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An Apology About a Humorous Misunderstanding: I Said Hobo, not Homo, Hahaha

I already apologized for this misunderstanding privately, and we’re square, but it was an important enough issue to me that I wanted to do it publicly as well, just in case anyone else might have heard or interpreted what I said in the wrong way.

Dude, I’ve lived in San Francisco since ‘97, one of my brothers is gay, and half of my friends are gay. So I’m the last guy who would ever use the term homo with derogatory intentions, or to portray someone, something, or certain lifestyle characteristics in a negative light. I just ain’t down with that.

The word hobo, on the other hand? Well, I probably shouldn’t have used that term to make fun of myself either. But I guess I thought that if you actually are one (and I am), you have a little bit more leeway with the word, even in a public forum. Who knows though man? I’m not the most PC guy around.

Anyways, I recently received the following email about my latest podcast appearance. Keep in mind I actually said hobo, not homo:

Hello Nate, as a Facebook follower and intermittent feast customer, I was stoked to listen to your interview on the Move Smart podcast.  It was a good interview until around minute 26.5 when you say in response to comments about your gym attire “what are you fucking saying, I’m a homo or what”…

It was disappointing to hear that type of language in the interview…it made me wonder, gee -maybe I shouldn’t be taking advice from someone who appears to be nonchalantly vilifying ‘homo’s’ … (Yes I am a gay man, not that that should matter) … I always think the best of people and want to chalk this up to bro-talk … But wanted to let you know (in email versus publicly posting this) that you do have gay (probably straight too) listeners like me who were taken aback by the short comment.

Thanks for listening, and keep up the good work.

What a classy dude. Even when he thought I insulted him, he was cool about it.

Anyway, as you can see, this was just a total misunderstanding. Quite funny on the surface, but with a serious enough of an undertone to fully clarify what actually happened.

The host Sean was talking about how he always sees me around the gym in my raggedy work out clothes. We were just taking a break from the fitness action and joking around about how I kind of have a surfer dude/hippie mentality. And I said, “what are you fucking saying, I’m a hobo or what?”

See what happened? I just wanted to clear the air.

More selfishly, I don’t want my future political aspirations to be ruined by this misunderstanding. When I’m done with the fitness and writing thing, my plan is to run for mayor of San Francisco on the following gay-straight public relations platform:

Some of us prefer juicy melons. Some of us prefer long bananas.  That’s just the way it is. But we can all still shop in the same stores together and be friends.

I may just be too much of a “lets all be happy hippie” when it comes to social issues, but I’ve always thought that the people who care that much about who someone else is “doing” (as long as legal and consensual), well, 99% of the time its just because they ain’t getting any good action themselves. Do you really care that much about anything after really good sex?

All joking aside, like I said, one of my brothers is gay.  We grew up in a different time and place, were raised under religious creeds and dogma and so forth. Being an openly gay man just wasn’t quite as socially accepted as it is now. I can’t imagine how hard that must have been for him, and maybe what that did to his psychological development, confidence, and sense of self-worth during his formative years in life.

Shit from our childhood sticks with us, whether consciously or subconsciously. Of that I am sure.

Unfortunately, that’s one of the reasons why I think he turned to drugs as a coping mechanism, and is still battling that demon to this day.

So now you understand why I just can’t stand for being associated with that kind of bigotry or hate, even if it is by way of being misheard or misunderstood. I talk/write authentically and without much of a filter, and I joke around a lot because that’s my nature, so if I’ve ever said anything on the fly that offended you, or made you feel bad about yourself, I apologize.  That is never the intent with any of my content. It’s always to:

1. Educate.

2. Share strategies (mostly fitness, but some philosophy) that have helped me, and I believe will help you.

3. Share a laugh or two along the way. Sometimes I may take this one too far. I apologize again up front.

If there is ever any doubt of where we stand, here’s part of the intro section to our blog:

WHO THIS SITE IS FOR

I am half Japanese and half Irish, grew up in a town full of surfers and rednecks, went to a college filled with geniuses and hippies, and live in one of the biggest “melting pot” cities in the world. I have no business being prejudice against anyone.

