Professionally, I have just recently retired as a Firefighter/Paramedic after 28 years. I am also a Fitness and Nutritional Coach. My wife Mary and I have been married over 23 wonderful years and we live in sunny Boca Raton, Florida with our two young adults, Gregory and Kelly.
I was born in Havana, Cuba. Due to the turmoil in the country at the time, our family moved to South Florida to flee the Communist regime. I was just 9-months old. We went from living a very comfortable life in Cuba to a low income, family in Florida, in just of matter days. My parents struggled through that time and ended up in divorce, when I was 2-years old. We always made the best of every situation. My mom worked hard to provide for our family as my grandmother took care of me at home. I started working washing cars at the age of 9 and did not stop from then on. I knew my mother could not afford the things I wanted, and that instilled in me a strong work ethic.
I have always been a go-getter and willing to try new things. After various jobs throughout my life, I was accepted into the Fire Academy right out of high school. I went on to become a Firefighter/Paramedic and veered all my college education towards my Fire Service degree. I moved up to achieve the rank of Captain, which I held for the past 16 years. As of this writing, I have just retired after 28 fulfilling years of service.
In 1985 I went on my first and last blind date. In May of 1986, I married my wife, lover, and best friend. She does complete me! I have been blessed with a son who is also a best friend, and a daughter who is the sunshine in my life. In 1992 we where invited to a church service. My wife and I were baptized in April of that year, and gave our lives over to God. He has guided me with his Word to show me how to be a husband, father, and how to have deep meaningful friendships.
I grew up playing all kinds of sports, (football, baseball, soccer) to name a few. I was always very active, staying outside playing with friends till Mom called me in for dinner. I became a Life Guard at the age of 16 and continued doing that till, and even after I started the Fire Academy. I worked at various city parks and different Country Clubs pools. At the age of 18 I was certified as a Water Safety Instructor (WSI), and started teaching little kids and babies how to swim.
Physical fitness is very important to me, specially as I get older. I workout 6-days per week, I am usually in the gym for about 1-hour every morning. I really enjoy cooking. I love taking, not so healthy meals, changing the ingredients and making them Healthy, Nutritious, and tasting good. I am all about putting good stuff in your body.
After 20 years as a Firefighter/Paramedic and at the age of 40, I decided I had 10 more working years left, and needed to stay in shape if I was going to survive this physical job. I decided to train and compete in the: "The Firefighter Combat Challenge", as seen on ESPN This is an intense physical competition. I did well and it motivated to continue to pursue and improve, my health and fitness lifestyle. For the next several years I studied and studied, more on health and nutrition. I become a certified Fitness & Nutrtion Trainer for our fire department.
I have been helping others for the past 8 years achieve their health and fitness goals, here locally in the South Florida area. The power of the Internet has allowed me to expand my Coaching and Mentoring, literally worldwide. My new found Passion is to help as many Families as possible, using modern technology to better their: Physical, Spiritual, and Mental well being.