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We are soldiers. (Stoicism)

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January 7, 2018
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Fucking New Guy here.

Drunk Captain. 3 months in. 37, together 20, married 11, kids are 10 and 4. Beta for the last 8 years. 5’11” 186, down from 193. Without official calculations, I’ve gone from >25% to about 20%, using free weights and diet. I was skinny fat, with pencil arms and a spare tractor tire. Avoiding carbs and eating more fruits/veggies, lots of chicken, scrambled eggs and various nuts. Stopped eating and drinking shit. NoFap. Just upgraded to 40lbs free weights last week. Feels good. Finally like who I am in the mirror. First time in my life. Going to hit 5x5SL when I get out of country. (Next week, it’s been Shitty trying build routine knowing it’s going to get blown up in the near future) Sidebar: MMSLP, NMMNG, WISNIFG(75%) reading OYS and AskMRP daily. Just finished PGTFP - it’s like the glue that ties everything together.

Through a lot of introspection I’ve recently rediscovered my ability to truly NGAF, something that kept me Alpha for as long as I was. I wanted to share with you all.

I grew up the son of an honest to god war hero. My father led men as an officer in Vietnam and cheated death numerous times. He didn’t talk about it much but when he did I listened. It left me tough shoes to fill, and made it hard to define my masculinity in comparison to him. He was a hard as shit ex-marine who was as fucking Alpha as they come... but where in lies the secret to NGAF.

The true Alpha, men like my father, know what it is like to live life at the most primitive of levels. Life where all you long for is to breathe another breath. Life where metal meets meat and you must face another man equally hell bent on breathing his next breath.

I spent my whole childhood and adolescence wondering what that was like. Imagining a world like that. Living for the next breath.

I recall a particular story where my father was by himself in a rice patty and the VC artillery decided to use him as range finding practice. 120mm shells exploding left and right fore and aft, each explosion getting closer, and him realizing that “Holy Shit! They are using me to dial in their artillery!”

The magic is, if you can picture this single moment and others like it, everything else in life does not fucking matter. The wife bitching. How much pussy your getting, IOI, OI, your financial state and what you had for breakfast All don’t mean shit when you are about to meet your maker.

In the time before writing we were all soldiers. It is in our DNA. Alphas lived and betas died. Over thousands of years, the greatest of the species survived and bread. Modern society is fantastic, and most of us will never live in a killer or be killed world, but it is the core of our existence.

This visualization of the battlefield and understanding of the nature of man has given me new OI, a sense of abundance and a zest for life. When I get denied sex, or get dealt a particularly rough shit test, I find my AM in the fact that I am not having 120mm shells lobbed at me. I think to myself, “All this shit is so petty and means nothing. I might give a fuck if it was certain death, but this IDGAF! Silly girl.

It has helped me. I hope someone else might find it useful. I am posting this in AskMRP because I am still yet a reformed beta turd and will forever have work to do. Just grateful for all the good shit I’ve been able to consume at the expense of others.


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Title We are soldiers. (Stoicism)
Author JokerFNG
Upvotes 7
Comments 23
Date 07 January 2018 07:09 PM UTC (2 years ago)
Subreddit askMRP
Link https://theredarchive.com/post/204978
Original Link https://old.reddit.com/r/askMRP/comments/7oski1/we_are_soldiers_stoicism/
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[–]BootsNPlaid3 points4 points  (5 children) | Copy

Fruit = carbs. Not your friend when trying to lose weight. If you must, consume sparingly. And lift heavy things, barbell exercises. Start SL ASAP...but don’t GOMAD, that shit is retarded unless you’re ridiculously skinny. Which you’re not.

[–]gettingmymojobackRed Beret1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

Fruit has its place in moderation. I stick with berries and bananas.

Handful of berries in my oatmeal and plain greek yogurt in the morning for flavour. They’re low GI and delicious.

One banana half hour before lifting, one post workout on days when I do 2 a days to help with the low blood sugar shakes. Only way I get even close to my potassium goals for the day.

You’re right about the carbs though, they can add up fast. 2 bananas and 1 cup of blueberries is over 80g of carbs by themselves

[–]JokerFNG[S] 0 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy

Been trying to eat more fruit because I never did before. I am not a huge fan of it and will maybe crunch an apple at lunch when I am craving sugar. I’ve been really trying to be as carb free as possible, but pizza has been my nemesis.

Being a dad, someone is always throwing Pizza in my way.

Also eating a shit ton of fish and yogurt. It feels good to finally eat healthy.

I used to treat my body like shit but MRP helped me see the error in my ways. It was cool when I was 19, but putting garbage in all day and not exercising was the root of numerous problems.

[–]captainarnold0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

There’s nothing wrong with eating fruit if you understand how calories work.

[–]KagedRageius5 points6 points  (3 children) | Copy

What is PGTFP?

[–]JokerFNG[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Good catch. Should have double checked the title. I thought it was a guide.

PFPFTPM -Practical Female Psychology for the Practical Man

[–]Marcus_Aurtrillius0 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy

I was just about to ask this! I scoured the sidebar trying to find it lol. Even did a search on the sub, then a Google search. Wasted 5 mins of my life when I could have just scrolled down.

[–]JokerFNG[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Your total waste of time is completely my fault. Shoddy proofreading skills on my part.

[–]SteelSharpensSteelMod / Red Beret1 point2 points  (6 children) | Copy

I see a lot of guys post about some minor thing, and they can't get their head out of their ass and realize that in the big scheme of things, the minor thing is not important at all. They need to be focusing on x,y, and z, not a, b, and c.

Good reminder to take stock and not sweat the small stuff. It's all about perspective.

[–]BobbyPeru2 points3 points  (5 children) | Copy

I see a lot of guys post about some minor thing,

...Or 6 paragraphs of a day in the life of beta billy and his wife

[–]snatch_haggis7 points8 points  (2 children) | Copy

  • Situation #7: So there we were at Michael's shopping for yarn (she likes to knit) and I asked her point blank why the mailman was buttoning his pants when he left yesterday. She told me he always drops by to use the bathroom on his route while I'm at work. I think it's probably fine.

[–]SteelSharpensSteelMod / Red Beret1 point2 points  (1 child) | Copy

Or freakin mashed potatoes.

[–]BobbyPeru1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

Oh man. I just couldn’t do it haha

[–]PBL89[🍰] -1 points0 points  (5 children) | Copy

Fruit contains fructose which converts directly to fat the quickest and easiest of all sugars.

Focus on eating minimum 30-35g protein every meal, veggies and easy on the carbs. No sodas and ass little beer/liquor.

That coupled with STICKING with 5x5 or just lifting will net great results.

Continue with building your frame and holding.



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