Kalai is even more of an ethnic mutt than me, and grew up in a culture that treats everyone who visits their shores from across the world like family.

So we don’t care who you are, where you’re from, who you pray to, where in the world you’re hanging, who you’re banging (as long as legal and consensual), etc.

If you’re down with fitness, physique, warrior strategy, or Da Beach mentality, then we’re down with you.

THE ACTUAL PODCAST WAS AWESOME

I was originally going to post about the contents of the podcast, but I needed to get that off my chest first. Hopefully, we are cool. And hopefully it doesn’t overshadow the awesomeness of the interview.

Move Smart Podcast

The actual show covered a ton of valuable stuff.  Here is some of what we talked about:

  • Intermittent feasting vs intermittent fasting
  • Aligning meal timing with biological rhythms
  • Why meal timing is completely flexible for most people
  • Mixing science and experience for optimal food choices
  • Finding an eating pattern that works for you
  • Why eating your biggest meal at the end of the day may be a smart choice
  • Nutrition fundamentals (that never change)
  • When and why you should eat quality carbs
  • The power of macronutrients in getting lean
  • Avoiding “overcomplication syndrome” and hacking away the unessential
  • Why Nate eats Paleo + Starches
  • How to approach supplementation

If you’d like to check it out, da show is available here: http://wellroundedathlete.net/category/podcast/

Rise Above Has Risen to #1 on Amazon: A Special Thanks To You

LIVE WITH AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE…

That’s the title of Chapter #3 in my new book Rise Above: 7 Strategies to Crush Adversity. Here are a few snippets from that section:

We expect everything for nothing, and we wanted it yesterday. We take things for granted. We’ve lost the ability to appreciate what we have. Instead, we focus on what we do not have. If nothing is ever good enough, you will never have enough.

Quit whining and pining. If you’re reading this on a Kindle, found it through Facebook or Twitter, and are sipping on a gourmet coffee drink, etc., you are not doing that bad.

There are people in this world who wake up to bombs, don’t have clean water, and go to bed starving. Be grateful for what you have while you are trying to get more. Most of us are living in luxury, yet think we are lacking.

– Nate Miyaki, Rise Above: 7 Strategies to Crush Adversity.

Yes, I did just quote myself. Isn’t that frickin’ awesome!

You have my full permission to do the same. For most it will probably just annoy them (with the hippie bullshit and whatnot), but it might just help a few. Who knows? I certainly hope so.

And damn man, although I do grow tired of myself often, I gotta listen to myself more often. That’s what I want to do right now. There is nothing worse than a writer or coach that talks one way, but lives another. It’s an out of control plague that may eventually lead to the downfall of modern Internet society.

MY MANY THANKS TO YOU

So man/girl, I just wanted to say thank you so much for supporting this book, and over the years, for supporting my writing career.

We did it my friends. Because of you, Rise Above has risen to #1 on a few of the Amazon charts. Even if just for a day, I can now say that I was once an Amazon #1 Best-Selling Author.

Now that’s total egotistical bullshit, image-projection nonsense, and PR-spinned marketing material to use for later on. But that’s not the point. The end goal of any good writer, artist, craftsman, or coach seeking personal fulfillment should be to help people get the results they are looking for regardless of rankings or social status/praise. I hope that’s what my content, writings, work, and ramblings are somehow doing for you.

HOWEVER, there are a lot of people who have made sacrifices along the way to allow me to do what I do – my wife Kalai; my Fab 5 brothers and one bad-ass sister, my late and great parents, my super cool step-family; and all of you, spending your hard earned dollar to hear what I got to holler.

I am forever grateful. But the truth is that my bro hugs, or real hugs with my patented “accidental” cheek squeeze, are just not enough of a thank you this time around. You need to know that your support is really paying off.

RISE ABOVE RIDES ALONGSIDE SOME GREATS

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Nate’s New Book For 99 Cents: A One Day 8/13 Sale

RISE ABOVE: 7 STRATEGIES TO CRUSH ADVERSITY

Sometimes life can throw you some curveballs. Every once in a while, it lands a freakin’ haymaker right on your chin. If you don’t believe that, you haven’t been alive long enough.

