A Battle With the Dragon

A Battle With the Dragon

by Hawk

How do you stop a decision when you’ve already somewhat made it? When a thought was unexpectedly implanted into your mind, giving way for an opportunity to escape in a time coming up soon. Even though you haven’t partaken of anything yet, it does not much matter– since all peace within you has been stripped anyway, now causing an internal battle to take place that not many understand. You have, in a sense, relapsed: but not quite yet.

Now the time seems to be dragging; and the opportunity that lays ahead can’t come soon enough: but you also don’t want it to come soon enough, or even at all; therefore, you seem to be split up in who you are.

You get down on your knees and pray to God, asking for him to remove this opportunity and thoughts from out of your way–and hoping for Him to restore you to the peaceful way of life you were since living just an hour ago.

Now around your family you are not the same man that your were earlier: you are now side tracked and are thinking about other things; even darker things. In one direction your thoughts have turned toward being manipulative so that you can get what you want and still feeling good about things. And in the other direction they are towards regret: but what do you have to regret when nothing has happened yet?

You know that you are going to find your way to escaping in the near future if you do not change up your schedule; though you don’t want to change your schedule because such a schedule change will be noticed by many: many of whom are not capable of understanding the WAR that is taking place in your addict mind, therefore, the schedule change will come off as being weird and misunderstood. Also, you are not sure that you even want the schedule change to take place anyway, because that would mean no escape would take place; and in your mind you have already escaped, so it will be hard to turn back on those already euphoric thoughts.

You have been doing so good lately: and you know from dealing with this disease for many years, that just one time will lead to loud whispers from Opiate on the following day–and even weeks to come. You see His negative side, but for some reason the other side, or His quick and immediate false side, seems to be brighter in your mind, even though He is nothing more than darkness posing as brightness.

This is the WAR

Freedom

Freedom

by Hawk

We are free if we eat healthy: and likewise, we are free if we remain clear. Food, when compared with drugs and alcohol, is similar by how it steals our ability to see the simple.

We can enjoy the simple when we find ourselves being in control of our worldly appetites. Conversations with family and friends will take on a whole new meaning, as will the summer sunsets: because of how our minds will be free from the pull of the world. Furthermore, discipline, then, is what creates freedom and lasting happiness. If we show discipline towards those substances and things that are in the quick and immediate form, then we will likewise be made free, and will no more feel like a puppet thats strings are attached to the world. As we show discipline in one area, then another string will detach; until all are detached, and now giving us the ability to know exactly who we are–and what we are capable of in this life.

Discipline takes hard work, and requires us to not be lazy. If we take care of ourselves here in the now, then we will not be in a cram for the future. Further, our learning that takes place in the clear healthy life is what leads us to living the abundant life on down the road. However, the abundant life does not come in a quick way like many would hope; it takes discipline, patience, and endurance. Just as mentioned earlier: anything that comes quickly is linked to those strings that cause us to be puppets, therefore, we should be on the look out for such false opportunities–these are those that provide us with no opportunity to learn or grow.

The Nutrition Experiment

The Nutrition Experiment

by Dustin Hawkins

As I continue to participate in the nutrition experiment I am led to having a new found knowledge and understanding of its role in helping me to become recovered. I am finding out how to say no to the cravings of my appetite during this process, which, I feel, is teaching me the lesson of how to find pleasure and entertainment in doing things that are not linked to the eating of unhealthy food–food that tells my emotions it will make me feel better, though I know it won’t, and it can’t.

Now instead of me looking at going out to eat with my family as a chance for me to eat as much food as possible, I now am getting close to looking past the food, and on to the people I’m eating dinner with. Yes, my steak and vegetables are still enjoyable; however, it is my conversations with my family that take on a whole new meaning.

You see, I’m not a slave to the food anymore; it has no more power or control over me, for I am the one who is in control. I, now can come of conquerer at the end of dinner, with having a new confidence encircle me, making it so I can maintain my organized state of mind by providing me with a real energy that seems to be somehow linked to the spiritual; and even God.

Me being organized through perfect nutrition is a real truth I have found, and is my strongest motivator to continue on in my search to living a heightened life nutritionally. I still have the opiate cravings daily, but I seem to be stronger in my will to overcoming them. The only thing I can think of is that God is leading me to this understanding of nutrition so that I can make my way around those cravings with success; and with his help of course. You see, God isn’t going to do it all for me, that isn’t his style; He is going to lead me to true recovery by teaching me how to do it for myself, which, in this case, He is teaching me how to use nutrition in my recovery.

The body composition change is also a strong motivator. It feels good to walk around in a shape that most don’t walk around in. Now this is not to say that I’m promoting being cocky or boastful, because I’m not; what I am saying is that when one has been disciplined with their appetite, then it’s okay and normal for them to feel happy about how they have been performing in the WAR lifestyle.

