So I’m a huge fan of podcasts. My absolute favorite is Joe Rogan. He sometimes has some awesome people on that really have some good advice on life. Joe also has some awesome habits he does, that are super inspirational. One thing he talks about often is float pods, and the benefits he has seen both physical and mental using the float pod.

But what is a float pod or sensory deprivation tank? It is a private space where you can experience freedom from your senses. The pods provide a light and sound free environment. They are filled with 10 inches of water and approximately 900 lbs of dissolved Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate).

Being a fan, and always looking for things to help my mental illnesses, I had to try a float session. I found a great little spa about 20 minutes from my house and assigned the wife to sign me up for a float session. She agreed to this assignment so she could get a spray tan. Win – win. The goal of my float session was to shut my brain up for a while, let my body chill, medicate heavily and listen for the universe.

Fist thing I did was medicate heavily with some of my favorite Indica strains, Hell’s OG. This is great strain for relaxing your body and providing mental clarity. Fortunately I am a medical cannabis patient and have access to some amazing medicine. So, without hesitation I heavily medicated myself right before leaving for the session, intent on having an amazing experienced, floating weightlessly, deprived of all my senses.

We arrived promptly at noon for my float session appointment. The lovely attendant took my information and after some minor paperwork I was whisked to the back to take a shower. Alone. The lovely attendant wasn’t a part of the pre-shower session. The shower is necessary to prevent people from putting their crummy naked bodies in the pod. Yes, naked. You are naked when you float.

I showered up, dawned the bath robe and bathing cap provided, which by the way looks easy to put on, but, I assure you was a pain in the dick. I know I’m a moron, but putting a swim cap on should of been easier than it was. Anywho, showered, robed and capped, I rang the attendant who guided me to the float pod room. For a few moments she went over the basics, how to get in the pod, how to shut the lid, light and music adjustment as well as a floatation device incase I felt I might drown in the murky depths of 10 inches of salt water.

Out she went, I dropped my robe and in I went. The top closes on hydraulics, there is no way to get locked in and I in no way felt claustrophobic, there is a lot of head space to sit up inside the pod and move around. Side note: as she began her instructions on light and music in the pod, the Hell’s OG really kicked in and I spaced out on how to run the lighting situation inside the pod.

First I just wanted to get comfy with the feeling of floating. I laid out straight as a board and just…floated. The light was on inside the pod, its dimly lit, but not a blazing light. Fuck. I need to figure out how to turn out the light. Did she push the button or turn the button? It’s just a button, shaped like a marshmallow simply labeled, LIGHT. Reluctantly, I pushed the button and…..boom, lights out.

Now I can get down to business. Pitch black, dead silent other than my fat ass and jelly belly splashing around in the salty water as I position myself for maximum float comfort.

Depriving yourself of the external chatter is a peculiar experience to say the least. The effect on your physical body, to be horizontal, with no sensation beneath you relaxed my muscles like nothing I’ve experienced before. Much different than a massage. Nothing is touching them other than water. How much time I floated reposing my body is hard to say, it was good, keeping my mind focused on just physical peace kept dumb chatter form ruining the experience. For the time being.

Eventually my mind chatter got the best of me and I started running dumb shit through my brain. I recognized this happy horse shit and decided to fuck with the lights, and restart the process. The bulb for the pod is set up at water level, not directly above you. The trippy thing about the light was you could create a mini light show across the top of the dome as you float. These fuckers know people are getting medicated and floating. There’s no way this light show is in here for any other purpose. Bravo.


I decided on a symphony of green lights dancing like streamers in the wind. Back down I went, focusing again on relaxing my body. What happened next was an unexpected surprise say the least.

Eyes closed, I could still sense the green of the lights, it was almost like a hallucinatory experience, not only did I see the greens, but shapes, and other colors began to frolic in my vision. I feel like a cheerio floating aimlessly in the ocean as the Aurora Borealis dazzles my mind over head.

The light show went on for I don’t know how long. The only bummer was the pod fits a guy who is six foot two, but eventually, you do end up floating into the side of the pod, either with you head, or feet, at least this was the case for me. The hour flew by. When the time is up the pod has a jet stream that slowly bursts water into the pod to let you know times up.

