change this old geek, into a different breed of geeks.

You have to put in the time, hours, days and maybe even months. You want to change your style and way of eating, this means you are changing your life style. Changing some of the most crucial things which make you, who you are is a big commitment. It takes time of course, but in the end, when sticking to it, you will be proud of yourself. Nothing is better than challenging yourself.

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First it’s hair style. Personally, I felt this was the first step. When I went to my hair stylist, I asked what was the best hair style for my face, after all, she is the professional. She started scanning through some books and nothing. Later she asked if I liked anything in particular, something I have seen and liked lately. After her disagreeing a few times, she finally decided on one she thought would fit me best.

This is my current hair style. At the moment
  • When looking for a hairstyle you must remember if it will be proportion to your face.
  • Make sure you love your hairstyle 100%! Remember, you are going to be wearing it every single day.
  • Do not forget to style your hair before you leave your house, then what is the point.
  • Do not forget to visit your Salon and/or Barber every other week. When your hair starts to grow in, your style starts to look unnatural.
  • Lastly. Be confident, at first your friends and family will be surprised, but remember, you are killing it with your new hair cut!
Here is a face chart I found online. Little cheat sheet.
Upper Body Wear

One thing I always had trouble with was buying shirts a couple sizes to big. I was over weight and embarrassed of showing my gut, so instead I tried to hide it. But, later I started to realize. Wearing bigger shirts make people look bigger than what they really are. In other cases, it can make skinny people look even skinnier.

When buying shirts, make sure they are fitted correctly to your body, even if you are a little bit chubby, it will really step up your style. It will show how confident you really are. Own it, nothing is more attractive and respected than a confident man/women.

Try to stay away from shirts with flashy logos and ridiculous memes. Wearing a fitted button down shirt and/or fitted plane T-shirt, ups your style by 100%. Only one way to make sure is, trying it!

Do not forget, not all shirts are created equal. If you wear a Large size Gap shirt, it doesn’t mean a Large Old Navy shirt will be the same fit. Choose well and take your time. It is your hard earned cash, so spend it well.

Here is a guide I found online. May help you out.
Lower Body

Similar to choosing shirts. You want to make sure your pants are not baggy or tight on you. Try something well fitted and conformable.

When choosing your pants and shorts, make sure you are in between sizes. If you are a little over weight, do not wear something so tight it will squeeze your gut out. Stay away from pants that may be to baggy on you as well. For skinnier folks, stay away from baggy pants, please! It will make you look smaller than what you really are. If in trouble and you cant find anything is a perfect fit. Take it into a tailor. Trust me, it is worth every penny.

Before putting on your pants, make sure they are in one piece and stay away from wrinkles. Nothing says sloppy more then wrinkled clothing.

I got this from RMRS. Great guide on good fit.
Shoes and Socks

This part will be quick. Do not wear running shoes, unless you are going running! Please. Trust me, jeans and running, just looks, bad.

Always match your shoes with your belt. Brown shoes with Brown belt. Black Shoes with Black belt. You get my drift.

Good example of getting creative

Socks! Get creative! Stop wearing sport socks if you are not doing any sports, at the moment.

You can use this guide and get creative. Of course with in guidelines.
Do Not Forget

Always remember. the most important thing you should have on at all times is, confidence! Make sure you are confident in what you are wearing, by confident, I do not mean cocky!

Changing your style is hard and at times, it feels odd, but overtime you start to realize how much it changes you. Not for the worst, but for the best. Make sure you are not becoming a jerk, but instead a better and respectable person. Remember, a jerk in a thousand dollar suit is still a jerk. Always strive to be a better you!

Be 100% In Control Of Your Computer!

How many of you have been struggling with your old computer, which you probably had for 2 to 5 years. Has it been running slow lately, loading things seem to be taking longer than usual? Does your phone and IPad seem to be quicker than your home computer? Thinking of buying another computer but the prices are too high? Does it look and sound outdated?

This is a very short write on a couple reasons you should custom build a computer.

These have been the complaints most of my past clients have had when they come to me in need of a repair. Most people don’t even know the make of their computer. Sometimes this becomes hard for me, as I am just starting out and do not own a big private shop. Let’s be honest Starbucks is not an ideal place for me to inspect a computer. When I ask about their computer they respond with ‘’oh, it’s around 3 years old’’. So, in that case I reply with ‘’ it is time to build a new computer for you and/or just upgrade your old one’’.