If I can control my appetite with food then I can do it with Opiates, though I realize they are not the same addiction, but they are similar enough to recognize them as being related, at least they are in this case. The daily preparation, and the eating on a schedule, leads my schedule to being tied up, and now giving me something to look forward to every three hours just in the same way as I looked forward to my next pill pop. However, instead of the pill pop, I’m now participating in the healthy eating pop, which with four or five days of eating in such a way in my system, I can now experience an energy high that far supersedes that of a pill pop.

Therefore, if we want to make this way of eating into our new way of eating forever, then we have to find out what motivates us to stay in the groove of eating this way. For me, then, it’s that I’m more organized and focused, with being given an enhancement in my overall energy and mood, and not to mention how much better I perform in the gym experience. For you, it might be a different motivator, but you must find it or nutrition will never find you.

Put Strength & Conditioning into Your System

Put Strength & Conditioning into Your System

by Hawk

When participating in strength & conditioning 3-4 days a week you will come to find that it’s not so hard to do the right thing with your addiction. If you revolve your daily eating around the gym experience, then your experience in the gym experience will be heightened, in which your confidence will be lifted, as will your entire way of life.

Relapsing seems to be a class in the school of addiction; now thats not to say that I’m condoning relapse, cause I’m not; all I’m saying is that relapse seems to be a class in the school of addiction, so we must be able to perform if and when it happens. I have found, as I have struggled with my own relapses, that the WAR lifestyle has helped me to get back on track quicker than I would’ve–had it not been in my life.

As I come to find myself participating in all aspects of the WAR lifestyle, then I seem to be learning a most important discipline, one that, I believe, is going to help me to get some real time under my belt without having a relapse. With me getting better at the Art of Nutrition, I have found that I’m more organized in all that I do, which tells me that perfect nutrition, coupled with strength & conditioning, is leading me to performing better in all areas of my life, especially when running my business and family. This idea and belief that I’m coming to have is motivating me to stay dialed in nutritionally, physically, and spiritually, because I do want to be a high performer in the game of life. Don’t you?

For the person who always has something going on with their addiction, meaning, that if it’s not pills then they have gone to weed and alcohol; and if it’s not weed, alcohol, and pills then they are more than likely putting the WAR lifestyle into their system. Then, if they are trying to combine all four (weed, alcohol, pills, WAR), then most poor habits will go away as long as WAR remains. For example, If this person makes WAR a priority 4-5 nights a week then it’s safe to say that the pill, alcohol, and weed will not be as sought after. The WAR lifestyle will start to transform their mind by way of a unique healing process, though not quickly, for it is a lifestyle that takes a great amount of time to learn and develop.

“WAR is a lifestyle that takes patience; but it’s also a patient way of life”

 

The Art of WAR Strength & Conditioning

The Art of WAR Strength & Conditioning

There is always time to live the Art of WAR strength & conditioning. If you are one who works the 10 hour shift, then what about in the morning, at lunch, and at night? In the morning, you can find yourself waking up early to perform in the garage gym experience, and to then read and pray in those early morning hours so that you are prepared to take part in the upcoming work day.

Dumb bells and kettle bells in the trunk of your car are for during your lunch break–so that you can find yourself at a track prepared, and ready to perform in a track experience within the hour so that you can be back to work with now being more than ready to perform your job at high level for the remainder of the day.

At night, and after work, the garage gym is calling you once more to go in and perform a quick conditioning workout that will take you no longer than twelve minutes; which afterwards, you take part in perfect nutrition, reading, prayer, and finally closing the chapter of the day and entering the time machine of sleep.

Not every day will look like this; but some days a double gym and track experience is required in order for you to find out about the Art of WAR; and more importantly, to find out what you are capable of mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally. The world would have us believe that we are too busy to live in such an elite way; however, the WAR lifestyle tells us that we must live in this way if we want to remain free from our addictive selves.

We can get addicted to the WAR way of life, though it takes much more work. It’s easy to get addicted to the worlds system of laziness; but it’s not so easy to get addicted pushing the limits of the human spirit each and every day. However, when one finally does get addicted to the WAR way of life, then an unfolding of greatness takes place in their lives that will cause them to change for the duration.

Purpose in the Art

Purpose in the Art

Proper technique has to be achieved or your chance for linear progression will be no more. If you practice these movements poorly and without study, then only poor results will be achieved, which then your motivation to continue on in this sport will dwindle along with your hope for staying clear.

