2nd of 3 Day Cleanse

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Did well so far for my 1st day on my cleanse program. I did struggle with the morning part meal but I rationed it today instead of eating it all at once so that it last longer during my 8 hour shift.  I also struggled during my sleep. I ate my last meal too early or same effect of eating it all at once instead of rationing it out every 2 hours.  But staggeringly, I started at 178.6 lbs and went down to 174 lbs before my shift and ended my work at 171.6 lbs.  That is crazy stuff.

I’m not dying from any hunger. Feeling fine so far and I’m almost done with day 2. I’m just dying from the temptations of foods.  Saying ‘No’ to snacks and delicious foods isn’t easy.  That is kinda triggering my hunger even more but I really want to get past this 170 lbs mark.  I’ve been see-sawing around 173 lbs mark for almost 2 months now. 1 month to go before summer hits and I want to be at my very best before June or when I hit the Grouse Grind Challenge up Grouse Mountain.

30 mins workouts doesn’t work for me at this point.  I’m just doing a 10 min workout on my abs but I started getting a headache from it. Almost done so I’m looking forward to getting back up to my 1300-1500 calorie group from the 900 that this 3 day program meal plan.  But it is a good experience.  I can go without meats for 2 days and just have fruits and veggies with my shakes. I don’t know when will be the next time I will be doing this cleanse again since Summer time is a few months away. Possible in September again.  All I can say is that, this is truly a great jump start to any fitness plan or challenge you wish to do. I’m looking forward to my final results on Friday. 1 more day to go!

Ryan Jarata

Day 127: 1st of 3 Days Cleanse

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Today I started my 3 day cleansing program for my May Challenge Group and training for the Grouse Grind in June.  Didn’t know what to expect since it is a 900 calorie/day meal plan which is stated in the guide. But it wasn’t too bad at all.  It is doing it for the first time that is the trickiest part but with some tweaks for tomorrow I should be fine.  After my 8 day break from the Vancouver Sun Run 2015, I put on about 7 lbs but managed to get that down to 3 lbs at the end of the day.  It was tempting to get side tracked with my mother-in-laws Filipino style beef stew but I managed to get by today.  Ended up taking an afternoon nap to charge up.

The plan isn’t bad at all. I’m eating, drinking and snacking every 2 hours so I’m not hungry at all and not tired so far. I might have to refrain from the 30 min workouts for now since my calorie in-take is around 900 per day up to Thursday. The shakes are not too bad but not the greatest either. More like water with a hint of flavor.  The meals comprise mostly of fruits and vegetables and some fats/oils/dressings.  It is mostly, the four shakes, tea and water that will fill you up for the next 3 days.  I’m okay so far. I am not fatigue and I lift freight at work in the morning. My mind isn’t tired or out of focus.  It is mostly me battling with myself.

“This is crazy!”

“Can I really do this?”

“I want a cookie!”

Feels like my days back in November again and questioning my ability to stick to it. I just know that I can do it because I HAVE done it! And it is ONLY 3 days and day 1 is already done.  I’m doing this during the weekdays where my challenge is eating every 2 hours during work. This weekend will be busy with the May-Pac Boxing match so I it will be tough to do it when it is a big family event.  I just have the confidence that Monday I am back in the trenches and working towards my health and the next challenge, The Grouse Grind!  Looks like my run will now include hills or inclines to strengthen my legs.  Should be good since I have a route to do that again.  With my tweaks for tomorrow, I should be ready to tackle that day and Thursday.  Started posting short videos on Instagram and Facebook to track my progress. Hopefully, it should be an experience. Wish me luck!

Ryan Jarata

New Challenge

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It has been a while since I posted. After the Vancouver Sun Run, I’ve taken the week off from workouts and spent this week with family and friends.  I also used this week to look at other parts of my life and enhance them. I’ve discovered my strength in keeping healthy and fit but I need to also invest in other traits and raise them up.  Sounds like an RPG character in a game… lol.  Just enjoying this week with company and helping others with my story.  It has been a journey to discovering myself but it won’t be fulfilling if there isn’t anyone there to support you and cheer you on.