Out I go, stood up to dry off, and felt as though I dropped 200 mg of edibles. Nice. Since you just floated in all that salt water, you need to shower. AGAIN. It’s necessary and worth it. I finished up, and met my lovely, tanner bride in the lobby. Twenty minutes later we arrived at our abode and it hit me. My body was rested, restored, at peace, chill, on a level that my poor grammar skills don’t allow me to convey here.

My zen experience with peace and relaxation lasted all the way to the next day and in the evening. Peace and love poured through me. I was one with the force, the force was with me. There is no doubt I want to try this experience again, while highly medicated. Did I have a visual experience based on the medication? I doubt it. Maybe? The only way to find out is try again. And try again I will. In all honesty, if you are not claustrophobic, and want to experiment with different experiences to enhance your mind and body, try floating.



I’ve been depressed for a while now. Many years in fact. I’m pretty sure it has to do with all the bad decisions I made in life. (Thats a whole load of other posts.) Additionally, two years ago my parents died suddenly within six months of each other. Being an only child when your parents die sucks too. It sucks all the balls.

But, if it were not for these terrible choices and unfortunate deaths I wouldn’t be here, writing to you.

I never thought I was “depressed” thats something that happens to other people. However, after some time reflecting on my person and talking to loved ones, it was pretty clear I was depressed. I spent a lot of time in bed, and felt guilty when I did. Like I should have been doing something more productive. When I am not in bed, all want to do is take a nap. Either way I was not able to be productive in any way shape or form.

I felt lost, there was no direction in my life. No physical obstacles, no mental ones either. I was drifting through life in a rut. You need a challenge in life, mental and physical. Positive challenges to help you become a better person.

I needed to do something. One thing I began to study was medical cannabis and depression. Can weed really help you over come depression. Yes. And no. I thoroughly believe cannabis can help you with depression, but it needs to be a tool in your arsenal to help you over come this disease.

The first thing I did was research strains for depression. The website Leafly, is an amazing resource to find strains for depression. The second thing I did was research cannabis terpenes. This lead me to find that limonene is an essential terpene found in some cannabis strains to help fight depression.

The next thing, find strains high in this terpene, then see if my local dispensary carries these strains. Whew. It was some work but well worth it. I found an experimented with some strains and found the following strains to be the best for me.

Durban Poison. My number one go to strain. This flower kept me uplifted, euphoric and energized. I get super productive with this strain and its perfect for daytime use.

Super Silver Haze This little darling is great for a nice head buzz. Another strain for great euphoria and being ultra productive,

Golden Goat. The goat is great for high energy and motivation.

Grapefruit Durban. I use this in a c02 cart and love it. My absolute favorite for all day use.

Those are my go to strains right now, obviously I love to experiment with different strains and see what works best. I tend to lean towards anything citrusy and skunks. Lemon strains seem to be another hit for getting that edge over depression and anxiety so many people need. If you have depression, and access to medical cannabis, try these strains. I you have depression and have some killer strains that worked for you, comment with them please! Good luck, be nice to a stranger today.

For the past 6 most I have been banging away on this Terrapin Station Terra Pod vape system.  This slick little black device had me suspect at first.  I figured the patients of PA’s medical marijuana program would be hoodwinked into buying a system that has limited options, is poor quality and most likely very expensive.

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Fortunately, Terrapin came through and has put out a great product.  When purchasing a vape I want some longevity in use.  It seems like some strains I inhale within 2 days.  Others, can make it 5 days or more with me.  Now, I am lucky where my day job allows me free reign on my medication schedule.  This is both a blessing and a curse.  As I’m sure many of you know, some days require more medication than others.  And on those days, the traditional carts can burn up quick.

To my shock and surprise, I seem to get some great longevity with these pods.  Maybe its all mental, but I seem to need less hits with the pod than traditional carts.  This works well for me, when its time to medicate, I want to medicate.

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Now, on to the flavor.  Terrapin has the “Crystal Double’ option with the pods, which adds a burst of tasty flavor profiles, and really makes the euphoria with certain strains pretty intense.  Intense is my favorite.  It seems like Terrapin is limited to a handful of flavors, all very good, but I definitely want to see some new flavors added to the rotation.

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The pod is sleek, great for being discreet and fits easily and comfortably in your pocket. Its pretty durable as well.  Ive dropped my pod several times on all sorts of surfaces.  Sidewalk outside, blacktop, deck, kitchen floor, the list goes on and on.  I have a few pods now, and my original still works perfectly.  The battery life is pretty long.  I seem to be able to pull a solid 2 days worth of heat hitting before I seem to notice its time for a charge.

