Monthly Archives: January 2014
I was going to formally release my new book — The Way of the Cancer Warrior: 34 Strategies For Your Cancer War — next Tuesday. But an article on it came out in the Huffington Post Today! Thanks for all of your help Tory.
So I guess this is the early release party. I’m always down for a good party man. And if the message is strong and you believe it can help, why wait baby? In a few emails out to some friends who were helping me test the book, I was telling them this may be the best thing I’ve done in my life up to this point. At least for personal fulfillment anyways.
The Way of the Cancer Warrior applies martial arts strategies, sports psychology principles and warrior philosophy to the battle against cancer. Each section starts with a few motivational quotes and is followed by practical application guidelines. It is a resource meant to help patients, healthcare professionals, caretakers, family members and friends collectively fight back against the greatest enemy this life has to offer. — Huff Post Books
There is no question that cancer sucks. When diagnosed with a chronic or terminal illness, our society is often quick to refer to battle terminology; we go to war. Some accept and appreciate the analogy; others despise it. But if we are going to go to war with cancer, why not have some positive reinforcement?
Nate Miyaki, a fitness author, athlete, educator and the son of a heroic man who lost his battle with cancer, thinks cancer sucks too. Miyaki’s new book, The Way of the Cancer Warrior, is how he is fighting back. — Huff Post Books
If you’d like to read the article, you can check it out here: Huff Post Books: The Blog
If you’d like to know about the history behind the book, I set up a page here on the site. It has an intro video, a more in depth book description, and some warrior quotes to get you started (facing any challenge you are currently facing in life). I hope to share with you the story behind why this book was written, what it’s all about, and how I think it can help. Here’s the link: CancerWarrior Page
Alright, who brought the champagne. Lets pop the top and get this thing rolling…
As I was working on “The Way of the Cancer Warrior” project this morning, these quotes reminded me of my dad, and the fierce battle he fought against cancer. Who he was and what he did continues to inspire me every day.
Now maybe you will see these and think, dude, you need to grow up. You’re a frickin’ 35 year-old quoting warrior philosophy like a teenager, and literally thinks he is a modern day Ronin (a vagabond, a samurai with no master). Get a haircut and get a real job.
But maybe, just maybe, they will help you face some struggle or challenge you are facing today, with courage and conviction.
THE WARRIOR’S WAY
1. No matter what it is, there is nothing that cannot be done. If one manifests the determination, he can move heaven and earth as he pleases. — Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai.
2. Do not think of possible outcomes until you have finished with your battle. To do so is foolish and takes your mind off the primary objective, which is to destroy the enemy. ~Miyamoto Musashi
3. The power of faith – thoughts backed by faith will overcome all obstacles…Faith makes it possible to achieve that which man’s mind can conceive and believe. It is a well known fact that one comes, finally, to believe whatever one repeats to one’s self, whether the statement be true or false…Every man is what he is because of the dominating thoughts which he permits to occupy his mind. ~Bruce Lee
4. This will be accomplished if only courage is fixed in one’s heart. If one’s sword is broken, he will strike with his hands. If his hands are cut off, he will press the enemy down with his shoulders. If his shoulders are cut away, he will bite through ten or fifteen enemy necks with his teeth. Courage is such a thing. — Hagakure: Book of the Samurai.
5. The warrior does not depend on anything but himself to beat the enemy… Only through a constant search from within, based on one’s own lifestyle, can the truth be known. It is absolutely a personal thing. Commercialism does nothing to enhance the reality of truth. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
6. Do not acknowledge the possibility that the enemy is stronger than you are. Do not accept the possibility that the enemy is smarter than you are in any way whatsoever…The Way of the warrior does not permit you to accept an inferior position to anything. ~ Miyamoto Musashi
7. Flexibility is a very important attitude. Things will not always go your way regardless of your practice and your attempts to define your own existence…You attack with a technique and it does not work. You try it again and it still does not work. Switch! You must never rely on only one particular attitude to get a job done. The enemy may be prepared for this technique in a way that you may not have anticipated, so it is indeed foolish to try to continue with it. ~Miyamoto Musashi
8. By thinking you must complete the job you will run out of time. By considering things like how many men the enemy has, time piles up; in the end you will give up. No matter if the enemy has thousands of men, there is fulfillment in simply standing them off and being determined to cut them all down, starting from one end. You will finish the greater part of it. – Hagakure: Book of the Samurai
9. The only shame in dying incorrectly is to die a stupid and meaningless death. To die as a warrior means to have crossed swords and either won or lost without any consideration for winning or losing. ~Miyamoto Musashi
10. If a retainer will just think about what he is to do for the day at hand, he will be able to do anything. If it is a single day’s work, one should be able to put up with it. Tomorrow, too, is but a single day. — Hagakure.
Thanks pops for showing me Your Way. I miss you man…
Nate, babe, why don’t you recommend running for weight loss? Because for physique-based goals like losing fat and looking awesome, it pales in comparison to the good diet + strength training combo.
Do I need to jump around like a cheerleader on an energy drink bender 6-days a week, for 90 days, to transform my body? Do I need to train twice a day, two hours at a time, like the gym ratz and bunnies do to look good naked? Well you can, but I don’t believe its necessary. And I know you have a busy life and career outside of the gym, so let me throw a question back your way. Don’t you want a more time-efficient route to a rocking bod?
Nate, young sir, why don’t you wear testicle-revealing short-shorts, yell and scream in my ear, and make me do a bunch of those cool-looking boot camp drills that are so trendy in the gyms, and look so cutting edge in infomercials? (1) I have tiny nuts, so you probably wouldn’t see those pistachios hanging no matter how short da shorts. So I might as well wear something a little more comfortable (2) For physique, traditional strength training is not only more effective, but I find it to be more enjoyable for most. I don’t know, people seem to like “feeling pumped up” more than “feeling like puking”. Cardiovascular and neural overload is different than muscular overload, building a nice ass is a lot different process than having your ass kicked, etc.
So then what do you do to stay lean year-round? I eat a rock solid diet 6.5 days a week (which takes no extra time than eating a shitty diet. And with good choices it can be done at home, out at a restaurant, or on the road), have a cheat night on Saturdays when I’m hanging with my family and friends — a time when no sane person should be worrying about a fitness diet, strength train 3-4 days a week for 30-45 minutes, and walk the Earth like a Vagabond when I have extra time (ie for an errand). That’s it. It probably won’t win the World’s Most Innovative, Complex, or Cutting Edge Fitness Plan award (half the time I think trainers just make shit up because they are bored), but it is one hell of an effective plan in my humble opinion.
So I filmed a little video for you to explain more of the what, why, and how of my overall fitness approach:
THE BEACH BODY TRANSFORMATION SUMMARY
1. Use Diet For 80% of Your Fat Loss. Don’t Try to Out-Train a Poor Diet.
2. Increase Your Non-Formal Activity Levels For the Final 20%. Example: Walk More as Part of Your Day.
3. Do Some Mobility Drills, Stretching, Yoga, etc. to Offset the Seated Computer Posture and Improve Alignment/Posture.
4. Strength Train to Build Lean Muscle Mass and Shape, Tighten, and Tone the Body.