Next week, I will be back on it again and finish April strong into May.  I will be trying a new 3 day detox product to jump start my training in May. Going to do another 3 week challenge group toward a new challenge, The Grouse Grind. It is a 2.9 km hike up the side of Grouse Mountain. The elevation is 853 meters and the base is 274 meters above sea level. There is roughly 2830 stairs to climb. There are over 150,000 people that hike up the trail every year.  Looking forward to taking on this challenge when it opens up in June.  That will give me and my team about 5-7 weeks to train and really compete with our personal goals and being at our best.  Looking forward to doing this.

Doing the Vancouver Sun Run this year has opened new possibilities and opportunities.  A new discovery and enjoyment into life itself.  Though the run is 10 km long and challenging when you want to improve your time, the celebration of completing it can never be taken away.  I saw my video heading towards the finish line and I just had a big smile on my face. I thank my brother, Allan to being near the finish line so that I can challenge myself even more and just get past him before the line.  It was just smiles around.  But nothing beats the aftermath the next day and the rest of this week.  Just the positive support, feed backs and congratulations from friends and family. The 1:00:07 of challenge during my run is replaced with a weeks worth of positive energy and a hunger for the next challenge.  So I encourage everyone just to sacrifice a little of their ‘Comfort Zone’ and discover something new and gain something that is everlasting!

Ryan Jarata

“The 2015 Vancouver Sun Run!”

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April 19, 2015: No words can’t describe what feeling and emotions I went through heading there to finishing the big race.  It had everything that can’t be described with training alone. It really is ‘Game Day!’  There was a lot of people at the event, over 39,000 participants lined up at Downtown Vancouver. I didn’t know what to expect and joined the 1:45 hr group during registration day. Our heat actually got started 10 mins after the scheduled time. There was a chip/tracker on our bibs so it started counting as soon as I crossed the line. But before the race started, I needed to go…. lol. The line-up at the porta potty was long. Seriously long! I just decided to hold it in and maybe find another porta potty on the way if I decided to take a break. Luckily, it went away when the race started.

It definitely was a challenge from the start of the race. It was pretty much a weave through all those people from the very start. I followed my brother Allan’s advice and followed someone who I wanted to pace with. I just followed two ladies, on a team, the first 3 kms of the race until they started getting tired and switched to another person. I was feeling my road rage kicking in…. lol. Lane Hogs should be on the right side but I had to improvise. I stayed to the sides and had to walk on the sidewalk.  It was the only way to keep away from the dense crowd and having to weave through people. I had a b-line run and followed the person in front of me.

Finally came to the tough part of the race and the halfway point (5 km) of the race and it was a short uphill climb and then a gradual ascend across the Burrard Bridge. It was a funnel just before the bridge and I tried my best to follow somebody that found a route through the maze of people climbing the short uphill. This was also the time I started seeing people in different Heats. Mostly the ones that started 10 to 20 mins ahead of my group.  I was feeling confident at this point and started pushing myself up the bridge and then down the other side of the bridge. I had to go stay on the outside so I can avoid the weaving through traffic.

After the bridge and turning to the last 4 km of the race, I noticed another challenge and it was the turns. People like to hug those corners and I tried it a few times but it was like 3 lanes merging into a single lane. Luckily, I timed myself and picked my spots to hit these turns but eventually I had to stay on the outside on the final few turns to avoid the crowd. Allan said it was more time added to my offical time but I couldn’t afford to stop and cramp up. I wasn’t cramping up but my legs were feeling the inconsistent pace and weaving through traffic.  I ended up running next to our Family Friend, Ricco Yeung, who did the Royal Oak Challenge with us.  This must have been the 7 or 8 km mark.  He said that Allan was ahead.  I was happy to see him and ‘fist bump’ him to finish strong.  Then I went into another gear hoping to catch Allan.

The final turn onto Cambie Bridge and 1.5 KM remaining in the race. Saw a bunch of naked men with only their underwears on.  And the underwear was skin tone colored so there was a group of people stop to take photos… lol.  The generation we live in nowadays. So I was pushing up the on-ramp to the Cambie Bridge and it was another funnel. Stayed on the outside and time myself to find some openings to get through the crowd.  It was really tough and it was like another crowd of people pushing themselves to finish strong. I was impressed and encouraged with some of these people because they came to compete with their personal goals. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from and what fitness level you are in. It is about  how you finish the race.  I was motivated to empty the tank towards the finish line.