Bottom line, this pod is worth every penny.  I can only imagine Terrapin will be pumping out more flavors to add to their menu, and the price point is spot on.  If you haven’t done so already, invest in this pod system and enjoy!

Moonshine Haze Review

Posted: December 2, 2018 in Cannabis Reviews, General

Moonshine Haze is a potent sativa from our local Tera Vida Holistic Center, produced by the awesome crew at Terrapin. The flower is a mostly sativa strain bred by combining Nevil’s Wreck and Amnesia Haze.

The combination of these powerful genetics creates a strain that is perfect for all day use.  This flower tops of at 15.45% THCa which was a perfect strain for me.  It produced a heavy head high at first which lead to a light wave of euphoria to my entire body.  Visually, this haze had some gorgeous red hairs and some heavy resin with light fluffy buds.

A huge factor in quality cannabis is longevity of relief.  Most strains give me relief for around 90 minutes, but this haze gave me almost 3 hours of quality relief and motivation.I was able to get a lot of chores done around the house and keep to my to do list without getting groggy or couch locked.

Moonshine haze has a light flowery profile when you smell it.  Not over powering at all with a touch of woodiness.  Upon the burn and exhale you are blasted with a light touch of earthy goodness that has you feeling as fluffy as a spring breeze.  This strain is one of my top 10 all time and I’m looking forward to trying it again in the future.

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Last week the amazing team at Terrapin Care Station  bestowed upon the medical marijuana patients of Pennsylvania their latest creation, The TERRAPOD.

This new vaporizing contraption had me leery at first.  I didn’t really want to get roped in to purchasing a special device that only holds special pods that will eventually become over priced, have limited strains and eventually not be worth my money.

But, as always I went against my better judgement and purchased the pod, (20$) and a cartridge of the strain, Dark Blue Cheese.

With all new devices and strains there are certain qualities I am searching for.

DURABILITY –  Really want a vaporizer that is durable, things get dropped, sat on, chewed on, whatever.  The construction of the battery is solid.  It has an easy to hold grip that perfectly fits in your hand, and in your pocket as well.

DISCRETION – This device is certainly discreet.  Maybe twice the size of your common USB port, this little device looks nothing like most vaporizers.

TASTE – The flavor profile of this blend of Princess Leah and Dark Blue Dream is a citrusy/earthy taste that tickles your tongue with each hit.

MEDICINAL – I want the effects of the meds to last at least 2 hours.  I found that this strain hit well over the 2 hour mark.  The feel was a massive head high that washed away all anxiety and stress.  The pulls are easy and you can get a massive hit if you aren’t careful.

Overall this is a great little device. The pod attaches to the battery via magnets and seems to be a very high quality build.  There have been no issues with poor connectivity our hard draws.

I’ve been pleased with the results and with my current medicating cycle, one pod will get me a good 7 days of use.  I’m pretty happy with that and the price point is pretty spot on.  I’d love to see them bring these pods to 40$, and I think they eventually will.  New strains added to the rotation will also be critical to the success of these devices.  I’m on board and if you haven’t tried one yet do it.

UPDATE! Check out part 2 of my Terra Pod review HERE.

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The use of cannabis as part of peoples pre workout routine is becoming more and more commonplace today as states increasingly open medical marijuana laws and full legalization is becoming more widespread throughout the country.

The ability to use cannabis as a pre workout maybe be mind blowing to some people.  But to those of us on the mmj program here in PA, its been a welcome addition to my daily fitness routine.  Through trial and error I have found these flower strains to be the best as a great preworkout pick me up.  No, I don’t get mind numbingly blasted, but a few hits about 30 mins before a workout is a must try experience.  When done with a good sativa, you too can enhance your workout.  So here are my top five strains for your pre workout session.

5. Moonshine Haze

This strain had me uplifted in my entire body.  Perfect for a session of straight weight lifting.

4. Great White Shark

This instant classic is perfect for all day use and translate well to the gym for any and al activities.

 

3. Jack Herer

This mellow sativa will keep you chill and in the zone.  Goes great with yoga

2. Super Lemon Haze

This killer strain packs a punch of energy that goes well with your cardio routine.

1. Sour Diesel

This legendary strain is another great flower thats not only perfect for daily use but goes well as a pre workout before hitting the gym.