Now I’m not saying that one cannot stay clear without strength and conditioning in their life, because some can, and they do; but what I am saying is that those who are looking at this blog and are doing WAR have obviously found a power in strength and conditioning that has helped them to stay clear on some level. My belief, then, is that once they remove this powerful force of strength and conditioning from their lives, then the void will return, and so will their poor habit, causing their purpose for living the beautiful Art of WAR to be lost.

WAR helps us to feel accomplished, worthwhile, and purposeful. Purposeful, in that it gives us the opportunity to get good at something. There is now a purpose for us to be disciplined nutritionally, physically, mentally, and spiritually– because of our new want to get good at living the full Art of WAR. I believe that if we focus on getting good at living the Art of War then we will get good at performing in all of life, and will advance in our progression from being a student to now becoming a coach.

If we d0, however, develop in the Art of WAR and advance in our growth to becoming a life coach, then we will have obviously found our confident selves, since no coach takes on the role of being a coach who is not confident. This means, then, that the only way for us to become an effective life coach is by first living the Art of WAR ourselves, and with a passion, so that we can receive insight and inspiration as we live it each day.

Though I should warn you that addiction is progressive and seems to go in a circle. We might change for a time, but only for a time, in which we will eventually become quick to forget the art that helped us to change, and now being pulled back into becoming the same person we once were; and round and round we will go.

We can, however, break this monotonous circle of relapse if we will remain faithful to living the Art of WAR. Our days need to be filled up with the WAR Art no matter how busy we might be. There needs to be time set aside for our reading, prayer, strength and conditioning, remote experiences, and of course for our families. If we don’t take care of these core values then our foundation becomes weak and will eventually crumble.

We all should hope to become life coaches, though I have the feeling that many will like the idea, but won’t have what it takes to truly make it happen, since making it happen is directly linked to how well they perform each day in the WAR Lifestyle.

 

If You Do Relapse

If You Do Relapse

If you do happen to relapse, then stop pouting and go in and lift weights at a high intensity so you can feel accomplished and changed. No one is going to feel sorry for you so you might as well not feel sorry for yourself. Yeah, it is true, you might feel like shit this next day, but you did it to yourself so grind through it and keep on living the WAR lifestyle.

You can go one of two ways at this point: you can travel back into the life of having a poor habit, or you can put the WAR medication back into your system with having a renewed vigor to do even better in all of life, then making your relapse a priceless learning experience.

Don’t be a constant seeker of encouragement, but be one who encourages your own self to perform in an intense way within the WAR lifestyle. Make certain that you prepare your food for the week, be scheduled with your training partners, make time for reading, and lose the “I just don’t have time” attitude; such a demeanor is only laying the claim to you being lazy and a quitter. You are not the only one in the world who is busy and stressed, so stop moping around and acting like it’s all about you.

You have learned a great way of life, and have tools that most addicts would love to have in their bag; so when you choose not to use those tools that most don’t have, you are not only doing a huge disservice to yourself, but also to the beautiful WAR Lifestyle that you were so privileged to be taught.

The WAR lifestyle is a privilege to be learned. Most will never be taught the true art of it because most don’t have what it takes to learn it. However, for you–you did have what it takes to learn it, and you did learn it; and for you to now travel back into your old lazy way of life means that you do not respect the WAR way of life, which does piss off all of those members of WAR who are serious partakers of the lifestyle due to them now having to witness you being casual in your efforts to living a way of life that they all hold so dear.

The Daily Experience 5/22/14

Strength & Conditioning Pep Talk

For those who have made their way to the tail end of being novice and are trying to advance into being intermediate, then you must perform in an intense way in the STRONG if you are going to make it. The same should be said to the intermediate who is trying to make their way into being advanced. If you aren’t pushing yourself to first learn and perfect the technique then you will stall out and lose your linear progression. Once you do have the technique, then you must push yourself to get strong and not be lacking in intensity. Remember, the stronger athlete, often times, is the better athlete.

Also, you can’t talk down to yourself when you feel as if you aren’t making the fast progress. Strength & conditioning is a sport, and needs to be looked upon in that way. Not all days are going to be good days, which means that we have to be able to deal with the low days without putting our tail between our legs and pouting. Be coachable, and learn how to take criticism without feeling picked on. It is the same in life outside the gym right? Your boss is going to get on your ass sometimes, and your going to have to be able to take it from him without feeling like a failure.

The sport of strength & conditioning can keep you clear; it can help you to make it through the nights without running to the escape. If you get into the sport of it, then you will not want to put anything into your body that is going to hinder your progress in the sport. The next day you will be wanting to set new PR’s–and to enjoy friendly competition with your training partners; and you will know that none of that will be possible if you choose to escape every night.

Choose the sport of strength and conditioning over the escape. Make it Happen..