The pace really picked up on the final 400 meters towards the finish line. Sun Runians giving it their all and do their best.  My face was exhausted and you can see ‘tired’ written on my forehead. Then on the last 100 meters towards the finish line, I saw a grey jacket that looked familiar. Looked again and it was crystal clear. A surge of energy consumed me and intensity took over my face. It was my brother, Allan, nearing the finish line.  My ‘Beast Mode’ took over and my legs went into sprint mode.  I was closing in on the kill…. lol. I went in on the last 5 yards and zipped past him and smiled for my photo finish. With my glasses glimmering and body in perfect runner form in slow motion as I cross the line. Camera flashing and the crowd roaring, I turned around to see Allan.  He didn’t see me run across him and only saw me when I went to greet him. -.-  I finished with a 1:00:07 time for 10 KM and Allan was at 1:07:37 mins since he was a heat ahead of me.  It wasn’t my time of 58 mins on the track but the track didn’t have human obstacles to avoid.

My other brother, Ron, finished at 1:16:29 with the last Heat and was proud also that he finished the race.  If our dad can see us now, he would have been very proud of us. Our cousin, Carol also finished the race at 1:16:21. I was able to finally see her at the stadium where runners go to nurish up and rest & relax.  It was busy with long line ups.  Oh! Forgot to mention that I finally was able to use the washroom.  Heaven!  Too much info…. sorry! I was just happen that all this training and doing my best to eat clean and be healthy finally paid off.  I did something I never done since high school and I know I have so much to improve on to be and feel better.  It is hard to imagine that 5 months ago, November 24th, 2014, that I was 206 lbs with 4 areas in my blood work to clear up. Now I’ve completed a 10 KM run. It is my personal victory to myself and what I am able to do through commitment and support.  Anyone can improve as long as they have a strong enough ‘Why’, belief in themselves and align themselves with like-minded people and wonderful loving support. No challenge is hard when you have a driving force behind you!

God Bless!

Ryan Jarata

“The Night Before the Vancouver Sun Run!”

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Hiking on Thursday. Picking up my VSR number and tracker & a friend at the airport on Friday and just doing all my errands today. What a busy busy 3 days it has been for me. Tried my best to stay clean for those days but I was hardly home and away from my prepared meal containers.  I left work with a weight of 171.5 lbs but I wasn’t able to stay with my meal plan after that.  I did my exercises and kept to my shake and supplements so hopefully that help negate majority of that unhealthy food.  Food really makes a big difference in how you feel during your workouts. Eating the right foods will give you that boost and focus in the workouts. It will be an ongoing battle but I stayed true to my workouts. Just need to get both sides in sync.

I’ve been in a split world the last few days as well. One side I’ve been staying positive and helping people out and the other side I’ve been battling myself on what I really want to do and the environment I want to be in.  It just seems that I don’t have time to do the first part and consume most of my day at work. Nothing wrong with my work. I’ve been there since 1998 and it has been my first and only job ever since. I pretty much grew up there and they since me grow from a teenager to an adult, a husband and a father.  But now with my improved health and my kids starting to step into another phase in their life, I want to be there more often.  I want to become more healthy and just do more in life.  The mind and body need to be in sync to perform at its peak.

Another new phase has begun again in my life. Another cross road or fork in the road has appeared again.  I know that eventually I will need to make a decision by September when my son starts Kindergarten but should I wait for it to come to me or should I take control of my destiny. Talking with my brother the last few days, destiny has been the hot topic or recurring work that has been coming up. I believe in keeping a positive mind, prayer and having belief in Him.  With that in mind that He is behind me, I stay proactive and keep pushing myself past my limits and new beginnings. Challenging my doubts, fears and what people think of me. Truly be in charge of my destiny and doing what feel right for me and those that I care about. Being the best that I can be so that I can uplift people to be at their very best also.  You can be at your best but a community is stronger together!

Ryan Jarata

“5 Days To Vancouver Sun Run!”