Currently I fancy the vapes before my workouts and have been using strictly flower for my evening medicating. Next week I will have a top 5 vapes for pre workout up and I hope you will subscribe to my blog so you can keep up on all the incredible discoveries I find with this amazing plant.

 

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Lets face it, if you are like most of us over forty people, you are stuck in a unfulfilling job, dragging your stressed out ass through the tired 9-5 grind of life only to come home depressed and unsatisfied.

You are filled with woulda-shoulda-couldas.  I’m stuck in the 9-5 hustle right now.  But my side hustle has lit a fire inside me.  The pain of the day job is now surpassed by the joy I have n building my empire.  I don’t do network marketing,  or mlm, I work in sales.

There is no shortage of jobs in the sales world that pay very well.  However, you need to work.  It is a side hustle after all.  A side hustle can be a blog or YouTube channel that you wish to monetize, perhaps you produce amazing cole slaw and want to produce the best-selling slaw in America.

Whatever the desire, you need a side hustle.  Especially if your 9-5 doesn’t have you were you want to begin life, and for most of us, it’s the desire to plan your day as you see fit.  To be able to work a business on your terms, not on the terms of corporate America.  In may opinion humans were not meant for cubes in buildings with artificial light for 8 hours a day.  It’s why we are the number one society with depression issues and illness.  It’s not a gratifying existence.

A side hustle will not only help you build a financial future, it will help you create immense disciplines that will make you a better person over-all.  We cannot count on the company to take care of us, the government will most likely bankrupt social security.  It is up to us to make sure we aren’t working our asses off at Home Depot at 68 years old when we should be doing the things we want with the people we love.

A side hustle keeps your mind active.  I’ve witnessed first hand what lethargy and complacency can do to people.  I watched my father give up on life. It’s a sad experience to witness.  Don’t let it happen to you.

A side hustle will help you meet new people.  If you are serious about success you will need the help of others.  One of the great things about building a side hustle is the people you will meet along the way.

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A side hustle can hep you fight off depression.  Many people I talk to re seriously depressed about their work situation.  They wake up every morning, physically sick with the prospect of facing yet another day on the job.  he side business that you are building can help you shift focus from something that pains you, to growing a business that excites you.

Finally, a side hustle will help you become a better person.  To build an empire you have to become an empire builder, the mindset that has you were you are in life, has to change, and you will change, for the better.

 

Great reasons why you need a side hustle.  Find something you can be passionate about and create a business.  You can do it.

 

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Lately I have had to really focus on making my mind less hectic.  I have a doctorate in procrastination and found I need to write things down in order to get some things done.  I have also discovered that I still put off doing things on my list sometimes.  Well, a lot of the time.

A to do list is a great tool to get you started, but I found that scheduling things in my calendar was a huge step in getting more important things done.  Your phone comes equipped with a calendar, use it.  Once I started scheduling my time at the gym, time to work on my business, my meditation practice and other important matters in life, I became much more efficient with my time.  Time is the one commodity we can not acquire more.  Be stingy with your time.  Everything I do is scheduled on a calendar. This is a tough habit to stick with, but when you commit 30 days to the process, you will be surprised about how much more efficient you become.

Meditation is the second practice I have started that was so difficult in the beginning, but is an important part of my daily routine. How do you start meditating?  Youtube has great beginner videos that will walk you through, 10, 15 or 30 minute sessions.   Just push play and follow the instructions.  I highly recommend starting off in the 5-10 minute range.  Spotify is another great resource for meditation.  Just start.  set aside 10 minutes a day where you won’t be disturbed.  Meditation benefits include reduced stress, improved concentration, information processing, fosters creativity an a host of other amazing things.

 

With great change comes great patience.  Try these practices in your life for the next 30 days and I guarantee you will see dramatic improvements in you life.  So many people I talk to live unfulfilled lives.  They are over 40, and feel like the American dream is really not a dream at all.  We are at a point were we realize this ride is at best half way over.  Perspectives and things change dramatically as life chugs along.  Thank you for joining me as I document my journey to build a newline after 40.

 

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Life After 40

Posted: October 5, 2017 in General

 

On October 1 2017 I turned 42.

It has been nearly 2 years since I last published post on this blog.  Life has changed dramatically for me over the last few years.  Huge career shifts, the death of my parents six months apart from each other, and a spiritual/mind awakening occurred.

