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Published On: Thu, Jan 14th, 2016

Magic Awaits… As I Try To Be A Better Me.

So I have been pretty open about the changes in my life in the last few months. I have been learning to live with Type 2 diabetes, I have been super focused on losing weight, I moved back to Brooklyn to build my company and I have decided to ramp up my fitness journey by taking dance classes at Salsa Salsa Dance Studio in Brooklyn. I am looking to transform my life in a big way.

Jumping Around NYC... Just Being Me...

—-> Jumping Around NYC… Just Being Me… #FindYourMagic <—–

The focus for me has really been embracing who I am… in every way. For years I played ping pong with how I felt about myself… always driven to succeed but aware that how I looked when I was morbidly obese robbed me of opportunity because of how people judged me. You see, today’s society see anyone who is overweight as being lazy. It pushed me to be an over achiever… I moved up in the ranks in every company I ever worked for. I pushed myself hard to work a full time job and keep my dream of building Sofrito Media Group alive.

At my biggest I was roughy 360 lbs but carried it well despite I was only 5ft 7in, I led a pretty fast paced lifestyle and my weight did not seem to affect me at all. On the other hand… I kind of liked being a bigger guy because of what I looked like in my teens… at the age of 18 I was barely 100lbs… (un flaco malnutrido) the women in the neighborhood would call me. I hated being skinny and my weight gain was intentional during that time.

I worked so hard that there was a point where my body just gave up. As many of you who have been around may know I was hospitalized in December of 2010 with a near deadly bout of Pneumonia that changed my outlook on everything forever. Even though I know what is like to walk towards the light it does not mean that my health challenges have gotten any easier, instead I constantly have to think of ways to change the things I am naturally inclined to do.

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That said… Today I am 120lbs lighter and although I still struggle at times with my Diabetes, I honestly feel better about how I look. I stopped shopping in the “big boy section” and I am now starting to buy clothes in the regular Men’s Department. I am starting to refine my daily grooming by trying new products for my daily routine which includes a gym workout, office hours, meeting and dancing at night.

Last night I was invited to the AXE Relaunch Party, which was themed #FindYourMagic and I immediately connected with the spirit of this campaign. The celebration of individuality is something I have always held close so to see that reflected in a campaign for a reinvention of products geared for someone like me… made me curious. Like many people… I looked and tried to experience the collection as much as I possible could in this environment. I liked what I saw (and smelled…) I made a list of some of the line I would like to sample.

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 13: AXE and John Legend reveal the new 2016 AXE Collective at the “Find Your Magic” launch event on January 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Axe) *** Local Caption *** John Legend

NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 13: AXE and John Legend reveal the new 2016 AXE Collective at the “Find Your Magic” launch event on January 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Axe) *** Local Caption *** John Legend

The big highlight of the night was a special appearance by John Legend (see my Scope Replay here) , the brands biggest ambassador. Building on a successful 2015, this year AXE and John Legend are continuing the AXE Collective to elevate musicians and filmmakers and help them showcase their magic. Aspiring creators can visit AXE.com to learn more about a chance to be mentored by John Legend and to be featured at an event during SXSW® or the Toronto International Film Festival®

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Disclaimer: This is NOT a sponsored post. This is me expressing myself about the experience I had with the AXE Brand. 

  • Andy Montalvo

    Congrats on your achievement, it’s a long freaking journey. I am T2D myself for 3 or 4 years myself and it’s a tough battle with the habits, I’ve come a long way. I’ve come to realize that the causes of T2D is no different than a person battle some kind of addiction to things that are no longer good in the long run. Keep battling forward, day by day.

Magic Awaits… As I Try To Be A Better Me.