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What a busy day yesterday was for me that I only got 3 hrs of sleep. Got my workouts in but sleep is important and today is Playoff time… haha. Actually, I’m writing this before the game starts. Just finished a 30 min jog around the block and want to catch up and update my status.  Will be working out between periods so I can burn off the late dinner food I had yesterday. Ended up adding 1.9 lbs of food to weight so I have to get a burn going to hit my goal of 165 lbs.  I have to even exercise for tomorrow because I will be helping my best man tour his relatives around town.

It really is a busy week leading up to the Vancouver Sun Run. Going to get one last run around the track on Friday to see where I am. I will have to eat clean for the next few day to feel great throughout my run.  I felt good today but I ran with my wife who hasn’t ran for a while so I didn’t really push myself throughout my 30 min jog.  I’m looking forward to big results and beat my 58 mins for my 10 K run.

Talked to one of my co-worker that I was helping with his fitness/health.  I was blown when he told me lost 15 lbs since he started.  15 lbs!!!  That is freakin incredible.  I even joked that his wife wasn’t feeding him enough to encourage him for his improvement but I never new how much it change him.  I don’t think I need to encourage him anymore since he is self committed. That is just amazing to help him with his 15 lbs lost. Another friend lost 6 lbs just taking the shake. Two other people lost 4 lbs & 2 lbs just using the free 7 Day Meal Challenge I created.  That is a total of 27 lbs for people just trying it out and not committing to the full program that I am doing.  At the end of the day, it is about helping others and creating your own legacy. Empowering!

Ryan Jarata

“7 Days to Vancouver Sun Run!”

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What a great start to the weekly routine by gaining zero pounds from the weekends. Workouts makeup a big difference keeping the furnace burning even when you have to go out for dinner, lunch with friends or a quick meal. Jogging doesn’t burn too much calories but it does help a lot in my endurance and cardio.  I’m not feeling too sore from my 10 K run yesterday but can feel it when I stretch my muscles. After writing this blog, I’m going to finish off the evening with a 30 min Yoga workout from the 3 week program. This is my final week of the program so this Sunday will be a big test how clean eating and consistent working out pay off.

These last few days was a huge motivation in my confidence and a result when you do your best each day to stay healthy.  It is hard to stay 100% clean, 100% all the time. You have to enjoy life with your variety of family and friends. Yesterday was a good example of seeing friends I haven’t seen since last year. We usually are the biggest critic on how we do everyday and don’t notice the changes happen. I had positive comments yesterday from my friends and also today at work from my co-workers.  It just motivates me to keep going and focus on getting healthier for the Summer Season.

All I can say is keep going. Give a few seconds on what you consume and plan out your workout before you start the week or the day. It doesn’t have to be a 30 min workout or a workout. Any little thing done counts to the overall picture towards your health. Life needs to be enjoyed and made the most of so just do your best each day given towards your health. Every little thing counts and it is a life long mission to maintain your health. Getting to your desired goal requires working on it now but once you get there, the rest of your life and everything you decide to do with it is easy!

“8 Days to Vancouver Sun Run!”

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Just got back from my run from the track. Wanted to see where I was for this week.  I know that I haven’t eaten properly this week because of a few parties and being sick.  Wasn’t too sure if I improved at all. Had a birthday party a 5 hours ago so I wasn’t expecting too much from this run but I was hoping it was better since running up Royal Oak.  Well, safe to say that my time was just about the same from my April 3rd run at the track. I felt a little slower but my time told me otherwise. My 10 KM time was just under 58 mins.  My actually time was 1 hr and 44 seconds if I compared it from April 3rd’s 1 hr and 40 seconds. I even had to pick up my speed on the last two laps to hit that time.  Good news is that I didn’t cramp at all or feeling too much soreness.  I just felt a little slower to my liking but I’m still happy that there is room for improvements. If I was religious with my workout program and had the same results then I would have been in a different mood… lol.

I am extremely happy to see some of my old friends. Time has gone by so fast and now some of them have children of their own.  It is truly a wonderful and life changing experience when it is us at the helm.  When I was younger I just attend these things with my parents but being a parent myself there is so much that goes into organizing a birthday party or a special family event.  Props to my best man and his wife, for giving their daughter her 1st Birthday Party. It wasn’t easy but everyone pitched in to help them out.  They are wonderful people and it shows on how many people attended the party and also helped out.