I fell out of love with the world of fitness and the business of fitness about 2 years ago. The grind of marketing and the business end of training people for fitness became more of a drag than exciting.  My physical and mental fitness suffered.  I learned a lot about business partnerships.  The hard way.

However, life changes quickly, and without warning.  In December of 2016 I lost my mother to cancer.  Six months later my father passed. He had suffered for 10 years with Alzheimers disease.

After failing in the fitness business, losing my parents and having to start over again in my forties I came to a lot of realizations.

Life isn’t what its cracked up to be.  The pressure of society to conform is overwhelming, and looking back on life, I wish I did so much differently.  This seems to be the opinion of a lot of people my age.  We were let down by a society that says go to college, buy a house get into debt, buy crap, live the American dream.

thats not my dream, not anymore.

After my parents passed I realized that of all the stuff in the family home, the only thing of real value to me was the pictures, 8mm films and my fathers high school football jersey.

Life after 40 is my account of rebuilding my life after 40, I have a new career as a consultant with a merchant services company.

My goals are to travel more, be in the ultimate physical and mental shape of my life,  but also build a rewarding career that allows me to live the next 40 years of life on my terms, collecting memories, not junk.

I’ve become passionate about Alzheimers awareness and I will be spending the rest of my days helping as much as possible the Alzheimers Association find a cure to this terrible disease.

I look at life in an entirely different way now.

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It seems like only yesterday I was slogging up the mountains of Killington at the 2014 Spartan Beast in Vermont. It was an enormous gut check on that mountain. Physically I was prepared. Earning my trifecta the previous year via the Carolina Beast, it was time to tackle the Super Bowl of Spartan Races, the Vermont Beast.

Race day approached and the morning was crisp with a chilly wind coursing through the air. The scene at the bottom of the mountain was electric, anxiety was flooding my body. No doubt, this would be a long day.

I finished the course in 9 hours, not to shabby. There were however, many lessons learned that day about Vermont Beast that I pass on to the people I train for Spartan, and will share some here with you.

There will be at least two sand bag carries, up a mountain, close to a mile hike for each one. Prepare your legs by carrying heavy stuff up and down a hill repeatedly. Lunges and squats are your friend for training.

Trail running is another huge part of this race. At least 3 miles running through a dense forest. The trails will be wet, muddy and slick, some points will barely be able to handle one person at a time. Prepare by running in the woods, off the beaten path.

Burdens. There will be several burden carries. Rock buckets, logs, atlas ball and sandbags. Prepare by carrying awkward stuff for mile walks. If it’s horrible, heavy and uncomfortable, use it to train.

It seems never ending. The ultimate mind fuck comes when you seem like you’ve been on the course forever, you ask the course Marshall how much further, they say “Two more miles” which is always bullshit. It will always be two more miles five miles ago, people will say all kinds of shit, “My fitbit says we’ve already gone 16 miles” blah, blah, blah. Don’t let the desire to get the mileage in your head. Just go. You will be up and down the mountain several times. Just when you think it’s got to be over, it’s not. Stay out of your head

Your ankles and knees will take an epic beating. So will your toes, especially the tips of your toes and toe nails. Keep your toe nails trimmed for race day. Wear proper compression gear for your joints if necessary.

Pull ups. A lot of your upper body will be used in this race. Pull ups are your ultimate muscle builder. You will be pulling yourself up over a lot of obstacles. You will also encounter the rig which will absolutely test your upper body strength. You will pull stuff on ropes, pulling is essential in your training. Become a pull up master.

Snacks and hydration. I found eating small amounts of gel packs to be a decent way to stay energized on the course. I had plenty of water, it’s the fuel that needs to be consumed on the course that is important. Find what works for you. I can’t eat protein bars or bites of any sort. They make me sick. Some people eat mustard packs, I saw people eating pizza and hoagies on the course. Find what fuels you and bring it.

*Don’t be afraid to bring some Advil or Tylenol or whatever. If your knees or back or ankle or whatever is hurting half way into the race, a few pain pills may help ease the pain for the duration of the course.

Cold swimming. Vermont water is freezing cold. Take your breath away cold, and it sucks. Get out of the water and keep moving. Not walking, but running, do burpees, but keep moving the moment you get out of the water.

There will be two barbed wire crawls, two spear throws and a rope climb with no knots. If you have access to a rope for climbing practice, use it.

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