Adversity. We all face it my friend.

In our sports, or our health and fitness endeavors. How can you overcome the odds and succeed against great challenges or competition? How can you stay on track in a world full of temptations and distractions? How can you come back from failed game plans, devastating losses, or unexpected injuries and setbacks?

In our business or career pursuits. How can you merge passion and personal fulfillment with professional and financial success? How can you keep fighting on if your first attempts fail? How can reach your goals while sticking to your core values, and without burning out, breaking, or giving up?

In our personal life and relationships. How can you best support those that are suffering and struggling around you? How can you deal with your own baggage and bullshit? How do you find some peace of mind and clarity amongst the modern chaos?

Life can be full of challenges. Instead of running from them when they do arise, staying in bed to hide, burying your head in the sand to procrastinate, or drowning your sorrow in drugs to escape; you are better off developing the right mindset to roll with it all, whatever may come.

Because one thing is for certain: you can’t change the reality of the challenges you face no matter how much you wish things were different. You can’t let every surprise or setback make you snap. Otherwise, you just might end up giving yourself a heart attack. Then what use will you be?

But what you can change is your reactions to your challenges; your actions to overcome them, and your everyday state of mind in order to better deal with them.

THE LESSON

The most profound lesson I’ve learned in over 15 years as an athlete, coach, consultant, and fitness author is this – The human body is strong. The human spirit is stronger. Both can persevere through almost anything. It is our weak minds that ultimately bury us.

The 4th quarter, the 9th inning, the final period, the championship rounds, the last 100 meters, the last set, the last rep, etc., it is mental strength that separates the champions from the rest of the pack.

And it may be the most important thing you need to get through the greatest game you will ever play in – the game of life.

THE BOOK 

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That’s what Rise Above: 7 Strategies to Crush Adversity is all about. It takes principles from sports psychology, “street” psychology (from 15 years of working with people from all ages, abilities, and walks of life), some samurai philosophy, and a little bit of surfer dude mentality; and narrows it down into some actionable strategies that can help you tackle any obstacle that may come your way.

THE SALE

I am honored that Rise Above was selected to be a part of The Best Life Book Event. This event includes some big dogs and best-selling authors. Since Rise Above was written by little old me (A.K.A Little Shiitake), I am assuming that means the content itself stood out on its own.

The overall goal of this event is to get different perspectives on the tools you need to overcome your challenges and succeed, in whatever your pursuits are in life.

All books are on sale for $0.99 for today only – Wednesday August 13th, 2014.  I honestly have no idea what they will cost after today. That’s in the hands of the gods (the publishers).

You can check out the event here: The Best Life Book Event

I hope my new book — or any of the other books – can help you out in some way. Regardless, I wish you the best in whatever battles you are facing in life. My thoughts are with you my friend.

5 More Reasons to Track Your Food Intake, Calories, & Macros

Computer screens don’t laugh at your penis and poop jokes.

That’s the main reason I still work with clients in da gym, and don’t spend all of my time writing online.

A second reason is that there are some hot chicks that work at my gym.

A third reason is that you get to learn about some of the real problems people face in their fitness efforts, try to come up with practical solutions, test and assess and refine your methods, and see how the advice you are giving (both online and off) ultimately impacts people’s real world results.

Some of the writers who devote their whole day, career, life, and afterlife to pontificating about fitness just don’t know what is going on in the Suit-to-Spandex Streets baby.  Off the glossy magazine pages and outside academic circle jerks, busy professionals are struggling to find sustainable fat loss plans.

One of the biggest obstacles people face is figuring out how to integrate an optimized fat loss diet into an overall lifestyle plan. In non-geeky terms, how to get and stay lean without becoming a crazy obsessed fitness person that freaks out if they can’t get tuna or protein shakes every 2.5 hours.

This dietary dilemma on top of career craziness is leading to frustration, struggle, poor results, and people laughing less at my above mentioned penis and poop jokes.  Here’s a quick test to see if you are over-stressed.  Does this photo make you laugh, or sit there stone-faced?

what can your poop tell you

Maybe you’ve grown up too much my friend. Take it down a notch.