 

REMOTE PROGRAM

A. EMOM for 15 min:

Min 1: Run 100 meters (50 out 50 back)

Min 2: 20 Air Squats

Min 3: 15 Hand Release Push-Ups OR 10 HSPU

NOTE: Post how this goes.

B. Send out a text, telling someone how thankful you are for them. Or call someone that you haven’t spoken to in a while and end the conversation with you telling them thanks for all that they have done for you.

 

STUDENT PROGRAM

Clear

A. 3 min max double unders; rest 1 min; 3 min. max sit-ups

B. 4 sets of: 10 Ring Dips + 10 Wall Balls

Strong

A. Quickly, build to a tough single in the Squat Clean (not 1RM)

B. EMOM for 6 minutes perform: 3 Squat Cleans @ 75% + 3 Burpee Bar Hops

NOTE: post loads + how you did

Balance

Complete 4 rounds for time of:

12 Thrusters (95/65)

12 Pull-Ups

NOTE: Post time completed…

Spiritual Work

A. Send out a text, telling someone how thankful you are for them. Or call someone that you haven’t spoken to in a while and end the conversation with you telling them thanks for all that they have done for you.

 

LIFE COACH PROGRAM

Clear

3 sets @ 85%

30 Double Unders

10 KB snatch (5 each arm)–heavy

Strong

A. Pause Clean (2 second count above knee)–find 5 RM

B. Pendlay Row: 5 reps X 4. (4 heavy heavy sets–make sure you pause at the bottom for 1 sec)

Pendlay Row Video

NOTE: Post loads + how it all goes

Balance

For Time Complete:

Row 1K

30 Box Jumps (24/20)

30 Toes2Bar

15 Box Jumps (24/20)

15 Toes2Bar

Row 1K

NOTE: Post time completed…

Spiritual Work

A. Send out a text, telling someone how thankful you are for them. Or call someone that you haven’t spoken to in a while and end the conversation with you telling them thanks for all that they have done for you.

 

Finding What You Are Passionate About

Finding What You Are Passionate About

Having passion for something can cure us of our addiction disease. The thinking to escape can be brought to a halt if we would realize the truth behind success. The truth behind success is being brave, and not doing life clouded, but doing it clear. When one finally comes to find out how to point their addiction in the right direction then a motivation will surface; a motivation to now stay clear because they will have now realized that success can only be had on the clear path; and since they do want to be successful and even great in this life–they now choose the clear way.

You can be great in this life. You can be free in this life. You can see the world in this life. So many people have ideas but they only remain ideas. So many people who are clouded seem to have ideas, but such ideas never amount to anything because of their clouded mind. The addictive mind can be a creative mind; it can be a hard working mind, though only hard working and creative if it is addicted to personal growth. We should want to grow in our character so that we can grow in our influence to do well in this life.

If you want to truly change your addictive behavior then you must become passionate about changing your addictive behavior. You must be passionate about putting the spiritual into your system so that you can force the world out of your system. Getting to the point where you can feel the spiritual working within you will lead you to craving it’s way more than your addictions way. When this truth finally develops in your life then you will come to the point of where you will be able to manage your addiction, and finally be rid of your addiction for the duration; however, passion has to be developed within your soul so that the spiritual can cleanse your soul.

–Hawk

Still Nervous

Still Nervous

by Dustin Hawkins

Being involved in strength & conditioning gives us the opportunity to still get nervous every day, which is a beautiful thing. In our younger years as being an athletic child, having the pre-game jitters before a game was a common theme. However, as we travel upwards in age the feeling of having the pre-game jitters slowly leaves us since we are not put into competitive situations anymore of where we might get nervous.

As we prepare to take on a workout for time, watching the clock tick down from ten to one, a beautiful feeling of nervousness develops inside us– now letting us know that we are about to be challenged: mentally, physically, and even emotionally. We know that we are going to find ourselves being uncomfortable throughout the workout, especially at the beginning, or until our endorphins make themselves known in our system–now helping us to feel comfortable with being uncomfortable in such a lactic state.

So now as we train in this way day in and day out we learn that being nervous is good for us, and can be a good feeling, in which our being able to deal with nervousness in training helps us to deal with being nervous in life. The big job interview, or the important presentation at work, are now dealt with confidently, and with us having poise; and when we get those pre game jitters they will not be new to us because of how we’ve been consistently getting them each day during our training.

Training intensely and well each day–translates into us performing in life intensely and well each day. If we push through even when we are scared in training, then we will more than likely push through in life when we are scared as well. And since the nerves of life can cause even the toughest to tremble and falter; it’s the nervousness brought on by training that can teach us the important lesson about the relationship between strength & conditioning and life performance.