Many feel buying a PC in a big electronic store is the only and best way in purchasing a new computer. Yes, it is easy. You go in, pick up a nice looking computer with the new version of Windows 8 or OS X Yosemite. Simple Right? Yes, until, you see the price of $1000 adding up to your total! Maybe you even paid $800, for something you may have been able to build for $400 computer  on your own. Trust me, this is the truth.

This is a 3 part video, conclusion. Mac is to expensive for what it offers.

This is how I see it.  It’s similar to buying a car you need because you will always use it, it will lose its value over a few months, and it might be sold more for what it’s worth. We, as the people putting in our hard earned cash should have done some research on the company make and really, everything else about the car. When in reality we don’t. Instead we listen to the person sitting in front of us, obviously trying to make a sell not really caring if the car will benefit us in the long run, he just wants the person to say yes and give him the money. (Do I sound bitter because I’ve been sold a crappy car due to my lack of knowledge, yes?)

  • Building Your Own Computer Means You Are In Control

When Building your computer, you are 100% in control. If you want a big flashy computer and want to run anything from video editing software, audio software and even high intense video games. If you want something a bit more laid back, something you can fit and replace your home entertainment system with, you may also do that for whatever price seems right for you.

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Different case sizes, showing you what your options are. Always comes down to preference..
Bigger Sized Case, Wight very noticeable designs. Personally, Not my kind of style.
Bigger Sized Case, Wight very noticeable designs. Personally, Not my kind of style.
This is a very small case and very cheap in price. $120, possibly lower if doing a good search on the web. Great for the living room.
This is a very small case and very cheap in price. $120, possibly lower if doing a good search on the web. Great for the living room.

Online! You have the POWER to choose what website to buy from and how much you want to spend for an individual part. Websites like, newegg.com and amazon.com are great places to shop for your computer hardware needs and honestly, make it very easy when it comes down to information about your gear.

Data storage, ha! You may buy and place any amount of data storage you want (Hard Drives) in your computer. From 1 TB to 10 TB, if you want to save pictures, movies and music without any limit! What’s stopping you? All this with whatever is a reasonable price for you.

You can spend $400 on a PC and be set for a couple of years. Trust me, it will be running better than anything you would be buying in a store with a crazy price tag. Once you feel your computer is being out classed by something new out in the market, well, now we go into buying parts and upgrading your PC.

  • Upgrading Old Hardware Leads To Saving Money!

First thing we think of is price when buying a brand new computer. But, buying new parts and using them to upgrade your out dated computer may actually lead you into saving money.  Carefully choosing the parts you need to replace, instead of having to buy a brand new computer will save you time, give you an option on performance and look.

Because not every computer is created equal, well they do not have to be. If you want to change your old computers appearance and make it perform just as you want it to, you may by adding aftermarket parts from shopping online. You may buy them individually instead of having to buy a computer which you had no control over what went inside.

Our old computers may be reconstructed from the ground up. Sometimes adding new pieces of RAM new power supply and adding more hard drive space may make a difference in your computers performance. Sounds simple and cheap, it is!

If you are 5 years into a computer you may need something more than RAM and HARD DRIVE. This may need to be a change on CPU and MOTHER BOARD. Which are not expensive if you do the right research. Ranging from $120 to $200 with both hardware components CPU and Motherboard. Still saving you a huge amount of money!

  • How are you going to know what parts are good for you, you say!

Hmmm…. The internet! We forget how much information is out there about, well anything, especially on tech. The kind people over in YouTube and Computer websites are very nice with handing out informational videos and blogs about hardware performance and reliability. Many even compare prices between competing companies and explain which is worth your cash.

Websites I visit, personally my favorites.

They all seem to be in a small little family.

Going back to the vehicle analogy, when buying a car. It is something you are always going to use and invest your money on. It is wise you do your research before purchasing a vehicle. Make and model, how many miles per gallon, reliability, power and of course, the look.

Similar with computers, some people use it for school, some for entertainment and work. Whatever it is, we are always using our computers. We should know about the power intake, how long it will last for, what the computer will be used for and if it is reliable.

So why not take the time in learning about Computer Hardware, just a little and start to build your own list of things you want in it.  Start asking someone nearby whom knows about computers and ask them to guide you through it. I am sure you can find them anywhere in your town. Then you may start by showing them your list and goals on what kind of computer you want. You choose your components and let him/her build it for you. Maybe later on you may build one on your own. Just make sure you are in control of what goes inside your rig.

Anyone living near Santa Barbara and Goleta area and need help. You may send me a message if you are interested.

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