PLANS ON PAPER VS. REAL-WORLD RESULTS

While its cool to TALK about living like a caveman, or to HAVE a calculus looking, bio-hacking diet strategy, its even cooler to TAKE the real-world steps necessary to actually reach your physique goals.

And bat shit crazy stuff can work in the short-term, but it rarely sticks as a long-term plan when you have one of those meaningless things called a life.  You know, social shindigs, a significant other, business dinners, hobbies, travel hassle, etc.

So a few weeks ago – damn man, time’s flying – I posted up an article and video about food, calorie, and macronutrient tracking.  I talked about who I thought should do it, when it is useful, why its not just for crazy fitness competitors, and how it can help beginners get started making more informed food choices, etc.

If you missed it, here’s da original post: When and How You Should Track Your Food Intake, Calories, and Macros.

Since that time, I’ve had a lot of interesting conversations with a few of my friends and private clients.  Once they stopped whining about doing something useful rather than looking for the next magic pill, they were stoked about what tracking taught them about implementing practical weight loss strategies in the real world.

They were even more stoked when they discovered that gaining a little nutrition knowledge, empowerment, and a tool to increase dietary flexibility yielded some pretty quick physique results.

Here are five fantastic reasons you should get on the rails of a tracking train: Read the rest of this entry

The Feast Gets First Callout: A Podcast Interview on Intermittent Feasting & Fat Loss Eating

What’s up my beach physique clique? We’ve interrupted our regularly scheduled blog post programming and e-course teachings for some impromptu feasting.  Go ahead and just let that take your imagination wherever it wants to go for a gluttonous or perverted moment.  No judgements here.

I just wanted to share this podcast episode with my friends over at First Callout.  They are some cool dudes and have had some epic guests on their show (at least if you are a bodybuilding, physique, or bikini nerd), so to get to be a part of it was an honor for sure.  Its a show primarily geared towards physique peeps, but don’t let that scare you off.  We covered a broad range of topics that I think will help anyone interested in a practical and sustainable approach to fat loss and physique enhancement.

Here’s the promo for it.  They did a cool job.  And you’ll notice clips scrolling through this very website that you are on right now.  Its like frickin’ Inception — a dream within a dream…

After listening to it (I’m like every other egotistical fitness dude on the planet = I love to hear myself talk), I was actually surprised how much we covered in just over 20 minutes.  Hey man, when I’m excited I ramble, swear, and talk fast.  If you’ve been following this blog for a while, have read any of my books, or are currently taking our Beach Physique course, this podcast provides a nice, precise review of my overall nutrition approach.  Some FitnessCenter highlights:

1. Why targeted calories, macros, and food choices matter more than diet structure, and you should use whatever meal frequency and food distribution pattern makes your plan as practical as possible to follow.  That includes, but is not limited, to my intermittent fasting and feasting approach (and of course when I say my, I mean evolution’s).

2.We talked about the Belle Curve distribution of meal frequency patterns that I’ve seen work best in my experience. *The reverse of a warning — our conversation was not as boring or geeky as that sounds.

3. Why I don’t believe in either the extreme OCD bodybuilding approach, nor the extreme calorie counting/IIFYM (if it fits your macronutrient)/eat whatever you want as long as it fits your diet numbers approach. Most would best be served following the middle ground approach (well, leaning more towards clean eating) for flexibility, functionality, and overall health (including psychological health).

4. The difference between working with elite athletes vs. the general, busy professional demographic.

5. A step-by-step (oooh baby) guide of how I might transition someone from no nutrition knowledge and out of control Y2K eating into a more targeted fat loss plan, and all the way to intermittent feasting fat away for good, if that is what they so desire.

The goal of this post was to give you a break from having to read my bullshit, and just let you kick back and listen to it.  So I’ll go ahead and remove my pudgy fingers from the keyboard now, and get this podcast party started.  Click on da link below to listen.

THE FIRST CALLOUT PODCAST WITH NATE MIYAKI