Support is a wonderful blessing. You accomplish a lot more in life when you have outstanding support.  But support shouldn’t be taken lightly or for granted. It isn’t a one way thing or a one time thing. It is a cycle that benefit everyone when everyone has the same mission with no questions asked.  A strong support is a team effort helping each other in their personal goals. If you build your team with the intention of helping them out, supporting them and celebrating their accomplishment then everything else falls into place.  Life shouldn’t be built with gains and no sacrifices. But we should also make sure we improve ourselves in order to offer support.  That is where we get into trouble when we look for something for offering our support. It doesn’t completely come from the kindness of our hearts.  Support is an act of giving without reservation. Only way the person can push forward, break through and reach their personal goal is to support them and free their minds from having to think of repaying you back. Life is about creating success stories and building your legacy.

“9 Days to Vancouver Sun Run!”

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Decided to move my Saturday run for tomorrow.  It has been a really long day with a wonderful seminar from Scott McGillivray, Host and Executive Producer of Income Property. He isn’t just a pretty face on TV. The man knows his stuff and he knows what is going on.  Wish I could do the 3 Day workshop but already have plans on those days.  But I am aiming for the next Event in July.  I also had a wonderful lunch with my co-workers and discuss the future of our business ventures.  The future is looking very bright.

Looking forward to tomorrow’s run actually. Though the meal plan hasn’t been consistent especially for this weekend, I’m still feel that I am getting stronger. I finished 1 workout and worked on my abs as a replacement for my run this evening.  Tomorrow will be a true test on my endurance and see how long will it take before I start to cramp up. I think it was the 19th lap before I started to feel pain. I did about 26 laps at 1 hr and 40 seconds but seems like a long time ago so I’m not sure how I will do. With my cold/fever that took me out on Tuesday and Wednesday, I felt it on my Thursday challenge up Royal Oak. Tomorrows run will just include that uphill run and tonights workouts. Hopefully, it will be enough to shed some time off my current.

It is time to zero in on what I want and that is to really challenge myself on April 19th. To sum it all up, I need to focus on my meal plan and also focus on getting my workouts done and out of the way. Besides tomorrow’s run around the track, I will also be running this coming Wednesday and Friday. Next Saturday will be pure rest and mental focus. I think I will even turn off my phone once I co-ordinate with my teammates that will be doing the Vancouver Sun Run with me.  I’m still at 171 lbs as of Friday but I know that I didn’t stick to the meal plan this weekend. If I can hit my goal of 165 lbs before the Sun Run then that will be the icing on the cake. Still need to complete the cake next Sunday! Time to really focus these next 8 days!

Ryan Jarata

“10 Days to Vancouver Sun Run!”

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Missed out yesterday’s blog for good reason. One was that I haven’t seen my brother’s best friend and family friend for many many years and is back from 1 year teaching in Japan. The other reason is that we also invited him to our training.  It was a nice square route but on the last part of the run is a straight 1 km run up a steep hill. We had no choice but to get up there because my van was up there.  If you are in my Facebook list then you will see the videos of us innocence before the run to our physical and mental breakdown through that uphill climb. I was pumping myself up at the base of the hill and just died after one street block. It was steep and I guess my muscles weren’t trained for that condition.  We didn’t conquer it but we did it and we completed it!

It might be awhile before I’m ready to do that again.  I even re-think my plans to do another uphill already that is steep but not as steep as the one we did but it is twice as long so it has a different kind of preparation.  But the good news is that I’m back to my lowest weight of 171 lbs. Could have gotten more but we ended up celebrating after we recovered from the run.  We haven’t seen him for many years so we had a lot to discuss, catching up to do and learning about life in Japan.  It was a very interesting culture and lifestyle.

My cousin and my other brother will be also joining me on this journey so that will make us 5 in a group. Ricco decided to join us also which is awesome. “I am the Tiger!” After not doing any exercise for a long time, he is still ‘Game!” 😀  I’m excited for my first time of doing a marathon. I don’t know what to expect but I hope the experience will make it exciting enough to do it again. The goal is to complete it and then challenge it again in 2016.  Hopefully, I survive this weekend with another round of parties but I did okay last weekend and only gained 2 lbs. Crossing my fingers for least damage for the last 7 days before the Run!